NOTE: This post was inspired by the advocacy campaign, #OfficeofTheCitizen, initiated by Dr Oby Ezekwesili and championed by Enough is Enough (EiE), Nigeria.
“For us passionate to PUSH for EFFECTIVE DETERRENCE/SANCTIONS measures against Corruption, let’s ACTIVATE #OfficeOfTheCitizen. ….It is TIME! As Citizens FIND their Voices — discussing, debating, disagreeing & agreeing — they gain CONFIDENCE to DEMAND ACTION. In Public Discourse the Awakened Citizens have to learn Civility, Civility & more Civility even when disagreeing.”
~Dr Oby Ezekwesili
“I’ve heard it said and I really do believe that a mother and a child are born in the same breath. For when the child is born, only then is the mother brought to life. That woman, who has now become a mother, she never existed before that moment. And If we understand the real sacred mystery of Motherhood, then we must accept that it is an irrefutable truism that indeed ALL mothers go to heaven. A woman goes empty-handed into the land of the spirits and comes back, transformed into a mother, bearing a sacred gift of life, a proof of the light that exists in the void!” -Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido (Nne’s Reflections from the collection of stories: “Conversations with an Amichi Grandmother”)
Happy Mother’s Day everyone! For indeed WE are all mothers; blessed with unique buds, seeds and fruits, bearing children, hopes, dreams, gifts, talents, abilities, light and love. May we birth them all in this lifetime, to God’s glory and share them with the world within and around us!
This piece was originally posted on January 3, 2013. Due to popular demand and based on the increasing cases of women (and men), whose skin have been damaged by the skin bleaching agent ‘Hydroquinone’, we decided to repost it again.
It is rare to attend an event these days without seeing first hand the damages that the hydroquinone bleaching agent causes (and continue to cause).
The clues are pretty easy to spot: very dark knuckles, knees, elbows, ankles and toes, unsightly varicose parchment of veins, different shades of skin tone, dark burn-like marks on faces, especially along the cheekbones and around the contours of the eyes…
A huge thank you to Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, for sponsoring the bill that seeks to prohibit female circumcision or genital mutilation (FGM), among other harmful and horrific practices against women and children (especially the Girl-Child). The WWN team appreciates and applauds the efforts of the Nigerian Senate in passing this very important bill! It took a long time coming but we are so happy it’s come to pass 🙂