Outside The Box

“Public Hate, Private Pain”- Gay Nigerians talk about beatings, death threats to PBS (Video)

As part of a week long series Nigeria: Pain and Promise, PBS talks to gay men living in Nigeria. Beaten, persecuted, forced to marry and hide their sexuality, they remain resilient through it all. Watch the video below: This is a transcript of the video courtesy of PBS JUDY WOODRUFF: We now turn to our series “Nigeria: Pain and Promise.” Tonight,…

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News

Special Needs Education Bill to be proposed to National Assembly

The Gist A bill to provide special needs education to children with developmental needs is to be proposed to the National Assembly. Mrs Amina Abubakar Atiku made this known during the 10th Anniversary of the Hope House initiative (HHI), an institution which provides educational support for children with special needs. Why’s this important? The bill wants to extend the functions of the…

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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…

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News

Three female suicide bombers kill at least 27 in Chad

Three female suicide bombers blew themselves up in a market in Chad. At least 90 people were injured in the attacks with 27 fatalities. Boko Haram has not yet claimed responsibility but the terrorsits group is suspected says General Banyaman Cossingar, the director general of Chad’s national police. Thousands of refugees have been seeking refuge at the Lake Chad area…

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Workers

What Failure Looks Like in Nigeria

  Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind. The race is long and, in the end, it is only with yourself. – Mary Schmich Failure in Nigeria is an arbitrary set of rules written in shifting sands. It is the 35 year old man earning N200,000 a month, driving an SUV but still living with his parents. The women he brings…

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Women

Kids are the cutest but I don’t want one

I have just returned from a whirlwind two-week holiday visiting family and friends. Every house was a family home with at least one child in it. As I hugged, cuddled, rocked and high-fived children ranging from a few weeks old to ten years, I kept expecting to feel that twinge – the tug which all women, who have yet to…

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