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VVF The Unpopular Popular Maternity Horror

Gbemi Momoh

Recently Guguru FM was invited by 4th Brain Entertainment to witness the shooting of a new movie production titled Endless Tears which hovers around the medical condition called Vesicovaginal Fistula popularly known as VVF.

It brought to mind the danger it portends for girls who get married in their early teens, rape victims etc. Guguru FM got this report written by prolific writer Winifred Ogbebo which was published in the Leadership Newspaper, March 3rd, 2014.
Think about VVF and how you can help combat it.

Combating The Menace Of VVF
By Winifred Ogbebo — Mar 3, 2014

Vesico Vaginal Fistula (VVF) has social, economic, and religious implications as many women with the condition are regarded as social outcasts with marriages reportedly dissolved as a result of this. In this piece, Muazu Elazeh examines efforts at combating the menace.

Mallama Hadiza Tanko, 35, (not real name) suffered from Vesico vaginal fistula (VVF) disease as she passed out urine, sometimes uncontrollably as a result of which friends and neighbours deserted her because of the smell that accompanied her wherever she went.

“It got so worse that I confined myself to staying at home and resented mingling with even my closest family members as I feared that when I got close to them they would complain of the smell,” Mallama Tanko enthused, with a forlorn face.

Narrating her ordeal further, the mother of three said she was divorced by her beloved husband who ordered her out of her matrimonial home “on the grounds that he could not bear my condition any longer.”

Hadiza who was among the patients treated and rehabilitated at the Katsina VVF centre now renamed National Obstetric Fistula Centre following its take-over by the federal government, said it took the intervention of an uncle who advised that she visit a health care centre for her to get the support she had received that led to her being treated of disorder

In Nigeria, VVF has social, economic, and religious implications as women with VVF in some areas are regarded as social outcasts with marriages reportedly dissolved as a result of this.

Many girls between the ages of 11 and 15 across the country become mothers either through early marriage or unwanted pregnancy. They experience obstructed labour even as some unskilled birth attendants simply cut through their private parts to create passage for the babies

that eventually result in VVF- the leakage of urine and faeces most the time. The malodorous nature of the condition makes women with VVF become outcast in the society. There are hundreds of thousands of such cases throughout the federation.

Only recently, the Katsina State government in collaboration with the state office of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provided empowerment support to about one hundred women treated of VVF at the Katsina centre, located in Babbar Ruga Village of Batagarawa Local government area.

At the disbursement which was supported by the Service to Humanity, a

Katsina-based non governmental organization, the need for collaborative efforts in addressing the problem of VVF was taken to  front burner with health experts insisting that the nation needed to step up measures at improving maternal health through elimination of fistula.

Indeed, one of the major public health problems bedeviling the

Nigerian nation, like most of other developing countries, is VVF. It is estimated that about 400,000 to 800,000 women are living with the scourge and it is widely believed that about

20,000 women more develop the problem every year.

It is a common knowledge that VVF which has continued to be a serious reproductive health problem for women in the country, occurs as a result of obstruction during child birth. This obstruction from whatever cause during child birth leads ultimately to tissue damage and continuous leakage of faeces or urine and in some cases, both.

Women who are unfortunate enough to suffer from this problem face the social isolation as a result of the smell occasioned by continuous leakage of urine and or faeces.

As with most health and social indicators, Nigeria’s ranking in the global fistula prevalence is worrisome because the nation accounts for 40 percent of the world-wide prevalence with approximately 20,000 new cases occurring each year.

Not surprising, in Nigeria, findings reveal that the VVF affects mostly the poor, illiterate and young women who live in the rural areas with little or no access to information and health care services. As should be expected, the nation’s poor health care delivery system is among the factors that contribute to the rising incidence of VVF.

Contrary to the erroneous belief that early marriage was solely responsible for the problem of VVF, health experts said the inability of pregnant women to attend ante-natal remained the major contributory factor.

It is said that prevention still remains the key to addressing the problem of VVF. Stakeholders in the health sector are in agreement that strategies have to be evolved to include strengthening political commitment that creates a supportive enabling environment.

Expectedly, views are being expressed on the need for government to ensure availability of treatment facilities. It is in this regard that the federal government recently revealed that arrangements are in top gear for it to assume ownership of Katsina VVF treatment centre.

The VVF desk officer at the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Dogara Okara disclosed, during a workshop on the dissemination of national strategic framework for the elimination of fistula in Nigeria, that before the end of June this year, FG would take over the Katsina VVF centre and upgrade same to an international fistula research centre.

He pointed out that there are no fewer than 12 dedicated centres offering VVF services in Nigeria out of which the Katsina VVF centre has the highest number of patients with about 70 percent of total surgery being conducted by one Dr. Kees from Holland.

As the Katsina state first lady, Hajiya Fatima Shema rightly observed during a speech to mark the presentation of economic empowerment incentives to some treated VVF patients, what is required is the collaborative efforts of all and sundry.

While reaffirming the commitment of her non-governmental organization- Service to Humanity- to providing support services to victims of VVF as well as championing the cause of eliminating the problem, Mrs. Shema said “there is the need, now more than ever before for all and sundry to join in the fight to eradicate VVF.”

Indeed, the prevention of VVF depends mainly on knowledge, participation and quality health services. The numerous rural women and some urban poor who still lack adequate knowledge about the problem need nothing short of sensitization just as government at all levels must be taken to task on the need to provide functional health care services in every nook and cranny of the nation.

Tinubu Tells Why He Is Not VP Candidate.

Statement Released by Asiwaju Bola
Ahmed Tinubu regarding his withdrawal
from consideration for the APC Vice-
Presidential Position.


am a Nigerian who loves his country and
am hopeful about what it can become. I
have seen and conducted myself as a
patriot long before I thought of myself as a
politician.  I shall always walk this line and no
ter all the political calculations are made and
the dust of competition has settled, it must be
this nation and its people who stand first and
foremost. The question becomes whether we
stand strong, able to shape ourselves into our
best future or will we stand frail and trembling,
burdened by the abject failure to surmount the
multiple problems confronting us.
It against this backdrop that I assess any
action I take. Here I come to my name being
placed in consideration as the Vice Presidential
candidate for our party, the APC.  I have labored
hard to move this party from being merely an
idea in the minds of a few into being a political
organization that might win this election and
govern the nation in way that gives the people
the hope and opportunity they seek. Nothing is
more important to me than to realize this dream
not for myself but for the people of this land I
so love.
I helped to build this party, giving no thought to
seeking an elected office because of it. My
contribution to the party was never based on
the expectation of a later political handout.
Nigeria is in trouble and we are well past the
moment for such narrow, selfish games.
There came a time during the course of the
events when our Presidential candidate, General
Muhammadu Buhari offered the Vice
Presidential slot to me.  Being a normal human
being, I was deeply moved and honored that he
would consider me for the position. Being a
patriot, I had to weigh my potential candidacy in
all of its dimensions.
I have concluded that the interest of the party,
our campaign and of the nation are better
served if I retain my position as the National
leader of the APC, allowing me to be a bridge
builder across all divides.  Although, I declined
the position, I want to thank General Buhari for
extending the honor to me. Despite all the noise
and opposition around my possible selection, he
stood firm and steadfast. He showed the traits
of a leader in holding to a decision he believed
was right despite the errant plots against it.
When my name was raised, the political hatchet
men tried to chop it down with rumor and lies.
Over the years, I have developed a thick skin.
The personal attacks did not bother me. I am
used to them. While I have a thick skin, I don’t
have a thick mind.  There has been one form of
attack that has troubled me. That is the attack
based on religion. The PDP and others have
stoked fear of a Muslim- Muslim ticket.
I have removed myself from consideration so
what I now say cannot be seen as self-
serving.  I plead with the people of this nation
to never allow the power lust of cynical
politicians to set brother against brother,
neighbor against neighbor. If you look at those
politicians who raise this issue the most, they
are the least devout and faithful to any religion
other their self-interests.
Nigeria has too many secular problems –
insecurity,  economic collapse, poverty ,
corruption and misgovernance – to allow inept
people to use religion to keep us from solving
these challenges for the benefit of all.
Those who exploit religion should be wary. For
there really is a God and he does not like it
when you play with his people or use His name
to do the opposite of what He intends.
I ask the people to remove religion from the
electoral equation now that the tickets of both
parties are mixed.  I ask you to select the ticket
best able to end the downward slide that
Nigeria has endured since this government took
over. I ask you to remember that too many
Christians and Muslims are poor. Most of all, I
ask you to remember that the true religion of
the PDP is poverty,  APC come to bring
prosperity to the people.  Please vote for
The Nigeria I see is a nation that shall
overcome. The Nigeria I see is a nation ready to
sweep aside the broken ways of our recent past
and the government and politicians who impose
distress upon us. The Nigeria I see and seek is
one where each person, every man, woman and
child may live free of terrorism, free of the
despair of poverty and free of the fear that the
government meant to serve and protect them
has turned its back to them  in cold and utter
I see and seek a Nigeria where progressive
democratic governance creates the political and
economic space needed for each of us to
contribute to rescuing and retooling this
nation.  And, in the process of this benign
endeavor, may each and every one of us share
in the sound promise and good prosperity that
shall describe the architecture of our national
However, not everyone that shouts the name of
Nigeria believes in this vision. There are many
who would have you laid low and our future
tossed asunder that they may persist in reaping
the unjust reward of their selfish ways. There
are wolves in sheep clothing and even jackals in
wolf’s clothing. I have seen them but not as
residents in some strange zoo. They populate
the halls of this diminished government and the
party from which this government was born.
We have come to the field of fateful choice. We
have been brought to test the scales of weighty
decision. Shall we lift this nation upward so that
from its higher vantage point we may clearly
see the road to our better destiny? Or shall we
continue to march the march of fools into the
dark of darkness. The current path has but one
end. It shall take us into the den of national
collapse. We have gone far enough down this
wicked avenue to be aware of what its
continuance portends.
We must awaken of our own accord, my dear
people, before the bell of doom rings upon us. If
we wait until that moment, we would have
waited too long. Our future, our fate, our destiny
would have been cast into the snare of utter
misfortune. This is not the song of greatness. It
is the poetics of ruin.
For me, political ambition will never triumph
over patriotic conviction. This delicate moment
affords no space for emotion to intrude to blind
us from what is best. The APC is the best and
only vehicle to enact the progressive and broad
change this nation cries for.  I eagerly lend
myself to this fine cause without me having to
be on the ticket.
This is a time for cohesion and an overriding
sense of mission. We must defeat the foe
before us and resist all temptations intended to
entice us to fight among ourselves.
I sincerely commit myself to the rescue agenda
of General Buhari and Professor Osinbajo.
I declare to you, I will work and dedicate myself
so that our ticket succeeds and wins the 2015
election -- not for his good, not for my good, not
even for the party’s good but for the good of
the nation we inhabit.
Some may call what I have done a sacrifice. I
call it otherwise. It is my patriotic contribution
and duty. I do so with a happy and uplifted
heart and clear conscience because I have
committed myself to seeking the best for this
nation before seeking what is good for myself.
This is the creed of statesmanship I chose to
follow. May this be the creed of our party as
General Buhari leads us to historic victory in the
2015 elections.
May the light of a bright future always shine on
you and on our beloved nation, the Federal
Republic of Nigeria.
-Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
December 17th, 2014

A Thousand Ways To Dance Hits FUNAAB Abeokuta - Segun Owajoba

Gbemi Momoh - Abeokuta

Rock City Rocks To “A Thousand Ways Thousand Ways To Dance”.

Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun state (FUNAAB) and other higher institutions in Ogun State is about to experience a novelty in entertainment as Dvibes Entertainment an organization with a vision to empower Nigerian youths in the entertainment sector presents A THOUSAND WAYS TO DANCE, which the organizers hope will set a landmark by changing the lives of many dancers and enthusiasts at FUNAAB and other major cities around Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Owajoba Oluwasegun Charles
Charles Owajoba - CEO Dvibes Entertainment
Speaking to Guguru FM, Charles Owajoba who is the chief executive officer of Dvibes Entertainment explained that the choice of FUNAAB for the first edition is due to a research that showed that students of the institution are highly talented in creative art creativity artistry but aren’t given ample opportunities to showcase and boost them.

Proposed to hold January 2015 at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun state (FUNAAB), A THOUSAND WAYS TO DANCE is a dance competition which will be strictly on group basis.  The event aims to equip participants with knowledge of latest dance steps across the globe with amazing prizes for winners.

The objectives of A THOUSAND WAYS TO DANCE include showcasing students’ skills in areas of dance, music and comedy; test dancers’ understanding of important dancing skills; equip participants with knowledge of emerging trends in the entertainment industry; provide a platform of interaction and collaboration between youths of different institutions of learning and professionals Dancers.

A THOUSAND WAYS TO DANCE apart from dance will also include comedy, and music performances by up and coming artistes and established acts.  There will also be a fashion show and red carpet interviews.
The following establishments have expressed their interest in the show or given support. These include,, Sparkle Music, Glam House, Funaab Radio, Music Café TV, 7log6Clothing, TM Clothing, Tomadex Prints and Guguru fm.

INTERVIEW: Baba Jeje - The Alaga Extraordinaire

Gbemi Momoh - Lagos

My Love For The Yoruba Tradition Made Me Venture Into Anchoring Traditional Weddings – Baba Jeje
Baba Jeje is a popular self-styled comedian, actor and television producer. He has featured in numerous traditional weddings mostly in South west Nigeria as an anchor; in the Yoruba parlance popularly referred to as Alaga Iduro or Alaga Ijoko; a terrain which is mostly handled by ladies.
A devoted Christian, he says his exploits in anchoring events in the Yoruba language has endeared him to the rich, famous and powerful in Yoruba land and beyond noting that he never had an inkling of the power and gift GOD entrusted in him with the talent.
An actor and entertainer; Baba Jeje has featured in popular Yoruba soap opera – Kilanta. In Kilanta, he acted as himself managing music hip-hop sensation Peter Gas (Kingsley Momoh) alongside his previous manager, Miss Linda and famous fuji music star, Alabi Pasuma Wonder.
Recently, Baba Jeje ventured into TV production with the production of comedy skits some of which are at the final stage of post-production while others are already on youtube and showing on television stations across the country. Baba Jeje says his productions are in a way, responding to the yearnings of his fans, friends, colleagues and family members who felt it was long overdue for him to have a production focused on the character Baba Jeje.
Baba Jeje (which means the gentle father) is single and he says he isn’t searching yet as he is married to his career.

Rare & engaging interviews and some more by a team of experienced & hungry pen users.