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The Question of Almajaranci

By Abubakar Evuti We found it highly insulting when, in the heat of the election campaigns of last year, the then first lady spoke to the effect that the people of the North give birth only to throw away their children. And so we charged at her with a mad ferocity. Like her husband’s rickety trains, we roared at her; ...

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You And Abubakar Shekau Are Not Dissimilar

By Nana Aisha Sahudeen It is no news that Nigerians are extremists – and in everything too. Whether or not we choose to admit it, we are laced with (un) conscious bias. Yes, I’m saying there’s some form of sexist, racist, and religious/ethnic bias fortified within many of us ready to prowl out anytime (provided we allow it to). – ...

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Towards Ending Discrimination in Our School System

the federal government has to do something about the faith-based schools in the country by establishing an agency under the federal ministry of education which will be manned by Islamic and Christian clerics, and which should regulate the activities of Islamiyya schools and Christian-based schools, including their curricula, so that our children will not be exposed to dangerous religious teachings ...

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The Critical Role of Women in Nigerian Politics

Over the years women have been relegated to the background in issues of the overall development especially in the developing nations like Nigeria. This is borne out of the sentimental attachment on feminine gender. Historical evidences are available to prove that the Nigerian women have for long been playing crucial role in political life of the country, and this has ...

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Inside Kenya’s Only Women Village “Men Are Our Biggest Obstacle” They Say

Umoja is literally a no man’s land in Kenya – a matriarchal refuge where men are not allowed. The village, founded 25 years ago by Rebecca Lolosoli, is meant to be a safe haven for women and girls who want to escape abuse in the otherwise patriarchal society of the Samburu people, in northern Kenya. Rebecca, a member of the ...

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Diary Of An Almajiri By Mustapha Adamu

I am popularly called Almajiri, that Northern Nigerian street urchin easily identified by my ever-soiled cloths, bare feet and eating bowl. I do not actually know why I was brought to the city two years ago at the age of seven, but I was told it was for the acquisition of Qur’anic knowledge.  I and other boys left my village ...

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They Say, “A Woman…”

By Fareeda Munir I was told that in Northern Nigeria, back in the days, whenever a woman complains to her family about being mistreated by her husband, she is scolded and asked to go back and deal with it.  If she refuses, she is somewhat frustrated in an unwelcome kind of way at her family home (or a relative’s place) ...

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Letter To Northern Intellectuals

An intellectual colleague, good friend, prolific writer and fearless commentator (and Budapest, Hungary-based) Adamu Tilde (adamtilde@gmail.com) sent this piece to the Saturday Column, suggesting that perhaps more readers would benefit by its publishing on the print media, having himself posted it in his online spaces. Titling it “Breaking the Silence: Letter to Northern Nigerian Intellectuals”, the article says it all ...

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A blanket Over Maryam

Last week, Maryam acquired a new warm blanket. Actually, her whole camp received new blankets, so the harmattan winds have been a lot more tolerable. Now the search for firewood by virtually everyone in the camp is not as desperate, and this is a relief because venturing further away from the camp where firewood is more easily available has become ...

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“Sharing a husband may lead to greater wealth and health,” new study

Children can thrive in polygamous families and are often better off than those from monogamous households in poor communities, researchers said on Monday, calling for greater cultural sensitivity among campaigners seeking to ban polygamy. In Tanzania, polygamous families owned more cattle and farmed more land than monogamous ones in the same villages, according to a study involving 3,500 households in ...

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