Word on the Street:#MarketMarchYaba protests against groping of women in markets, Mo Salah wins BBC award and more
Hello friends, welcome to a wonderful new week. Christmas is just around the corner and I’m here for it. Here’s what you may have missed during the weekend.
#MarketMarch is a peaceful protest against the groping and harassing of women in major Marko around Lagos. The march started this past weekend at Yaba market. A group of young women and a few men stormed the market carrying placards/cardboards and calling on the traders to desist from groping and harassing women.
What happened during the march was shocking. Some of the traders attacked the women with stones and sachets of water, others still went ahead to grope and call them all sorts of names while some said they’d still touch the women they like, while calling the men in the protest group “gay” for joining in.
The rest of this crazy bunch of men were on Twitter supporting the actions of the Yaba traders. I was very upset by what I saw (I still am) and hope that at the next march, women will go with armed security personnel who will put these animals in their place.
Yes, I’m still upset.
Mo Salah is the BBC African Footballer of the Year
For the second time in a row, Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah was voted the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year. He beat Medhi Benatia, Kalidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane and Thomas Partey to the prize.
The 26-year old scored 44 goals in 52 games for Liverpool last year and scored twice for Egypt at this year’s World Cup.
It is safe to say that the award was well deserved. Congratulations to Mo.
Did you watch the Vice Presidential debate?
Those that watched it on social media will gather together after this roundup for a selfie. On Friday, five vice presidential candidates went toe to toe at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja in lieu of the 2019 presidential elections.
The participants include; Yemi Osinbajo (APC), Umma Getso (YPP), Ganiyu Galadima (ACPN), Peter Obi (PDP), and Khadijah Abdullahi-Iya (ANN).
As expected, the stars of the debate were Yemi Osinbajo and Peter Obi as they matched each other with responses that Nigerians will not forget in a while.
As with every political debates, there were truths, half truths and lies flying around. Premium Times has the breakdown, read it here.
Now, we cannot wait for the presidential debate. Will Bubu show up? We’ll find out soon enough.
Delta state emerges winner of the 2018 National Sports Festival
It’s the 19th edition of the festival and Team Delta win for the fifth time. After the 10-day competition hosted in Abuja, Delta state won 163 gold medals, 88 silver medals and 101 bronze medals.
Following Delta in the second and third positions are Rivers state and Edo state. While Lagos was in the 4th position.
According to a report by Premium Times, Ebonyi and Katsina states were absent at this year’s edition of the National Sports Festival. Also, all participating states won at least one medal except Borno, Gombe, Ekiti, Zamfara,Adamawa, Taraba and Sokoto states.
Nigerian Army suspends UNICEF from the North-East
The Nigerian army has accused the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) of sabotaging their fight against terrorism and insurgency in the North-Eastern region of Nigeria.
According to reports, the Army said that the international organisation stands to gain from the unrest in the region and so is acting as a spy for terrorist organisations and training persons for “clandestine activities” to sabotage the army’s efforts. For this reason, on Friday, the army placed a 3 months ban on the activities of UNICEF in the North East.
The next day, following “intervention from well meaning Nigerians”, the ban was lifted. However, the army warned UNICEF and other NGOs to have their purpose of being deployed to the region and work harmoniously with the army.
That’s all, have a wonderful week ahead. Before you go, gather around for that selfie.