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Nigerian society has always prescribed certain roles according to gender. Even in 2018, it remains common to find Nigerians assigning masculine and feminine traits and duties to strangers. Traditional Yoruba gender roles in particular dictate that women are to be submissive, care for the children, and take care of the house and their husbands. On […]

The Police Service Commission, PSC, has attributed the delay in the withdrawal and redeployment of police officers attached to Very Important Personnel and unauthorised persons in the country to lack of funds. Chairman of the commission, Mike Okiro, who made the disclosure during an interview in Abuja, also revealed that more than one hundred and […]

It is not news that Nigeria is rife with regional inequalities. Social perception as well as wellbeing statistics confirm that the North of Nigeria faces overwhelming poverty in relation to the South. What is rarely considered, however, is the effect of these inequalities on regional peace prospects. As history shows, the North-South economic divide has […]

Nigeria has an alarmingly poor track record in upholding workers’ rights. Workers are often trapped in precarious working conditions including a constant battle with job insecurity. The Nigerian constitution establishes that no person shall be subjected to degrading treatment. The unjustified dismissal of thousands of Nigerian workers, however, strikes contrary to this. In June of […]

Since 1960, Nigeria has accomplished impressive developmental feats. We have retained our place as the largest economy in Africa in terms of nominal GDP and accounted for 73% of total West African imports. However, our dear country continues to face a rather devastating issue: we still lack electricity. As a matter of fact, several countries […]

Our country has a relatively young adult population compared to the rest of the world. As an unfortunate consequence, we also have a high occurrence of early childbearing. According to Hope for Nigeria online, the average mean age of Nigerian mothers at first birth is twenty years and three months (HfN). Compared to the world […]

We all know that it is wrong, and yet we continue to subscribe to it. Child labour is a serious problem that remains shamefully unaddressed by Nigerian society. According to the Vanguard, 72.1 million children are engaged in child labour in Africa, the highest number in the world. Because of Nigeria’s large population, a significant […]

We Nigerians have a serious problem: too much longer-throat. There is a pervasive desire to adopt Western norms and culture, often at the expense of our own organic growth. The idea that the West is culturally advanced stems from an unsurprisingly Western body of thought. Modernization theory asserts that developing societies such as Nigeria should […]

The African Union declared 2010 to 2020 African Women’s Decade, listing gender parity in schools as one of their main objectives. Seven years later, Nigeria has seen little progress in achieving this. Gender parity means equal numbers of male and female involvement, particularly in education. There is a staggering difference between the number of boys […]

Precarious economic conditions have created an increase in the cost of living in Nigeria. Instead of reflecting this change, however, working conditions for average citizens remain problematic. The Nigerian informal economy is a largely hostile and volatile environment. The nature of the informal economy is that it is not subject to federal labour laws. Small-time […]


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