My wish for children in 25 years time is...

Publié 21 novembre 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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I have had the most interestingly fascinating encounters with children this year alone. In the process, I have learnt quite a lot about them. Children are mostly not trying to hide their feelings. They are as easy to read as their books. Perhaps the only things not as easy are their questions. They ask you things you think you know in the most ambiguous and complicated way. So you probably understand the silence and listlessness that ensued after I got the question: "Aunty, wh...


The New Yam Festival!

Publié 8 novembre 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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The New Yam festival of the Igbos of South-Eastern Nigeria is a truly significant part of our culture. It is widely recognised as a symbol of new beginnings, joy and brotherliness amongst Igbos. Also known as Iwa ji, Iri ji, Ili ji or Ike ji (depending on the dialect), it is celebrated around August every year in the largely agrarian rural Igbo land and is much like the Thanksgiving celebration in the United States. The Ike ji festival is a time to celebrate the end of a planting...


My mixed feelings...

Publié 1 novembre 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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Recently, I got to know about a non-profit called Teach a man to fish. That’s a distinct name right? It reminds me about what perspective I believe development work, programmes and policies should take. I think development and social impact programmes and projects that seek to empower should be designed in such a way that the individuals and families affected can stand on their own or become self-sufficient afterwards. I mean it should be about teaching people to fish not just gi...


Paul Collier’s The Bottom Billion

Publié 25 octobre 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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If you are up for a classic that analyses critical issues in development policy and economics, you should read The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier. What stands out for me in the book are the relevance of some issues broached for the present, the elaborate development instruments-including aid, conflict prevention and resolution, trade, international laws and charters-prescribed; his acknowledgement that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for the different economies trapped i...


Horn Free Day in Lagos!

Publié 17 octobre 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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Have you ever imagined a Horn-free Day in your city? Now imagine a horn-free day in a bustling mega-city of at least 20 million people, with frequently traffic congested roads. Imagine a horn-free day in Lagos, Nigeria! October 15 was symbolic not just because it was the International Day of Rural Women, but because the Lagos state government marked a horn free day for all motorists in the metropolis-and the compliance was great. If there is one thing Lagosians do not miss t...


Do this one thing for the girl child: volunteer!

Publié 11 octobre 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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Happy International Day of the Girl VOY fam! I look forward to a world where every youth consciously stands up for the girl child in some way. It is important to know that development impact can easily be multiplied by improving the livelihood of the girls and women in our communities. This is because girls and women have the ability to stimulate positive multiplier effects and have shown great potential to affect even more women and children. There is at least one thing you...


What I learnt this past week

Publié 8 octobre 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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I am usually careful about what movie I should spend time seeing because I do not want to feel that I wasted my time when the movie ends. So when a friend gave me the movie, “Unconditional,” I waited a long time before I finally made the move, but it sure was no waste of time! This past week I ran into the movie on television and got the chance to really think about what message it passes across. The film is based on the true life story of Joe Bradford, who grew up in rural...


Praises for a local hero: Benjamin Adekunle

Publié 27 septembre 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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As the world celebrated the International Day of Peace on September 21, I found myself thinking about soldiers and the dangerously volatile conditions they work in. With the spate of attacks in different parts of the world, they have to confront this as a normal working environment, uncertain of the outcome. What’s more? Troops are now being deployed to fight deadly Ebola. As I began to feel deep appreciation for soldiers, I sought to find out about Brig.-Gen Benjamin Ad...


Addressing the Youth Unemployment Challenge in Africa

Publié 20 septembre 2014 no picture Ma'Reke

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Africa is the second most populous and 'youngest' continent on earth, having the highest concentration of youth. Up to 70 per cent of Africa’s people are under the age of 30. According to Shantayanan Devarajan, Chief Economist for the World Bank’s Africa region, the current youth of Africa are not only important for Africa but also for the world. However, young people in the continent face grave unemployment challenges. At her current level of development, one would doubt...


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