The African Child

 

The African Child a young boy with a butterfly. I was describing the book not the African Child. The African Child is a book by Camara Laye I read growing up.

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I stumbled on this book during one of my many holidays in Delta State South-South Nigeria.  Anyway I did not have to dig up the box that contained nearly all the books my aunts and uncles read, this one happened to just be lying around.

I remember the words were tiny so it was kind of a long book for me. Then there was the name “Fanta” how can Fanta be a name? I had heard the name Fanta in one of Alpha Blondy’s Songs “Fanta Diallo” Our Ghanaian cook played on when we were getting ready for school. The only Fanta I knew was the soft drink.

The African Child is loosely based on Camara Laye’s childhood in Guinea and was originally written in french and titled L’Enfant Noir.

The African Child is much more than media displays, we are full of our rich culture and Camara Laye captures this quite correctly.

What book captures your culture?

 

 

Opportunity Tuesday!!!!

Having a routine that involves seating at a desk fro 12 hours  can be very tiring. Yes I said 12 hours, No I am not working the grave yard shift. The story of my working hours is a story for another day.

So I set out to find opportunities online that would take me further to my life goals. Here are a few sites with  scholarship, grant, conference, and training opportunities I found useful. Do apply you never can tell which will be successful.

  1. Scholarship for Africans provides information  for scholarship opportunities:  scholarshipforafricans.com
  2. Opportunity Desk is an online platform that  shares information on relevant learning and growth opportunities for youths around the world. opportunity desk.org
  3. Advance Africa enables thousands of students in developing countries get scholarships and further their education.They also enable hundreds of volunteers to work in communities in Africa providing desperately needed services such as helping in hospitals or teaching.advanceafrica.com
  4. International Opportunity provides information on scholarships, free and low tuition universities internationalopportunity.org/
  5. Youth Hub Africa is an online platform dedicated to a new generation of African Thinkers, Leaders and Innovators.youthhubafrica.org

Sexual Harassment in Tertiary Educational Institutions Prohibition Bill, 2016.

If you schooled in Nigeria you must have known or heard about one young lady or the other who has been sexually harassed in school. I was quite lucky as I had a fairly scary surname and I did not entertain any situation that would let any lecturer talk trash to me.

So, what happens when a young girl who simply came to get an education is being preyed upon by her teacher?

God help that young lady if she dares report to the school authorities.  If she resists the lecture’s advances, she’ll most likely retake the course and have an extra year if she is not careful. On the other hand, she may be left off the hook if she has a school father among the lecturers in the university that can help her “talk” to the lecturer.  The talk being the “she is my sister talk”.

Some girls give in to their advances and risk being passed along to other lecturers in the process.

The Sexual Harassment In Tertiary Educational Institutions Prohibition Bill, 2016, makes it mandatory for any vice chancellor, provost and rector of a university, polytechnic and college of education to promptly act on the report of any sexual harassment by a female student, failing which he said such authority would be jailed for two years.

The bill also provides a compulsory five-year jail term for lecturers who sexually harass students. When passed into law, vice chancellors of universities, rectors of polytechnics and other chief executives of institutions of higher learning will go to jail for two years if they fail to act within a week on complaints of sexual harassment made by students.

Furthermore, the bill expressly allows sexually harassed students, their parents, or guardians to seek civil remedies in damages against sexual predator lecturers before or after their successful criminal prosecution by the state. The bill also seeks protection from sexual harassment for prospective students seeking admissions into higher educational institutions, students of generally low mental capacity and physically challenged students.

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters. The committee has been asked to conduct a public hearing and report findings within four weeks.

This truly is a welcome development, as young women are on the road to being able to seat in class and no longer hide their faces behind books when receiving lectures for fear of that “womanizer” lecturer seeing them.

P.S Sophie said to say if you are in an office with a lecturer or anyone in school, put on your phone  recorder so you can have proof if anything happens.

Ever been sexually harassed in school? How was it resolved?