We would not be telling a story of Chimamanda Adichie , Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Ibukun Awosika and their likes if there parents had relegated them to the kitchen…
Here are a few Nigerian ladies that have made great waves and examples of how the country should tilt towards empowering the girl child.
Instagram went agog when Mofe Bamuyiwa posted the picture of Jare and got about 15,000 likes in less than an hour. Few days later, Jare Ijalana was crowned the most beautiful girl in the world by Time magazine and other globally recognised magazines.
Isn’t it stunning that the country who is perceived globally as an impoverished country produces the most beautiful girl in the whole world?
Beyond fashion, sometime last month, a group of Nigerian teenagers from Regina Pacies Secondary School Onisha, Anambra state conquered the world as they were crowned champions of the world technovation challenge at the technovation world pitch summit that took place in San Jose, California.
The girls developed an app called FD- Detector to help tackle the challenges of fake pharmaceutical drugs in Nigeria and won the crown ahead of their colleagues from Spain, Canada and other tech oriented, highly developed countries.
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Another genius who recently broke the norm is Tomisin Ogunnibi, the 12 year old student from Vivian Fowler Memorial college for girls who built an android mobile tracking app under the supervision of the Information and Communication technology department of her school and New Horizons Computer Learning centre.
These illustrations are just a few of many sparkling stars whose rays illuminate resplendently and radiate into the world with their unique abilities. In a country that is default patriarchal in nature, it is germane that all stakeholders come together and harness resources from their various quota to develop the girl child and strive towards a gender balanced society.
We would not be telling a story of Chimamanda Adichie , of Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Ibukun Awosika and their likes if there parents had relegated them to the kitchen or their society had traded them off to early marriage . In her speech to the United Nations, the youngest Nobel prize winner, Malala Yousoufzai, emphasized on the need to educate the girl-child as giving them an early exposure to literacy could help save a generation.
In the same vein, Nigerian wonderkid, Zuriel Oduwole who is currently the world youngest cinematographer during her African tour reiterated the need for the African child to be exposed to the right environment and be empowered to explore her numerous talents and abilities, as this would not just have a local effect, but it would change the global perception about Nigeria.
The tide of feminism is rising, and different stakeholders are striving towards building a well-balanced society. If we are going to talk about an equally developing society in the future, then giving the girl child the basic education, and equal opportunities should be a paramount policy driving the nation.
In a country where more than 35% of ladies under 15 years are out of school, there is still a lot to do about educating the girl child. As we bask in the Aura of the International girl child day, let everyone join force together and build a better world because either we like it or not the future is female.
Written by Emmanuel Faith.
Emmanuel Faith is a writer who resides in Lagos. He loves reading, writing and meeting new people. He can be found on twitter and Instagram via @themanuelfaith
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