Clean Water and Land

I used to really enjoy car rides over the different bridges linking Lagos mainland to the island. Looking at the vast expanse that adults said led to Benin, Togo ; even London and America of water calmed and amazed me. The purity, the endless grey that met the sky somewhere beyond where my eyes could see kept me in awe. That was back when most products were packed in glass bottles or paper and other recyclable materials. My more recent trips over the bridge and moreso to a couple of beaches have wiped that pristine view of my childhood. Plastic bottles, product nylon wrappers and all sort of debris now litter our waterways. The beaches are slightly better off as they employ cleaners to constantly rake the dirt that settle there. Tourists get the short end of the stick as this dampens their experience and of course they have to pay for this increased cost of maintenance. All hope isn’t lost however as good natured Nigerians- keen on being the change and not sitting on the fence complaining- have come up with ways to tackle the massive pollution if our environment. Kids4Clean Seas Foundation and The Nigerian Child Initiative, two NGOs have been organizing beach cleaning exercises. And of course encouraging the young ones to imbibe a good attitude towards our environment. It is really concerted and consistent efforts no matter how little that make the greatest effect. Join them tomorrow at the Kids Beach Garden tomorrow January 27th at 7am to do your part towards making a difference and of course Sustainable Development Goals 14 and 15. If like me,you didn’t know all of them before, now is a good time to check them all out and find out how you can make them achievable. -Oumissa 11.50pm 26 January 2018 Lagos, Nigeria

Run in Someone’s Veins

What would our world be like if we all donated blood instead of shedding it? If we all decided to help our fellow human instead of hurting them? How will it be if we all did our best to save a life instead of devaluing or taking it?

We are inundated by the second with reports of mindless ways in which men, women and children like us are being killed, maimed or otherwise damaged for life. It thus gladdens the heart when we find concerted efforts to save lives. We realize that while some choose to destroy, others preserve life- the sanctity of which can not be fully expressed.

Blood is very essential in saving lives as science has still not found a complete substitute for it. It is used in the treatment of many who are sick, involved in car crashes, wars and other conditions that lead to life-threatening blood loss. A single pint of blood (half a litre/50cl) can save more than one person.

How would you like to run in someone’s veins? How would you like to be part of someone’s good health for life? Your blood cells multiplying exponentially and contributing to their vitality?

According to studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, blood donors are 88% less likely to suffer a heart attack and 33% less likely to suffer any type of cardiovascular event.

When you come around today to give blood, you will receive a life saver certificate with which you can receive blood whenever you need it. You also get to know your hepatitis status,blood group,genotype and HIV status(optional)

If you reside in Lagos or its surrounding suburbs, please try and make it to the blood donation exercise today Wednesday, the 26th of August, 2015 at
•New Great Hall, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Surulere, Lagos.
•New Hall, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos.

Be a part of West Africa’s single largest blood donation exercise. Be a lifesaver.

#YouAreSomebody’sType

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This Blood Donation exercise is part of the Annual Islam Propagation Week, a ten-day programme organized by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, CMUL/LUTH branch. (College of Medicine of the University of Lagos/Lagos University Teaching Hospital) in conjunction with the Haematology Department of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

Proudly Nigerian

Right now it may not be so fresh to be a Nigerian.

From the Boko Haram-induced insecurity to the grinding poverty and all that is in between, many Nigerians simply wish they had been born in some other country. But the truth is no one can propel Nigeria to greatness apart from her people.Our current situation will not change until we stop complaining and begin to hope for a better Nigeria. Even though I’m rushing this piece before PHCN  withholds the gift of light and my internet connection is more of turbulent flow than laminar, I still stand tall and say to the world,

“I’M PROUD TO BE NIGERIAN!!!!!”