Eating together is about more than just food

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet, from the series Äta tillsammans (Eating together)
8 July 2018
By Armsfree Ajanaku
Photos: Rahima Gambo

Nigeria. Adebayo Abejide, a radio station engineer, lives with his family in a suburb of the capital Abuja. As he often gets stuck in traffic on his work commute he is usually home too late to have dinner with his family.

“All of us are away from home many hours a day. From morning until evening, me, my wife, and my children are apart and mainly speak on the phone. Only occasionally do we manage to eat together at the weekends, but that too can be difficult since my wife is studying for a master and doesn’t always have her weekends off”, says Adebayo.

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People think I should be more authoritative towards my wife

Article published in Omvärlden
23 November 2016
By Rahmina Gambo

Nigeria. 47-year old Samuel Oruruo likes to cook and does not boss his wife around, something that has made many people in his surroundings question his manliness. The patriarchal structures in Nigeria are strong, but things are starting to change, he says.

“I was raised differently from how most Nigerian men are raised. I have five brothers and four sisters, and my mother didn’t treat us differently when it came to household chores; on the contrary she pushed me and my brothers to cook and clean.
In those days I didn’t understand why my mother would do that. I hated household chores, I wanted to hang out with my friends. But with time, I’ve come to realise that she wanted us to grow up to become responsible and capable of doing everything, regardless of our gender.”

Samuel says that when he got married, his in-laws and other relatives thought that he was not masculine enough, as he was not opposed to household chores. It is often women who are his loudest critics, he adds.

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Nigeria’s young, smart agripreneurs

Article published in Forskning & Framsteg
8 October 2015
By Jackie Opara

Nigeria. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Africa has the youngest population in the world. Sixty percent are between 15 and 24 years old. In many African countries, the population increases more rapidly than in the rest of the world, which means an increased demand for food. Meanwhile, sixty percent of the world’s fertile but uncultivated land can be found in Africa.

This has meant that many African countries are trying to attrac young people to become “agripreneurs”, a merge of “agriculture” and “entrepreneur”. It refers to young people who love farming and approach it with a business mind.

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Schoolgirls still in the hands of Boko Haram

Article published in Fria Tidningen
27 March 2015
By Armsfree Onomo

Nigeria. For many,  Boko Haram became known through the mass kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls last year. The campaign Bring Back Our Girls gathered a lot of attention, but after a year the girls still haven’t been returned.

Every day Aisha Yesufu and thirty other women gather in the Unity Fountain Park in the capital of Abuja for a two hour long demonstration. They run Bring Back Our Girls, which for almost a year has fought for the return of the girls.

Initially, the campaign had great support and many celebrities and people in high positions got involved.
“But they’ve moved on now”, says Aisha, crassly.

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Boko Haram beneficial for ex-dictator

Article published in Fria Tidningen
27 March 2015
By Armsfree Onomo

Nigeria. Tomorrow, the postponed Nigerian presidential election will take place. The terrorist organisation Boko Haram are claimed to be the reason both for the postponed elections, and that many might vote for an ex dictator.

The elections were meant to take place 14 February, but at the last minute it was postponed until 28 March. According to the president Goodluck Jonathan it is because the government and the army have to be able to handle the threat to security caused ty Boko Haram. But the opposition claim it’s a way for the president to win some time in order to get his votes up.

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