Oby Ezekwesili, Nigeria’s former Minister of Education, stressed the importance of churches and individuals taking “violence against women” seriously on Sunday.
Ezekwesili made the call in response to the death of gospel singer Osinachi Nwachukwu, who died at the age of 42 on Friday, April 8, 2022.
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Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that tributes to the deceased gospel singer have continued to pour in. Nwachukwu collaborated with another singer, Prospa Ochimana, on the song Ekwueme, which catapulted both of them into the spotlight in 2017.
She died of throat cancer, according to some reports, after being on life support for about two months. There were unsubstantiated reports that the deceased had marital problems.
However, in response to the development, Ezekwesili stated that everyone, including churches, must take action to combat the threat of violence against women.
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The former minister described gender-based violence as an epidemic in Nigeria, Africa, and the world in a series of tweets on his Twitter account.
“The death of Osinachi Nwachukwu, the composer of the epic *Ekwueme* worship song, really hit hard,” he wrote. The pain is made worse by reading allegations of spousal abuse. I sincerely hope that the truth will be revealed and that justice will be served.
“Violence Against Women must be taken seriously by everyone, including churches.” Urgently
“I doubt that many people in our society pay enough attention to the alarming data on gender-based violence in Nigeria, Africa, and the rest of the world. It is, in fact, a pandemic. According to a 2018 study, nearly one out of every three women, or 30%, is a victim.
“According to a UN-Women report titled ‘Measuring the shadow pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19,’ 48 percent of Nigerian women have experienced some form of violence since the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s insane.
It’s a pandemic on steroids. We must take action to address it.”
Who is Osinachi Nwachukwu?
Sister Osinachi , a gifted musician with an angelic voice who was best known for the song Ekwueme, was married with four children. Throughout her gospel career, she has appeared in a number of well-known gospel songs, including “Nara Ekele” by Pastor Paul Enenche (Dunamis, Abuja), “Ekwueme” by Prospa Ochimana, and Emma’s “You no dey use me play.”
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