Man sells wife and son for N2million: Let’s not mistake poverty for reason to act like animals

My dad has a saying I wished at some point he would stop telling us his kids, “you can’t say because you are hungry go picking food from the dustbin.” He used this to illustrate to us that, no matter…

Pandemic pushes millions in Philippines into poverty

Close to four million people in the Philippines became poor in the first half of the year due to pandemic-induced lockdown measures that dried up jobs and reduced domestic demand, government officials said on Friday (Dec 17). Poverty incidence in…

Before Ali Baba and Okey Bakassi there was John Chukwu – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

I should have been a comedian. Poetry is poverty. Comedy is cash. I have been around long enough to know the gnashing of teeth that goes with bearing the toga of Poor Poet. Along the line I have seen with…

My sister, there is poverty and then there is bad parenting – Peju Akande

I saw the story in the Punch newspapers, headlined- Lagos pastor arrested for allegedly raping nine-year-old. As a mother of many daughters, it irks me every time I see headlines like this. Upon reading, I discovered the rape had been…

Like Esau who sold his birthright, this couple sold their soul for rent

I reported my neighbor to the police because I saw them colluding with our landlord to abuse their 14 year old daughter. We live in Makoko. Our house is a face-me- I -face-you. There are six rooms on each side…

Global goal to end poverty by 2030 unlikely – World Bank (PremiumTimes)

A global target of ending extreme poverty by 2030 is unlikely to be met, the World Bank said on Wednesday. It also said people living on less than $1.90 a day have fallen to record low of about 655 million…

Over 40% of world’s poorest will live in Nigeria, Congo by 2050 – Report (Vanguard)

More than 40 percent of extremely poor people in the world will be living in Nigeria and DR Congo by 2050, a report by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has revealed. In the 2018 goalkeepers report released, yesterday, the foundation…

Ask me how millenials are coping in this economy-Lucia Edafioka

The other day I was watching a documentary about the housing crisis in the U.S and other major European cities. Of course those mostly affected are millennials; young people who juggle two/three jobs and still cannot afford to pay rent…

The story of Borojah, the Poor but Aristocratic Poet? – Uzor Maxim Uzoatu

Lagos, my Lagos, is fast losing its beans. It breaks my heart no end that the choice spots that used to give Lagos its onions are no longer there. For instance, the first ever hotel I lodged in can no…

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