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Developing Countries Beware of Some Western Products: They are Not Eating Many of the Foods or Using Many of the Products They’re Dumping at Us the Same Time They’re Taking Some of Our Best: Part I

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It is not my purpose here to provoke an unnecessary hysteria regarding some imported products we might believe are luxury items simply because they are imported or are, thus, regarded as “big man’s” foods and products. However, I feel persuaded to bring to light certain issues that are negatively affecting our lives in Nigeria and other developing countries. My urge to proffer these suggestions does not only stem from what I have read in published data, but from my personal experience and observation, being a citizen and resident of Nigeria and having travelled widely around the world. I have been shocked as I saw how the “Oyinbos” live and contrasted it with how we, in the developing countries are living, and how our lives are being cut short while life in the West is elongating. Well, we all know that longevity is as a result of the interplay of many factors. Like I mentioned above, the Western countries are progressively experiencing a remarkable increase in their life expec

Important Outcomes of the Raising Girls’ Ambition (RAGA) Conference Held in Ibadan, Nigeria, Which I Attended

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I was privileged to attend the fourth Raising Girls’ Ambition (RAGA) conference between October 10th and October 12th this year 2018. The RAGA conference is normally an important forum for discussing the difficulties which girls face in a bid to come up with realistic solutions for empowering girls to attain their dreams. This year, it was organized by the Global Youth Leadership and Girl-Child Foundation in partnership with the Lead City University, Ibadan, Nigeria. The theme of the conference was “Equipping Girls for Involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) for Sustainable Development”. Specifically, it addressed many important issues regarding STEM education among girls and the scale that STEM could result in the economic empowerment of the girl-child. Students of some selected secondary schools in Ibadan   The conference's three days encompassed several defining speeches from experienced professors such as Professor Jennifer Weitz of the Par