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Rural narratives

Opinion: Why teenage pregnancy should be our concern if we aim for gender equality goals

Today as I sat down to reflect, I ended up having more questions than answers. Maybe someone out there might be able to help me out. Why can’t we be open-minded and speak about sex? Why is everyone quiet about it, including myself? How long is this silence going to last? Moreover, how many more girls do we want to see in this situation: school drop out, single parenting and many others? A visit to my hometown, and having had a close interaction with this young single mother and a school drop out triggered my reflections today.

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Rural narratives

The unknown myth about rural buildings, the home where I grew up

I had great childhood memories only in the rural area, memories that can never depart from me.

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Rural narratives

Appreciating life situations: Reflections of rural women’s struggles.

Sometimes you need to stop complaining about the situation and appreciate life. Staying positive paves the way for one to see opportunities instead of limitations. While Lydia was confronted with fear, her Godfather told a story, which intended to encourage her to appreciate and embrace life with a positive attitude. It goes like, “When I was a high school boy, most of my classmates were from well-to-do families. I sometimes felt as a teenager that life was unfair, and mine could have been better too.

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Personal Stories

Knowing what fear can do

Do not allow fear into your life. Fear kills your dreams, hopes, and aspirations.  Fear kills you entirely and leaves no traces of elements that can revive you.  In this regard, you are only a dead walking living creature. I have always preferred a physical wound on any part of my body instead of an emotional wound. When fear kills all in you, it leaves effects like emotional injury, psychological scars, mental disturbances, unstable relationships and conditions that no one can see and help you.

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Inspirational

Words of encouragement

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These are some of the things I reflect on every day, and I want to use that to inspire you.

It doesn’t matter where you began, it doesn’t matter how you started or what you are going through, but it does matter what God is doing in your life. I encourage you to look at what God has given you and use it to help humanity. The meaning of life is something you create day after day with your actions and thoughts. Always enquire what you can acquire, and how to move forward, and stop yourself from blaming other people if things aren’t the way you would like them to be. What exactly living life to the “fullest” looks like is up to you.

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Personal Stories

Life lessons I have learned growing up

Growing up, life circumstances have taught me diverse lessons. These lessons have shaped the way I think, perceive things and consequently how I do them. Among the lessons, I share three of them.

Firstly, I have learned to be the owner of my story. You can never own what someone else experienced or possess what is theirs. You can only attribute your success stories and experiences through your contact and connection with other people. But that personal encounters belong to you and only you alone.