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!

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.

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. 

Mental Slavery: Dysfunction in our Society.

Mental Slavery is a problem in African Society subjugating oneself to the notions and ideas of another or one becomes trapped by misinformation about oneself and the society.

Mental Slavery is believing what others are saying without having a second thought. Many Africans believe the White men notions that Africans doesn’t have history. The chain of mental Slavery are transmitted into generations. It has caused dysfunction in African Society and impeding all form of growth and development.

This is one of the reasons why African Countries are invisible among Developed Countries.

Looking at our society parents doesn’t like naming their kids indigenous African names but prefer English names for them.

In our schools children are scold or pay fines for speaking indigenous languages in school.

Many African parents shut out their kids against speaking local languages.

Most Africans believe that traditional attires are better work for parties only or weekend.

I know a woman who collected loan and she paid tithe from the month and she was unable to pay back her debt. I also know of a woman who used her kids school fees to sow seeds in church and her husband sent her out of the house.

I can’t forget the day I became conscious in mosque on Sunday(Assalatu) when the congregation was told to contribute Chief Missioner of the Mosque weekly allowance. Despite the fact we have contributed a lot of money for the development of the mosque. The presiding missioner told us it is the chief missioner that will help us to pray to God to answer all our prayers here today. That is the reason why we have to contribute his money. I asked the girl sitting beside if the chief missions is sick ? She said No! I decided never to contribute!

In African society women respect and obey Religious leaders than their husband and family.

It is time we challenge our thinking rather than being brainwashed into living life of another.

It is better to borrow other people ideas rather than buying ideas, be your expert!

Internet Fraudster “Yahoo boys” A story of Catastrophe.

Few weeks ago a tweeter user tweeted about how he lost closing a deal for a company on content creation only to be discovered he is a Nigerian & deal was called off. I shared my own story , meeting a publisher online and he stopped our conversation when I told him I am from Nigeria . Some said when they meet foreigners online they don’t tell them they are from Nigeria , getting to a situation we are not proud of our country .

Internet Fraudsters known as “yahoo boys”, G guys ” are destroying reputation of Nigerians online . Creating a big vacuum for online businesses , conversation with foreigners and even traveling to foreign countries .

The sad party is that some Nigerians are out there praising them , hiding under the shield that the bad economy of Nigeria is the reason for the fraudulent act. In life situation doesn’t determine your reaction, that is flimsy excuses!

Even from our music , musicians sing , praises their fraudulent act and implanting negativity to young legit Nigerians. Internet fraudsters are finding their way into the music industry , keep singing to glorify their evil deed.

Internet Fraudsters has eaten deeply into our society , even Nigerians most times risk doing business with their fellow Nigerians online .

Yahoo boys are criminals , not hustlers . It is high time it is eradicated in our society , Nigerians needs to speak up against such catastrophe in our society . Our religion leaders needs to speak more against such evil deed to their followers . The law enforcement agencies are trying their best but there is more to be done .

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.

Rewriting our history! Aba Women Riot “a Revolt “

When I was in secondary school ,as a student of history my favorite topic was the “Aba Women’s Riot of 1929”. I was taught that they were “brave women” , I still remember the trill I felt in class and I appreciated them for that.

The revolution started by the women from Bende District , Umuahia and other places in eastern Nigeria traveled to the town of Oloko and teamed up with the women in the village to protest against the warrant chiefs on the payment of taxes by women , restricting the role of women in government. Which brought about social , political and economic changes in the society. This resulted in women been appointed to serve in Native courts. They utilized collective action to champion their dissatisfaction upon direct taxes which was imposed on the men previous year and which they are already supporting their men in paying taxes. Nearly ten thousand women protested.

Few days ago I saw a tweet from Amnesty International Nigeria celebrating the Aba woman riot of 1929 , Prof. Farooq Kperogi quotes the tweet and he said it should be called “revolt” because a “riot” is senseless, disorderly violence by an unruly mob”! He continued that the colonialists called the “Aba Women Revolt “a riot ” to delegitimize it.

Many shared their opinion that we need to rewrite our history , that the colonialist tried to change our history , calling our achievements their own and they misinterpreted everything. Authors should strike out the word “Riot” for “Revolt” from textbooks and other materials . While some are of the view that the unfortunate incident of women destroying native courts , attacking the chiefs , destroying their homes caused the ” revolt” to be marked as “riot “.

We need to re write our history not in books but in movies , I don’t think there is a Nigeria movie about the riot. They are great women who championed women speaking up in traditional and modern day Nigeria !

The Danger of using Earphones on the Street …

The rise in mishap of using earphones by pedestrians on the street is increasing daily.

I was moving from Ajah area of Lagos to Obalende (Lagos) . A young man who was happily making phone calls with his earphones was almost crushed by my bus driver. The angry driver screamed “weyrey okunrin “in Yoruba language (mad man ) “koo ni da fun e “( It will not be well with you ) .

I was in a big shock with other passengers in the bus and the driver said so many people he has crushed for the same act.

Then I thought about thousands of people who are victims of using earphones on the road and leading to their untimely death.

For safety precautions it is advisable we don’t move on the street with our earphones plugged into our ears, making phone calls on the road while walking or driving on the road.