Eradication of Child Brides Marriage in Nigeria.

United Nation Women Africa has said Nigeria has the highest child brides in the world with 23 million girls married off at a tender age. 76% in the north but 9% decline in the prevalence of child marriage since 2003.

It is prevalence in our society when young girls are forced into marriage before they turned 18 years and sometimes due to unwanted pregnancy. This mostly ends their ambition of having formal education. Increasing the rate of illiteracy among young girls in the society.

Many young girls has accepted early marriage has a norms. While poverty , poor educational attainment , strong social and religious traditions e.t.c are attributed to child marriage in Nigeria.

Those young girls are forced to give birth at a tender age , exposing her and the new born baby to diseases, even death of the mother and the baby.

There is need for more awareness about the danger of child marriage to much older men . Many parents believe their child getting married helps them to secure their future and also helping her poor family.

The law should be stricter because there are a lot of influential people in the society who are getting married to young girls and kicking against the restriction on child marriage.

Eradication of poverty is the biggest problem in Nigeria , many parents married their children off because they need money.

Harassment and gender discrimination should also be eradicated. Everyone should be a voice to be reckoned with in 21st century irrespective of gender.

The Nigeria constitution doesn’t establish a minimum age of marriage. However , The child Rights Act of 2003, sets the age of marriage at 18 years old and not another Nigeria child should be married early.

Education is important and a voice for social , political and economic development.

Urgent Need to Curb the Menace of Begging by Underage Children in Oyo State.

I can’t hurriedly forget my experience in the North , when I got posted to Katsina for my National Youth Service Corps. I spent 3 weeks in camp. I had opportunity to move out of camp for my Call to Bar Screening at Abuja . That prompted my write up dated 14th November,2018 on “Almajiri a System to be Abolished or Reformed”.

I redeployed back to the largest city in West Africa ” Ibadan “, Oyo State and I saw a system similar to ALMAJIRI in the biggest City in West Africa. Those children didn’t leave their abode in search for Islamic Education but rather Wanderers on the street! Begging from one junction , Social gatherings,shopping malls e.t.c The children can hardly speak English , No formal education.

Street Begging looks like an acceptable norms to those kids , a means of survival!

I interview some of those kids and they told me they sleep under the bridge , with no blanket and they left Home for close to 3 years or more and never going back .

Some people are one of the opinion that many of them ran away from home without no reason . What will prompt a child under 5 years to leave his or her place of residence if not because no love and care is shown to them by their parents or guardians.

The Culture of Street Begging by underage children is not acceptable in our Society. Many of these kids claimed to hail from the interior part of Oyo State and some of them said their parents are in Lagos hustling and their guardians is not taking good care of them. Prompting them to move to the city to beg for alms.

The kids looking fragile , sick, no clothing and shelter . Crying on the street ” Aunty ,Brother Ejo Efun mi Lowo Ebi Pami ” (please give me money I am hungry ) .

Roaming the Street of Challenge , Molete ,Roundabout, Iwo road ,Iyanganku, Oje Market ,Dugbe , UCH , Ring Road, Sango , Beere, Yemetu, Oke -Ado, State secretariat ,e.t.c

Then I thought about aged Men and Women, agile begging on the street with their kids ? What is the justification for that also ? Would I call it unemployment leading to poverty or laziness of these parents who are not ready to work and care for their kids.

I lived in Lagos , I can’t say no beggars on the street . Travelled and lived in other states in Western Nigeria but I never witnessed such an alarming rates of ” Street Begging perpetrated by underage children in Oyo State.

Those kids are the future leaders and not to grow up and become hoodlums. The government of Oyo State needs to act drastically to eradicate The menace ” Street begging by underage children ”

The children should be rehabilitated in other for them to be useful to theirselves , Family and Country.

The Ministry of Education, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Ministry of Youths and Sport , Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism needs to work in Hands to eradicate the Menace of Street Begging! Those children should be in school and not on the Street Begging!

Broken

Broken

Torn Garment

Your love pierced my heart and no remedy

Like a thread through a rusted needle

Can’t sew my broken heart

Resilient

In life

Count your blessings

Count your Fingers

Never use all your fingers to eat

Keep the dream alive but never sleep on your dream

Even Rose can grow from a crack concrete

Always be resilient

Diary of a Little Girl

Diary of a little girl

Full of fairytales

The flash light of camera

Account balance on high level

Still with the mindset of giving back to the society

So many low moments that I thought

Diary of a little girl is not realistic.

So many times I wanted to give up

One thing is that I can’t

Never can give up !

The Diary of a little will come alive

In different shades of beauty.

Hurt

I cried

I cried and laugh

I jumped on and sank

Rolling on my bed

The weather seems hot and cold

Deep down I am hurt

I couldn’t sing out loud

“Stay with me ”

I am here gasping for breathe

Alive and you gone !

Enslaved by Yourself

Mental Slavery is believing what other people are saying without carrying out your own research 
Mental Slavery is when other people opinions is your own 
Mental Slavery is when children pay fines or get scold for speaking Indigenous   languages in school. 
Mental Slavery is when you shut your  kids against speaking local dialects 
Mental Slavery is when kids doesn’t have indigenous names
Mental Slavery is when people see you dressed in  local attires apart from weekend and the next question is if you are attending a party? 

Freed

Naysayers are pest 
Naysayers are Cankerworms 
Naysayers don’t want you to break Barriers 
They don’t want you to set goals 
They never want you to believe in yourself
Naysayers want you to remain stagnant 
The most important reason why you shouldn’t 
listen to Naysayers  is because “They don’t have purpose for living “ You have that ! 
Unleash your purpose. 

Air Love 2

You sweep me off my feet

The first thing I woke up to see a beautiful message

Even when I was gloomy, your message makes me fly like butterfly

feeling so obsessed with each words

My heart lingers for more

While I enjoy the warm breeze from my window and still all covered up in blanket

Still can’t go blank with each words you expressed .

Air Love

Kiss me slowly

Let me melt in your warm embrace

Hold me tight and feel my tender skin

Feel the moisture of my skin while I dazzle infront of you

Never leave my side because I don’t want to a loner

Gasp my breath while I reciprocate