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Meet Wanda Ebe, Click Naija Hero 2020

Wanda Ebe is Click Naija Hero 2020 for contributing to making the lives of others better, during the COVID-19 Lockdown. She is the founder of Wanda Adu Foundation. A foundation focused on vulnerable, abused, and marginalized women and children especially those who are victims of sexual and domestic violence. 

Wanda, being presented the Click Naija Heroes Award by the Zonal Director, Radio Nigeria, Abuja Operations, Alhaja Sherifat Omolara Ahmed

The team led by Wanda Ebe sources support and provides food and security for vulnerable women and children and rescued victims of child trafficking and victims of assault and torture. 

In 2020 during the COVID-19 Lockdown, she intervened in at least 10 active cases of sexual abuse. She helped women in abusive relationships and help to mobilize shelter and nutrition support for them. She got calls to help rescue 2 women who were suicidal due to hardship as a result of the lockdown. One of them had drunk water with her children for 3 days.  

She supported at least 15 widows to set up a trade. Carried out nutrition and medical intervention for triplets at Bwari who had acute malnutrition and whose mother could not feed them. She gave out palliatives to women. Rescued boys from abusive guardians, from child labour and abuse. She has received threats to her life several times in the cause of rescuing the oppressed and abused.

She rescued a preterm baby during the lockdown, popularly known as baby Kosi whose mother was a drug addict and taken by Naptip for rehabilitation. On taking over baby Kosi, he was less than 2kg and had multiple infections, complications, and Jaundice. She was able to give care to baby Kosi for 6 months through help from social media and well-meaning Nigerians and today baby Kosi is alive and bouncing today.

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Meet Dr. Kelly Ohis Iraoyah, Click Naija Hero 2020

Dr. Kelly Ohis Iraoyah is Click Naija Hero 2020 for contributing to making the lives of others better, during the COVID-19 Lockdown. He is a Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician, who works at the Institute for Lassa fever research and Control center, of the Irrua Specialist Teaching Hospital, Irrua, Edo state But presently at the Dome Isolation Center Abuja. 

Representative of Dr. Kelly, alongside other awardees

Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, he had been working as a frontline doctor in the battle against infectious diseases in Nigeria like Lassa fever, Yellow fever, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and of course, recently, COVID-19. 

It bleeds his heart when he sees people die of preventable diseases out of ignorance and poverty. He tries as much as possible to take his patients’ challenges as his own, putting himself in their shoes. He has always answered the nation’s call to service whenever there was a disease outbreak. He was part of the team that successfully treated more than 300 patients without any record of death.

He was a member of the Ministerial Task Team deployed to Kano state in the heat of COVID-19 mysterious deaths in May this 2020 and they put the situation under control. He sees himself as a soldier on the battlefield, who has dedicated the rest of his life to serving God through humanity and puts his own life on the line, to keep others alive!

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Meet Maryam Kehinde Okesanjo, Click Naija Hero 2020

Maryam Kehinde Okesanjo is Click Naija Hero 2020 for contributing to making the lives of others better, during the COVID-19 Lockdown. She is a presenter and network newsreader at Radio Nigeria, Network Service. Maryam’s programmes are a toast to the listeners as she stamps her voice in their minds of the listeners with her brilliant presentation style. 

Maryam being presented the Click Naija Heroes Award by the Zonal Director, Radio Nigeria, Abuja Operations, Alhaja Sherifat Omolara Ahmed

She currently presents Radio Nigeria’s flagship programmes like Politics Nationwide, MANDATE STUDIO, RADIO LINK, and more, on the network service of Radio Nigeria. She also a regular feature in casting the news. MKO, as she is fondly called as someone who believes in education has Maryam obtained her Master’s Degree in Law (LLM.) at the University of Abuja.

During the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, Maryam as a senior staff of Radio Nigeria was saddled with many responsibilities. She was on the Network News at 7 am back to back from March through till July 2020.  In the heat of the lockdown, she took risky steps to ensure she made it to the office regardless of the roadblocks. She waited extra hours to record other programmes that should go on air since many others couldn’t make it due to the lockdown. On a particular day during the Ramadan period in April, Maryam almost lost her life while driving back home as a result of fatigue. 

Maryam did programs on educating Nigerians on the safety protocols on how to prevent contracting the virus. She worked odd hours and used her car as another semi-mobile house while on the move. She is not just a broadcast professional, but also a teacher and a lawyer. 

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Meet Sergeant Saka Umar, Click Naija Hero 2020

Sgt Saka Umar is Click Naija Hero 2020 for contributing to making the lives of others better, during the COVID-19 Lockdown. He joined the services of the Nigerian Police in 2008 on the rank of a Constable. He joined the Police Force because of the lack of a job but the passion for the job grew as he began work. 

Sgt. Saka Umar, being presented the Click Naija Heroes Award by the Zonal Director, Radio Nigeria,
Abuja Operations, Alhaja Sherifat Omolara Ahmed

He starts his day by 5:30 am and most times works on duty every day of the week from Monday to Sunday. Though he stands under the sun and other harsh weather, the passion for the job makes it something he looks forward to every day. 

As traffic police, Sgt. Saka faces the difficult task of controlling motorists some of whom would insult or intentionally break traffic rules. His secret is patience and politeness. He also employs his remarkable smile and wave of the hand to virtually every motorist that passes by while ignoring negative remarks.

His impact was felt during the phases of ease of lockdown where motorists trouped to the roads and there was jam-lock at different parts of town for weeks. He was called upon in many of cases where there was heavy traffic and he tried his best to coordinate to clear traffic without causing further chaos. He sees his job as rewarding because he can offer his service to humanity and people are happy.

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Meet Jeremiah Oseni, Click Naija Hero 2020

Jeremiah Oseni, is Click Naija Hero 2020 for contributing to making the lives of others better, during the COVID-19 Lockdown. He is the founder of the Dbegotin Educational Foundation an NGO that has enrolled many Children into schools and trained over fifty teachers.

Jeremiah, being presented the Click Naija Heroes Award by the Zonal Director, Radio Nigeria,
Abuja Operations, Alhaja Sherifat Omolara Ahmed

Jeremiah Oseni is a trained education development expert and a child growth psychologist. His passion is majorly on the improvement of the living conditions of less privileged citizens.

Jeremiah has supported several entities to achieve this passion and played a role in supporting Nigeria’s educational sector through new educational skills. 

He is constantly training and re-training teachers and giving children in low-income communities’ access to quality education, and also advocates for more enrolment of the Girl-Child into school.

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Meet Ifeanyi Isaiah Osita, Click Naija Hero 2020

Ifeanyi Isaiah Osita is Click Naija Hero 2020 for contributing to making the lives of others better, during the COVID-19 Lockdown. He is a graduate of Mass Communication from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna State, and is presently a news editor and senior reporter with the Federal Radio Corporation Of Nigeria, Abuja Operations, Kapital FM News and Current Affairs Department.

Ifeanyi being presented the Click Naija Heroes Award by the Zonal Director, Radio Nigeria, Abuja Operations, Alhaja Sherifat Omolara Ahmed

During the Lockdown occasioned by the Covid-19 Pandemic, he was out there ensuring the coverage of events and writing special reports for news bulletins for both Kapital FM and FRCN Network.

Some of the reports centered on Interventions in curtailing the spread of Covid-19, Inauguration of Some projects in Bwari Area Council, monitoring the distribution of palliatives by NGOs, special reports on Democracy Day and Independence Celebration with focus on security and socio-economic sphere of the nation’s development.

Ifeanyi on different occasions single-handedly packaged news bulletins when those on duty couldn’t make it on time to the office due to the COVID-19 restriction of movement. While carrying out his reports at the community level, Ifeanyi was also able to reach out by giving food items to families in his within communities.

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NIGERIA WOMEN POST PALLIATIVES; BETTER EMPOWERED OR WORSE OFF

Rosemary Luka is a young mother of two children who is one of the numerous Nigerian women hit by the increased financial hardship that came along with the COVID-19 pandemic. She is a woman who only heard about how other people received support and palliatives from the government and other NGOs, but never benefited during and after the lockdown. She said she equally saw the lootings of COVID-19 palliatives going on across the country and even though these acts have been condemned by many, she expressed her wish to have also had access to her portion of the palliatives. According to her, she is hungry and just needs food regardless of how it may come. For many like Rosemary, the need to feed stands as interference in deciding to scramble for a share of the re-looted palliative.

Florence Luka interview with Click Naija

In October 2020, women groups began to decry the low representation of women in the COVID-19 palliative distribution and also demanding more accountability and condemning corruption. According to Partners West Africa Nigeria, 87% of Nigerian women lost their jobs and source of income during the lockdown and 61% were unaware of provisions made by the government.

The Complex Role of Nigerian Woman

Nigerian women, like their counterparts in other developing countries, perform complex multiple roles as mothers, workers, managers of households, and providers for their home feeding and upkeep. They take care of their husbands, children, and members of their extended families. When the government of the day decided to support households with palliatives due to the economic impact of COVID-19, there were identified gaps in how much the needs of women were put into consideration in the planning process especially since it is expected that women would have a good knowledge of what her household needs to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

A woman’s financial state arguably has a greater direct impact on her children than any other member of the family. Florence is another mother of two children, who was hit by the impact of the pandemic and the lockdown and it almost pushed her to make a fatal decision concerning her unborn child. As at the heat of the lockdown, Florence was 5 months pregnant with a third child. Due to the loss of her livelihood, she and her children went on without food for two days with the unborn child in her belly. When she could not bear the burden anymore, she decided to take any drug that would help her to abort the child so that the child would not die of starvation in her womb. This is a Nigerian woman whose poverty had ripple effect on her children putting her life and that of her unborn child at risk.

Florence sharing her story with Click Naija

Despite the government’s claim that it distributed palliatives to poor households, impact reports reveal a prevalence of food insecurity across the country, which has not improved since the lockdown. In the FCT many women with their children were reported having to skip meals. Elizabeth Ojeba, a mother of 3, narrates how she has had to put her children through compulsory fasting where they would eat once a day around 4 pm and go to bed on an empty stomach to resume the fast the following day. She said, sometimes, they go through this up to 4 days or up to one week at a stretch. Elizabeth sells homemade drinks in places like motor parks and mechanic workshops. The COVID-19 situation however made her sales drop drastically as most people refused to purchase such locally made drinks due to the fear of the spread of the virus via any form of liquid exchange. Elizabeth who is into the catering business, and who almost totally went out of business, said other forms of palliatives like free electricity supply from the government to save her extra cost and help her preserve her petty trade, would have made more sense, as palliative, to her.

Elizabeth Ojeba Interview with Click Naija

Distribution Plan of COVID-19 Palliatives and The Community Realities

At the planning of distribution of palliatives, households are set as the target. However, in reporting those who go on without food, women and children are the ones counted and reported upon. The question then is why women don’t make up the target for distribution of these food items. The home where the woman gets supply of food, is a home where everyone, including the men, gets food.

As part of plans to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians due to the impact of the pandemic on livelihood and cost of living the Nigerian Government decided to focus on households as its distribution point. The focus was on poor Nigerian households. Despite this method and distribution, there were testimonies of mothers who could not feed their children due to the lack of food to eat. The harsh reality of how effective this method was, can be attested to by the number of people who eventually benefited from the exercise. In the cause of carrying out the distribution of palliative to households, some monitoring teams met that the situation planned for was not the reality on the ground with the Nigerian people and therefore raising questions on the method of distribution of food items to households.

The Nigerian Woman After Covid-19 Palliatives with Dr. Jophia Gupar, The National Coordinator of Civil Society Emergency Intervention Group and the Founder at Pan African Young Women Development Initiative on ‘Women Realities,’ Click Naija

According to Dr. Johia Gupar, The National Coordinator of Civil Society Emergency Intervention Group and the Founder at Pan African Young Women Development Initiative who spoke on Click Naija Online Radio women’s programme, ‘Women Realities’, some of the findings she made alongside her team during the distribution of palliative in the FCT as a monitoring group, were unexpected. When the teams went into the field, they found that many households had more than one family living within the same household. According to her in some cases, there were households housing up to 6 or 8 families in them. It was therefore a gross assumption on the part of the government that every household had one family living in it. There were also reports of women complaining that the palliatives given to their households were sold by their husbands.

This meant that more palliative had to be given to fewer households than planned and it would not be as far-reaching as planned. This brings into question, the claimed reach of the palliatives. If the palliatives were targeted at women, it probably would have sounded lopsided, but this would have likely yielded more results because, there is likely a woman in every family, especially where there are children. For polygamous homes, this would have been a better model as well because it means that every child including the husbands in such a household would get food since their mothers have food.

Palliatives vs Nutritional Supplementation 

Nigeria remains one of the worst-hit by malnutrition in the Sub Saharan region, with children and women in their reproductive age most affected. The United Nations measurement of poverty is aimed at identifying the poor from a variety of perspectives: including the inability to meet the calorie requirements per day. The 2018 NBS Demographic Health Survey revealed that 37% of children under age are stunted, 17% severely stunted and 7% wasted. 22% are underweight and 7% are severely underweight. 

One of the aims of the palliatives was to improve the uptake of food and nutritional supplementation. Dr. Johpia also said that many women would have preferred other items to meet the nutritional needs of their families other than the ones distributed. She said some women were in need of drug supplementation, and other food items apart from rice and noodles like beans. This should have made up for the nutritional balance needed for families and help prevent the already high level of malnutrition. According to a monitoring report by Connected Development who had their team on the ground to monitor the distribution of the palliatives in the FCT, for the distribution monitored, there were 12000 bags of 3kg rice and 12000 bags of condiments to be shared. The bag of condiments contained 3 small bags of Semo, 2kg beans, 3kg of garri, 10 sachets of tomato paste, one bag of salt and sugar each, 1 liter of oil (5 sachets). For the group monitored by the Civil Society Emergency Intervention Group, the main items distributed were bags of rice. During the looting or re-looting of the COVID-19 palliatives, which were initially hoarded, it was seen on social media, that the main item that was stuck up for distribution was rice and noodles. It can therefore be assumed that there was a general notion in the planning that the requirement of Nigerian households was rice. 

Looking at the choice of items purchased to achieve food supplementation which should have made up for the nutritional value required by members of a household, there are big questions as to how much supplementation was achieved. Even for the tranch where other items were purchased, the question of balance of these items to have the required nutritional value according to world standards, calls for answers. In 2018 the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that Nigeria is burdened by three key malnutrition indicators: anemia, overweight, and stunting. WHO further defined malnutrition as the deficiencies, excesses, or imbalances in a person’s intake of energy and/or nutrients. More often than not, the average Nigerian is experiencing both malnutrition and hunger. Situations like those of Rosemary and Elizabeth and their children are therefore potential springboards to increasing hunger and malnutrition in Nigeria.

Market Price Realities

In a society like Nigeria where certain chores like going to the market for shopping is generally seen as a woman’s responsibility, or a woman’s type of chore, the reality of the prices of household items is felt directly by the woman. In many cases, she has to sort that problem herself if there is an increase in the prices of foodstuff. Even in cases where the money is provided by her spouse for shopping, when there is a hike above the amount she has been given, she most likely will not go back home to ask for the difference in the market price. Neither will she go back home without purchasing those necessary items. The cost of any market difference falls directly on her. However, in many cases, she is the provider of the funds for shopping for her household and also the bearer of the increased cost.

In Nigeria, The Consumer Price Index for food increased by 1.18% from March 2020 to April 2020 caused by increases in prices of food items like yam, potatoes, and other tubers, fish, oils and fats, meat, bread, and cereals, fruits and vegetables. The average annual rate of change between April 2019 and April 2020 was 14.22%. In September 2020, the consumer index price of food in Nigeria stood at 382.7. Compared to September 2019, the CPI of food increased by roughly 17%. The consumer price index is the measure that examines the changes in the purchasing power of a currency and the changes in the price level of the market basket of consumer goods and services purchased by households. Women are the main purchasers of these consumer goods. The movement of the consumer price index is the main measure for inflation rate and this puts women at the forefront of the direct impact of inflation especially in 2020.

The Nigerian government has carried out several social intervention programmes with some of them targeted specifically at women. Including conditional cash transfer, interest-free loans, and items to start up a business. However, there have been reports that many women with their spouses, who received items like sewing machines sell the items handed over to them. This brings to question the justification for the huge amounts the government is investing in these programmes and its plans to get value for money. Wanda Ebe of the Wanda Adu Foundation has worked with women for years and especially during the COVID-19 lockdown. She shares some stories of women’s experiences during the lockdown and speaks on the effectiveness of the financial support the government is providing for women. She suggests that industrial business hubs would serve the purpose of alleviating the poverty of women more than handing out conditional cash transfers to women or even buying items to give them.

Wanda Ebe of Wanda Abu Foundation in an interview with Click Naija

Since 2018, more than half the world is moving to the middle class or richer. However, the story is different as Africa currently adds poor people with 70% of the world poor now living in Africa since 2019. For Africa to end poverty by 2030, more than one person would need to escape poverty every second. Nigeria stands second to India as the poverty capital of the world. Nigerian women are the most affected and are being marginalized in the decision-making process, employment, access to credit, and economic opportunities. 

According to the World Bank, there was an estimated temporary 9% point increase in the national poverty headcount rate. The Nigeria SAM Multiplier Results show that the national poverty rate increased by 15% pointing to the fact that during the lockdown period 30 million more people started living below the poverty line. Some of whom may remain poor at the end of 2020, 70% of whom are women. 

This story/research/investigation was supported by the US embassy via the ATUPA fellowship by Civic Hive.

Story: Ehizogie Ohiani

Cover Photo Credit: Connected Development

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Vote Dr. Kelly Iraoyah, for Click Naija Heroes Challenge 2020

Click Naija Online Radio is the youth-oriented channel dedicated to empowering young minds with useful and entertaining information. We introduce to you Click Naija’s special online campaign tagged ‘Click Naija Heroes Challenge’ coming up from 16th to 19th November 2020.

This campaign aims to celebrate young Nigerians who have contributed to selfless service and made an impact on society in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic Lockdown and after the lockdown. 

Meet our nominee DR. KELLY IRAOYAH, Consultant Infectious Diseases Physician

He was part of the team that successfully treated more than 300 patients without recording any death. He was a member of the Ministerial Task Team deployed to Kano State in the heat of COVID-19 mysterious deaths in May 2020. He runs extra call hours to attend to emergency COVID cases at the isolation center.

To Vote for DR. KELLY for this well-deserved award, Like, Comment, and Share this post on Facebook using the hashtag, #ClickNaijaHeroesChallenge.

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Vote Sgt. Saka Umar, for Click Naija Heroes Challenge 2020

Click Naija Online Radio is the youth-oriented channel dedicated to empowering young minds with useful and entertaining information. We introduce to you Click Naija’s special online campaign tagged ‘Click Naija Heroes Challenge’ coming up from 16th to 19th November 2020.

This campaign aims to celebrate young Nigerians who have contributed to selfless service and made an impact on society in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic Lockdown and after the lockdown. 

Meet our nominee SGT. SAKA UMAR, Traffic Police officer at Garki Division Police Station FCT

Sgt. Saka is a Traffic Police officer at Garki Division Police Station FCT

He is usually deployed to areas where there is heavy traffic using patience, politeness, a smile, and a wave of the hand to coordinate and clear traffic and ignore negative motorists who try to cause more traffic.

To Vote SGT. SAKA for this well-deserved award, Like, Comment, and Share this post on Facebook using the hashtag, #ClickNaijaHeroesChallenge.

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Vote Ifeanyi Osita, for Click Naija Heroes Challenge 2020

Click Naija Online Radio is the youth-oriented channel dedicated to empowering young minds with useful and entertaining information. We introduce to you Click Naija’s special online campaign tagged ‘Click Naija Heroes Challenge’ coming up from 16th to 19th November 2020.

This campaign aims to celebrate young Nigerians who have contributed to selfless service and made an impact on society in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic Lockdown and after the lockdown. 

Meet our nominee IFEANYI OSITA Senior Reporter at Kapital FM News and Current Affairs

He was at the frontline on the field producing special reports during the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown. Many times had to serve as a one-man newsroom team to ensure his station news did not fail when others access to go to work due to the lockdown restrictions.

To Vote IFEANYI for this well-deserved award, Like, Comment, and Share this post on Facebook using the hashtag, #ClickNaijaHeroesChallenge.

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