Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi are the recipients of this years’ Nobel Peace Prize.
Malala, a 17 years old Pakistani female education activist is the youngest recipient ever of this prize; she won along with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian children’s rights activist.
They were named winner of the £690,000 (8m kronor or $1.11m) prize by the chairman of the Nobel committee – Norway’s former prime minister Thorbjoern Jagland.
Speaking after finishing the school day at Edgbaston High School for Girls, in Birmingham, Malala said: “My message to children all around the world is that they should stand up for their rights.”
She added: “I felt more powerful and more courageous because this award is not just a piece of metal or a medal you wear or an award you keep in your room.
“This is encouragement for me to go forward.”
She won for what the Nobel committee called her “heroic struggle” for girls’ right to an education. She is the youngest ever winner of the prize.
I guess this shows that in our own little way(s), we can cause positive change around us; we don’t have to wait till we get that dream Job or whatever ‘big thing’ it is that we are waiting for.
NIGERIA EARNS A PERMANENT SEAT ON THE UN SECURITY COUNCIL
The UN Security Council in addition to other functions and powers is primarily responsible under its charter for the maintenance of international peace and security.
It presently has 15 members out of which 5 (United States, China, France, The RussianFederation and United Kingdom) are permanent members.
Although each member of the UN Security Council has one vote, decisions on procedural matters are made by an affirmative vote of at least 9 of the 15 members but decisions on substantive and important matters require 9 votes including the concurring votes of all 5 permanent members. This is the rule of great power unanimity called the ‘’ Veto Power ‘’.
Under the UN Charter all UN members agree to accept and are under obligation to carry out the decision of the Security Council whether they like it or not.
The UN Security Council has maintained the same 5 permanent members since its inception in 1946, this arrangement may be right for the first 50 years of its existence but it is no longer tenable in today’s world. Some countries haven’t even earned permanent seats despite their socioeconomic strength.
African countries demanded two permanent seats for Africa and a number of countries put themselves forward but Nigeria is by the most qualified representative of Africa. 😉
At the latest election in October 2013, Nigeria received the unanimous endorsement of the African Union, and it was elected by the United Nations General Assembly with 186 out of a total of 193 votes.
Nigeria remains by its very essence, an African regional power of impressive economic, political and diplomatic credentials. It has the second largest economy in Africa with a GDP of 270 billion dollars. This is surpassed by only South Africa, but there is every indication that Nigeria will soon overtake South Africa within the next few years. Nigeria is the 7th largest country in the world by population, but is projected by the United Nations to become the third largest country by the turn of the century.
I really do hope Nigeria takes itself seriously by addressing its domestic economic and political shortcomings, and tries to live up to it’s potential and surpass expectations or none, that other countries in the world have of it. I believe only then, will we receive the kind of recognition we deserve in the larger community.
MAKI OHs’ SPRING 2015 READY-TO-WEAR
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Peace and Love, Ib.