Adebola Williams Elections Youth

Adebola Williams: The Mastermind behind African Elections

Adebola Williams is a young Nigerian media entrepreneur. He is just over thirty years old. His impact has been so tremendous that Nana Akuffo-Addo, the Ghanaian president, publicly referred to him as “the man with the golden touch. Everything he touches turns to gold.” Williams has helped three presidential candidates clinch victory through a series of strategies, which has not gone unnoticed. But who exactly is Adebola Williams and what is his strategy?
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Boko Haram

Boko Haram: The Face of Religious Extremism

The Boko Haram insurgency came to global attention in 2014 when over 200 school girls were reported to be kidnapped by the terrorists. The girls who were in school preparing for a test were attacked at midnight by armed militia who then forced them on to trucks and ferried them away into their forest hideouts. A great public outcry followed with many pointing fingers at the government’s incompetence in providing security.
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President Buhari, Nigeria

Nigeria on the Brink: Is President Buhari Doing Any Good?

Escalating numbers of dead bodies, severe hunger, constant protests, the heavily armed Boko Haram, and a very shaky administration; is Nigeria stumbling to the ground? Well, this is a question that still remains unanswered! With President Muhammadu Buhari still in his alleged “deathbed”, it’s still too early to make predictions on the fate of the once one of the greatest countries Africa ever boasted of. But as at now, any layman can attest to the fact that Nigeria is really on the brink.
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Lake Chad Crisis

The Lake Chad Crisis: Urgent, Complex, and Almost Completely Ignored

#In the first world, we generally understand our privilege when compared to many other countries. We know that there’s more terrorism in the Middle East, less government stability in Venezuela, and the Maldives is disappearing due to climate change. What we never hear about, however, is the Lake Chad Crisis.
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Female Genital Mutilation Criminalised In Nigeria

May 5th 2015 marks an important day for women’s rights in Nigeria. In what is seen as a historic and significant decision, the then outgoing president Goodluck Jonathan passed the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) bill into law.

What Does ‘Violence Against Persons Prohibition’ 2015 State?

The new law prohibits female circumcision or genital mutilation, forceful ejection from home and harmful widowhood practices like abandonment of spouse, children and other dependents without sustenance, and other harmful sexist practices.

What is Female Genital Mutilation?

Female Genital Mutilation or FGM, a tradition practiced across 27 African countries, pockets of Asia and the Middle East, affects 130 million women and girls. It involves either partially or totally removing the external female genitalia or causing injury to the female genital organs of women and girls.

The procedure is often carried out without any medical supervision under dangerously unhygienic conditions. Some of the physiological and psychological effects of FGM cited by The World Heath Organisation are chronic pain, chronic pelvic infections, development of cysts, abscesses and genital ulcers, excessive scar tissue formation, infection of the reproductive system, decreased sexual enjoyment and psychological consequences, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Additional risks for complications from infibulations (an extreme form of FGM which involves stitching together the vulva with a small opening left for the passage of menstrual blood and urine) include urinary and menstrual problems, infertility, later surgery (defibulation and reinfibulation) and painful sexual intercourse.

Why Does Female Genital Mutilation Happen?

The practice attempts to control women’s sexuality, and is rooted in ideas of purity, modesty and aesthetics. The highly patriarchal atmosphere of these societies creates a rigid hierarchical power structure based on superiority of men over women. A woman’s virginity is accorded great importance and the honour of the entire family, specifically the patriarch, often depends on their ability to ‘guard’ the virginity of the women. Extreme cases of FGM like infibulation that prevent sexual intercourse until marriage take root in this excessive importance given to a woman’s virginity. It is usually initiated and carried out by women, who see it as a source of honour, and who fear that failing to have their daughters and granddaughters cut will expose the girls to social exclusion.

What Effect is The Law Going to Have?

According to “The Guardian‘s” analysis of 2014 UN data, a quarter of the women in Nigeria have undergone FGM which makes this law all the more relevant and important. Nigeria, being the largest country in Africa, will hopefully set an example for the rest of the countries like Liberia, Sudan and Mali where Female Genital Mutilation is yet to be criminalized.

The law shows that Nigerian people have recognized the exploitation and pain a traditional practice can cause which in itself is a hopeful sign. The African sub-continent, so often dismissed and looked down upon for its ‘barbaric’ practices is displaying the readiness to accept and correct its social issues which is huge step toward eradicating gender based exploitation and creating a safe world based on the principles of equality.


Recently we covered the Nigerian kidnapping of the 200 schoolgirls. While in the midst of exam time a boarding school was invaded in the middle of the night, security and police offers were killed in the stampede and the gang found a large group of girls in the dormitory. They gathered the more than 250 girls at gunpoint and loaded them into a truck before fleeing into the forest.
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