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Name change after marriage gradually losing importance, Lagos residents react




Lagos, March 11, 2019 Some Lagos residents on Monday gave diverse reasons why name change for married women was no longer seen as significant immediately after the wedding had been consummated.


They told the News Agency of Nigeria in separate interviews that the complexity involved in name change had discouraged many married women.


Some ladies thought that it implied losing their identity as individuals; others believed that their career provided a valid rationale for keeping their maiden names.

Some were also of the view that retaining their maiden names alongside their spouse names thus bearing compound names as their surnames would open doors of opportunities for them.


Some others thought answering one’s maiden name after marriage was utterly disrespectful to the men who got married to those women; hence, the woman is usually described as the man’s better half.


NNN reports that in many cultures in Nigeria, the woman after being married is expected to assume the name of her spouse.


However, this commonly held tradition is changing as it no longer holds the importance and value it once did.


Mrs Elizabeth Shittu, an insurance sales’ agent, said she had been married for almost eight years and had always considered name change a hassle.


“For me, it is the hassle involved in name change that totally discourages me.


“The thought of having to effect the change at my bank, place of work and then swearing an affidavit that proves I no longer bear my father’s name is not at the top of my priority list.


“If the process isn’t so stressful, maybe a lot of us, married women, will have considered it.


“Thankfully, my husband is not bothered, which means everybody is happy,’’ Shittu said.


Mrs Titilayo Adeshina, a business woman, said it never occurred to her that she had to change her maiden name to her husband’s name.


“It is funny that I always thought being married is just about having the prefix `Mrs’ in front of my name.


“Truthfully, I don’t think I have a problem with changing my surname from that of my father to my husband’s own.


“However, as the only living soul in the Adeshina family, I don’t think it is a good idea to change my surname.


“It is particularly disheartening that when I die someday, the name will die with me.’’


A medical doctor, who wished to be addressed as Amara, said when she finally finds a man to settle down with, her plan is to explain to him reasons she will never change her last name.


“As a medical doctor, I do not think I want to change my last name and most importantly, my last name is my mother’s maiden name.


“As her only child, I have decided to keep it.


“My mum single handedly raised me, because my father refused to acknowledge that I am his biological daughter,’’ she said.


Mr Gbadamosi Ariyo, a secondary school teacher, told NNN that sometimes the harsh realities of life could make one forget some of these important traditions.


“When my wife and I got married in 2012, we had several challenges we battled with as newlyweds and if anyone had suggested a name change then, we would not have given it a thought.


“In my opinion, I think life dishes out too much in this part of the world and I am sure some people have similar experiences with us.


“I was not bothered about my wife changing her surname to mine, and I am still not going to pressure her into changing her last name.


“She has shown her commitment to me as a good wife and taking my name is nothing compared to the experiences we have shared.


“I have an amazing woman by my side, my children bear my father’s name and that is more than enough for me,’’ Ariyo said.


On the other hand, Mr Rotimi Oladipupo, a sales’ executive, said he is an old-fashioned person who took tradition seriously.


He said that he would count it an insult to himself and his entire family for his wife to retain her father’s name under his roof.


“I personally don’t think there is any sense in a woman being unnecessarily adamant about not changing her last name after marriage.


“Also, I think it is disrespectful to me if she decides to bear a compound name: a combination of her father’s name and that of her husband.


“The moment you make a decision as a woman to tie the knot, certain changes come with it that must be taken seriously,’’ Oladipupo said.


Oladipupo said he was completely taken aback when a video of a Yoruba lady, who refused to kneel before her husband at their traditional wedding, went viral on one of the social media platforms.


“It is a complete disregard to the culture, family and every individual that was present at the function. It is even more painful that the society accepts these shameful acts.


“I think a lot of things are changing our cultural values and I, as a man, will not stand to be insulted by a woman I choose to marry.


“So, yes! I do not see why I have to ask my wife to change her last name. She is married to me and I expect that changing her surname will be the next step after getting married.


“The basis of getting married in the first instance suggests that the two must become one. A spouse’s commitment starts to show from taking your husband’s father’s name.


“Nothing should give my fiancée more pride and joy than changing her last name to mine,’’ Oladipupo said.


Mrs Mujidatu Adegoke, a retired civil servant, told NNN that back in the days past, it was a joyful thing to immediately change your last name as woman to your husband’s family name.


“It is surprising that what gave a lot of women pride and dignity in our days is now seen as a hassle.


“I wonder if the children of today ever consider the joy it gives a man when you make him see how much you respect him by changing your last name as a woman to his.


“He made a decision to marry you out of love, so no matter where you come from or for whatever reasons, a woman changing her last name to her husband’s surname is not up for discussion,’’ Adegoke said.


Pastor Ade Philip told NNN that name change after marriage was physical evidence that a woman is married.


“Every woman should proudly answer her husband’s name after marriage. It is a sign of unification to each other and the children they will both bring to the world.


“The couple will bring confusion and discord into a growing family when the children find that their parents answer different names.


“I believe that this issue should be addressed when intending couples are being counseled. The importance of name change can never be over emphasised,’’ Phillip said.



Bierhoff suggests playing next UEFA Nations League as mini-tournament



German football federation (DFB) director Oliver Bierhoff has suggested playing the next edition of the UEFA Nations League as a one-off event at a single venue.

The former Germany international said this would be better than a series of round-robin group matches.

“That would be an alternative. A sort of mini-tournament could be an idea,” he said on Tuesday.

The Nations League is due to start again in September but with fans not expected to be allowed into games due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“The national associations could be more willing to play at a neutral venue,” said Bierhoff.

“You will prevent unnecessary journeys and can … better control the players.”

Germany, says Bierhoff, would be available as host if the suggestion is taken up.

“We have the know-how and a top organisation in the DFB. We have proved that repeatedly,” he said. “If such a model helped (European football governing body) UEFA, I will say: `Yes, we are ready’.”

Munich will host games in the pan-continental Euro 2020, delayed to next year because of the coronavirus, and Germany is sole host of Euro 2024.

Germany avoided relegation from the last Nations League due to restructuring and will meet Spain, Ukraine and Switzerland in their top tier group next time.

UEFA did not want to comment specifically on the proposal, but said its next executive committee meeting on June 17 would discuss the format of the tournament.

Currently teams play home and away in four-team groups with two rounds scheduled for each of September, October and November.

The winners of groups in the top A League should then have contested the finals in summer 2021 —- a space now reserved for the European Championships.

National teams have not been able to play this year because of the pandemic which halted all action shortly before a series of March friendlies and Euro 2020 play-offs.

These are ties that must also still be played.

Edited By: Olawale Alabi (NAN)

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Rorh must win trophies, not just qualifying for tournaments – Akanni



Wahidi Akanni, an ex-international footballer, on Tuesday said with the re-appointment of Gernot Rorh as the manager of the Super Eagles, winning trophies should be his major focus rather than qualifying for major tournaments.

Akanni said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos.

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) recently renewed the contract of Rorh as coach of the Super Eagles for another two and half years.

“Well, having been on the job now for sometime, he’s got a good knowledge of the players in the team, I will expect to see a certain play pattern for the team that can make him achieve what NFF has set for him.

“Nigerians will expect better results than just qualifying for tournaments. Nigeria needs to win trophies.

“It is no longer enough that we qualify for major tournaments, we ought to have moved passed that and set new goals,” Akanni said.

Recently, the minister of Youths and Sports, Mr Sunday Dare, stated that the NFF could terminate the appointment of Rorh whenever they felt he was falling short.

But Akanni wondered whether Rorh needed such reminders at this time.

“My opinion will be that, he’s just renewed his contract, he should be allowed to work.

“Dangling harsh or sack tunes on him now is not good for the super eagles, in as much as I am not a fan of foreign coaches.

“He was employed as the coach, he should be allowed to work and until he doesn’t perform, then he can be relieved of his job,” the former Lagos FA boss said.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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Vietnamese increasingly shift towards cashless payments




Non-cash payments have increased sharply in Vietnam, especially through mobile devices and the Internet, according to the country’s central bank.

Last year, online payments went up by 64 percent on-year in terms of the number of transactions and 37 percent in terms of value, daily newspaper Vietnam News quoted Pham Tien Dung, director of the payment department under the State Bank of Vietnam (SBV), as reporting on Thursday.

According to Dung, the number of transactions and value of mobile payments in 2019 also surged by 198 percent and 210 percent respectively.

Electronic payments for public services have also become more popular, noted the officials. By the end of 2019, some 50 banks had linked up with tax and customs departments, and tax collected through banks accounted for 95 percent of total tax revenues.

Electricity bills paid through banks and intermediary payment organizations doubled to nearly 90 percent last year. At some hospitals, cashless payments accounted for up to 35 percent of all bills.

According to the SBV, as of the end of 2019, Vietnam had 88.5 million personal bank accounts, an 11 percent increase from 2018. It is expected that by the end of this year 70 percent of Vietnamese adults will have bank accounts.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Tuesday issued a directive on promoting non-cash payments in the country.

In the directive, he instructed the SBV to review and strengthen the legal framework for cashless and electronic payments and set up the automated clearing house (ACH) system, a computer-based electronic network for processing transactions, for retail transactions by Dec. 15.


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Ladies in Sport founder launches ‘KnowHerName’ campaign



Tega Onojaife, Founder of Ladies in Sports International (LIS), has launched ”KnowHerName’ campaign aimed at keeping female athletes focused in spite of COVID-19 induced inactivity in sports.

LIS, in a statement on Tuesday, said the campaign was initiated to increase the popularity of women in sports and female athletes in the country.

“Nigeria is blessed with incredibly talented and extremely successful female athletes in their respective sports; from Football to Athletics, Wrestling to Judo and others.

“However, success doesn’t necessarily translate to recognition. With only 0.4% of the total amount of commercial investment in sports going in to women sport.

“Ladies in Sports International is using this campaign to direct focus towards women, as they continually shatter glass ceilings.”

It said the COVID-19 pandemic, though tragic, had provided an opportunity for reflection and to call to attention the plight of women’s sport and women in sports all around the world.

The body reiterated its determination to contribute to the much needed growth of women in sports and with this call to action, ‘KnowHerName’.

“We hope that awareness can be drawn to these women, who continue to excel against all odds, ” it said.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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New York Times fills front page with names of virus dead



The New York Times has filled the front page of its Sunday edition with the names of those who have died from the novel coronavirus.

All of the usual articles, photographs and graphics were replaced by the list of names and excerpts from their obituaries to memorialise the dead as the U.S. approaches the “grim milestone” of 100,000 coronavirus fatalities, the news outlet wrote.

The assistant editor of the paper’s graphics desk Simone Landon said she and her colleagues realised that “both among ourselves and perhaps in the general public, there’s a litle bit of fatigue with the data.”

The page was put together by a researcher who combed through online sources for obituaries and death notices and compiled a list of nearly 1,000 names, the newspaper said in an announcement Saturday.

Short passages were lifted to use on the front page and give a sense of the “uniqueness of each life lost,” including “Alan Lund, 81, Washington, conductor with ‘the most amazing ear’” and “Theresa Elloie, 63, New Orleans, renowned for her business making detailed pins and corsages.”

Overall, the U.S. has confirmed about 1.6 million cases, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University.

The U.S. currently has the world’s highest number of deaths related to the disease.

In New York State, the U.S. state hit hardest by the pandemic, there are more than 360,000 confirmed cases and about 29,000 deaths.

But Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced signs of progress on Saturday, as the state reported its lowest death toll for weeks.

At 84 deaths, the Friday tally marked the first time since March that the daily toll was down in the double digits.

Edited By: Emmanuel Yashim (NAN)

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Gov. Akeredolu names 15-member-board for public procurement



Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has nominated 15 persons representing various interest groups as statutory members of the Ondo State Board of Public Procurement.

This information is contained in a press statement made available to journalists on Thursday in Akure by Mr Olusegun Ajiboye, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor.

The statement explained that the nomination of the members was in accordance with the law establishing the bureau.

According to it, the governor is the chairman of the board while Mr Tolu Fadahunsi is the Director General of the Bureau for Public Procurement.

“Other members include Pastor Emmanuel Igbasan, Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget and Mr Adekola Olawoye, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

“Also on the board, are Mr Ifedayo Abegunde, Secretary to the State Government; Mr Oluwadare Aragbaye, Head of Service; and Mr Adewale Akinterinwa, Commissioner for Finance.

“Others are Mr Samuel Adekola, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria; Mr Dele Akinyan, chairman, Nigerian Institute of Building; and Mr Ojo Michael, Nigerian Bar Association.

“Also, on board are Mr Ologun Olorunfunmi, FCA, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria; and Mr Ifeanyi Odili, Coalition of all Civil Society Organisations in Ondo State.

“The board also have Mr Benjamin Idowu, Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria; Prof. Ayo Arowojolu, representing tertiary institutions.

Others are Otito Atikase, Ilaje Local Government Chairman, representing the 18 LGA chairmen,” the statement added.

Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Yemi Idris-Aduloju (NAN)


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World Bank names Harvard professor Carmen Reinhart as chief economist




World Bank Group President David Malpass on Wednesday announced that Harvard University professor Carmen Reinhart has been appointed as its new vice president and chief economist, effective on June 15.

“I am very pleased to welcome Carmen to the World Bank Group, as we boost our efforts to restore growth and meet the urgent debt and recession crises facing many of our client countries,” Malpass said in a statement.

“Carmen has dedicated her career to understanding and surmounting financial crises in both advanced and developing economies in order to achieve growth and higher living standards,” he said.

Reinhart, an economist on international finance and financial crises, is widely known for her award-winning scholarly history book on financial disasters, “This Time is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly”, written with Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff.

The appointment came after the World Bank announced Tuesday that its emergency operations against COVID-19 have reached 100 developing countries, home to 70 percent of the world‘s population.

The assistance marks a milestone in implementing the World Bank’s pledge to make available 160 billion U.S. dollars in grants and financial support over a 15-month period to help developing countries respond to the health, social and economic impacts of COVID-19 and the economic shutdown in advanced countries.

In an interview with The Harvard Gazette published Wednesday, Reinhart warned that the health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic is morphing into a financial crisis.

“If it’s not over on the disease, it’s not over on the social distancing and the business closures, and therefore, it’s not over on the balance sheet effects. That makes it a financial crisis until the core health problem gets resolved,” she said.


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U.S women football league planning month-long tournament in June



The National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) in the U.S. is set to move forward with plans for a month-long, single-city NWSL tournament starting in late June.

The tournament will take place at Rio Tinto Stadium and Zions Bank Stadium in suburban Salt Lake City, Utah, with “regular” COVID-19 testing expected for all participants.

Already, some team members are expected to arrive as early as next week.

However, a spokeswoman for the NWSL declined to comment.

The news comes as teams and leagues across North America explore how —- and when —- they can return to competition.

The bulk of professional sports calendar has been on hold worldwide since March.

NASCAR returned to action on Sunday and the PGA Tour is expected to resume next month after putting on a charity two-on-two match on Sunday as well.

Other leagues, including the NHL and the NBA, have not yet set plans for resuming their seasons.

Edited By: Olawale Alabi) (NAN)

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Lesotho PM, named as suspect in murder case, bows to pressure to quit



Lesotho’s Prime Minister Thomas Thabane bowed to pressure to resign on Tuesday, three months after police named him and his current wife as suspects in the murder of his former wife.

Thabane’s departure marks the end of one of Lesotho’s longest political careers, one marked by exile, intrigue, tensions with the military and a political crisis that deepened when police named him as a murder suspect in February.

“The time to retire from the great theatre of action, take leave from public life and office has finally arrived,” the 80-year-old Thabane told citizens in a speech on Lesotho TV.

His own All Basotho Convention (ABC) party, opposition figures and South African mediators had all been pressing Thabane to resign over the murder case.

Gunmen shot dead his previous wife, Lipolelo, on June 14, 2017, two days before he took office.

Maesaiah has been formally charged with the murder. Though named as a suspect, Thabane has not been charged. They both deny any involvement.

Lawmakers have said Thabane was not offered immunity from prosecution in return for stepping down, and it remains unclear whether he will now face any charges.

Finance Minister Moeketsi Majoro, named by parliament as Thabane’s replacement, is expected to be sworn in on Wednesday.

“I plead with the entire nation… to give my successor utmost support, and for my part I wish to assure him of my support,” Thabane said in his televised address.

Thabane’s coalition fell apart last week, leaving him with no legal choice but to resign.

“It is a relief and we believe… Lesotho will be steered to greatness and good governance as well as peace,” said Motlalentoa Letsosa, deputy leader of the Democratic Congress party, the main opposition party which will now join a new coalition government under Majoro.

Lesotho, a small kingdom encircled by a South African mountain range, has seen several coups since gaining independence from Britain in 1966.

Its political upheavals often drag in South Africa, which gets some of its water from high-altitude Lesotho.


Edited By: Isaac Aregbesola (NAN)

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