Archive | May 2015

Postcards From Africa #10. Chude Jideonwo: Why today – and President Buhari – made me cry. 

(The Article below was culled from, accessed on May 29, 2015 at 3.30 pm EST.  It was written by media entrepreneur and Future Awards co-founder, Chude Jideonwo).

Office of the Citizen Whole Woman NetworkThis morning, my team member, Oluwatobi Soyombo and I sat in the office, and discharged our final responsibility to the Buhari Campaign Organisation – we changed the bio of the Muhammadu Buhari account across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and everywhere else to ‘President of Nigeria’.

I asked Tobi for the privilege to do this myself, with my own hands. Then, as he looked at me, shocked, the tears began to follow.

After sending out the tweet for the new president of Nigeria (personal tweets from him are signed –MB), I took to my own private account and shared: ‘@MBuhari better not disappoint us. This is too important. This is too important’.

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Week 22| WWN Reflections: Advocacy on Sustainable, Accessible and Quality Healthcare for African Women.

Whole Woman Network Leadership

#BridgingTheIntegrityGap  #OfficeofTheCitizen

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 . ….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

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Remembering, Honouring Our Unsung and Uncelebrated Mothers

“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”)

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A Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother's Day

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!

-Juliet ‘Kego Ume-Onyido

Co-Founder, Whole Woman Network (WWN)

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Updated Version -A Letter to All Women of African Descent: 10 Reasons Why Hydroquinone is Bad For Your Skin!

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…

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Magical Bonds #1: Parents & Children Series – A letter from Papa Joe to his baby Janet Jackson

Bloggers Note: This is Part 1 of 7 of  ‘Magical Bonds: Parents & Children Letter Series’

Janet and Joe Jackson Whole Woman NetworkI am not too familiar with Joe Jackson, other than news gleaned through a combination of media depiction, folklore and pop culture.

Through those lens, he may not come across as the most sympathetic or loveable of characters.

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Postcards From Africa #9: A Salute to Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba for sponsoring the bill against Female Genital Multination (FGM)

Stop Female Genital Mutilation

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 🙂

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