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8,000 African females signs up 1st female storytelling mobile application



Youngstars Development Initiative, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), says more than 8,000 females across 35 African countries have signed up on its First `Female and More Mobile Application storytelling and empowerment programme.

The initiative is for 30 Days Module storytelling and empowerment programme, Mr Kingley Bangwell, the Executive Director of the group said on Friday in Abuja.

This was during the unveiling of the `Female and More Mobile Application created by the group.

Bangwell said that the platform was designed to become a storytelling platform for building self esteem of young women so they could have better belief in themselves.

He added that it would also enable them to raise their voices, engage social spaces and be inspired to pursue their greatest potential in life.

He noted that the number of entries received for the programme far outweighed the entries received during its introductory edition.

According to him, during the introductory edition of the programme which recently ended, only 200 participants were recorded.

“This platform is majorly offering self esteem building for young and old African women across different sectors who have defied limited socio-cultural and inhibitive narratives to dream big, pursue and achieve greatness.

“Overwhelmingly, since we opened the platform in August, no fewer than 8,000 females across 35 African countries have signed up.

“The kind of response we have got to this project has confirmed our proposition that it is time to rethink how we engage women and galvanise them on development issues.

“We are beginning to ask the question of where these ladies have been all these years when we organise physical meetings on women empowerment programmes.

“We have come to realise that what makes this whole experience unique is that the application is a seamless process that happens at the touch of a button on your smart phone or computer.

“And the entire process takes less than seven minutes to register, read the day’s story and answer questions,’’ he said.

He said that the platform gave room for self esteem building and also conversion of reading of stories and referrals of the platform to other women into rewards and certifications.

He noted that anyone who joined the 30 days module could read a story per day, answer questions and earn points that cumulate into rewards.

Bangwell also said that participants would also enjoy personal development coaching on any area they felt passionate about.

He gave such areas as “boosting low self worth, knowing and identifying you, overcoming negative past and trauma”.

He noted that the coaching content and segments were by female coaches who were passionate about the subject matter they were providing coaching on.

He said that participants who would successfully complete the course would not only get certificates but also proceed to implementing a social impact project on any issue, including those of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

He said that successful execution of the projects would give room for continuous personal development on personal leadership skills, provide access to social spaces and create avenue to contribute to nation building.

Bangwell said that the programme was created from the organisations research that showed the extent to which self esteem had become a global problem for women.

According to him, 85 per cent of women and 79 per cent of girls say they will opt out of important life activities where and when they do not feel good about their physical looks.

“Studies revealed that self esteem is a definer and a shaper of the quality of lives a woman can possibly have and live.

“Seven in 10 girls with low self-esteem believe they won’t be assertive in their opinion or stick to their decision if they are not happy with the way they looked.

“More than 96.5 per cent recommended the need for a self-esteem boosting programme,’’ he said.

Bangwell said the findings gave rise to the programme to help women build the right self esteem so they could improve their self value, think big, raise their voice and contribute to nation building.

He said there was no tool for development more effective than the empowerment of women.

He said that contribution to empowering the woman was also commitment to building the nation.(NAN)

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Minna district head suspended over forceful marriage



District Head of Allawa in Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State, Mallam Bello Haruna has been suspended by Minna Emirate Council for engaging in forceful marriage.

The district head who was accused of forcefully marrying out a girl (name withheld), humiliating her father and also ordering that she be beaten by vigilantes, was also accused of insubordination by not answering the calls from the Emirate council leaders to explain some of the complaints against him.

In a letter signed by the Emirate’s assistant secretary, Usman Umaru Guni, the district head was accused of not having the leadership qualities necessary for peace and progress of the community he was appointed to lead.

Galadima Allawa, Ahmadu Magaji has now been appointed as the acting district head.

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Nnamdi Kanu: Imo residents observe sit-at-home for IPOB leader’s trial



Residents of Imo State, especially Orlu town and Owerri municipal, on Tuesday, stayed indoors to observe the sit-at-home order issued by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in solidarity with its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, who appeared in court today.

It was gathered that the state secretariat, motor parks, schools, banks, shops and markets across the major cities were all shut down.

Even the Imo State University junction, Government House Roundabout, Control Post Roundabout, Warehouse junction Roundabout, Ikenegbu, Mbari, Douglas, Okigwe Road, and Wethedral Roads, were scanty.

In Orlu, the ever-busy Banana junction and Okwudo junction were more like ghost towns.

A journalist, Mr Martin Nwoke, in Owerri North Local Government Area of the state, made a passionate appeal to the Federal Government to release Nnamdi Kanu.

He said Imolites and the people of southeast states were the ones suffering the heat of the order.

Nwoke said, “In this part of the world, everything we do here involves money. I am begging President Buhari to pity us and free Nnamdi Kanu.”

A lawyer, Barr. Emeka Obi, told our correspondent that he could not go to file a court process due to non-availability of transport, while children, who could not go to school, resorted to playing football on the streets at Akwakuma.

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Plateau monarch abducted



Barely three weeks after the kidnap of a paramount ruler in Plateau State, the military task force responsible for the maintenance of peace in the state, code-named Operation Safe Haven (OPSH), has confirmed that gunmen have abducted HRH. Da Gyang Balak Gut, the Da Gwom Rwei of Vwang District of Jos South Local Government Area of the state.

The traditional ruler was kidnapped on Sunday night on his way home to Vom, a few metres from the gate of the National Institute For Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos South LGA.

Recalls that following the abduction of the Sum Pyem, Da Charles Mato Dakat, on the 26th December, 2021, before he was released five days later, the United Mwaghavul Lawyers Association (UMLA) had described the incident as not an attack on an individual, but on the entire traditional institution in Plateau State.

The lawyers equally had said it views the kidnapping of the royal father as not an isolated incident, “but the beginning of a well-orchestrated plan to intimidate and decapitate our treasured leaders in the state and the Middle Belt at large”.

While condemning the dastardly act, on behalf of UMLA, Barr. Philemon Daffi reminded the federal, state and local governments of their shared responsibility under the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Spokesman of OPSH, Major Ishaku Takwa, who confirmed the incident, said, “Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in conjunction with other security agencies are on trail of the kidnappers.

“God’s willing, the security agencies will soon close-up on the criminals”, he maintained.

Vwang District is where the famous National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI), Vom is situated in Plateau State.

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