Settling in at the Office after a Break

Hello,
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read, comment, like or just being invisible but perusing my blog page. Really do appreciate you.😘😘

This week had me settling in and attending to work assignments after my annual vacation.

Vacation?

Ask me how that went? Oh well… A mixed bag of fun with my children and I on a visit to grandpa’s farm; building a tree house etc.

Then I sat down developing an FGMC radio drama serial script. In between, I published some posts on my blog

Then I started to feel bored staying at home and resting… Can you imagine… I should be grateful for the vacation o!

Resumption of Work 

Guess what?  Now that I have resumed work,  I sincerely miss the relaxed schedule and time I had.

Now I am in the middle of working with a team planning for the 2017 world elders day celebration organized by my media organization – the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Ibadan Zonal Station … Looking forward to giving our senior citizens a memorable day come 2nd October. You don’t want to know what this assignment entails… Lots of letter writing, brain storming session, sourcing for funds/sponsorship… Etc. The Theme for International Older Persons Day: “Stepping into the future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions, and participation of older persons in the society”.

Then I am back already co-presenting on a live family show. I so missed my “radio husband”… Together we mirror the stresses of couples/family life and get solutions from our dear audience

That’s not all… I seem to be saddled with producing all the health & fitness programs on my station… So here I am on resumption worrying about scheduling studio recordings for the physiotherapy group in Oyo State and this other gym guy who wants to wake listeners up early in the morning to exercise… 😸🙅😀

Still trying to work with my story writing partner on the way forward with a new drama series… So you see resuming work after a long vacation is not something to look forward to sometimes📚📚📚😀😀

But hey work I must and I am grateful for the gift of work. So please bear with me if I am not able to publish as often. But as soon as I am done settling in I will do more Posts. Well, tomorrow might just find me ready to publish a post! Hahaha.

I will also catch up on reading posts from my blogging friends and community. Missed reading your engaging and fun posts.

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

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Bloggers & Social Media Influencers Workshop: All about Advocating for Zero tolerance for Female Genital mutilation and cutting (FGMC)

There is no medical or biological benefit in cutting the female genitalia. Instead It leaves a scar that brings a lifetime of complications to a woman and her wellbeing.

Cultures that practice FGMC belief it is a tight of passage to womanhood :

A woman is born complete and whole stop the cutting.

Another cultural belief system is the female circumstances prevents a girl/woman from being promiscuous but
It has been found that there are many sex workers who were circumcised.

Cutting a woman’s genital has nothing to do with promiscuity ; this is a matter of personal choice & character.

#SayNotoFGMC

Bloggers & Social Media Influencers workshop organized by Young Men’s Foundation Against Sexual & Gender Based Violence. 

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

12 Factors that makes a Woman Susceptible to Obstetric Fistula, Prevention & Care (Safe Motherhood #2)

Mama sat at the bedside of her daughter looking dejected at the hospital. She prays hard that God will save her daughter from this affliction that left them all in open disgrace and embarrassment. Her daughter had just put to bed but her vagina was leaking with urine. The young lady had sustained an injury during a mismanaged childbirth and was later brought to the hospital. Mama is burdened with caring for her daughter and newborn as the girl’s husband had abandoned them. He couldn’t cope with the mess as he referred to it. Mama believed that somebody had bewitched her daughter but at the hospital, she finds out that there is hope for her daughter. She prays hard that the surgery to the injury will work but also worry about raising enough money to pay for it.
This young lady has what is known as Obstetrics Fistula which occurred during childbirth with unskilled birth attendants: A sad story but hopeful.

The international Fistula awareness day comes up every 23rd May and this year’s theme is tagged: Hope, Healing & Dignity to us All.

Obstetrics Fistula is an abnormal hole in the bladder or rectum as a result of a traumatic birth experience. Urine drains uncontrollably through that hole to the vagina. It can also be termed to mean injury sustained in difficult childbirth or a birth not properly attended to.
Fistula occurs mostly in younger people (under 18 years) not old enough to give birth.

Factors that makes someone susceptible to Obstetrics Fistula:
1. Children below age 18 getting pregnant are a risk as their birth canal is not big enough for a baby. The injury is usually sustained during childbirth.
2.  Labor that is not managed properly especially when there is an obstruction. This is a situation a baby is too big to pass through the birth canal.
3. When a woman presents a breech baby she can sustain an injury during delivery or in the process of trying to assist her.
4.  During the operation of a woman to remove her womb probably because of fibroid mistakes can occur and she sustains an injury.
5.  Unskilled birth attendants in the rural or urban area can put a pregnant woman at risk of Fistula injury.
6. Quacks carrying out a caesarean section can injure the bladder or vagina of a woman.
7. Cancer of the neck of the womb can also erode into the bladder leading to Fistula.
8.  Female Genital Mutilation (Female Circumcision) could cause injury to the bladder. Also, infections may occur in patients not given any antibiotic after FGM. This infection can erode into the bladder and vagina.
9. Women who in an attempt to treat Fibroid or abort through herbal means take caustic materials are at risk of sustaining an injury in their vagina and bladder leading to Fistula.
10.  In some cultural or family practices where women are not allowed to go to the hospital to give birth but instead are required to give birth at home with spiritual chants, when there is an obstruction such women are at risk of Fistula injury.
11.  Lack of funds/poverty prevents people from going to safe hospitals to give birth. Stillbirth may occur and in an attempt to deliver the mother of the baby an injury can occur.
12. In remote villages/places distance to the hospital denies women access to proper care and therefore are exposed to quacks to monitor their labor. This is dangerous.

Prevention of Fistula:
Integration of family planning to reduce the number of abortion by quacks helps to reduce fistula cases.
Training and updating midwives to be able to detect when there is going to be a problem with a pregnant woman’s delivery. Such women are referred on time to a hospital equipped to care for them.
Provision of Maternity Health centers in remote areas will enable women to have access to proper maternal care.
Preventing underage marriage
Sex and health education of teenage girls to keep them from engaging the services of quacks to do abortion.
Health education on the importance of pregnant women registering with hospitals for proper care.
Government making maternal care cheaper or even free.

Why Fistula should be eradicated
A leak of urine or faeces through the vagina leaves the woman psychological traumatized and physically incapacitated. She cannot go to work or go about her business for fear of the smell and stigmatization. Therefore she is economically handicapped. This will also affect the income of her family and her wellbeing.
Some women have been abandoned by their husbands because he could not cope with the trouble of his wife wetting the bed and smell. This further affects her well-being and that of the family.

The Good news is that Fistula is repairable. Many do not know that this is possible. Share with a woman with a Fistula today that her case is treatable.
Right now the University Teaching College Hospital and Adeoyo in Ibadan are offering free Fistula treatment. It is from 22nd May – 26th May 2017.

Fistula is Preventable; It is treatable

Apart from the opening story and conclusion, this article was drawn from points on an interview with a team from the Engendered Health (NGO) and members from Ministry of Health in Oyo state on the radio station Premier F.M 93.5 in Ibadan on the 23rd May 2017.


The team includes:
Prof. Oladosu Ojengbede – Chief Surgeon Obstetrics & gynecologist UCH.
Dr. Doyin Bello (Gynaecologist)
Mrs. Olajumoke Adekogba (Rep. Engendered Health – Fistula Care Plus (USAID)
Mrs. Oluwakemi Olawoyin( Rep. Commissioner for Health)

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Girls are beautiful Just as they are – Stop the Cutting #FGMC

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My daughter and friends from church

6th  of February has been set aside as the International day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation and Cutting. Recently through the awareness on FGMC created by the radio drama serial, “Pim Pim Pim”, three girls ran to their local church to prevent being circumcised. Fortunately their local Pastor had the number put out on radio and so he called the line. The girls have since been rescued. Child protection is working on their case.

If only more parents will protect girls from having their vagina cut in the name of tradition.
This is still an issue in many communities in different parts of the world.

Some Reasons why it is practiced:
* FGMC is believed to be a girl’s right of passage to womanhood in many communities where it is practiced.
* To prevent a girl/woman from being promiscuous.
* To show chastity in a woman and therefore bring honor to her family.

Cost of Not Circumcising a Girl
* It is a cultural practice that is entrenched so much in communities where it is practice. Any girl who is not circumcised will not have a man willing to marry her.
* It is believed that such a girl/woman is loose. This tarnishes hers and her family’s image in the community.

Effect of FGMC on the wellbeing of a girl/woman
* Bleeding and loss of life
* Infection that could lead to difficulty in achieving pregnancy later on in life
* Difficulty in enjoying sex becomes a source of conflict between the woman and her husband.
* Mutilated vagina
* Complications during child birth

How can we stop this practice?

Engaging communities in the discussion about Female Genital Mutilation and cutting.

Creating more awareness that FGMC has no benefit

FGMC does not prevent promiscuity. There are girls who were circumcised and still keep chains of men.

Speak up and do more to STOP FGM/C

UN Women Statement on this year’s (2017) International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Pim Pim Pim! What?? Where? #Radio Drama Breaking

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Pim Pim Pim literarily means, “Cut cut cut”. What is been cut? Who is cutting? Is it painful? Is it harmful?

Someone is definitely cutting something and it turns into a serious saga!!

Pim Pim Pim is the story of a princess and her twin babies. What she proposed to do is a taboo in her community. The Royal chiefs become enraged…Her father the King might lose the throne if she insists. The whole community goes agog… who is going to save the day?!

Maybe the young doctor in the community, maybe the women, maybe the youths who are protesting….ITS A SERIOUS “SAGA” OR “GBEGE” AS WE SAY IN PIDGIN LANGUAGE.

It was fun producing the story for Amuludun F.M 99.1.       I had a great team to work with.

So do you want to know what is up with the Princess, her babies, the king, and community? Tune into radio stations in these states weekly:

SUPPORTED BY UNICEF
EBONYI, EKITI, IMO, OSUN AND OYO
MEDIUM: RADIO
PERIOD: 13 WEEKS: FROM JANUARY TO MARCH 2017
DURATION: 15 MINUTES

SOUTH EAST

1. HEARTLAND FM 100.5, Owerri (Radio Nigeria)  Wed 3.45pm Imo  Pim Pim Pim English

2. ORIENT FM 94.4, Owerri (Imo Broadcasting Corporation) Fri 10.45 am Pim Pim Pim Igbo. Repeat Broadcast Tues – 7.00pm

3. UNITY FM 101.5, Abakaliki (Radio Nigeria) Ebonyi  Sun 10.30am Pim Pim Pim English. Repeat Broadcast Tues- 1.45pm

4. SALT FM 98.1, Abakaliki (Ebonyi Broadcasting Corporation) Ebonyi Sat- 11.00am Pim Pim Pim Igbo Repeat Broadcast Wed – 5.00pm

SOUTH WEST

5. SPLASH FM105.5, Ibadan Oyo  Pim Pim Pim English – Sat 3pm

6 AMULUDUN FM 99.1, Moniya, Ibadan (Radio Nigeria) Oyo  Thurs 6.15pm Pim Pim Pim Yoruba

7. LIVINGSPRING FM 104.5, Osogbo (Osun State Broadcasting Corporation) Tues – 3.45pm Pim Pim Pim English

8. ORISUN FM 89.5, Osogbo (Osun State Broadcasting Corporation) Thur- 6.00pm  Pim Pim Pim Yoruba

9. EKITI RADIO FM 91.5, Ado Ekiti (Broadcasting Service of Ekiti State)   Fri 11.45am Pim Pim Pim English

10. PROGRESS FM 100.5, Ado Ekiti (Radio Nigeria) Thurs – 6.15pm Pim Pim Pim Yoruba.

Good news…The story is broadcasting in English, Yoruba and Igbo languages.

For comments, questions or inquiries call: 08173330586 OR email – pimpimpimng@gmail.com

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

A Happy Girl without Virgina Violation

 By Adebisi Adetunji

Mary(not real name) is a young lady with great dreams for the future. Fortunately her parents unlike others decided to ensure that she had a good education. They encouraged her every step of the way, right from kindergarten, and now she is on the last lap of her education, being at the university. Mary in spite of the great promising future that lay ahead of her has one “Fear” and “pain”. Her room mate, Pat(not real name) had tried to persuade her to set herself free herself from the source of the fear and pain but doing so would make it worse. Every time Mary went to use the toilet, it takes her about an hour to be able to pee/urinate. The pain shoots through her temple and a few tears roll down her cheek. Pat is frustrated and can not understand why Mary had to hold unto this torture even with all the education she had gotten. Every time Mary visited the toilet she had to keep checking on her to make sure she is alright until she comes out . Pat had made several attempt at encouraging Mary to set herself free but like other times Mary is more terrified with the idea of breaking free from a tradition that must be followed according to her people and parents. The tradition of circumcising a female child as soon as she is old enough and worse still sewing up the opening of her Virgina until she is married. This practice is an attempt to keep girls  from sexual indulgence. Any girl who does not maintain the statuesque would be rejected by the society and her family would find it hard to get her a husband. Mary did not want to be a disappointment to her parents and so she bore the pain bravely. But Mary wishes she could be free and a greater fear lucks in her mind. She wondered about what her sexual encounter with her husband would be like? She dreaded the pain as she had heard that many girls undergo excruciating pains when they get married.

Pat is lucky that even though she comes from this same culture her parents are liberated and refused to subject their daughters to this horrific practice. Many tribes in Somalia, Ethiopia and other African countries still violate the human rights of girls against genital mutilation. In places where Female Genital Mutilation had been outlawed people still pay huge sum of money in order to secretly ensure that their daughters go through the ritual. This practice is seen as a “cultural must do”, so even those who live abroad send their girls back home to go through circumcision. It is estimated that about 80% and above number of women and girls go through circumcision in Somalia and in other African countries. Some of these women and girls go through traumatic experiences that can go on for a life time. Imagine sewing the Virgina opening of some of these women and they have to have sexual intercourse with their husbands. They are only allowed to remove the stitch at delivery of a baby and then it is sown back again. This information I got from talking with a friend from Ethiopia and was horrified by what she shared with me.

A lot of questions come to my mind about why people choose to hold unto a cultural practice like female genital mutilation that has done more harm than good. Why subject a girl to such torture all in the bid to curb her God given gift of sexual  fulfillment? Why is it ok for men,  boys to exercise their sexual gifts without any inhibition? As a saying i heard recently goes “A key that can open several doors is known as the master key while one padlock opened by many keys is said to be fake”. Meaning that a girl has to be padlocked to keep her from being opened by many keys but a boy/man should be a master key. Sex is meant to be enjoyed by both men and women, it shouldn’t be a source of torture for women. A few women i have met in my own community who have gone through FGM are frustrated with the fact that they don’t enjoy sex, and this affects the stability of their marriage/relationship. I believe a bride should look forward to enjoying her sexual encounter with her husband not dreading it because of the excruciating pain as a result of Sewn Virgina in the name of cultural practice. A happy bride makes a  happy husband.

Happy married couple
A Happy Married Couple. http://www.vikkizegler.com.

Girls like Mary are caught in the web of either going through the pain or be rejected and isolated by their society. She dreads the day she’ll get married while Pat her friend looks forward to it. Mothers, women should be in the fore front of protecting their girls. The elders, community  leaders and all stake holders as my friend said should take a long look at this practice of FGM and see it for what it is.