From illiterate child bride to famous Nigerian novelist

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Kano, Nigeria – She was taken out of primary school at the age of 12 to marry a man in his 40s whom she had never met before. At first, Balaraba Ramat Yakubu enjoyed the presents she received at the wedding and the golden ornaments decorating her new home, but she had no idea what marriage was about.

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One girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

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LONDON, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – One girl under 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a report by Save the Children released on Tuesday, with girls as young as 10 married off – often to much older men – in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia.

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“Bloom and Florish”Liya Kebede talks about her new clothing line Lemlem and how she hopes to break the circle of poverty in Ethiopia.

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By employing traditional weavers,we’re trying to break their circle of poverty,at the same time preserving the art of weaving…

Kebede was born and raised in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. A film director spotted her while she was attending Lycée Guebre-Mariam and introduced her to a French modeling agent. After completing her studies, she moved to France to pursue work through a Parisian agency. Continue reading ““Bloom and Florish”Liya Kebede talks about her new clothing line Lemlem and how she hopes to break the circle of poverty in Ethiopia.”

International Designers X African Artisans For Ethical Fashion Initiatives

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Trade not Aid is a movement that has been in motion for a long time with the aim to dispel the misconception that Africa needs help rather than investments. The Ethical Fashion Initiative (EFI) stands as a giant supporter of that movement as their byline states “Not charity, Just work“.

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