You are Not Less ; You are So Much More #IWD2019

A short message from my heart to every woman on this special day. Happy International women’s day!

 

#XXFILES women Radio crew on Premier FM 93.5 from the stable of Radio Nigeria Ibadan

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Broadcast Journalist, Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

#Nig2019Elections Full List of Female Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates

Credits: ThisDay News

The presidential election is just around the corner and contestants are doing all to reach out to voters for support to win the forthcoming election.

Facts to Know about Female Contestants for the office of the President and Vice President:

  • The total number of presidential candidates and their running mates is 144 according to the document released by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
  • In the list, there are only 28 female contestants. This includes both presidential and Vice presidential candidates.
  • 6 women are contesting against 66 male candidates for the office of the president.
  • 22 parties have selected female candidates as Vice presidents.

List of Female Presidential Aspirants(Name, Party & Age):

1) EZEKWESILI OBIAGELI KATRYN -ACPN 55YRS
2) ANGELA JOHNSON –AUN 59YRS
3) ADESANYA-DAVIES MERCY OLUFUNMILAYO –MAJA 56YEARS
4) RABIA YASAI HASSAN CENGIZ – NAC 66 YEARS
5) ATUEJIDE EUNICE UCHE JULIAN – NIP 40YRS
6) MAINA MAIMUNA KYARI – NPC 41YRS

Vice Presidential Female candidates:

1) UCHENDU UJU PEACE OKAH – AA 49YRS
2) SAFIYA IBRAHIM OGOH – AAP 47YRS
3) OKWUANYASI ABIOLA KIKA – ABP 44 BSc 44YRS
4) TIJJANI AISHA ALI – AGA 39YRS
5) ABDULLAHI KHADIJAH IYAH – ANN 44YRS
6) OKERE EVELYN –ANP 43YRS
7) OLAYEMI MEMUNAT MAHMUD –APDA 53YRS
8) KOFAR MATA MARYAM UMAR – BNBP 39YRS
9) ADEOLA ZAINAB HAZZAN – CNP 39YRS
10) SEIYEFA FETEPIGI – DPC 46YEARS
11) MUSA HADIZA ARUWA – GPN 42YEARS
12) ADO UMMAR ABBAS –KP 54YEARS
13) AZAEL VASHI CHECHERA –LM 35YEARS
14) ADEPOJU OLUWATOYIN GRACE –MMN 35YEARS
15) UFONDU CHINWE FLORENCE –MPN 45YEARS
16) TATAJI AISHA ASABE –NCMP 51 YEARS
17) JAMES FUNMI – NCP 53YEARS
18) MRS ITE DONALD-EKPO – NFD 41YRS
19) OLUWOLE YETUNDE FOLAKE – NPC 44YRS
20) MUHAMMAD AISHA ABUBAKAR – SNC 54YRS
21) ABDULLAHI BALKISU MUSTAPHA – YES 42YRS
22) ABDULLAHI UMMA GETSO – YPP 37YRS

Credits: List drawn out of INEC’s released document of Aspirants/candidates in the 2019 elections. Website – http://www.inecnigeria.org/?page_id=70 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Broadcast Journalist, Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

#Nig2019Elections – Facts About Female Candidates for Senate At a Glance

Credit: ThisDay News

It is an election year in Nigeria and the clock is ticking speedily towards the D-Day. In the first round of election scheduled for the 16th of February 2019 will afford eligible voters to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice while also electing individuals that will represent their constituencies at the Senate.

Often female candidates who are in the minority do not enjoy enough media coverage to make them visible to the electorates. This year I decided to share this with my team members on the Women Radio programme XX-Files and we designed a thematic series tagged: “XX-Files Giving Visibility to Female Candidates in 2019 elections”. Each week we bring the stories of various female candidates to our audience who are also citizens of Nigeria getting ready to vote.

As part of my team and I’s effort to give visibility to women Aspirants and candidates, of the 2019 election in my great country Nigeria, here is a list of women vying for seats at the Senate. It was painstakingly drawn out from the 460-page document released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 

FACTS About Female Candidates For SENATE

The state with the highest number of candidates:

Lagos – 20 Females.

The states with the lowest number of candidates:
Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Katsina and Yobe all have only One female each vying for a seat in the Senate.

One state with no female candidate in all its constituencies is Zamfara.

The youngest female candidate contesting in the Senate election is ABDULMALIK ZULEIHAT. She is 27years old and contesting for KOGI CENTRAL Senatorial seat.

The Oldest female candidates contesting in the Senate election are:

  1. KONWEA THERESA – A 68year old woman contesting for the DELTA NORTH Senatorial seat.
  2. MOJISOLA OMOYENI AFOLABI – Another 68year old woman contesting for the OGUN EAST Senatorial seat.

Total Number of Female candidates Across states in Nigeria: About 227 women who cut across all the states in Nigeria are contesting for a seat at the Senate.

List of Female Candidates at a Glance (State, Party & Age):

1) ABIA CENTRAL- NWOKO QUINET IFUNANYACHUKWU – ACD 37
2) ABIA CENTRAL -NWAOGU NKECHI JUSTINA WOKOCHA -APC 62
3) ABIA CENTRAL -UGWA IFEYINWA ADANNE – FJP 37
4) ABIA SOUTH -OGBUGO CHINEDU OLEDI UWA – ADC 37
5) ABIA SOUTH -UCHEAGWU IJEOMA MORGAN -ANP 55
6) ABIA SOUTH JOSEPHINE OSONDU – ZLP 34
7) ADAMAWA NORTH- PAWA MAYRAM E. – ADC 52
8) ADAMAWA NORTH- WADUMNA WABULARI -AGA 37
9) ADAMAWA NORTH -GARBA MASI BINTA APC 51
10) ADAMAWA NORTH- LYDIA ZIRA -JMPP 55
11) ADAMAWA SOUTH -BULUS GODIYA -ACD 39
12) ADAMAWA SOUTH PATRICIA SEUBITTERE YAKUBU -ADC 51
13) ADAMAWA SOUTH – NUHU AGNESS- PT 40
14) ADAMAWA CENTRA -L DAHIRU AISHATU AHMED -APC 47
15) ADAMAWA CENTRAL – YUSUF GIFT SHALLANGWA- NPM 39

16) AKWA IBOM NORTH EAST – UDUAK ENEFIOR ESSIEN – DPP 42
17) AKWA IBOM NORTH EAST – UMOHUMOH IMOH EMEM – KP 40
18) AKWA IBOM NORTH EAST – THOMAS MFON FLAMINGO – ZLP 56
19) AKWA IBOM NORTH WEST – MENDIE SARAH MARSHALL – C4C 38
20) AKWA IBOM NORTH WEST -INYANG PEACE MARTINS – DPP 34
21) AKWA IBOM NORTH- WEST LUCY PIUS USEN – PPN 37
22) AKWA IBOM SOUTH -ETETE CHARITY INYANG -DPP 44
23) AKWA IBOM SOUTH -EYAKENYI AKON ETIM – PDP 58
24) ANAMBRA NORTH -MENKITI FRANCISCA Q -ACD 51
25) ANAMBRA NORTH- MODEBE EDITH OBIAJULU – ADC 50
26) ANAMBRA NORTH – CHUBA-OKADIGBO MARGERY .C- APC 59
27) ANAMBRA NORTH -MMOTUNE THERESA- DPP 66
28) ANAMBRA NORTH – OKWONKWO SONIA CHINWE – KP 40
29) ANAMBRA NORTH – UMEAROKWU OGECHUKWU U – NCP 38
30) ANAMBRA NORTH -ODUAH STELLA ADAEZE -PDP 56
31) ANAMBRA NORTH – PRINCESS NDUKAIFE EBELE J- PPC 41
32) ANAMBRA NORTH – EDOZIE BLESSING CHINWE -RP 46
33) ANAMBRA CENTRAL – OKAFOR KATE OBY -ACD 56
34) ANAMBRA CENTRAL – EZEKILI OGOCHUKWU – KP 38
35) ANAMBRA CENTRAL – UCHE LILIAN EKWUNIFE – PDP 47
36) ANAMBRA SOUTH – OBIH NKEIRUKA FAITH – RP 47
37) ANAMBRA SOUTH – UMEOHANA-IKE ESTHER IFY – ZLP 51
38) BAUCHI NORTH- FAIZA ABDULLAHI -DA 48 (ONLY ONE FEMALE IN BAUCHI)
39) BAYELSA CENTRAL -EZRA YOHANA JAMAICA -DA 30
40) BAYELSA CENTRAL -EBIERE EKEUWEI J. -MPN 40
41) BAYELSA CENTRAL – KETEBU BOLERE ELIZABETH- NRM 64
42) BAYELSA CENTRAL -DOUYEMIEGHA-SUOWARI EBINDU RUTH- NUP 59
43) BENUE NORTH EAST – ADZAPE – ORUBIBI MIMI -APC 42
44) BENUE NORTH EAST – BUTU LOVELINE ONGO – GDPN 38
45) BENUE NORTH EAST – ADZONGO ESTHER TERSOO – LP 45
46) BENUE NORTH WEST – FAVOUR SHUAIBU- JMPP 35
47) BENUE NORTH WEST – NOR-UGOR VICTORIA KUWUA -LP 61
48) BENUE SOUTH – ANGULU OCHOJEMA JULIET -ADC 35
49) BENUE SOUTH -OKEWU MARY -PPN 30
50) BENUE SOUTH – ALACHE ODE –PT 59
51) BORNO CENTRAL – MUSA FATIMA – NEPP 35
52) CROSS RIVER NORTH – OCHINKEN MERCY AKWAJI – ID 34
53) CROSS RIVER NORTH – OKO ROSE OKOJI – PDP 62
54) CROSS RIVER CENTRAL – SOLOMON OBASESAM E. E. -A 34

55) DELTA CENTRAL – OLUWADARE ONOME HEPHZIBAH -LP 36
56) DELTA CENTRAL -ADJUYA STELLA – MPN 51
57) DELTA CENTRAL – OBORO EVELYN OMAVOWAN OJAKOVO – PDP 46
58) DELTA NORTH- IGUBOR ONYIMELODIA -ASD 35
59) DELTA NORTH -KONWEA THERESA -DA 68
60) DELTA NORTH -OKAFOR OFUNNE PHILOMINA -HDP 58
61) DELTA NORTH – ALIU JANE REBECAH – KP 38
62) DELTA NORTH -UGEGELI NDUDI STEPHANIE – NFD 36
63) DELTA SOUTH -JOSEPH ELO TESSY- ID 43
64) DELTA SOUTH -ANDERSON TARE-ERE -MPN 37
65) DELTA SOUTH – BEGHO IRONE RITA -SDP 59
66) EBONYI NORTH -IMMARIHIAGBE EUCHARIA UKAMAKA – ACPN 38
67) EBONYI SOUTH -JANEFRANCES ANI CHINYERE -JMPP 38
68) EBONYI SOUTH -NWANKWO JOY NGOZI -PPN 38
69) EDO NORTH -JOY OHIS INWALOME -JMPP 60
70) EDO SOUTH – JENNIFER ERIAMIYE OBASUYI -ADC 36
71) EDO SOUTH – ILEVBA ANTHONIA IMMANUELA – JMPP 36
72) EKITI CENTRAL – IREWOLE TOSIN -DPP 43
73) EKITI SOUTH -OLUJIMI BIODUN CHRISTINE -PDP 61
74) EKITI SOUTH – BOLA MARY ADEYINA -PPN 53
75) ENUGU EAST- NNAMCHI ANN NGOZI ID None 34
76) ENUGU EAST- IFEYINWA OLIVE ONUORAH NNOLI – MPN 39
77) ENUGU EAST- OKAFOR CECILIA UZOAMAKA -NIP 64
78) ENUGU EAST- NNAMANI ADAOBI E. -PPN 35
79) ENUGU WEST – CHIKAODILI JULIET IBEKAKU NWAGWU- APC 48
80) ENUGU WEST – OKOLO CHIKODILI LYDIA- ID 34
81) ENUGU WEST -OKAFOR IJEOMA DOREEN -KP 36
82) ENUGU WEST- OKONKWO CORDELIA CHIGOZIE -MPN 39
83) ENUGU WEST OKONKWO MAUREEN C. PPN None 38
84) ENUGU WEST AGU PHILOMENA SDP None 40
85) ENUGU NORTH – NNADI VICTORIA NWANNEKA – DPP 52
86) ENUGU NORTH – DIUGWU MARIA UKAMAKA – LP 52
87) ENUGU NORTH – NWOKOLO CHIKA CHIOMA MPN None 38
88) GOMBE CENTRAL – DANJUMA RIRI – A 34
89) GOMBE CENTRAL – ALIYU FATIMA ADAMU – ASD 34
90) GOMBE SOUTH – LADI SANI – PDM
91) GOMBE SOUTH – BELLO BINTA – PDP 47
92) GOMBE SOUTH – HANNATU AHMED YARO – SDP 58
93) GOMBE NORTH – MUHAMMED HAUWA INUWA – A 35
94) GOMBE NORTH – PUMA ALIYU – PDC 51

95) IMO EAST – ETHEL NGOZI NWANNA – ADC 62
96) IMO EAST – ADELINE IWUAGU EMIHE – AGAP 62
97) IMO EAST – DONALD UGONMA – ASD 38
98) IMO EAST – OGUIJE EUCHARIA ANAYO – JMPP 38
99) IMO EAST – EMEDON NKIRU ODIONYEYE – NAC 46
100) IMO EAST – ONYEALUSIM JENNIFER – NIP 35
101) IMO WEST – IBEH UCHENNA ONYEOMA – LP 48
102) IMO WEST AGOBI VIVIAN C. – PPN 41
103) IMO NORTH – IBE EUCHARIA – A 49
104) IMO NORTH – OKORAFOR RITA ADANNA IBEMERE (MFR) – ADP 44
105) IMO NORTH – OHANYERE LOVETH CHINYERE – ASD 35
106) IMO NORTH – NWAIWU IJEOMA JULIET – NIP 38
107) IMO NORTH – NZE JOY NNENNA – NRM 42
108) IMO NORTH – ANYA JUSTINA TOCHI – UPP 45
109) JIGAWA NORTH – WEST SALISU ZAINAB – MPN 35
110) KADUNA NORTH- MUHAMMAD AISHATU USMAN – A 35
111) KADUNA CENTRAL – TIJANI HALIMA TURAKI – ABP 58
112) KADUNA CENTRAL – IBRAHIM HAUWA FUNTUA – APGA 64
113) KADUNA CENTRAL – HABU HUSSAINA DPC 30
114) KADUNA CENTRAL – USMAN HAFSAT M.B. – NEPP 50
115) KANO CENTRAL – BUHARI LAILA –APDA 66
116) KANO CENTRAL – ABDU DIJE L – DPC None 39
117) KANO CENTRAL – HAUWA IBRAHIM EL-YAKUB – NPM 45

118) KATSINA CENTRAL – SADA ZAINAB MOHAMMED- NRM 40
119) KEBBI NORTH – MOHAMMED SHAFAATU – A 35
120) KEBBI NORTH – SANNI AISHATU – AD 32
121) KEBBI CENTRAL – ABUBAKAR HAJARA B/KEBBI – APA 49
122) KEBBI CENTRAL – ABUBAKAR SUWAIBA – NAC 38
123) KEBBI SOUTH – MUSA AMINA – GPN 31
124) KOGI CENTRAL – ABDULMALIK ZULEIHAT – A 27
125) KOGI CENTRAL – AKPOTI NATASHA HADIZA – SDP 38
126) KOGI CENTRAL – AVOSUAHI AMINU FATIMA – UPP 35
127) KOGI EAST – YAKUBU ADIJETU – UPC 36
128) KOGI WEST – IBITOYE ROSELINE ABOSEDE – A 50
129) KOGI WEST – IBRAHIM HANNATU AKUJIMISI – LP 32
130) KOGI WEST – OLORUNTOBA CHERRY YINKA – UPP 47
131) KWARA CENTRAL – ABDULWAHEED MARIAM – ADP 38
132) KWARA CENTRAL – WURAOLA HASIYA GAMBARI – APN 56
133) KWARA CENTRAL – OKANLAWON ADEKUNLE TAIWO – GPN 52
134) KWARA CENTRAL- ABDULSALAM KUBURAT LP 49
135) KWARA CENTRAL – ABUBAKAR KHADIJAT BIMBO – MPN 38
136) KWARA SOUTH – ADELEKE JUMOKE TAOFIKAT- GPN 48
137) KWARA SOUTH – AFOLAYAN COMFORT FUNKE – UPP 30
138) LAGOS CENTRAL- AKINYEMI OLUWAFUNMILAYO JOSEPHINE- A 52
139) LAGOS CENTRAL -TINUBU OLUREMI SHADE – APC 58
140) LAGOS CENTRAL – ADU OMOLOLA KOLADE – CAP 33
141) LAGOS CENTRAL – OGOWEWO OLUGBEMISOLA OLUFUNKE – DA 48
142) LAGOS CENTRAL – MARTINS TINA REMI – FJP 50
143) LAGOS CENTRAL – OYINBO PATRICIA NNEDIMMA – ID 42
144) LAGOS CENTRAL – PARIOLA RUFINA OLAMIDE – MPN 37
145) LAGOS CENTRAL – BAJULAIYE-OMOGBEHIN OMOWUNMI AGBEKE PT 50
146) LAGOS EAST – FAKOYA OLAJUMOKE MODUPE – ADC 39
147) LAGOS EAST – IDOWU ABOSEDE – CAP 41
148) LAGOS EAST – AJAYI FLORENCE OLUFUNKE – DA 54
149) LAGOS EAST – JAIYEOLA ADEBOLA ADENRELE – DPP 43
150) LAGOS EAST – OYEFUSI ABIODUN ADETOLA- PDP 51
151) LAGOS EAST – AWOLOWO OLUFUNKE – PT 55
152) LAGOS WEST – ADEGBORIOYE SOLAKUNMI ELIZABETH – A 62
153) LAGOS WEST- AGOSU-PANTINVOH FELICIA MENTON – ADP 51
154) LAGOS WEST – ESTHER GODWIN – APM 53
155) LAGOS WEST – BOJURI ORIYOMI RUTH -CAP 43
156) LAGOS WEST – NKEM CHIBOGU KENNETH – UPP 40
157) LAGOS WEST – FADAHUNSIOJO OMOBOLA ALICE – YPP 45
158) NASSARAWA NORTH – AKWASHIKI PATRICIA NAOMI – ADC 64
159) NASSARAWA NORTH – LUBABATU TANI YAKUBU – GPN 39
160) NASSARAWA NORTH – KATIMI SAIDU ISA – MMN 35
161) NASSARAWA SOUTH – ELADOGA RAKIYA ABUBAKAR – ADP 36
162) NIGER EAST – KOLAWOLE IDRIS ZAINAB – NCP 50
163) NIGER EAST – MOHAMMED BINTA – PT 42
164) NIGER NORTH – MAMUDA HADIZA KUTA – AGA 41
165) NIGER NORTH – BALKISU MUSA ALHERI – GPN 31
166) NIGER SOUTH – MOHAMMED SAFIYA BABA – GPN 45

167) OGUN CENTRAL – GOMEZ TITILAYO OSENI – ADC 54
168) OGUN CENTRAL – ABIMBOLA MARGARET ONOKOYA – GPN 39
169) OGUN CENTRAL – TOLA ESTHER FEHIN OGUNSANWO – MPN 63
170) OGUN EAST – ONADIPE E. IDOWU – NCP 57
171) OGUN EAST – MOJISOLA OMOYENI AFOLABI – UPP 68
172) OGUN WEST – MORUF IYABODE ALICE – ZLP 47
173) ONDO NORTH – OLAYINKA OGEDENCIBE MODUPE – ADP 60
174) ONDO NORTH – ODUMBAKU OLASINMI – ZLP 52
175) ONDO SOUTH – PITT TEMIDAYO ADEBULU MRDD 33
176) OSUN CENTRAL – AJADI ABIOLA AYOWOLE – APA 37
177) OSUN CENTRAL – MRS ADEBAYO RASHEEDAT – CAP 36
178) OSUN CENTRAL – IBRAHEEM FATIMA ADEOLA – DA 48
179) OSUN CENTRAL – ARIKEWUYO MARY OYEBOLA LP 29
180) OSUN CENTRAL – ADEGOKE SIMISOLA AYOKANMI -MAJAS 38
181) OSUN EAST – AJIBOLA FATIMOH – CAP 52
182) OSUN EAST – AYODELE BADMUS TOSIN MERCY- RP 40
183) OSUN WEST – RUFAI ADEBISI MUJIDAT – ACPN 37
184) OSUN WEST – RUFAI ADEBISI MUJIDAT – ACPN 37
185) OSUN WEST – GIDADO MUIBAT OMONIKE – NCP 49
186) OYO CENTRAL – AJITADIDUN YETUNDE ELIZABETH – A 54
187) OYO CENTRAL- SUNMONU JUMOKE MONSURAT – ADC 59
188) OYO NORTH – OGUNSOLA – SALIU KEHINDE – A 33
189) OYO NORTH – AGBABI ABIODUN DORCAS T. – JMPP 39
190) OYO NORTH – AKANDE ADEOLA MULIKAT – PDP 57
191) OYO NORTH – OLADOKUN ADEBOYIN ADEOLA -PPC 47
192) PLATEAU SOUTH – FANTO NAOMI JANE – ADP 52
193) PLATEAU SOUTH – MAMFA LADI NUN – MPN 57
194) PLATEAU SOUTH -DONGTOE CECILIA NOKNAAN – PPC 64
195) PLATEAU NORTH – DUNG SIMI PATRICIA JAMILA – MPN 49
196) RIVERS EAST- IBEMORAH NWANNEKA JANET – ACPN 45
197) RIVERS EAST – THOMAS ANGELA CHIKOADINAKA – C4C 55
198) RIVERS EAST – ANAELE GRACE – ID 49
199) RIVERS EAST – WUZOR QUEEN – NDLP 40
200) RIVERS SOUTH – EAST LEKIA JANEY – ADC 44
201) RIVERS SOUTH EAST – MIIBARI ANYIMA – ID 32
202) RIVERS SOUTH EAST – SAMSON KPEALE – MRDD 39
203) RIVERS WEST – OSADEME VIVIAN – C4C 56
204) RIVERS WEST – SYGNS IBIGBEYE – MRDD 44
205) RIVERS WEST- EBINI IBIOBELEARI OBOMATE- NPC 38
206) RIVERS WEST -APIAFI BETTY JOCELYN OKAGUA – PDP 56
207) RIVERS WEST – OKPEWONO JOYCE JACKS – PPA 43
208) RIVERS WEST BOLOUBOERE GEORGE O. – UPN 49
209) SOKOTO NORTH UMAR HAFSATU – A 33
210) SOKOTO NORTH ABUBAKAR ZAINAB – APGA 35
211) SOKOTO NORTH BUHARI SHAFATU -NAC 41
212) SOKOTO NORTH MUHAMMED MARYAM – PPA 58
213) SOKOTO SOUTH SA’ADATU MUHAMMED – PPN 37
214) TARABA SOUTH YOHANNA SAMUEL D. – PDM 58
215) TARABA NORTH BATURE ADAMA ZAKARI – ACPN 35
216) TARABA NORTH MANZO HADIZA MOHAMMED – ADC 45
217) YOBE SOUTH JAJERE HADIZA M. ISA – MPN 56
218) FCT – LADY DORIS AMAKA OPARA AAC 37
219) FCT – AUDU ESTHER JOHN ADC 56
220) FCT – ABDULRAHMAN MUSLEEMAH NIKE HASSATU – ANP 50
221) FCT – SILAS GYAR ROSE DOGARA- APM 56
222) FCT – DANFULANI PRINCESS ROSEMARY – GAP 50
223) FCT – OKPARA IFEOMA – GPN 38
224) FCT – DEBORAH MODUPE OPATA – JMPP 58
225) FCT – UZOKWE-AGORUA PRINCESS MILLIE – LP 60
226) FCT – OSENI NGOZI ABIODUN – MPN 47
227) FCT – LANCASTER OKIRO NNENNA NGWAMMA – YPP 58

Credits: List drawn out of INEC’s released document of Aspirants/candidates in the 2019 elections. Website – http://www.inecnigeria.org/?page_id=70 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Broadcast Journalist, Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

The Public hearing of the Oyo State Family Planning, Reproductive Health and Maternal Services Bill, 2017

According to World Health Organization(WHO) Sexual and reproductive health and rights encompass efforts to eliminate preventable, maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity, to ensure quality sexual and reproductive health services including contraceptive services, and to address sexually transmitted Infections (STI) and cervical cancer, violence against women and girls and sexuality and reproductive health needs of adolescents.

The Public hearing of the Oyo State Family Planning, Reproductive Health and Maternal Services Bill, 2017 held on Wednesday, 17th October 2018 at the Western Hall, Oyo State House of Assembly Secretariat, Ibadan.

 The basic reason for a public hearing is to elevate a democratic procedure for adopting laws involving the people in lawmaking and achieving a more complete implementation of the oversight functions, increase transparency of the work of the legislators – Rt. Hon. Joshua Olagunju Ojo Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly.

Rt. Hon. Joshua Olagunju Ojo, Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly and other legislators at the public hearing.

The Bill had gone through the 1st and 2nd reading and is on its way to been passed into law. The Speaker of the Oyo state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Joshua Olagunju alongside other lawmakers, top government officials, the Attorney General –Barr. Seun Abimbola, and commissioner for Justice and other stakeholders from, Ministry of health, The Nigerian Bar Association, Medical practitioners, NGOs, religious organizations, Association of traditional birth attendants, Civil societies, and others attended the public hearing in order to make their contributions towards improving the Bill.

Hon. S.O Okunlola, the Chairman, Committee on Health in his welcome address said that the aim of the Bill is to promote and protect the right of people of Oyo state especially women to enable them to have access to reproductive health and adequate maternity services. He stated further that, “for any reasonable government, the health of citizens should be a priority as such the health policy of government at federal and state and local government levels should be in tandem with international best practices”.

Deliberations at the public hearing were aimed at having a sustainable framework for reproductive health and maternal care services in Oyo state through a legislation.

The Bill is a private members bill which was sponsored and brought to the attention of the legislators who received it with open arms. It is intended to complement the efforts of the executive arm of government in the state in the area of providing quality healthcare to the people in the state. Hon. Okunlola assured all stakeholders present at the public hearing that the memoranda compiled and submitted will be painstakingly looked into in order to come out with an implementable document.

A cross section of stakeholders at the public hearing.

The Import of the Bill was presented by Hon. Mrs. B.O Oladeji, Chairperson, Committee on Women Affairs, Community Development, Social Welfare, and Poverty Alleviation.

“It has been observed that most women do not have access to adequate reproductive health and maternal care services in the state, as a result, many women suffer complications during childbirth which in turn contributes to increased maternal mortality. This bill intends to promote and protect the rights of women in having access to adequate reproductive health and maternal care services in the state. It also intends to put in place a structure for upholding standards and monitoring maternal care services provided in the state and Local government levels. It intends to promote women’s health, safe motherhood and reduce maternal mortality and morbidity rate amongst our women. Sections in the bill provide for the establishment of committees to monitor the level of antenatal and postnatal care as well as activities of health care providers in the state and local governments. Clause 8 of the bill provides major standards and regulations of which health care providers need to comply with and there are equally penalties for contraventions. It is believed that this bill will go a long way in improving the health of women in terms of putting in place regulations and standard for monitoring, provision of family planning and provision of safe healthcare services in Oyo state”.

One of the stakeholders the State Team Lead (NURHI) Oyo state, Mrs. Stella Akinso in her contribution to the memoranda had this to  say:

“Women of reproductive of age by definition starts from 15 -49 which means young people who are sexually active have been factored in. Young people need access to quality family planning and maternity services. This Bill will become ineffective without budgetary allocation and release for the implementation. There is also the need for the provision of adequate human capital (skilled and trained healthcare providers/birth attendants) to be able to implement all the things stated in the bill”.

Mrs. Akinso advised that after the Bill gets passed it should be translated into the local language so that everyone can have access to the information therein. More than anything she said, there is the need for a total overhaul of health facility and system in Oyo state.

The maternal mortality rate in Nigeria stands at 645 per 100,000 births and in Oyo state 262 women out of 100, 000 that deliver will die. That translates to mean that about 3 women will die out of 1000 births.

This is unacceptable as No Woman Should Die Giving Birth to Another Life and this is the essence of this bill. Mrs. Akinso ended her contribution to the memoranda with these words, “I do hope that this bill will be adequately funded, monitored and implemented”.

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

There are No Real Winners in War – Dr. Denis Mukwege #2018NobelPeacePrize

Photo Credit: From the Film – The Man who Mends Women

This piece is written in honour of a man who has done so much to bring healing and hope to women who suffered sexual violence in war. Dr Denis Mukwege was jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize with Nadia Murad. As I said in a previous post, The Possibility of ending Sexual Violence – Nadia Murad 

I could never hope to capture their pain, agony, struggles and tireless efforts at mending others and speaking up to get the international community and everyone in the world to end this war crime – Sexual violence/rape as a tool for war.

But I’d like to simply share their work and story briefly in the bid to say, “I salute your courage; thank you for giving yourself so others can live in a safer world”.

Why do humans engage in war? The very ancient reason centres around conquest of territories; power tussle; supremacy and control. At the heart of it all is man’s insatiable thirst for power and control of resources. A Yoruba saying states, “Ibere Ogun laa ri, ko seni mo ipari e”, meaning that one can only know how a war begins but no one knows how it will all end. This saying is usually quoted as a warning to control a conflict before it gets out of hand.
No one really wins a war because both sides suffer loss ranging from losing men, women and children; structural and economic destruction of their cities. Everyone will need to rebuild again often for many years and they may never fully recover from the effects and impact of the war. More worrisome are the emotional and psychological scars left on both the fighting men and civilian victims.

The Democratic Republic of Congo experienced great conflicts between soldiers and rebels which left the country terribly ravaged. The war lasted for decades and is referred to as the “The great African World War with the highest number of casualties since World War II. Sexual Violence was a weapon of War in eastern Congo for more than 20 years.

Those who suffered more are women and children who are beaten, raped and brutally treated by angry soldiers who use this physical assault as a weapon of war. Records show that in many war situations of various countries or communities sexual violence is increasingly been used as a weapon to inflict pain in war. After the war is over these women and girls are left battered emotionally and physically and even stigmatized by society. According to the findings of UN representative for Sexual Violence in conflict, Margot Wallstrom(2010) –  as a result of the war DRC was labelled the “Rape Capital” 

One man saw this need and decided to commit to providing support for these battered women. He is Dr Denis Mukwege who recently was jointly awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner alongside Nadia Murad.

A Glimpse of Dr Denis Mukwege’s life and work 

Denis Mukwege is a medical doctor, who has made it his life’s mission to mend women who are victims of sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo war. Dr Denis was inspired to become a doctor when he accompanied his father who was a pastor to visit various sick people in communities. He then went on to study medicine and specialized in gynaecology and obstetrics with the desire to provide services for women who experience birth complications. Another serious need arose as war ravaged his dear country; many women, girls and children faced a wave of brutality as they were raped by soldiers and rebel warlords. It was during this high conflict period that he founded the Panzi hospital. It is located in Bukavu the eastern part of Congo and was officially opened in 1999 by Dr Denis Mukwege. Panzi hospital is known for support for sexual violence survivors. He and his staff have carried out a gynaecological repair for over 40, 000 thousand women who were sexual violence victims in the Congolese conflicts and war.

His life was once threatened as he faced assassination attempt because of his advocacy work in creating awareness about stopping this war crime – sexual violence and bringing to book perpetrators. Dr Denis had to flee his country for a while before returning but while he was away staff continued treating survivors. At the Panzi hospital, each rape survivor is accompanied by a social assistant who works to create a tailor-made healing pathway which includes repair, psychological, legal and economic intervention programs.

I  once again salute Dr Denis Mukwege for his courageous and sacrificial efforts in bringing healing to these women and for his continued effort in the fight for women’s rights. He sure deserves this award. I end with his response to the award on Twitter:

This Nobel Prize is a recognition of the suffering of women victims of rape and sexual violence; the need for a just reparation in their favour and the hope to draw a red line against the use of rape in armed conflict.

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com