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Adda B Say So:Aunty Face Ya Work

Dear Aunty, I am writing this letter to you because I am fed up. Yes aunty I am fed up with the way you poke your nose into my business. I am fed up with the way you always want to control my life. It seems everything I do is your business and you must pass a comment or joke ...

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What NOT To Say To A Woman Whose Husband Is Marrying Another Wife

By Fareedah Munir In this part of the world it is not a new thing to see or hear that a man is getting married to a second,third or fourth wife being that our religion has permitted him to do so as long as he can care for both wives equally without bias. Although a wedding is a joyous occasion ...

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Adda B Say So:How To Deal With Village In-Laws

By Fatima Zahra Umar (WARNING: THIS IS SATIRE.) On a flight to Yola, I sat next to two beautiful girls who regaled me with tales of dealing with in laws who were not educated or financially buoyant. Both women were married to ‘breadwinners’, men who had broken the yoke of illiteracy and poverty in their families and were now the ...

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Adda B Say So:Rape Is A Six Letter Word

By Fatima Zahra Umar Karima Abdullah (not real name) has been my friend since that September day in 1999. We met on the first day of school at Secondary School. She is a friend who has become a sister, a part of me and a strong pillar for me. We have been through so much over the years. Karima is ...

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Single mum of two perfectly explains why she teaches her young son to cook and clean

Sharing photos of her six-year-old son Lyle cooking, emptying the dishwasher and sorting the washing machine, Nikkole makes it clear that she believes ‘household work just isn’t for women’. Nikkole, from Michigan, US, wrote in a post to Facebook: ‘Because one day he might be a single man, living on his own, who will actually know how to do laundry and ...

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Adda B Say So:”Lefe”To Do Or Not To Do?

By Fatima Zahra Umar One of the most contentious issues when it comes to marriage in Arewa is LEFE. We all know the drill, money exchanges hands, inquiries as to sizes, what type of family is the bride from, is she a fashionable ‘yar gayu? Is she an ustaziya? Is she from the city or from the village? What are ...

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Adda B Say So:Hajiya Maimuna Matar Alhaji

By Fatima Zahra Umar Hajiya Maimuna is a big woman; she is a beautiful big woman. Hajiya Maimuna is a comfortable woman. Hajiya Maimuna is a mother to 4 lovely children some of whom are adults. Hajiya Maimuna is married to Alhaji Bello, who in everybody’s eyes is the best husband this side of the River Niger. He is seen ...

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Mumhood:Breastfeeding

By Adama Aliyu Seriously, what is it with people, Guilt tripping us mothers about breastfeeding?  Let’s stop with the breast is best talk around people that can’t breastfeed. Breastfeeding is HARD and at times exhausting and again, not for everyone. Some babies are taken away from their mothers pretty quickly and sent to the relevant department for many different reasons ...

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Divorce Diaries Season 3 Episode 7

  MY NAME IS ZAHRA BELLO. I AM FROM TARABA STATE. I AM 39 YEARS OLD. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE MY DIVORCE DIARIES WITH YOU. I met Aliyu when he was a corper. He was serving in my Local Government. We met at the night Islamiyya I went to, he volunteered to teach hadith classes after isha prayer. All ...

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Adda B Say So:Note To Self

By Fatima Zahra Umar Every once in a while, we all hit a rough patch in life, when everything seems to be falling apart and we feel lost and confused. Over the years, we all learn how to weather the storms in our lives. Some of us are lucky, blessed with the ability to adapt to the ever changing weather ...

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