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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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Divorce Diaries Season 3 Eps 6

MY NAME IS MUNNIR WASHA, I AM 40 YEARS OLD. I AM A BUSINESS MAN. I HAIL FROM KATSINA STATE.  I WAS MARRIED TO HAJARA WASHA FOR 5 YEARS. I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE MY DIVORCE DIARIES WITH YOU. I was introduced to my wife Hajara by a very reliable and trusted friend. When I met her I had mixed ...

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Adda B Say So:Makeup Wahala,What A Sorry!

By Fatima Zahra Umar Recently Bilki and I have started fighting over makeup. The daughter is now 8 years old and she has started stealing (taking) my lipstick and powder. This behaviour surprises and scares me at the same time. It surprises me because I am not one for makeup. All this while I have been pumping self-esteem messages into ...

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Mumhood:Temper Tantrums

By Adama Aliyu I have a sister that was the queen of tantrums, her episodes were pure terror. Nothing worked, she could cry for a very long time and eventually just fall asleep right there on the floor after rolling around and throwing everything she could get her hands on. I’m nine years older than her so I knew her ...

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