W-TEC To Establish Technology Club For Girls

L-R; Executive Director, W-TEC, Oreoluwa Somolu,; Marketing and PR Manager, Intel, Mr Adim Isiakpona; Winner of IPad prize, Miss Oyinloluwa Adepiti and her mother, during the graduation ceremony of W-TEC  Technology Camp programme in Lagos on August 24, 2013.

Some of the graduating participants

The Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre (W-TEC) is set to establish a technology club for high school girls by September 2013.
Executive Director, W-TEC, Ms Oreoluwa Somolu, made this known on Saturday during its graduation ceremony for 31 girls who participated in its summer technology camp that held at the Laureates College, Mafoluku, Lagos.
Somolu said that the technology club would serve as a platform for sustainability of the girls’ interest in developing in science and technology.
“The technology club will be a way to keep the girls engaged within the W-TEC family. It will be opened to our alumni and other girls who are interested in technology.”

Somolu also said that W-TEC would work closely with schools to help the teachers build their own skills in technology in order to help the girls appropriately.

Speaking about W-TEC’s improvement in its programme, Somolu said that besides the increase in number of participants from 15 to 31 girls, its curriculum was also revised to incorporate advancement in different areas of technology education.

“Now we are focusing more on having the girls create things because we want them to be developers of technology even as they are users of technology.

“That is why we introduce them to programming and video productions to enable them learn how to make films and animation. This gives them a position of power as opposed to just using what is out there”

 The technology camp for girls aged between 11 and 17years, now in its sixth edition, trains girls to develop interest in technology careers. During the graduation ceremony, the girls who had been taught programme development showcased their works in video production and Web Application.

A Roaming Pregnant Teenager Tells Her Story (WOMAN DAILY™)

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A pregnant teenager approached me yesterday evening as I hurried down the road on Ogunlana Drive. She appeared shy as she virtually covered her face with her right hand. But the pain in her eyes explained why she summed up the courage to talk to me. “Mummy, please I need your help,” she said.

She looked untidy and tired, securing some squeezed naira notes in her left hand, obviously the money she had been able to collect from people who pitied her plight.  I was short of words and all I could do was just stare at her as she managed to piece her story together.

As a mother, I knew she needed beyond just some money. I asked her series of questions in a rush; I needed to know who was responsible for her pregnancy, where her parents were and with whom she was living.

Before answering any of my questions, she apologized for allowing herself to be in that condition. She said she did not know that she could become pregnant because no one told her and that it became too late for her to get an abortion when she realized that she was pregnant.

She said she had lost her father some years back and her mother now lives in Abeokuta with her new husband, so she couldn’t be accommodated in her house. As a matter of fact, her mother is not aware of where she lives with a friend who has decided to accommodate her for now.

Etisalat Nigeria, WAAW Foundation Reward School Girls for Innovation


L - R: Specialist, Products and Services Division, Etisalat Nigeria, Doubrapade Koroye; Associate Professor of Physics and STEM Education, St. Catherine University, Minnesota, Dr. Kaye Smith; Founder, WAAW Foundation, Dr. Unoma Okorafor; Team Lead of Yellow Team and student of Airforce Secondary School, Adesola Adegeye, and STEM Camp Director, WAAW Foundation, Frances Van Sloun, at the WAAW Foundation Award Ceremony for science and technology project.

L - R: Doubrapade Koroye of Etisalat; Founder, WAAW Foundation, Dr. Unoma Okorafor; Team Lead of Blue Team and student of Princeton College, Joy Olufemi, and STEM Camp Director, WAAW Foundation, Frances Van Sloun, at the WAAW Foundation Award Ceremony for science and technology project .
Etisalat Nigeria supported the Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation on the occasion of its 2013 Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Camp for 30 high school girls aged between 13 and 17 years.

Titled ‘Robotics and Renewable Energy for Africa’, the workshop which took place on Aug. 03, at the Laureates College, Lagos,  was facilitated by some Nigerian and American women, and it allowed the girls to experience hands-on activities, tutorials and experiments.

The founder of WAAW Foundation, Dr. Unoma Okorafor, said the learning objective of the STEM camp was to ensure that girls thought of science and technology as tools that could help them solve real problems in their communities.

 “The focus is to encourage our girls to look around and use locally available materials for innovation”, she said.

The facilitators included a special education teacher from Honors Academy School in Texas, Ebele Agu; Associate Professor of Physics and STEM Education at St. Catherine University in Minnesota, Dr. Kaye Smith and Mechanical Engineer from St. Thomas University in Minnesota, Frances Van Sloun.

Odi Ogori Ba Uge: A Festival of Note!

A representation of the Buffalo displayed in dances


A groups in their celebration costume
Odi Ogori Ba Uge is the biggest festival celebrated by Odi people of Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. Every year on July 27th, the community rolls out its drums for dances; its boats for regattas, and showcases several pageants to spice the festivities.

The festival is held to mark the victory over a mysterious buffalo (Ogori), which kept the community under a siege of attacks for five years. It was recorded that during this period no fewer than five persons were killed by the buffalo.

A solution to the problem was sought by one of the indigenes, Chief Nengi Thomson Agedah, who reportedly went on a journey to  get help  from a certain Mallam of Tara.

 History books of  Gesiye Larry,  ‘ Historical Foundations of  Odi Ogori Ba Uge’, and Dennis Agedah’s  ‘Odi Ogori Ba Uge: The true Story’,  have it that the Mallam of Tara proffered  the solution that enabled the community to  kill the strange attacker.  
The festival may have come and gone, but Odi indigenes keep its memories alive every day!


What You Need If Your Child Has Special Needs (Woman Daily™)

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Caring for a child with special needs can be very demanding, especially when the child cannot express himself/herself by speaking. However challenging the demand may be, it is important and necessary to be patient, be encouraged by loved ones and remain hopeful for the best for such child.

In the last one week I had been very concerned about my little niece, Eriziah. Her mother, my oldest sister, did not want to worry so much about the problem with her until three nights ago.

I remember quite clearly when my mother came around to nurse my sister and the baby when she was given birth to, she did not think that there was any problem after all. She always assured my sister that her baby was just a quiet girl because she usually sleept for longer hours than babies would normally do.

Eriziah eats her food quietly, sits quiet on her chair and would never say a word like  other little children would. She actually slept all day when it was her first birthday celebration.

Again, people expressed their different views on that. Some of my sister’s friends who brought their children for the party said their children had behaved in like manner and that they soon ‘changed’ from that.

As she turned 18months, I noticed a strange behaviour in her; she would scream for longer than necessary at the slightest provocation; bang her head against the door and do many other things that got me really worried. My sister had been told by her friends not to worry. They felt she got so worked-up because it took a while after her marriage for her to get pregnant.

My sister and I usually looked at other children of Eriziah’s age and hoped that she would be happy and play around the house like them, but we always got something different. And in spite of the nerve-calming advises from close friends, we kept praying that all would be well with my niece.

I however came close to finding out something we never imagined after I spoke to a friend’s mother who is a Paediatrician. She was not very particular, but she expressed fears that Eriziah could be suffering from autism.

She booked an appointment for my sister and little Eriziah to come over to the hospital three days ago and the fear was confirmed; my little niece suffers from autism. We have been learning on how best to care for her as a child with special needs.

I also use this opportunity to appeal to mothers whose children have similar condition, to learn and be happy to help such children in spite of the challenge. Remember patience and hope for the best, as what you need to succeed.

Not A Second Experiment With Me! (Woman Daily™)

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Following a friend’s advice, I settled for what she considered a light but nutritious meal of moin-moin (locally-made steamed bean cake) with stewed snail for a visitor I was expecting.

It was already less than half an hour to the arrival of my guest and the moin-moin was yet to be ready. “Itunu, I guess something is wrong with the recipe,” I said, with a tone that expressed my true feelings.

“Nothing is wrong with the recipe, after all, I have been trying my hands on varieties of ingredients added to the regular moin-moin we have been used to,” she replied.

Within me, I got sceptical when Itunu decided to add grated carrots to the moin-moin paste. I saw how the paste got thinner and I wanted to discard the idea, but trust my dear friend who knows so much. “You have to experiment with your cooking to get the ever-craved-for variety,” she said, stirring in more of the grated carrots, with her eyes widening to express some kind of surprise why I needed to learn from smart people like her.

Not to worry, we wrapped the moin-moin paste in the ewe (green broad leaves), though it had gotten watery by that time!

We struggled to clean the snails and got them cooked in coconut juice, spiced with all kinds of seasonings. While the moin-moin was cooking, I decided that Itunu should do the stewing of the snails as I quickly made the eating area visitor-friendly.

Done with the arrangement, I noticed that from the time on my wrist-watch, we needed to have been done with the cooking.

I called out to Itunu, but she did not respond, not even on a second time. I pushed the kitchen door open and found ‘dear friend’ battling with what looked like burnt circle objects, which were actually the snails.

Just then, my phone rang and the Noble visitor said, “Becky please we have to reschedule our date. I need to go see my mum. It is urgent!”

Caught between tears, a feeling of pity for myself and some kind of relief, I simply dumped the badly-burnt snails into the equally-burnt moin-moin, which had dripped out of the leaves into the cooking pot, and headed straight for the dustbin.

Itunu tried to make some explanation, but I didn’t think it was necessary. “Your explanation is not necessary,” I told her. “After all, the Noble guest whom I wanted to please has cancelled the visit.”

Looking surprised, she walked closer to me, held my head towards herself and planted kisses on my forehead. I was pleased, but not with the following words from her, “We shall experiment with something better next time,” she said. “Not a second experiment with me,” I told her point-blank!


Etisalat Launches 'Mobile Assistant' For Improved Business Life

L-R): Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans; Director, Business Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Lucas Dada and Chief Finance Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Andrew Kemp, during the Etisalat Mobile Assistant Press Conference, held at Four Points By Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Thursday, August 1st.

L-R): Director, Business Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Lucas Dada; Manager, Business Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Angela Okeke; Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans and Head, Business Market Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Bidemi Ladipo at the Etisalat Mobile Assistant Press Conference, held at Four Points By Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos.

(L-R):  Director, Business Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Lucas Dada; Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Steven Evans and Director, Consumer Segment, Etisalat Nigeria, Oluwole Rawa, at the Etisalat Mobile Assistant Press Conference, held at Four Points By Sheraton, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Business Executives in Nigeria can now achieve improved productivity with less stress by using the latest innovative service, ‘Etisalat Mobile Assistant’, which was launched by Etisalat on Thursday, Aug.1, 2013 in Lagos.
Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr Steven Evans, said the Etisalat Mobile Assistant was developed to give valuable benefits to business executives who needed to manage their business calls seamlessly, using their assistants.
He said, “This unique service allows busy executives to work with their assistants, to work smarter, manage their time effectively and achieve better results.”
Mr Evans said Etisalat realized the importance of helping their customers succeed and so, provided them with the right products and services to achieve this.
He said with Nigeria’s ranking as the second biggest mobile phone users in Sub-Saharan Africa market, and the Nigerian Communication Commission (NCC) statistics stating that there are 113 million active users of the mobile phone service, Etisalat remained committed to the quality Key Performance Indicator (KPI) set by the NCC.
The Director, Business Segment, Mr Lucas Dada, said the service would give users mobile efficiency, enable them attend dual business meetings with less stress and always be available.
“The Mobile Assistant allows the user a lot of convenience and helps achieve efficient time management.”
Explaining the mechanics of this service, Dada said, “When a call comes through to your mobile, it can be transferred to your assistant’s phone. Your assistant may be able to handle the call for you thereby freeing up your time.”
 He added that Etisalat had designed the service to enable the assistant or secretary pass the call back to the executive depending on the importance of the call by performing a mid-call transfer simply by pressing the star (*) key. 
According to him, this service comes with three unique options including; Timed Assist, Live Assist and Control Assist, designed to suit individual preferences. With the Timed Assist, either the executive’s or the assistant’s phone rings; after a configurable time, if the call has not yet been answered, the other phone also rings. The Live Assist enables both phones to ring simultaneously until one of them answers the call. For the Control Assist, the assistant’s phone only rings if the executive rejects the call.
He described the Mobile Assistant as a network service that works regardless of mobile phone sophistication, and that the assistant’s phone could still ring if the executive’s phone was switched off.
Head of Business Market Segment, Mr Bidemi Ladipo, said the service was for every business person who did not want to miss their important calls.
He added that prepaid customers should dial *350# to activate the service, while corporate customers would have to call the corporate sales team for assistance.
He said the service would be available at the rate of N750 monthly and that for promotion purposes, corporate customers would enjoy a three-month free trial period.
For customers of this service, Ladipo said they would enjoy greater efficiency, improved quality of life, increased accessibility, flexibility and convenience.