Oyepeju Abioye

Oyepeju Abioye is a doctor by day and a writer by night. She is an observer and a documenter of life as it occurs in her environment, believing that every medical case is a story and that there is a story in every moment of our lives. Her pen is her most prized possession. She runs a blog (www.medicology101.blogspot.com) and is an avid contributor at African Freelancers (www.africanfreelancers.com).
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For Nigeria's Women, the Threat of Sexual Violence Is Never Far Away

Few things unite Nigerians like the numerous stories of sexual abuse, intrenched in tradition and scattered across tribes and cultures, and perpetrated mostly against women. So endemic is this culture of sexual violence against women that it is woven into the very fabric of our existence. It cuts across all segments of society: the home, the education system, the workplace, the nation’s armed... Continue Reading

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Nigeria: Are We Really and Truly One Country?

“No one lays claim to Nigeria.” It was a statement made casually by my boss at work, yet it carried such weight in my young mind. Perhaps this is the worst sin of all that we leisurely walk through our country like it doesn’t belong to us, casually engaging in tribalism and nepotism as we drift along. We need to be reminded that in the history of Nigeria as a colonial construct, some 250... Continue Reading

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Drama in Dapchi: Another Nigerian Abduction Story

The continued abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram across Nigeria raises questions about both the government's competence and its willingness to deal with the rebel group.  On February 19, nearly four years after the abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Chibok, Borno State, which sparked global outrage, the rebel group struck again. This time, the target was the Government Girls... Continue Reading

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There's No Such Thing as Road Safety in Nigeria

Nigeria's bad roads are responsible for a disproportionate amount of deaths across Africa.  In Lagos, the potholes I encounter every day are scary. Far too scary for anyone to ignore, and yet the government turns a blind eye to a problem that, according to official statistics, kills on average 15 Nigerians a day and over 5,000 a year. Living in a part of Lagos known as the Mainland, I am... Continue Reading

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The Nigerian Health Sector: A Cat with Nine Lives

Nigeria's health industry struggles on despite the odds.  In order to understand the full extent of Nigeria’s health crisis, all you need to do is walk into any hospital in the heart of Lagos or any city across the country. What you will see is the real-life meaning of a cat having nine lives. Nigerians have learned to survive by going through the motions when it comes to the provision... Continue Reading

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