Gbagyi Women, Trees and Forests: A Story of Interdependence

Olanike
Posted October 21, 2013 from Nigeria
Ingenuous Gbagyi Women carrying Fuel Wood in Jikoko (FCT), Nigeria.
Ingenuous Gbagyi Women carrying Fuel Wood in Jikoko (FCT), Nigeria.
Ingenuous Gbagyi Women carrying Fuel Wood in Jikoko (FCT), Nigeria. (1/3)

Standing trees and forests are crucial to the livelihoods of indigenous women. Together we can speak up and speak out against the unsustainable use of trees and forest resources! To learn more, here's the link to my multimedia story: http://vimeo.com/77387105

This multimedia story is part of an assignment for Voices of Our Future a program of World Pulse that provides rigorous digital empowerment and citizen journalism training for grassroots women leaders. World Pulse lifts and unites the voices of women from some of the most unheard regions of the world.

Voices of Our Future 2013 Assignments: Multimedia

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Eunice Owino
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 21, 2013

Hi Greengirl, Thank you for your story of Gbagyi women. Climate change is now a global issue. I am happy you have brought out the story of these women. I am optimistic for a long lasting solution to be embraced to address the problem

Olanike
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

I am so glad to get your feed back. It always counts and helps me to stay focused in my commitment to promote women's representation and active participation in the use, control and management of natural resources. Thank you so much for affirming the message behind the story. I am hopeful that change will happen.

In warm embrace, Green Girl

Wendy Stebbins
Oct 21, 2013
Oct 21, 2013

Love this. The excellent and perfect pictures especially bring your words to life and give extra meaning. It's all impressive

Wendy

Olanike
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

I have missed you loads and really grateful that you reached out. Your words are always strengthening and it feels good to know that you are impressed. Thank you so much!

Greengirl

Iryna
Oct 22, 2013
Oct 22, 2013

Deforestation in Nigeria is not a local problem. It makes its impact on the global climate changes. From the other side, the problem is not only environmental, this is the way these people used to live. For many years. Many. Many. Maybe now it is the best time to change it. With such leaders as you, Olanike, I am sure, such changes will take place.

This video is well-done, I liked so much.

Warmest greetings from Ukraine, Iryna

Olanike
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

In the face of growing impacts of climate change, there is a need for a shift to sustainable use of natural resources in general. Indigenous women deserve every support they can get to ameliorate the negative impacts that deforestation is having on their lives. I know too well that you understand and appreciate the fact that the problem highlighted has a global dimension. On my part, I pledge to continue doing my bit and best to advocate for change.

I am happy that you liked the video. Thank you so much for your commendation!

Greengirl

Celine
Oct 23, 2013
Oct 23, 2013

Hi Nike,

I like your multimedia story especially on how climate change affect Gbagyi women.

Well done!

Celine

Olanike
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

Thank you for always being there to give me a warm pat on the back. It makes a lot of difference and means a lot to me. God bless you!

Greengirl

Sarah Whitten-Grigsby
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

Dear Greengirl,

Your video could not be any better, I feel. The work is completely professional, highly informative, visually compelling and empathy-evoking, without a single wasted nano-second. The close up of the woman's feet was particularly profound, I thought, but every bit of this piece is equally worthwhile and important. It will be very rewarding for all those of us in your orbit to continue to witness the ways in which you change the world and the ways in which this very piece will support your powerful arguments for the good. With Great Respect, Sarah
Olanike
Oct 24, 2013
Oct 24, 2013

Oh my God, your words make me want to jump and touch the sky! You have been a pillar of support on this journey and I am always on the look out for your invaluable feedback.

The piece is borne out of my concern about the plight of indigenous women whose lives revolve around natural resources. As natural resources get depleted and our environment gets degraded by the day, these women are worst hit and they suffer the most. They really need all the support they can get to become socially, economically and politically relevant and independent.

I hope the message achieves the desired impact.

Love you loads, Greengirl

Jampa
Oct 25, 2013
Oct 25, 2013

Wow, so uplifiting and spectacular piece of story. This is so orginal and informative piece. Thank you Greengirl for your wonderful work. Cheers, Jampa

Olanike
Oct 26, 2013
Oct 26, 2013

Thank you a great deal for your words of encouragement. I am happy that the story made sense to you and I hope to that the message will bring about the desired change.

Together we are stronger, Greengirl

Olanike
Oct 26, 2013
Oct 26, 2013

Thank you a great deal for your words of encouragement. I am happy that the story made sense to you and I hope to that the message will bring about the desired change.

Together we are stronger, Greengirl

Sarah Happel
Oct 28, 2013
Oct 28, 2013

Hello Green Girl,

Congratulations on an important video we all need to see. The deforestation in Nigeria affects so many, especially the Gbagyi women and girls working so hard to carry the heavy wooden loads on their necks.

I loved the vibrant photos, strong narration, and a peak into life for these strong women.

Also was inspired by your solutions at the end of your video. Keep up the great work! Sarah

Olanike
Oct 28, 2013
Oct 28, 2013

It is my joy and pleasure to share about the life of Gbagyi women and girls with you and the world. I couldn't have done it without your support Sarah. You were there all the way, motivating me and helping me build an I can do it spirit. It gladdens my heart to have you approve of the video in it's entirety. With you by my side, I know I can always get better at what I love to do.

You have been an embodiment of encouragement and you have strengthened my resolve to remain focused and to keep speaking about everything that is important to me. I have come this far because you were there all the way.

We did it together, Sarah! Greengirl

Sarah Happel
Oct 28, 2013
Oct 28, 2013

Hello Olanike,

You were 98% already there.

Keep up the amazing journey. It is truly my pleasure learn about such important issues affecting Nigeria, Africa and the world. What an honor to be a part of such learning. Thank YOU for making us all better citizens of the world.

Olanike
Oct 28, 2013
Oct 28, 2013

Wow! Hugs to you Sarah for scoring me so high. Now I am completely short for words to express my gratitude; but I must say: YOU are my Angel in shining Armour! Together, we are GREENER,

Much love to you.

Cali gal Michelle
Nov 07, 2013
Nov 07, 2013

Greengirl- How wonderful to hear your voice at long last. Your multimedia piece I'm sure was a lot of work, which is evident. You have shown a passion for both the women and the envirionment, presemted a clear picture of the issue, and provided solutions, which is what we all want, right? Action steps we can take towards change!

I am lifted by your effort, and by your story. You are amazing, and have strong vision. Looking forward to seeing your work unfold!

love, with

Olanike
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 27, 2013

Your opening statement makes me feel very special and I just wish I didn't have a cold at the time I did the voice over. I had little choice, as I was determined to complete my story in good time. It was much of a struggle, so I am glad to know that the message behind the multimedia piece is clearly understood. Thank you so much for lifting my spirit with your very kind words.

You've followed my work since we became acquainted and I sincerely appreciate your solidarity.

Loads of love and hugs, Greengirl

Cali gal Michelle
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 12, 2013

Don't feel bad about having a cold- never apologize when you put your best efforts forward! (Sorry for the typo's, above. Mobile devices have their benefits..and their challenges!)

Lots of love!

Olanike
Dec 12, 2013
Dec 12, 2013

Thank you for being such an amazing pillar of support and I know I can always lean on your shoulders!

Your words of encouragement mean a lot to me.

Hugs and lots of love, Greengirl

bitani
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 09, 2013

Greengirl, this is a nice effort. I love the music, and the footage is quite great.

Most of all, i love the topic and how you link this important environmental issue to women, and how this video includes many dimensions (poverty-environment-women).

Keep it up (Y)

Olanike
Nov 27, 2013
Nov 27, 2013

It's quite heartwarming to know what your thoughts are about the music, footage and the topic. I decided it was best to keep the whole message real close to the roots. Haha! I walk and work very closely with indigenous people and I appreciate the originality that comes with it.

A million hugs to you for echoing the message the video projects. It can only get better!

Warmly, Greengirl

Olanike
Nov 11, 2013
Nov 11, 2013

It's quite heartwarming to know what your thoughts are about the music, footage and the topic. I decided it was best to keep the whole message real close to the roots. Haha! I walk and work very closely with indigenous people and I appreciate the originality that comes with it.

A million hugs to you for echoing the message the video projects. It can only get better!

Warmly, Greengirl