Osinachi Nwachukwu: Why Churches must frown on violence against women – Ezekwesili

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Osinachi Nwachukwu: Why Churches must frown on violence against women – Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili, Nigeria’s former Minister of Education, emphasized 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.

Osinachi Nwachukwu collaborated with another singer, Prospa Ochimana, to create the song Ekwueme, which catapulted both of them to fame in 2017.

According to some sources, she died of throat cancer after being on life support for about two months. There were unsubstantiated allegations that the deceased had marital problems.

However, in response to the development, Ezekwesili stated that every individual, including churches, must take action to combat the threat of violence against women.

The former minister described gender-based violence as an epidemic in Nigeria, Africa, and around the world in a series of tweets on her Twitter account.

She wrote, “The death of Osinachi Nwachukwu of the epic *Ekwueme* worship song really hit hard. To read allegations of spousal abuse worsens the pain. I hope the truth is unearthed and justice is given.

“Everyone, including Churches, must take issues of Violence Against Women seriously. Urgently

“I doubt that many in our society really pay enough attention to the troubling data that’s available on Gender-based Violence in Nigeria, África, and the World at large. It is actually an Epidemic. Globally, a 2018 study shows nearly 1 in 3, or 30% of women are Victims.

“An UN-Women report titled ‘Measuring the shadow pandemic: Violence against women during COVID-19’ revealed that 48% of Nigerian women have experienced at least one form of violence since the COVID-19 pandemic. It is crazy.
It is worse than a pandemic. We must act to tackle it.”

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