In The Spotlight

Decision Making: Northern Women Still Marginalized At Community Level

The contribution of women to decision making in northern Nigeria is not always something to write home about.  Women in this part of the country have always complained of marginalization by men who dominate all affairs from family to household and community level and even beyond.

Education's Role in Reducing Child Brides

Millions of African girls are becoming wives every year. In Niger, about 75 percent of girls will become child brides before they turn 18. In Chad and the Central African Republic the figure is 68 percent.

Some countries, like Ethiopia, are recording some important victories in the fight to protect girls from becoming child brides. But the practice remains alarmingly common and is growing.

Girls: Silent Majority for How Much Longer?

When it is a proven fact that girls matter more to the health of families than boys, why do we persist in helping them less?

When women are recognised to be the lynchpins of successful communities, why do we continue to tolerate the sex discrimination and exploitation that has left 500 million in abject poverty and another one billion on the edge of it?

Nigeria's Challenges Affect All of Us

More than 7 million Nigerian children of primary school age -  more than any other country in the world - remain outside the school system, and 62% of those children are girls.

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One of the Fortunate Few

In Nigeria, more than 10.5 million children are out of school.  The vast majority of those children are in the northern region of the country, and most of them are girls.  Twelve-year-old Nailatu is one of the fortunate few girls in school in the region.

African Art: A Powerful Teaching Tool

Nigerian Funerary ClothPCNAF helps teachers internationalize their curriculum.  We believe African art can serve as a powerful vehicle for learning about and appreciating African culture.  Students can experience the cultural richness and diversity of Africa through its art.

*Image information: Funerary shrine cloth - Okon Akpan Abuje, born ca. 1900 - Afaha clan, Anang peoples - Nigeria Late 1970s - Commercial cotton cloth, cotton thread H x W: 344.8 x 153 cm (135 3/4 x 60 1/4 in.) Museum purchase 84-6-9 Photograph by Franko Khoury National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution