Sex education as a tool to raising HIV/AIDS awareness

Aids-Free generation

Folakemi

For a successful campaign against HIV/AIDS, it has to go hand in hand with sex education for the message to sink in, in Nigeria at least. When I was growing up, there were little talk around about the reality of HIV/AIDS and often I was made to believe that it was something that happened to ‘sinners,’ so children of God need not worry as abstinence from sex should be the motto – well so the preachers say.

There is a lot of unnecessary secrecy about illness disclosure in our society that is not helping, HIV/AIDS patients amongst us are dying everyday and yet we do not take interest in learning the nature of their illness.

Kile (not his real name) is my cousin, I knew his father to be a police officer based somewhere in the north. In 1996 when HIV/AIDS was thought to be South Africans’ and western countries problem, the…

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Education as a tool to empower citizens

Folakemi

On the train minding my business, sitting opposite me was a man in his late 70s. After starring at his tribal marks on his cheeks for a while, the silence was broken. I greeted Mr Ajala in Yoruba and so it all began.

Two Nigerians meeting for the first time bonding, talking with serious look on their faces, regardless of their age, tribe or religion, they were undoubtedly talking about the state of Nigeria. Usually, we tend to agree that the system has failed us and we yawn for change in all ways, however, after the talk, the shout, the anger, we’d retrieve back to our shells accepting that we could not effect any change and we will once again call on to God to help us as if God has not done enough by given us abundant natural resources, huge man power and brains to help us manage them well.

Of course…

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