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Life’s Marathon

Life’s Marathon

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Life is a race, or so they say. For some it seems a sprint, for other a relay, and yet for others, life seems an endless marathon with no stops, no breaks and a finish line that lies somewhere in the horizons of your mind. She was quite young at the time, and like the few girls who had the privilege of getting a formal education in her community, she was basking with hope. The hope to come out of school, build a career and one day walk down the isle, adorned in a sparkling white tube dress, the choir singing her favorite hymn, and her Prince also wearing a black suit over a white shirt and a bow tie as red as the petals of a rose eagerly await…
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Perception Matters

Perception Matters

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With the days of Machiavelli long behind us, society has construed a stereotyped representation of power and leadership. Thinking power is amoral and any means however unscrupulous can justifiably be used in achieving political power is be to mildly explain it. The opinion of leaders as shroud and political office holders as heartless bull dogs, willing and able to tear down every opposition has done no good to the perceived suitability of women for leadership roles at all levels. Women undeniably have stronger emotions and greater feelings for family than men. But does that translate into weakness? Are women more or less likely to set goals, pursue their goals and smell the sweet scene of accomplishment? Does women's strong affinity for other women, children and family make them more or…
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The Women Population

The Women Population

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In most counties of the world, women form the major adult population. Found basically in careers like nursing, teaching and civil service, it is sadly true that as you climb the higher rungs of social ladder, you will find fewer women occupying less significant roles, in each successive rung. One will definitely wonder why so few women constitute the parliaments of most countries. How so few ambassadorial and diplomatic positions are occupied by women and why it is really rare to find a country whose cabinet has an equal representation of women and men. So many times I have tried to blame it on the electorate. If more women constitute the electorate then we should see more women emerging the polls as presidents and parliamentarians. But thing is in most…
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Tracing the norm: Is There Such Thing like a ‘Real’ African Man or Woman ?

Tracing the norm: Is There Such Thing like a ‘Real’ African Man or Woman ?

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We are told that before colonialism, our society was purely an egalitarian one. Men and women had their specific roles and though they were unequal in terms of who provided administered what [sometimes based on strength and skill], they were not split between power relations and exercising personal control of women. With the descending of a materialistic capitalist project called ‘colonialism’ in the African states, darkness set pace in ideal African gender relation both at the family, societal and state level, something that we might suffer from eternally. Bosworth and Flavin’s book on Race, Gender and Punishment: From Colonialism to the war on Terror contend that Colonialism was not only an imperialistic sovereign project of territorial expansion but as well a cultural and ideological one, an institution that had tools…
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