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IQRA Foundation Redefines Learning for Children at Bariga

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The IQRA Foundation, a non-profit in Nigeria focused on providing improved access to quality education for marginalised children in Nigeria, is launching a community walk-in library at Bariga, Lagos.

 

Established on the back of the school closure that denied access to millions of marginalised children, this walk-in community library will prevent a future occurrence as it will ensure children in the community have access to a variety of books to aid literacy, no matter the situation. It will be managed by the community book club and Bright Achievers Academy.

 

The library was built in partnership with Spazio Ideale, an interior design company in Lagos who ensured it was up to standard and homely enough for the children.

 

RovingHeights, Page Bookstore, Ouidah Books, and Restructure Africa donated suitable books for school aged children. These books along with books from other individual donors will ascertain that the library is well equipped to cater to children of all age groups/ children ages e.g. 4-18. We are grateful to our donors, who provided funding and manpower to ensure the library was constructed to be up to quality child engaging standards.

 

This is only a step forward in redefining education for the marginalized in Nigeria. There is a lot more to be done and The IQRA Foundation-Access to Books is committed to ensuring that each child gets a fair chance at a quality education.

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Remembering Late Pius Adesanmi

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Pius Adesanmi

Our hearts are broken. We have no words. This is hard to bear. The news of the death of Professor Pius Adesanmi in the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crash on March 10, 2019, alongside more than 150 passengers and crew, continues to reverberate around the world. I was very close to Professor Adesanmi, whose family hosted me in their home in Ottawa just last month.

 

It was quintessential Pius Adesanmi; He was at the airport to pick me up and we embraced warmly, the way you would with a dear friend and brother.

 

Sitting on the floor of his living room, we commenced our analysis of multifarious issues that went well into the night. We discussed our respective book projects, plans, and aspirations, and he shared details about his career trajectory. Pius also talked about the ghastly road accident that nearly claimed his life in Nigeria in 2018.

 

He showed me the scars from his left leg and narrated the arduous journey to recovery, describing how the accident changed his perspective about life by making him conscious of time. Professor Adesanmi was an outstanding and highly decorated scholar.

 

Pius spoke about how blessed he was to have his wife, Muyiwa. He was sure that very few marriages could survive his travel schedule and other demands of his career. He told me that his wife was his “polar opposite.”

 

Unlike him, Muyiwa did not like to travel and was always keen to return home to “sleep in her bed.” This was fascinating to me as Muyiwa’s father had recently retired as a pilot. Adesanmi also took great delight in his daughter, Tise. He radiated such joy at her presence. We spoke about some of the ways Tise “tackled” her father.

 

Many of Adesanmi’s followers on social media would be familiar with Tise. Tise and I had played a game of soccer in the family basement earlier in the evening; I told Pius how Tise won the game largely because she made the rules and changed them as the game progressed. It was hilarious!

 

He suggested we have a joint vacation in Cuba at the end of the year and I thought it was a great idea. He teased Muyiwa about her phobia for travel. Muyiwa responded with the type of look only spouses who were in love could understand.

 

Pius Adesanmi was happy. He was a joy to spend time with. How do we process his death? I am at a loss to think that someone I spent time with a month ago has died. How do we comfort Muyiwa? What do we tell Tise? How about mama and other family members?

Pius received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Ilorin and his master’s from the University of Ibadan.

 

He obtained his PhD from the University of British Columbia, Canada He was on the faculty at Pennsylvania State University in the United States before leaving for Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. He was, until his death, a professor of English and African literature, and the director of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton University.

 

Professor Adesanmi was an outstanding and highly decorated scholar. He was an Izaak Walton Killam scholar during his doctoral studies at the University of British Columbia—one of only five Killam universities in Canada (others are the University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University, and Dalhousie University).

 

Adesanmi won the inaugural Penguin Prize for African writing in the non-fiction category in 2010. He also received the prestigious Canada Bureau of International Education Leadership Award in 2017. He was in great demand as a distinguished public intellectual, speaker, columnist, satirist, and writer.

 

He was a thorn in the flesh of Africa’s political class, especially the Nigerian political elite. Everyone who knew him was struck by his decency, humor, intellect, and capacity to connect with others. Professor Adesanmi was very much at the peak of his career and in the prime of his life. Remarks by top administrators at Carleton University speak to the texture of his scholarship and the quality of our loss. A statement by Benoit-Antoine Bacon, the president and vice-chancellor of Carleton, notes that “Pius was a towering figure in African and post-colonial scholarship.

 

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who knew and loved him, and with everyone who suffered a loss in the tragic crash in Ethiopia.” Pauline Rankin, Carleton’s dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, states that Professor Adesanmi “worked tirelessly to build the Institute of African Studies, to share his boundless passion for African literature, and to connect with and support students. He was a scholar and teacher of the highest caliber who leaves a deep imprint on Carleton.”

Professor Adesanmi died in service to Africa. He was on his way to a meeting at the behest of the African Union when he died. His spectacularly broad and transnational followership made his articles and posts on social media part of the daily diet of many people around the world. He was a thorn in the flesh of Africa’s political class, especially the Nigerian political elite. Everyone who knew him was struck by his decency, humor, intellect, and capacity to connect with others.

 

Professor Pius Adesanmi’s final social media post is one for the ages. It was a quote from Psalm 139 verses 9 to 10: “If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” We will never know what went through his mind at that moment. What a world! What a life! Akoni ti lo (“a warrior is gone”). O daro o. Goodnight, Pius Adesanmi.

 

by Temitope Oriola

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I Caught My Dad Sleeping With My Elder Sister

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An unidentified lady has narrated how she caught her father and elder sister in the ‘act’ together.

According to the lady, she is contemplating whether to tell anyone about the abominable act committed by her father and sister.

Read the Lady’s full story below:

“I really want to be anonymous please. I am from a family of 4 (My dad, mum and 2 girls i.e I and my elder sister).

I am about 20 now and my elder sister is 22. We are both undergraduates in Nigeria and doing well.

I don’t know if covid 19 is responsible for this because we have all being home including my dad who now works from home as well.

That unfortunate day, I woke up late in the night and needed to get to the kitchen to get water as I was coughing at night. I woke up and realized my sister was beside me on the bed, well I didn’t really worry because I thought she was in the rest room or maybe watching a movie or at most reading.

To my greatest surprise as I was going downstairs to the kitchen, I heard some very very tiny sound in the visitor’s room but I know no one stays there as there was no visitor around at that time, so I peeped through the key hole and couldn’t close my mouth when I saw my own dad sleeping with his own blood daughter. They were stalk naked and on the bed.

Initially, I thought it was my mum but I had to stay there for some more seconds and look closely as it was a tiny key hole.

I am confused and surprised but I don’t know who I can confide in at this point because my mum is bit hypertensive and I wont be the one responsible for her death. Please any good advise will be nice.”

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Here is the new scam on WhatsApp!

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WhatsApp scam that convinces users to hand over their personal details is just one of many that have seen Australians lose almost $90 million this year.

Scams doing the rounds on WhatsApp, Instagram and TikTok have affected a staggering 17 per cent of Australians since the coronavirus pandemic and associated lockdowns in Australia, a report by software security provider, NortonLifeLock, has revealed.

The research shows cyber crime rose during the COVID-19 lockdown as social media use soared by 62 per cent and hackers targetted Australians.

One woman in her 20s, who did not want to give her name because she was too embarrassed, said she only realised she had fallen for the WhatsApp numbers scam in June when a friend contacted her.

Scammers used her WhatsApp account to send messages to her contacts asking for a six digit code that is then used to log the WhatsApp account on a new device.

This would allow the scammers to then impersonate the unsuspecting user.

When she found out she had been scammed into handing out her details, the woman changed her passwords and went to the bank and closed her accounts.

She was upset she had to explain to her friends not to reply to her hacked messages after she had already fallen for it.

Cyber security expert Mark Gorrie said a staggering 17 per cent of Australians were a victim of cyber crime during the first few months of the pandemic.

The scams include romance and online dating scams where people ask for money, investment scams and puppy scams where ‘sellers’ disappear after receiving the money.

‘We’re seeing more and more young people targeted who might think they’re too smart to be scammed. They are targeted through social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram,’ Mr Gorrie explained.

The attacks on social media often look like advertisements and trick people into believing they are buying a product that in reality does not exist.

‘Look for spelling mistakes or poor grammar, generic greetings or email URLs that don’t match the company in the email. If someone is sending you an unusual request or offers too good to be true, it’s a red flag,’ he said.

How they scam you!

  • WhatsApp is a messaging app linked to your mobile phone number
  • The app can only be on one device at a time and has end-to-end encryption which means only the sender and receiver can see the messages
  • When a user changes their phone or reinstalls the app they need a six digit verification code
  • If an attacker knows your phone number they can install the app which will send YOU an sms verification code to your mobile
  • The scam works by hackers using a friends account to message all of the contacts which are the new victims – ‘I’m having trouble and asked WhatsApp to send you my sms code’
  • It’s a trick! The hacker has sent the code request to the new victim’s phone and if they send that code on, they are giving the password to their OWN mobile account.

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