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When I was growing up, between ages nine and I think, twenty I was labeled a tomboy by the people around me. I didn’t think anything of it at the time because I felt I was just being myself. The earliest age I remember exhibiting tomboy traits was age five. I don’t remember how it started or why. Looking back, I can only point to a few things that may or may not have shifted my thinking as a girl child and changed my identity.

One of those events was when my dad went on a trip for some years and returned. He brought with him some presents for me and my little sister. Most of them were gifts meant for boys. We got a lot of boy boots, cargo pants and t-shirts. We got Sega and PS1. My sister showed zero interest in playing sega at the time, being 4 years, she just wanted her dolls and colorful storybooks. I showed a lot of interest in playing the game and played I did. Until we had some cousins and male family friends at our house over for the holidays and suddenly I couldn’t play anymore, because the adults said let the boys play the game, they are not really meant for girls. …

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One fine Friday at work, I was about to go have lunch when I came upon some of my other colleagues at the office gate. They seemed to be arguing with two unknown people. One, a tall delivery man covered head to toe in protective clothing. The other, a shorter man who seemed to be doing most of the arguing between the pair. The argument scene was set near the delivery man’s motor bike at the office gate. They all seemed to express a range of emotions ranging from anger, anxiety and surprise.

After standing around for a minute or two trying to decipher what exactly was going on and failing, I decided to go and have my long overdue lunch, having it at the back of my mind that if I don’t go to the gist, the gist will come to me, eventually. …

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If you didn’t already know, inducing an abortion is illegal in Nigeria except when the woman’s life is at risk. It is governed by two laws, the Penal Code, for the North and the Criminal Code for the south. The sections concerning abortion are 228, 229 and 230 in the Criminal Code Act of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It states that

228. Any person who, with intent to procure miscarriage of a woman whether she is or is not with child, unlawfully administers to her or causes her to take any poison or other noxious thing, or uses any force of any kind, or uses any other means whatever, is guilty of a felony, and is liable to imprisonment for fourteen…


Adeyinka Adegbenro

Adeyinka is a software developer, who is constantly trying to learn and apply.

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