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Like a good book, movie or song, the weekend comes along to distract us from the pressures and stress of everyday life. However there are some pressures from which there is no escape. As I sit at my desk in the wee hours of the morning, I can’t help but be bothered by something.

Since I moved to Abuja from Port Harcourt about a month ago, I have been breathing better air. You see the level of air pollution back  in Port Harcourt is truly alarming. Not even the weekend or a relocation to another city can get my mind of the health risk being suffered by PH residents. It is said that children and the elderly are the most susceptible to respiratory illnesses caused by pollution. I can’t help but imagine the long term effects of this danger on my loved ones whom I left there.

For anyone who isn’t aware, the pollution is caused by the illegal oil refineries in Rivers State and it has residents breathing air filled with soot particles. I find that it is important to state this because I find that many folks in Abuja and the rest of Nigeria don’t know the cause or other details about the problem. I have started this post, talking about this matter because it cannot wait any longer. Also, I have been part of a group of concerned ‘PH people who are drawing awareness to the air pollution out there’.

I am sure you know what it’s like to be preoccupied with an issue, so you understand why I have taken a little time to talk about this. While I have you here, let’s all get into this weekend’s awesome content. We publish new content every Saturday morning (only on Saturdays) and that’s just one of the unique things about Howfana.

Have a great weekend.

The image shown here is an aerial photo taken by Bobby Rak for Rak Visuals. It was taken over a part of Port Harcourt.


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Last week I was part of the Port Harcourt walk for Autism and it was quite interesting. I got to learn a lot and it was awesome. I especially want to use this time to say thank you to all who were a part of it.

Here are a few facts I learned

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growingAutism is one of the fastest-growing developmental disorders in Nigeria
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

It is important that we show support to those who are struggling with this especially in our part of the world where we do not even think things like Autism are real. Be considerate and spread  the word, you could be helping someone.

This week as usual, we have a number of great articles designed to educate us  your adding to our wealth of knowledge. If you are yet to subscribe to our mailing list, then do so. Have a swell weekend


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