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Monday, April 29, 2013

Every Girl is a Shero!

Ajegunle, one of the communities I work with is a slum in rural Lagos and its home to about 300,000 illaje and yoruba speaking people of Western Nigeria.

It has a primary health care centre that is not functional, a primary school and a secondary school that was recently closed down because of flooding. The students were then moved to another school compound which is about 10 minutes bus ride from the community and about 30 minutes by foot.

World Pulse | Every Girl is a Shero

Speak; We Can Hear You

Growing up in the early 90's in southern Nigeria was tough.

I grew up hearing the fear in the voice of my parents and older siblings as they spoke about the then military dictator - Gen Sanni Abacha and his acts of blatant human rights violation, extra judicial killings, abduction and assassination of anyone who stood in his way; everyone spoke - whispered terrible things of the military regime, but no one was really heard. Why? There were only what I would call old media platforms; TV, Radio, Newspaper and most of these outfits reported what they have been instructed to report, the saying "he who pays the piper dictates the tune" was true in their case. Nigeria maintained a 'good' image in the larger civil society and the  international community while her citizens suffered on, uncertain about the very next minute.

World Pulse | Speak; We Can Hear You