Written by Lola Akinyele
When people think of Nigeria, they imagine a country of corruption; a country of poverty and fraudsters, where talk about sex is a taboo. Parents are not realistic in expectations of their children’s sexuality; a country where nine year old girls are married off to men older than their grandfathers and where single women above thirty are prostitutes. It is not farfetched to also assume that when most people outside Africa think poverty in their mind they see Africa. I am Abeni the fourteen year old Nigerian who sees beyond what you see and knows what you don’t know. My mother always said “children (in Nigeria it includes everyone not yet 21) tend to see meanings where adults are blind”.
I guess you are wondering, “what don’t I know? I am so smart and obviously not blind” but do you know the reasons for…
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