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Nigeria's Minister of Finance Says New Plan Will Encourage 'Child Spacing' Not Limit Childbirth

Zainab Ahmed has clarified earlier statements about limiting the amount of children a woman can have, stating that the federal government will instead encourage women to "wait between pregnancies."

UPDATE 10/24/18: Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, has taken to Twitter to clarify statements she made at the Sustainable Economic Opportunities: Ending the Vicious Cycle at the 2018 Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja on Tuesday, stating that the government met with traditional leaders to discuss ways to encourage "chid spacing" rather than plans to limit the number of children women can have.

The proposed plan came under scrutiny from many international observers.

"The federal government has been engaging critical stakeholders like traditional and religious leaders to advise their members on child spacing," she wrote. "We never said we are placing a cap on childbirth. What is child spacing? This is a healthy practice of waiting between pregnancies," she added.

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Nigeria's Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, announced yesterday, that the country is considering a new birth control plan that will limit the amount of children a woman can have, reports BBC Africa.

With a population of 186 million, Nigeria is the most populated country in Africa. According to Ahmed, the new policy would be in response to the economic risks presented by increased population growth such as extreme poverty and unemployment.

During the "Sustainable Economic Opportunities: Ending the Vicious Cycle at the 2018 Nigerian Economic Summit" in Abuja on Tuesday, the minister disclosed that the government had been consulting with traditional leaders and other officials to discuss the proposed policy.


"We have been engaging traditional rulers and other leaders," Ahmed was quoted as saying by Punch Nigeria. "Specifically, we have found out that to be able to address one of the great challenges that we identified in the ERGP [Economic Recovery Growth Plan], which is the growth in our population, we need to engage these institutions," she added.

"And we hope that with their support, we will get to a point where we can come out with the policy that limits the number of children that a mother can have because that is important for sustaining our growth."

According to The Guardian Nigeria, the number of children allowed would be limited to two.

Besides the childbirth limit, other economic measures mentioned by the minister include finding "ways to engage our youths to be active and ensure that transportation is effective, available and reasonably priced."

Reactions to the news on social media have been mixed. Some observers believe that country-wide enforcement of family planning is indeed a necessary step towards alleviating poverty.






Others say that the direct cause of Nigeria's economic challenges is bad leadership, and that leaders should focus on improved governance instead.



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Kayode Kasum’s Quarantine Watchlist

From 'Wives on Strike' to 'Goodwill Hunting' here's what the Nigerian filmmaker is watching while stuck at home in Lagos.

Kayode Kasum, like most filmmakers, has been stagnated by the coronavirus pandemic. The director behind the blockbuster Sugar Rush and the critically acclaimed Oga Bolaji was working on the post-production of his upcoming movies, The Fate of Alakada: Party Planner and Kambili—a collaboration between FilmOne Entertainment and Chinese Huahua Media— when the Nigerian government announced the lockdown order.

While post-production on Alakada has concluded, the stay-at-home orders have delayed work on Kambili. "Since the team cannot meet at a single point, we are moving hard drives left and right," he says to me over the phone from his home in Lagos. "It is a challenge, but the beautiful thing about a challenge is, when you make it work, it is fulfilling."

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Kasum has turned to books and films for an escape from the unpleasant realities of the pandemic. "I have been reading Elnathan's books: Born on a Tuesday and Becoming Nigeria," he tells me. "I have also been reading film directing books, Directing Actors by Judith Weston." However, Kasum longs for the movies. "I miss going to the cinemas; I miss that experience," he says. "There are times during this pandemic that I'm like 'na wa o, I wish I can go to the cinema.'"

Below are five films he recommends you watch during this pandemic.

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Listen to Mr Eazi's New Song 'I No Go Give Up On You'

The Nigerian artist also recently announced an upcoming EP.

Mr Eazi is back with his latest track, 'I No Go Give Up On You," his latest song since the release of "Kpalanga" at the top of the year.

The track, is a mid-tempo love song, with Eazi singing sweetly to his lover about his unwavering feelings for her. He released the track under his ever-growing emPawa initiative, with a humorous visualizer to accompany it. The song was produced by Blaq Jerzee.

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Def Jam Africa Launches in South Africa and Nigeria

Def Jam Africa launches with a roster of South African and Nigerian hip-hop and Afrobeats artists.

Universal Music Group today announced the launch of Def Jam Africa, a new label division within the continent dedicated to representing the best hip-hop and Afrobeats talent on the continent. According to a press release from UMG, Def Jam Africa will "follow the blueprint of the iconic Def Jam Recordings label, which has led and influenced the cutting-edge in hip-hop and urban culture for more than 35 years."

The label will initially be based in two of the continent's main music and entertainment hubs Joburg, South Africa and Lagos, Nigeria, but will identify and sign artist talent from across the entire continent.

Def Jam Africa launches with a roster that includes some of the most successful African talent including Nigeria's Larry Gaaga and Vector alongside South Africa's Boity, Cassper Nyovest, Nadia Nakai, Nasty C, Tshego, Tellaman and Ricky Tyler. A majority of who were already signed to UMG.

Read: 8 Things You Need to Know About Nasty C's Upcoming Album 'Zulu Man With Some Power'

This roster will be supported by dedicated A&R, marketing, creative and digital teams from the UMG teams in both Nigeria and South Africa and will report to Sipho Dlamini, the MD of Universal Music Sub-Saharan Africa & South Africa.

Dlamini shared in a press release that the aim for Def Jam Africa is to become the authentic and trusted home of hip-hop and urban culture in Africa. "Def Jam Recordings has always historically pushed the boundaries of the genre," he said, "and we are excited to create a new community of artists within the continent, shaped around the unique and multi-cultural sounds, rhythms and productions coming from our streets, in order to help elevate hip-hop, afrobeat and trap music from Africa, to reach new global audiences within the continent, across the diaspora and beyond."

Jeff Harleston, interim Chairman & CEO for Def Jam Recordings said:

"Def Jam is a globally recognized brand, synonymous with excellence in hip-hop, and we enthusiastically welcome the launch of Def Jam Africa as an opportunity for audiences worldwide to discover the incredibly talented hip-hop artists emerging from across the continent."

Earlier this year, Nasty C announced he would be releasing his third studio album Zulu Man With Some Power through Def Jam Recordings which was a joint venture with Universal Music Africa. New releases from the Def Jam Africa should be expected this year.

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