News

Quelle Surprise-60% of Nigerian Youths are Unemployed

The Gist President Buhari, at a a dinner he hosted in honor of the visiting Alumni Association of the Indian Defence Services Staff College (DSSC),  stated that 60% of  Nigerian Youths are unemployed. Youths make up more than half of our population, 64% to be precise. Idle Hands are the Devil’s Workshop President Buhari didn’t say that but he might as well…

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Women

Taking a Stand Against Rape & Supporting Rape Survivors with Mirabel Centre

On Tuesday last week, I had the opportunity to be at the launch of the Friends of Mirabelevent organised by the Mirabel Centre. Established in 2013, The Mirabel Centre is the only rape support centre in Lagos. Since the centre opened its doors, they have welcomed 1074 rape survivors so far. The centre was largely unknown until a moving AlJazeera report about the challenges the centre…

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Things To Remember

Things To Remember: How a Coursera Course changed my views on my writing and life

You don’t have to sound smart. You should just trust that you are smart and that your ideas are important enough -Dr Denise Comer I got this piece of advice from one of the most unexpected places: a Coursera course. Dr Denise Comer (not pictured) is an assistant professor ofWriting Studies at Duke University. She also teaches the Coursera course English Composition I which I completed in…

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Women

Is Virginity Is A Myth? This video explains it all

Did your hymen break the first time you had sex? I’m asking the ladies here. Did you ever wonder why the sheets weren’t blood stained the first time you did the deed, and you wondered if your partner wondered that you lied about your virginity (yes I’m talking about me here)? Well, wonder no more. This short video from Adam Ruins Everything explains…

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News, Women

The state with a male commissioner of women affairs appoints 49 administrators- only one is a woman

The Gist Governor Muhammadu Jibrilla of Adamawa state swore in 49 newly-appointed Development Area Administrators. The lone woman is Esther Pius. Why’s this important? Back in September, the Governor appointed a man, Aliyu Tola, as the Commissioner of Women Affairs. His chief press secretary, Yohannna Mathias, defended the governor’s actions by stating: “It’s a normal practice as it happened in Bauchi and…

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Education

Nigeria battles with providing basic education for our children but should they be taught to code as well?

As the people in charge of the education of our children (UBEC to you and I)  meet in Abuja to state the bleeding obvious -basic education is important- developed countries are asking a more pertinent question: should children learn to code? Gaby Hinsliff of the Guardian did a comprehensive report here. It’s a long read but worth it. She asks if kids will be left…

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Education

65 Million Illiterate Nigerians…65,000,000

Back in October during a courtesy visit to the Governor of Katsina State, Dr Mohammed Alkali the National Programme Advisor on Education for UNESCO quoted a WTF statistic: 65 million Nigerians are illiterate. The figure, gotten from a survey which tracked illiteracy, is so mind boggling that it still resonates with me today. We all know how important education is to our well being and…

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