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IWD: Breaking the bias in Nigeria, a reality or farce

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Celebrating International Women’s Day, a day set aside to celebrate women and their contribution to society, March 8 of every year, is here again!

The day, which is recognised by the United Nations, draws the attention of the global community into daily incrimination, societal expectations and hindrances and ‘bias’ deeply rooted in the system.

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We should be celebrating but is it worth the celebration? Are our messages clear enough?

This year’s theme, #Breakthebias, is an indication that the fight is far from over. Women are still constantly set back in their daily activities.

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Breaking the bias starts from you and me. It takes a collective effort to drastically reduce gender discrimination especially amongst women.

Women are still in a continuous race to battle for their basic rights, particularly when it comes to the political, family setting and the socio-economic sector.

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With the growing rise of women standing up for themselves, it is expected that gender discrimination and bias when it comes to women should be reduced. However, the reality is far from that.

Women, at their places of work, are often seen as pushovers as positions and responsibilities meant for them are constantly disbursed to the other gender simply because they are women, the ones with the weaker vessels. An irony! Because women are naturally wired to innovate, they are masters of navigations and networking, business associates, strategic partners, specialists at cultivating genuine and purposeful relationship.

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Women are obtaining more MBAs than men these days, bustling and successfully adding house chores, management and their careers together.

But are these appreciated enough? No, Yes, I don’t think so!

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Politically, there are limitations to the offices available for women in politics. Just days ago, a bill had been rejected at the National Assembly.

The bill, which was aimed at promoting gender equality in the socio-political space of society, was shallowly dropped on March 1, 2022. This move had sparked the reaction of women groups who raised their voices and took to the streets to hold protest against the politicians who clearly do not support them.

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A statement by the women group said that the men of the National Assembly discredit women’s contribution in politics and every aspect of growth in the country, hence, the result.

It read, “The men of the 9th National Assembly by their actions have taken us backwards. Their actions undermine the importance and relevance of women’s contributions to the governance of Nigeria including the key role women play to bring victory to political parties in elections at all levels across the country.”

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The bill had denied citizenship to a foreign-born husband of a Nigerian woman but allows the men’s foreign-born wives be awarded citizenship.

Section 26 of the 1999 constitution explains the different ways by which one can become a Nigerian citizen, indeed, a way unfavorable to Nigerian women. A foreign woman becomes Nigerian as soon as she marries a Nigerian but not same result when a Nigerian woman marries a husband of different nationality.

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There are still cases of assault, rapes, and molestation often sidetracked. Tradition and customs are still holding women in captivity when it comes to marriage decisions, child bearing, mutilation, and the place of a woman in the family.

A woman does not belong in the kitchen, or the labour room, or the bottom. She is limitless and multi-talented with capacities too numerous to mention! We sojourn and tarry on the path towards the emancipation of women in every area until the bias is evidently broken for women all around the world! Happy International Women’s Day!

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Johnny Depp hit me on our honeymoon

Johnny Depp hit me on our honeymoon - Amber Heard claims

In continuation of the $50m defamation lawsuit, Actress, Amber Heard has claimed she feared her ex-husband Johnny Depp would accidentally kill her during an alleged assault during their honeymoon.

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Testifying in the defamation case Depp brought against her, Ms Heard, 36, painted a picture Depp as an abuser addicted to drugs and plagued with jealousy and self-harm.

Depp is suing Ms Heard for $50m (£40m) over an article in which she claimed she was the victim of domestic violence .

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Johnny Depp hit me on our honeymoon - Amber Heard claims

The piece did not name Depp but his attorneys, however, have said that the article “incalculably” damaged his reputation and career. She has countersued him for $100m.

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The case being tried in Virginia has resumed for a fifth week, and in previous court hearings Depp had told his side of the story while Heard had begun some of her testimony.

In court on Monday, May 16, Heard tearfully told jurors that she believed she’d likely “not survive” if she had remained married to Mr Depp, 58.

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“I was so scared that it was going to end really badly for me,” she said. “I really didn’t want to leave him. I loved him so much.”

She alleged that he attacked her while aboard the Orient Express train in Asia after their February 2015 wedding, claiming that he struck her and held her by the neck while in their sleeper compartment.

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“He was squeezing my neck against the railway car for what felt like a very long time,” she said.

She said she recalled thinking he could “kill me”.

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“I remember being scared that he wouldn’t mean to do it,” she said.

In another instance, Ms Heard described a “week of hell” after Depp allegedly became jealous because she was offered a role with James Franco. She claimed he punched her and threw her into furniture.

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While Ms Heard said that the marriage was “at times, very loving”, it deteriorated over time to a point in which tension and violence became “almost normal”. They divorced in 2017, after two years.

She also claimed that Depp would frequently self-harm during their arguments.

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“In fights he often would cut his arms or hold his knife to his chest or draw blood, superficially at first,” she said. “He also put cigarettes out on himself.”

Attorney Camille Vasquez, Depp’s lawyer questioned the witness over her prior testimony, questioning why there were so few photos and medical records to back up claims of physical injuries from her alleged beatings.

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Heard countered that she didn’t take photos or videos of the beating because she was embarrassed to be a victim of abuse and “other than my therapist”, she relied on makeup to cover bruises and ice to reduce swelling.

In a heated back-and forth, Ms Vasquez forced Ms Heard to acknowledge that she had “pledged” to donate the entirety of her $7m divorce settlement with Depp to charity but was yet to make any donation.

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She also noted that her client had not once looked Ms Heard in the eye over the course of the trial. “He can’t,” Ms Heard responded.

In his own testimony earlier in the trial, Mr Depp said that he never struck Ms Heard and told jurors that she had a “need” for conflict and violence.

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On Monday, jurors heard a number of audio clips of the former couple arguing. In one clip which Heard can be heard saying she hit Mr Depp.

“I was hitting you. I was not punching you,” she can be heard saying. “You’re not punched.”

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According to Ms Heard, she sometimes “reactively” hit Mr Depp and claimed that she was referring to the “disparity” of their strength.

 

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Many feared dead as explosion rocks Kano

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At least three residents of Kano were killed while many are currently trapped in an explosion which rocked Sabongari area of the state.

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Details of the incident are still sketchy, but it was gathered that an explosive device went off in the early hours of the day.

It is being reported that a suicide bomber struck in the area.

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Officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) are currently at the scene.

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Court remands three suspects for stealing transformer cables in Osun monarch’s palace

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Court remands three suspects for stealing transformer cables in Osun monarch

An Osun State Magistrate court sitting in Ilesa, on Monday remanded three suspected thieves in police custody for stealing transformer cables valued at N700,000 in Owa Obokun of Ijeshaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran’s palace. 

 

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The suspects, Owolabi Abimbola,33, Sulaiman Mutiu,25, Samson Oluwafemi,25, and others now at large are facing four-count charges on the committed offence.

 

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According to the Police Prosecutor, Inspector Adigun Kehinde, the stolen transformer cables were the property of IBEDC Ilesa branch.

 

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He told the court that the defendants on May 11, 2022, conspired, stole and diverted to their own personal use a transformer cable at the Owa Obokun Palace.

 

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Adigun argued that the offence committed by the defendants was contrary to sections 516, 400, 451(6), 383(2) of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol ll Law of Osun State 2002, which saw the suspects pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them.

 

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In his ruling, the presiding Magistrate, A.O Awodele fixed further hearing on the case till May 18th and ordered that the defendants should be kept in Police custody.

 

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Court remands three suspects for stealing transformer cables in Osun monarchCourt remands three suspects for stealing transformer cables in Osun monarch

 

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