I always knew I would speak on behalf of others, I wasn't sure in what capacity . I am Nigerian from one of the "minority" tribes (Ngas). My parents taught us early that we mattered and were raised with equal rights, privileges and chores. I have one brother and being an only boy did not gain him preferential treatment.

Most of my life has been in the middle belt and northern Nigeria the prevalent challenge women face is marginalization which opens the door to early child marriage, no education among other discriminatory practices.

Since I was a teen, I craved mentorship, I was always my most excited when I was gaining new knowledge so as early as 1999 (just 2 years out of secondary school) I developed a faith-based mentorship programme for the teen girls in my local church, it was called the discipleship class. I am a committed mentor and contributor to Girls voices where we teach the girls how to make their voice count. As the news editor in my organization, I always prioritize women and girls issues.  To further empower girls to share in a safe space, I desire to be trained on women/girls and gender development.  

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Hi Ritz,

Welcome to World Pulse! It sounds to me like your parents were a perfect role model for you to use to help other Nigerian women feel empowerment and with equal rights as men.  You had a very good teacher in them!

It sounds like you are off to a good start in getting involved in women's issues--early marriage, lack of education, household roles etc.  Keep up the great work!  I wish you much success in your endeavors and feel you are going to make a difference.


Hi Barbara,

My parents were a great influence they prepared my siblings and I for the real world not a superficial one. Thank you for your encouragement

Thank you Ritz for the great work you are doing for the girl child. Am doing the same here in Uganda and am sure together we can make this world a better place for girls.

Hello Hope, It's great to hear and meet women from other parts of the world doing similar things. Looking forward to hear more of the work you do in Uganda.

Ritz, Welcome to World Pulse!! Thank you for your sharing. Your words: I am a committed mentor and contributor to Girls voices where we teach the girls how to make their voice count. As the news editor in my organization, I always prioritize women and girls issues.  To further empower girls to share in a safe space.  Culturally, it is a significant up hill climb for many women and girls to create and live in a safe space , never mind a space where their creativity, intelligence and activism counts!  I also read your post on domestic violence, and being a survivor of both sexual and domestic abuse and advocate for other survivors I cheer your efforts on!! Ritz, it's important that you know you are "seen" by women around the world who acknowledge your courage, commitment, and on going efforts to make a difference in your community, and for all women. Your voice, and teaching GIRLS to have a voice, will nurture a force that will break the barriers of oppression and marginalization of all women.  Keep up this vital work, Ritz. In sisterhood!! Veronica




"I see you"

In peace and solidarity ~ strength



Hi Veronica, I feel blessed knowing my writing touched you, I'm sorry for what you went through and it means a lot to me that you choose to endorse my efforts, it means the world to me. Part of my goal is to help young girls undergoing one form of abuse or the other to speak up. I look forward to sharing more with you on our accomplishments. Thank you Veronica.

"I see you too" Ritz

Dear Ritz,

You have done a lot for girls in your community. I am impressed. Congratulations and please keep the good work. We need more young woman like you to empower girls and women.

Mentorship is one of the best venues to give back to one's community. It is necessary especially in Africa where in many instances girls don't have a voice at all.

Thank you.


Kadidia Doumbia

Hello Kadidia, Thank you for taking time to read my story. With contributions and encouragement from women like you on this platform it makes us know our efforts are worth it. Thank you

It is a pleasure reading about women like you.

Keep the good work and stay in touch on the Worldpulse platform.

Kadidia Doumbia

Great work Ritz, I am also passionate about mentorship for young girls and with the little knowledge I have of Nigeria's northern region, it is comforting to know someone is taking it upon themselves to mentor the girls there and give them a voice. I think we have a number of things in common and could potentially learn so much from each other and look forward to such an opportunity. I would love to know how you are managing to empower and give these girls a voice in an environment that really doesn't promote women having a voice, the church/religion is known to be one of the largest contributors to the oppression of women in societies, what strategies/methods are you using to make the church more accepting of the vocal and empowered woman?

Dear Ritz,

It's great to see that women are taking roles of mentors in their community and guiding those who follow further. It's something I stumbled upon and yes, stumbled, since I didn't find mentorship when I needed and had to find my own way.

I am starting a trilingual human rights website with, obviously, women's rights, gender, feminism and I would love for you to join us in some way of another or maybe younger members from your community under your guidance.

I'll add you and if you're interested we can talk much more (we're on trainings and workshops as well).




Ana MC Budeanu

Legal Consultant, LLM


Hello AnaB,

thank you for taking time to read my story. I look forward to being a part of your work and contributing my experiences. I am interested, please feel free to buss me whenever.



Good job Ritz, it seems your society resonates with mine

carry on and let us change this great world of women.I would be happy to hear more on what you are doing since it seems you started the initiative earlier than i did



Dear Ritz,

Thank you for sharing your journey with us. You are so amazing in the way that you channel all the positive childhood and exposure that you received into a positive message for girls and women in your community.

I celebrate your passion and dedication to advancing girls' and women's voices and rights and I look forward to reading more from you.

In partnership,

Hi Ritz,

I'm with you on this one and encouraged by your story. I, like you, believe in empowering our young girls through mentoring. I wish you much success on this journey.

Since you are interested in training in Gender based development, you may find Gender Hub resourceful as I did, they offer programs and e-learning opportunities. I recently concluded a course on Gender-Based governance and it was very informative.  There courses are also specific to the Nigerian experience.  There is an upcoming course "Engaging men towards gender equality; Why & How" coming up in August you may want to sign up for it and the best part, it's free. 


Looking forward to hearing more from you as you progress on this journey.






Thank you Bim for reading my story. Your information in gender hub is truly helpful. I will look at it properly and use as many resources as possible.

Wishing you success in your endeavors as well.