Ogun Public hygiene


Credit: Channels TV, Nigeria

47 million Nigerians practice open defecation (UNICEF). An estimated 108 million Nigerians still lack access to toilet facilities (United Nations).

It is on this premise, that the Ogun State Ministry of Environment led by their permanent secretary began the house to house enforcement of toilet construction in houses across the State. This intiative is called Ogun Public hygiene.

Great move towards community engagement by the State Government I must say. However, there is a big gap…The gap of collaboration among stakeholders.

Imagine if the Ogun state Ministry of environment, Ministry of health, and Ministry of women affairs and wealth creation collaborated on this initiative?

The Ministry of health would come in to educate the masses about safe toilet use while identifying the community assets;

The Ministry of environment would work through its environmental officers to ensure grassroots proper disposal of wastes, design of cost effective toilets, and enforcement of toilet construction in households;
The Ministry of community development and wealth creation would work with locals to recycle disposed wastes to fertilizers and other useful products.

Collaboration means result driven sustainable solutions to real needs.


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BETWEEN TONING AND BLEACHING “Normal skin colour”???


Bisi turned to look at the lady hailing her, she could not place the face.

But I remember faces quite often, she mused to herself. And for her to call me “Bisistic 100”, definitely only secondary school peeps would call me that.

But this face…I can’t remember at all, she thought on.


Jenny had walked up to Bisi by now. Bisi on her part was trying to be friendly too, but her confused face failed her.

Haaa ha, senior Bisi, why are you looking like this? It is me, your junior babe then o. Try remember now..

Jenny babe. Jenifer James, Ethiopia house, 2006 set. Me, that..

Bisi remembered like a flash..

My goodness…jenny babe! Jenny babe, the one and only Jenny from Akwa Ibom. Jennyfinest 101!!!


I am sorry..come, come , come as she reached out to hug Jenifer.


But…what happened? You are now so light. You were a chocolate skinned lady in secondary school now. That was why I could not place your face now. What have you being using you this babe?


Leave that side Senior Bisi, I only used creams that moved me back to my normal skin color. I was only dark then because of boarding house stress. Now, I am back to my normal skin color.

And as a marketing professional, I need to look my best you know?


These unregulated creams due to chemicals in them can also lead to health conditions like;

Uneven colour loss (Yellow up, black down) redness and severe irritation, dark grey spots, acne (known as pimples), increase in appetite and weight gain, osteoporosis (gradual wearing out of the bones) Kidney cancers among others.

And some people also now use it for their babies just for the babies to look light and fine. Small children o, Haba!!

So, before you buy any cream, make sure it is endorsed by credible Association of dermatologists as safe before buying.

Be concerned about what goes on your skin just the way you will be bothered about what you eat. Is that clear sis?


Alright sis, I will think about it and do the needful.

With hugs, and hugs, the 2 friends tried to catch up on old times.

So what exactly is your “Normal Skin Colour”?

Okay, what creams have you being using that has moved you into your  “Normal skin color”?

Okay..I use “carrot oil, mixed with flower water mixed with organic shea butter cream mixed with.. ”

Jeniferrrrr, I am a consultant dermatologist specialized in skin diseases and I can tell you for free that all those your so called organic trends are full of harmful chemical that can increase your risk to poor health in the future.

You know when something suddenly becomes popular in Nigeria, it may be a sign of a problem.

These creams cannot even pass creaming tests to mouses and insects in developed countries.

Many of this so called organic creams are full of steroids such as hydrocortisone, hydroquinone, mercury, among other chemicals. These chemicals should not be taken into the body anyhow because of their effects.

For example,  for any cream, the hydroquinone level should NOT be above 2%, but for the popular skin lightening cream in Nigeria, some are even as high as 13%.

By: Dr. Noimot Abisola Balogun. Founder, Linka.ng





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Tales of a Hustler

In Yoruba (Baba has tribal marks),

Baba, good afternoon sir, can you go to Ikeja?

Presentation time knocking, rain falling. I had walked to the street entrance to flag down a cab. The network had been bad because of the rain. Couldn’t seem to connect to the tech rides…time waits for no one. 

E san N3000 (pay N3000); ewoo, see as bad network from rain open foul yansh. With my tech based rides, I could not have paid more than 15000 max.

After much argument, I hopped in at an agreed amount. Immediately turned to my phone, needed to look through the proposal before landing. The hustle is real man..

Without asking, I became aware of the environment again with the loud noise from the radio..

In a screaming voice, ”Haaa, won ri omo okunrin kan pelu eran eyan” (haaaa, they saw a man with body parts)…Olopa ti mu looo (Police has taken him away o)

I was weak, the memories of what the scream was all about hit me. Baba had tuned to the popular Yoruba News channel many older generation, semi literate to non-literates listen to. Those screams used to wake me up in Itire where I grew up.

Why will News or simple information come with so much screams and drama?

How can a News channel have the shouting power to induce hypertensive crisis because of their exaggeration of a News item? I asked myself.

Baba..e joor, e ba mi reduce volume yen (Baba, please reduce the volume}. Baba did, I was happy. I never knew this was the beginning of more interaction.

After a while, baba started..

In Yoruba

“My sister, this station that I was listening to is good. They bring so much happenings. Our issue in Nigeria is serious o; Ritual killing, No light, no good road, no food to eat..I kept on looking through my proposal but felt guilty within. Baba continued with the story I also knew..the last time I checked, I also live in Nigeria.

In Yoruba;

Baba, may God help us, but kindly let me concentrate sir. I need to quickly look through this document before getting to my destination.


Oh, It didn’t work! In Yoruba “Don’t be annoyed my child, this Nigeria issue ehhh, it is only God o. Look at me now, I am 62 years…

Arrrrrrrh! Whoever made earplugs? Oh, the guy or lady sure deserves a Nobel laureate.

Have you ever being in a similar experience? Biko let us share!

Noimot Abisola Balogun-Founder, Linka.ng

Linka.ng is a healthcare relationship company that works with organizations, health care professionals, research institutes, Government and others in the health value chain to build and sustain health conversations with their consumers and beneficiaries. 

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