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Rough Diamonds: Season 1 Episode 2: The Almajiri Tale By Maryam Sa’eed

“I love school and I think it’s a privilege to be in it. I feel grateful even though I don’t have everything I want.”

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Rough Diamonds: Season 1 Episode 1: The Almajiri Tale By Maryam Sa’eed

INTRODUCTION Rough diamonds is a blog series of personal stories and experiences of Almajiri boys in Northern Nigeria. Almajiri is a Hausa word that can roughly be translated to mean student (of the Quran). Established over hundreds of years ago, the system has long collapsed to become a way out for parents to abnegate their responsibilities. To learn more about ...

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Her Story Of The Hymen Hysteria (part 2)

By Fareedah Munir SOCIAL PRESSURE Society emphasizes purity on females.  In fact, such expectation has deluded our people that there’s a saying, “iskancin na miji ado ne”.  It means promiscuity is an adornment for the man.  I can’t express how I find that phrase appalling.  So, I won’t go into it… for now. When I expressed my disgust about the ...

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HerStory of the Hymen Hysteria

By Fareedah Munir The hymen; everyone knows about it, but don’t actually know it.  There is much misinformation about it, even among older educated women.  Whenever I bring up the traditional “cire angurya” procedure, the hymenectomy rampant in Northern Nigeria, it is apparent that women know little about the hymen.  Which is why we should know more about and hope ...

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Jaruma’s Top 25 Northern Bachelors 2017

1. YUSUF BUHARI “Yusuf Buhari is the man for you if you have a sweet tooth… Sweet guy that dresses to kill with a face of gentility and shoulders for you to lean on… even the president approves.” Yusuf Buhari is the son of President Muhammadu Buhari. He graduated last year from the University of Surrey, United Kingdom. Then proceeded ...

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Breaking The Silence Of Abuse

By Fareeda Munir I’ve written quite a lot about abuse, and then I keep them tucked away in the drive, saved – where I occasionally revise the articles.  Then I add or take away sentences and ideas, trying to make the words more cohesive.  I lost a bunch of notes, recovered a few, and then I rewrite based on new ...

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Female Gender Mutilation:The Barbaric Practice Part 2

By Fareeda Munir The Womenfolk Women are deceived into allowing FGM and FGC.  If they show any resistance to the practice they are forced to comply.  Asabe, a university graduate and local government health worker in Kaduna said her in-laws insisted on tribal marks and uvulectomy for her first two sons.  And it became a battle between her and the ...

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Female Gender Mutilation:The barbaric Practice part 1

BY Fareeda Munir Hello, my name is Fareedah Munir, let’s talk about female genital cutting. In our high school Model United Nations class, the teacher and a classmate asked me about female genital mutilation. That was the first time I heard about it.  Looking slyly at each other and then looking back at me, they showed me a map on the ...

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Dilemma Of A Fulani Girl

By Zainab Hassana Aminu Permit me to start up with this question; why do people get married? To many, the answer to the above question is not far-fetched; to love and be loved. As true as calling a spade by its name,  there is more to marriage than just for love. And one of the burning issues that has been ...

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All Hail The King

By Fatima Abubakar Compelled by boredom one beautiful afternoon in 2010, I turned on the TV and I saw a program running, at first I thought ‘ah, spare me, yan siyasan Nigeria ne, yan karya’. Then I flipped through channels and came back to Silverbird TV, the title of the program was very catchy. It was ‘Silverbird MAN OF THE ...

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