Saturday, 27 June 2015

Day of the African Child: “Secure a Pride of Place For African Child ”- Emeka Odikpo

As the world celebrate ‘Day of the African Child, Radio Nigeria Enugu National Station in partnership with United Nation International Children’s Emergency Fund ‘A’ Field Enugu organized a road show to educate Enugu communities on the essence of the Day.

Addressing parents and students from various schools at the radio station’s Sam Nwaneri Pavilion, Mr. Emeka Odikpo, Zonal Director Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Enugu State explained the theme of this year’s edition “25 Years After The Adoption Of African Children’s Charter: Accelerating Our Collective Efforts To End Child Marriage In Africa.” 

“The theme of this year’s edition of the Day of the African Child is very apt, going by the level of challenges faced by children in African today where most young girls are married off even before they attain the age of eighteen.”

He highlighted that reports have also shown that one out of nine girls in developing countries are married before the age of fifteen, and if the trend continues, more than one hundred and forty million girls will be married before their eight birthday yearly.

Mr. Emeka Odikpo however called for an accelerated effort on the part of individuals and groups to secure a pride of place for the African Child.

“Girls’ Education is Vital”-UNICEF Nigeria
“This year 2015 our attention is deeply focused on the girl child and the challenges of child marriage.”

Mr. Charles Nzuki, Chief of UNICEF Field Office, Enugu State disclosed this in a press release in commemoration of the ‘Day of the African Child’.

“Child marriage erodes the capacity of the girl child from attaining her full potential in life and must be stopped because it brings harm to the society.”

He stressed that education of girls remain the strong key to unlock the stranglehold of child marriage.

“Girls education is vital because educated girls become better mothers, have fewer and healthier children and more empowered.”

 The Chief Field Officer submitted that efforts of UNICEF, its partners including that of individuals will help to end child marriage and allow them to complete their full course of education before marriage.

“A Mother’s Opinion”- Loveth Chieze

General Manager of Radio Nigeria and Coal City FM Enugu, Mrs. Loveth Chieze has described “Day of African Child” as a day of sober reflection on the murder of young students in Soweto, South Africa.  

In her own view, Mrs. Loveth said “Children are future leaders of this country and we must have to treat them aright. We must have to let them know that they mean so much to us.”

“Today, we are simply celebrating our children and encouraging parents to give their children the opportunity that are to due them. Good education, healthy life, respect among others are the right of children” she added.

“A Child’s Voice”

“I feel so glad that a day like this is set aside to celebrate the African Child” 

A student of Union boys Secondary School, Jeremiah Okoro expressed his excitement over the commemoration of the day and the uniqueness of the theme ““25 Years After The Adoption Of African Children’s Charter: Accelerating Our Collective Efforts To End Child Marriage In Africa.” 

Jeremiah explained that “Child marriage is very bad and will not encourage parents to push their teenage girl into marriage as a result of their poor family condition.”

Shedding light to misconception about Child Marriage that is usually associated to Muslims, Sekinah Umoh, a nine year old girl enunciate that “Many people perceive Islam as a religion that encourages Child Marriage, No.”

“A female child is only allowed to get married when she has reached age of puberty and understands marital affairs” Sekinah explained.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Aren't people still going into, even though it's raining?

A lovely story with an Islamic theme - it won't leave your eyes dry! I promise. In Shaa Allah..

Every Friday afternoon, after the Jummah prayers, the Imam and his eleven year old son would go out into their town and hand out "PATH TO PARADISE" and other Islamic literature.

This particular and fortunate Friday afternoon, as the time came for the Imam and his son to go to the streets with their booklets, it was very cold outside, as well as pouring rain.

The boy bundled up in his warmest and driest clothes and said, '

OK, dad, I'm ready!'His dad asked, 'Ready for what?' 'Dad, it's time we go out and distribute these Islamic books.

'Dad responds, 'Son, it's very cold outside and it's pouring with rain.'The boy gives his dad a surprised look, asking, 'But Dad, aren't people still going to hell, even though it's raining?

'Dad answers, 'Son, I am not going out in this weather.'Despondently, the boy asks, 'Dad, can I go Please?'

His father hesitated for a moment then said, 'Son, you can go. Here are the booklets. Be careful okay son.''

Thanks, Dad!'And with that, he was off and out into the rain.

This eleven year old boy walked the streets of the town going door to door and handing everybody he met in the street a pamphlet or a booklet.

After two hours of walking in the rain, he was soaking, bone-chilled wet and down to his VERY LAST BOOKLET.

He stopped on a corner and looked for someone to hand a booklet to, but the streets were now totally deserted.

Then he turned toward the first home he saw and started up the sidewalk to the front door and rang the door bell.

He rang the bell, but nobody answered..He rang it again and again, but still no one answered. He waited but still no answer.

Finally, he turned to leave, but something stopped him. Again, he turned to the door and rang the bell and knocked loudly on the door with his fist. He waited, something holding him there on the front porch!

He rang again and this time the door slowly opened.

Standing in the doorway was a very sad-looking elderly lady.

She softly asked, 'What can I do for you, son?'

With radiant eyes and a smile that lit up her world, this little boy said, 'Ma'am, I'm sorry if I disturbed you, but I just want to tell you that ALLAH REALLY LOVES AND CARES FOR YOU and I came to give you my very last booklet which will tell you all about God, the real purpose of creation, and how to achieve His pleasure.'

With that, he handed her his last booklet and turned to leave.She called to him as he departed. 'Thank you, son! And God Bless You!'

The following week on Friday afternoon after Jumma prayers, the Imam was giving some lectures. As he always did in this westn city, he concluded the lecture, he asked,

'Does anybody have questions or want to say anything?

'Slowly, in the back row among the ladies, an elderly lady's voice was heard over the speaker. 'No one in this gathering knew her.

She started to speak..."I've never been here before. You see, before last Friday I was not a Muslim, and never thought I could ever be.

My husband died few years ago, leaving me totally alone in this world.. Last Friday, being a particularly cold and rainy day, I was contemplating suicide as i had no hope left.So I took a rope and a chair and ascended the stairway into the attic of my home..

I fastened the rope securely to a rafter in the roof then stood on the chair and fastened the other end of the rope around my neck. Standing on that chair, so lonely and broken-hearted I was about to leap off, when suddenly the loud ringing of my doorbell downstairs startled me.

I thought, I'll wait a minute, and whoever it is will go away.I waited and waited, but the ringing doorbell seemed to get louder and more insistent, and then the person ringing also started knocking loudly....I thought to myself again, 'Who on earth could this be? Nobody ever rings my bell or comes to see me.'

I loosened the rope from my neck and started for the front door, all the while the bell rang louder and louder. When I opened the door and looked I could hardly believe my eyes, for there on my front porch was the most radiant and angelic little boy I had ever seen in my life. His SMILE, oh, I could never describe it to you!

The words that came from his mouth caused my heart that had long been dead TO LEAP TO LIFE as he exclaimed with a cherub-like voice, 'Ma'am, I just came to tell you that ALLAH REALLY LOVES AND CARES FOR YOU!

'Then he gave me this booklet, Path To Paradise that I now hold in my hand. As the little angel disappeared back out into the cold and rain, I closed my door and read slowly every word of this book. Then I went up to my attic to get my rope and chair. I wouldn't be needing them any more.

You see?

I am now a Happy Vicegerent of the One True Allah. Since the address of your congregation was stamped on the back of this booklet, I have come here to personally say THANK YOU to Allah's little angel who came just in the nick of time and by so doing, spared my soul from an eternity in hell.
'"There was not a dry eye in the masjid.

The shouts of TAKBIR...ALLAH AKBAR.. rented the air.

Imam-Dad descended from the pulpit to the front row where the little angel was seated....He took his son in his arms and sobbed uncontrollably.

Probably no jama'at has had a more glorious moment, and probably this universe has never seen a father that was more filled with love and honour for his son... Except for One. This very one...

Blessed are your eyes for reading this message.

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