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Ololufe Song
A Few Words About Me

I am very passionate about singing! I combine my various experiences as a musician, medical doctor and a public health professional, as tool for advocacy and health promotion. My brand new single, “Ololufe” which means ‘My Love’ is a song which expresses love, appreciation and devotion between couples , reminding them about their vows, and supporting them to make their marriages work hence promoting a healthier community. ‘Ololufe’ is also an inspiring song to young adults who intend to walk down the aisle someday.
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Welcome to Ololufe blog!

Welcome to Ololufe blog! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great time here! The intent of this blog is to encourage married couples, single parents and young adults who intend to marry to make their marriages work, prolonging life and promoting a healthier community. I look forward to seeing broken relationships restored through my newly released love song “Ololufe” (My love) and the inspiring stories about marriages that will be emanating from this blog.
Marriage is a serious public health issue that needs to be addressed. With the high rate of divorce or separation in our society and the advent of baby-mamas’ and baby daddies’, the sanctity of “Marriage” has been under-mined. The negative impact on our entire community needs to be identified and curbed.

On a child, the impact of dissolution of marriage or separation spans from, before birth, infancy through adolescence to adulthood. The risk of having infants with low birth weight, preterm birth and small gestational age is higher among unmarried mothers compared to married mothers(1). The likelihood of experiencing fetal deaths and under-5 mortality is lesser among married women(2, 3). Children who lived with un-partnered parent or in families where parents had conflict in marital relationship reported higher symptoms of mental or behavioral disorder at 21 years(4). Adolescents who experienced loss of parental contact following divorce had marked increase of health complaints in a recent study(5). Separation has been associated with parental stress(6), depressive symptoms(6, 7), Intimate Partner Violence(IPV)(7), high-risk alcohol consumption(8), substance use(7) and sedentary lifestyle(9).

Married couples are more likely to eat healthier diet(10), report very good health, have better memory or cognitive performance(11), decreased heart diseases mortality and decreased all cause mortality(12).

To celebrate the beauty and significance of marriage, submission of inspiring stories from couples about their marriage journey including pleasant and unpleasant experiences will be accepted. Nominees will be selected by a panel of jury and their stories will be posted on this website. Following the selection of nominees, the public will vote to determine the most inspiring story and the winner will be awarded 1,000 US dollars. Please see the ‘Submit Your Entry’ section for more information about the competition.

References

1. Shah PS, Zao J, Ali S. Maternal marital status and birth outcomes: a systematic review and meta-analyses. Maternal and child health journal. 2011;15(7):1097-109.
2. Balayla J, Azoulay L, Abenhaim HA. Maternal marital status and the risk of stillbirth and infant death: a population-based cohort study on 40 million births in the United States. Women’s Health Issues. 2011;21(5):361-5.
3. Kanmiki EW, Bawah AA, Agorinya I, Achana FS, Awoonor-Williams JK, Oduro AR, et al. Socio-economic and demographic determinants of under-five mortality in rural northern Ghana. BMC international health and human rights. 2014;14(1):24.
4. Hayatbakhsh R, Clavarino AM, Williams GM, Bor W, O’Callaghan MJ, Najman JM. Family structure, marital discord and offspring’s psychopathology in early adulthood: a prospective study. European child & adolescent psychiatry. 2013;22(11):693-700.
5. Reiter SF, Hjörleifsson S, Breidablik H-J, Meland E. Impact of divorce and loss of parental contact on health complaints among adolescents. Journal of public health. 2013:fds101.
6. Kerstis B, Berglund A, Engström G, Edlund B, Sylvén S, Aarts C. Depressive symptoms postpartum among parents are associated with marital separation: A Swedish cohort study. Scandinavian journal of public health. 2014;42(7):660-8.
7. Urquia ML, O’Campo PJ, Ray JG. Marital status, duration of cohabitation, and psychosocial well-being among childbearing women: a canadian nationwide survey. American journal of public health. 2013;103(2):e8-e15.
8. Yim HJ, Park HA, Kang JH, Kim K-W, Cho YG, Hur YI, et al. Marital status and health behavior in middle-aged Korean adults. Korean journal of family medicine. 2012;33(6):390-7.
9. Dlugonski D, Motl RW. Marital status and motherhood: implications for physical activity. Women & health. 2013;53(2):203-15.
10. Marques-Vidal P, Waeber G, Vollenweider P, Bochud M, Stringhini S, Guessous I. Sociodemographic and behavioural determinants of a healthy diet in Switzerland. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism. 2015;67(2):87-95.
11. MOUSAVI‐NASAB SMH, KORMI‐NOURI R, Sundström A, NILSSON LG. The effects of marital status on episodic and semantic memory in healthy middle‐aged and old individuals. Scandinavian journal of psychology. 2012;53(1):1-8.
12. Va P, Yang W-S, Nechuta S, Chow W-H, Cai H, Yang G, et al. Marital status and mortality among middle age and elderly men and women in urban Shanghai. PloS one. 2011;6(11):e26600.

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