Sunday, 15th March, 2015
Mother’s Day is a modern celebration originating in North America, honoring one’s own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. (Wikipedia)
In Nigeria, Mother’s Day is celebrated on the 15th of March.
The day is usually celebrated with so much glitz and happiness; especially in churches where mothers are called out to the pulpit, both the pastors and congregation pray for them and hand them gifts.
At home, the celebration continues, with plenty jollof rice and drinks to go round.
To my mum and all mothers’ the world over, Happy Mother’s Day.
We love you and God bless you.
Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Rape has been defined as forcefully having sex with someone against his/her wish or will, especially using violence. It has been reported that over 90% of predatory sex is perpetrated by males against females. Over the years, widespread promiscuity, moral decadence, loss of values and materialism to a certain extent reflect rape prevalence in Nigeria.
W.A.R (Walk Against Rape) initiative coordinated by Mrs Esther has the support of Office of The Public Defender (The Ministry of Justice), Girls’ Guide, secondary students from International School Lagos, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, The Nigerian Police, Nigerian celebrities including actresses: Ini Edo and Annie Idibia, singer: Lami Philips, Mr. Nigeria: Emmanuel Ikubese and a host of other volunteers.
On 10th March, 2015 at about 9:30am, the walk kicked off from the Archbishop Vinning Memorial Church Ground GRA, Ikeja all the way to Deputy Governor’s Office, Alausa, Ikeja.
Miss Toyosi, a student of University of Lagos, said that she was invited by ALESEC. She said that she does not know of anyone close to her who has been raped, but she did read stories online about rape victims. She was very eager to participate in the walk.
Miss Uju, a volunteer, commended the brains behind the W.A.R. project. She said that the project was still in line with International Women’s Day. She remarked that she has heard reports from the male folks that women, girls and the female folks got raped due to their skimpy dressing. She said that she has always faulted such sayings because it was an erroneous belief. She was very appreciative of the awareness the walk has created.
Another volunteer, Miss Ada, said that she is a very strong supporter of anything against violence and rape. She remarked that she knew someone who was raped in the university by two brothers. The lady in question could not tell anyone and to this day, she is still scarred by that incident.
The office of the Public Defender (Ministry of Justice), Lagos State, sent some volunteers to join in the walk. One of them said that he personally know about six victims of rape, which was very painful to him. He believes in tough punishment for perpetrators’ and was delighted to be a part of the Walk Against Rape.
There have been reports of rape at an alarming rate not only in Nigeria, but also in different parts of the world. A good example is India, where reported cases of females being gang-raped in buses abound.
Some men defile their own little daughters and toddlers due to occult promptings and getting wealthy. Many you men rape grandmothers who are between the ages of 60 and 70 years and such have become rampant in recent times. Even when rape is occurring among married couples, there is still little public awareness linking rape and HIV infection.
We have to turn to God and start doing what is right. The general population coupled with government and lawmakers need to understand the import of this crime and its long-term impact on the health of victims. This would go a long way in ensuring structured interventions for the safety of our loved ones, especially the female gender.
When talking about leading manufacturers of flexible and reconstituted foam products; Vitafoam Nigeria Plc, incorporated on 4th August, 1962, is top notch. Throughout the country, it has been the largest foam manufacturing and distribution network that ensures just-in-time delivery of its products. Carving a niche for itself in the industry, the company offers an array of superior quality products that give customers vast choices. These products include custom-made mattresses, mats (Vitarest, Leisuremats, etc), foam sitting chairs (Vitasolid), pillows, foam based baby products (Changing mat, Baby cot mattresses, pillows) etc.
I was one of the lucky winners that was invited for a get-together by The Vitafoam Place, Lekki Comfort Centre tagged #VitafoamLadiesDayOut, through ToolzO on Instagram. She gave ladies the chance to participate by sending name, mobile number and mentioning five Vitafoam products. #VitaFoamLadiesDayOut held on Sunday, 1st March, 2015, at the Vitafoam Place, Beulaland Plaza, Lekki, Lagos.
The event which was scheduled for 2pm did not kick off till 4:10pm; this was as a result of other guests who could not get to the venue on time due to the terrible traffic situation. One of the staff of Vitafoam Nigeria Plc and Vector ‘The Viper’, a Nigerian rapper (who is also one of Vitafoam brand ambassadors) hosted the event. They both did a good job, churning out jokes, interacted with the guests during the interactive session; whereby guests were tested on their knowledge of Vitafoam products.
Mr. Ben, one of the co-coordinators of the event said that, the event was to give ladies a treat because women are the ‘influencers’ of the home, to create awareness of various Vitafoam products aside mattresses they were known for; also to give women ideas on how to co-ordinate colours with different Vitafoam products. The event was well appreciated by the guests, who lauded Vitafoam Nigeria Plc for a well planned marketing strategy.
One of the guests was Mrs. Ojali, who remarked, ‘’It was a nice initiative; I feel they did well trying to showcase Vitafoam products, fete guests and sell some products. I really enjoyed myself.’’ Miss Joy also remarked, ‘’I am glad I participated. This was my second time of getting #VitafoamLadiesNightOut invite, I could not make it to last month’s event, but I’m happy I could attend this one. It was really an eventful day out for me.’’
With the different treats giving to guests, such as: nail polish change – feet (I got that), nail polish change – hand, make-over, hair styling, sumptuous small chops, drinks (champagne, soft drinks, juice); a chance to interact with new people, and a captivating ambiance, it was truly a day to remember.
Products manufactured by Vitafoam have been found useful in the oil industry, refrigeration, poultry enclosure and office partitioning. When next you are thinking of getting quality and superior products in any of the aforementioned, please think and get Vitafoam – the fine art of living.
The #ShareACoke campaign by the Coca-cola Bottling which kicked off in the U.S. has left thirsty fans across Nigeria clamoring to find their names on bottles of Coca-Cola, Coke Zero and Diet Coke. While some have been lucky to get bottles of Coke with their names on them; others have left the stores empty-handed, especially with Nigerians having ethnic names. I’m not a Coke fan, I prefer Sprite, and thankfully there is no frenzy for name-finding on Sprite bottles. The way people rush the Coca-Cola stand at the malls looking for Coke bottles with their names on it usually leaves me in stitches. Are they going to eat the bottles after the liquid content has been downed, keep the bottles with their names on it as antiques or just be relieved and happy they got Coke bottles with their names? I have no freaking idea. So, a good friend of mine decided to design one for me, since my name ‘Adetoro’ will be hard to get; not much of a familiar name for a girl, talk more on a Coke bottle…heheheee.
Here it goes folks, share a Coke with moi…