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For a long time, Modinat Oluwabukola Olajide’s life story seemed to be an unending stretch of bad luck. She got pregnant at 23 for a man who rejected her and the unborn baby. Later, she got a job at a hospital as an auxiliary nurse where she was only paid five thousand naira a month. But she found love again in the hospital and hope for a better life. The doctor she was dating promised to marry her but after she got pregnant, they broke up. She was left homeless with two children to care for so she moved in...

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Before she was discovered and given a chance for rehabilitation, Omobolanle Oluwatoyin Bankola was already on the fast road leading to nowhere.  Raised in a household where her mother was the only income provider, it was necessary for Omobolanle to drop out of school because there was no money to pay for her education. Leaving school introduced her to a new kind of life that was counterproductive; a life on the streets with drugs in the mix. Omobolanle  became a drug seller and user. She continued this way until a simple conversation with a social worker gave her a new...

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Anywhere across the world, widowhood is a tough experience for women. For Helen Uche, the experience of losing her spouse was difficult especially since there were two children to raise. For the resident of Makoko, an infamous slum in Lagos where living conditions are below standard and income making opportunities rare, life was arduous at best. Helen described those days as “Life in the streets.” She said that though she ran around for help, she would come back at night with multiple problems and not enough to feed either herself or her children. Her ray of hope shone when she...

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As the Kinabuti Fashion Initiative continues to achieve giant strides in empowering the youth through fashion and entertainment, the social enterprise has recently demonstrated that it also cares deeply about the empowerment of the ordinary Nigerian woman and youth. One special empowerment program has the impressive target of training 300 participants in building income through learning skills like catering, home care, tailoring and business management.  This training program is expected to run different times on the first semester of this year. As the first phase currently holds, it is evident that the target will be easily reached as over a hundred participants are currently enrolled. In the first week, the catering participants have...

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