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Celebrating Africa’s Pink Leadership Wave, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

Currently, Africa is experiencing a pink wave of women’s leadership that needs to be celebrated and emulated. Specifically, Ethiopia and Rwanda are positioned to lead the rest of the continent out of the present male-dominated dead-end governance we’ve been saddled with since independence. Half of the Ethiopian cabinet is now…
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When Tough Love Becomes Child Abuse, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

Physical, psychological, emotional, and verbal abuse is not tough love, it is a debasement of a growing human being. Raising children can be exhausting, but we cannot resort to brute and emotional cruelty to do the job. Unconditional love is a requirement for parenting. If words and unkindness hurt us…
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The Fallacy of Seeking Change Without Producing Relevant Knowledge, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

Given the excellent performance of Nigerians in higher institutions at home and abroad, we have proved beyond any doubt that we can compete intellectually with anyone in the world, that we are excellent knowledge consumers. What we are yet to become are knowledge producers, for the purpose of building our…
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My Mother’s Memoirs (2): My Life as A School Girl in the Olden Days, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

"I was young when I passed Standard VI. That was in 1945. I applied for teaching, and the Manager, Reverend Seat granted my application. These missionaries were very kind to us. When he saw that I was young in age and stature, he posted me to Ikere Baptist School. By…
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My Mother’s Memoirs: Education of Rural Girls In Early 20th Century Ekiti, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

- My mother and her pupils. Teaching was a respected profession in Ekiti in those times. Her story provides a window into the content and structure of education at that time, on the opportunities available for girls, and of the determination of a rural area to educate its young, in…
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Elites Have A Responsibility To Elevate Our Food Cultures: Ask Your Grandmothers, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

The elites of each Nigerian ethnic group, big and small, must do their best to document, preserve and elevate the traditional food of their people. What are the culinary traditions of the Idoma of Benue, the Chamba of Taraba, the Ebirra of Kogi, the Quanawuri of Plateau, the Izondjo spread…
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Who Is Black? Serena Williams Vs. Naomi Osaka, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

Nowhere could brown-skinned Naomi be possibly mistaken for a blonde, but Mark Knight, following a well-worn racist path, made her white, claiming her success for whiteness, and pitting her against an unflattering image of Serena. The fact is, Naomi and Serena are both black; they are both descended from people…
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Ipa Is Killing Itself But Says It’s Killing the Dog: Earth Violated!, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

Ilera loro - health is wealth. The health of our environment is our own health. When we can no longer eat the fish from our waters, or breath the air around us, when plastic and garbage cover our earth like invading monsters, and we cut down our trees without any…
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Talking About Sex: “Five Minutes Enjoyment Is Everlasting Sorrow”, By Bunmi Fatoye-Matory

A lack of sex education means young people don’t know much about human sexuality and can’t protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Most people fumble into this territory, with married couples not being able to talk about their difficulties. “Five minutes enjoyment is everlasting sorrow” was my…
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