Thursday, May 10, 2018

Ogechi Ekeanyanwu

    Chased from Chibok to Lagos: How Boko Haram victims are struggling to survive

Chased from Chibok to Lagos: How Boko Haram victims are struggling to survive

Mercy Solomon is an indigene of Chibok, Borno state, a town that has come to be famous for the kidnap of 276 school girls on April 14, 2014. She sits on a white chair, dressing the hair of one of her children who she says has not been to school since the beginning of this year. Mary is reluctant to [...]

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    ‘We only drank water when it rained’ — tale of Chibok schoolgirl who spent three years in captivity

‘We only drank water when it rained’ — tale of Chibok schoolgirl who spent three years in captivity

Lydia Joshua, one of the 276 girls kidnapped at Government Girls Secondary School, Chibok, Borno state, on April 14, 2014, has disclosed that during the three years she spent in the captivity, she only drank water when it rained.Joshua was among the captives released through a negotiation with the Boko Haram sect in 2017. She is now trying to adjust to [...]

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    Oko Baba, the Lagos community where newborns are bathed with hot water

Oko Baba, the Lagos community where newborns are bathed with hot water

The practice is prevalent in Oko Baba destitute home in Ebute Metta, Lagos. Neonates, delivered by untrained birth attendants who are usually older women in the community, are bathed using a cloth dipped in hot water.It is a practice that has existed as long as the community. The babies are cleaned and massaged that way to “clean the mother’s blood [...]

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    How workplace policies can increase breastfeeding rates

How workplace policies can increase breastfeeding rates

While Nigeria’s culture largely celebrates fertility, pregnancy and childbearing, there is currently little institutional investment in early child care, particularly breastfeeding. Nigeria’s rate of exclusively breastfed babies is only 23.7 percent, according to the 2016/2017 multiple Indicator Cluster Survey by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) with technical support from UNICEF. What this means, according to UNICEF, is that 5.4 million children [...]

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    How cultural beliefs, lack of support for mothers inhibit exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria

How cultural beliefs, lack of support for mothers inhibit exclusive breastfeeding in Nigeria

Adijat Adigun, a second-time mother, sat on a white plastic chair at the Maternity Hospital, Yemetu in Ibadan, Oyo state, for a post-natal session.She curved the little crying baby on her arm, put her to her breast and listened, keenly, to the midwives and other facilitators of a lecture on what she would describe as “vital information” that helped her [...]

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    How to infuse academics in play based preschool 

How to infuse academics in play based preschool 

Play based preschools which infuses  academic into play might be the solution - a combination of child and tear her led instructions. This might placate parents who think preschoolers benefit from academic work and fit the goal of child appropriate learning.Finding the balanceHelge Wasmuth, a USA based professor of early childhood and childhood education weighs in on the discourse of [...]

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    Unrealistic expectations for some preschoolers

Unrealistic expectations for some preschoolers

The trend is worrisome and is prevalent in several high paying private schools in Nigeria. Children as young as two are given academic year goals that require rigorous concentration, a skill that is absolutely alien to them.In one school, children, ages 2-3, were expected to know and write the numbers one through to 30 after the completion of a class [...]

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    Child abuse ‘largely unreported’ in Nigeria

Child abuse ‘largely unreported’ in Nigeria

“My friend has been abusing his younger cousin,” Isaac Raputa (not real name), narrates to this reporter.“He beats this boy, applies pepper on his body and even his private parts. He beats him over every little mistake the boy or the abuser’s children make,”Raputa continues.He appears distraught himself, nearly helpless, “honestly, I don’t what to do because the abuser is [...]

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    How to develop reading culture in children

How to develop reading culture in children

Over 250 million children, worldwide, do not have the basic literacy skill. And in Nigeria, the statistics are as worrying, over four in 10 children in government primary schools cannot read and worse, over up to eight out 10 are unable to read for comprehension.Literacy, according to UNESCO, “is a driver for sustainable development in that it enables greater participation [...]

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    Travellers stranded as Delta shuts Niger bridge over LG election

Travellers stranded as Delta shuts Niger bridge over LG election

Numerous holidaymakers are stranded in Onitsha, Anambra state, as the River Niger bridge is currently closed to all road users.According to the travellers, police officers, members of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and authorities from the state government, announced to them that gate to the bridge would remain locked till 3pm because of the ongoing local government election in Delta [...]

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    How homework can negatively affect preschoolers

How homework can negatively affect preschoolers

Tears streaming down his brown little cheeks, twitching, turning and itching to stand up, Somto absolutely refuses to do his homework.“I want to play,” the two year old tells his mother who is insistent that he finishes his homework of identifying one through to 10.“I want to play,” Somto’s cries gets louder. And then a power struggle ensues.“No, you must [...]

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    The struggle to get vaccinated in IDP camps

The struggle to get vaccinated in IDP camps

In the northeast region of the country, where these camps are located, 80% of Nigerian children have not been vaccinated. It is a hot Saturday, Modu Sheriff is seated under a tree to shield him from the rays of the blistering sun in Borno state, Nigeria. He immediately volunteers to be interviewed as soon he is asked if his kids have [...]

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    Boko Haram violence, corruption and poverty: causes of poor immunisation coverage in Nigeria

Boko Haram violence, corruption and poverty: causes of poor immunisation coverage in Nigeria

On August 11, 2016, Nigeria witnessed a major setback in what had been a milestone achievement for the country: the return to the list of polio-endemic countries. In Gwoza and Jere, local government areas of Borno state, ridden by Boko Haram – one of the world’s deadliest militant groups – an outbreak of polio re-occurred. The disease paralysed two children. This [...]

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    How poverty, ignorance hinders vaccine coverage

How poverty, ignorance hinders vaccine coverage

Kemi Chukwu battles with the tears in her eyes that are just determined to drop. She wipes them furiously with her arms, her voice throaty from her sobs as she recalls, vividly, the death of her baby.“The time my baby died, she was just four years old. I had money at the time, so I gave her all that she needed,” [...]

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    Two years after ban, FGM still rampant in Nigeria

Two years after ban, FGM still rampant in Nigeria

“Circumcising her will enable her to control this (sexual) urge so she can stay with her husband without jumping from one man to another,” Muniyat Lamidi rationalises female genital mutilation (FGM).A petty trader in Oyo, one of the south-west states with a high prevalence of female genital mutilation, Lamidi is adamant and convinced that a woman’s sexuality should be guided, tamed [...]

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    Lost dignity — Otodo Gbame residents recount tales of woe

Lost dignity — Otodo Gbame residents recount tales of woe

Otodo Gbame is now a world totally removed from its former self where shanties were held steady by bamboo sticks and fish traps peeped out of the Lagoons.The once lived in community has now been replaced by the fast construction of what is looking like a luxurious estate.It is now devoid of its people, over 30,000 of them who are [...]

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