2013 WEEFK 2; FINDING MY VOICE

Hannah Ojo
Posted April 15, 2013 from Nigeria

Surviving a near death experience as a teenager in the year 2000 religious crisis in northern Nigeria and seeing my parents struggle to see us through our education which they believed would give us an edge for a better life has rekindled in me a sense of responsibility for my society.

Studying a language course at the university led me to discover the power of words and the media to change the world. I ventured into campus journalism and I have written feature stories about girls that are breaking out of the stereotypical thinking of the society and leading in business, politics and academics. I have had a cause to do investigative reports on sexual harassment and also write on women's participation in politics. What I find interesting about seeing my stories published in a national newspaper is the ability for my voice to be heard even in places where I lest envisaged. One of the touching responses I got was from a girl who said I have shown her that one does not need to use 'big grammar' before they can lend their voice. This is a message I want to preach that women can make their voices heard by acts of courage that defies conventional thinking. And that man themselves can see that 'these girls mean business'!

For me, journalism is a call to social responsibility. No one can tell the stories of women like we ourselves. This is an area where I find the opportunity provided by World Pulse to be optimal and apt at this time of digital communication which has the ability to break the barrier of distance by opening new frontiers. I can relate to the story of World Pulse because of the connection of courage. It was this type of courage that prompted me to collaborate with my fellowship at the university to organise a two days outreach at Famia village in Osun state where we distributed relief materials, drugs and provided counselling services. This particular experience opened my eyes to the need to empower rural women, especially in the areas of reproductive health. It was also courage that enabled me to do a research on the reason many girls do not hold tangible positions in the students' union parliament. The story titled 'Beauty and the Ballot', published by The Nation Newspaper, Nigeria won me the Campus Life Politics reporter award. Now that I am out of the university, I am pursuing an internship programme where I offer service for gratis al because I want to be a voice on how governance and policy, terrorism, climate change and environmental degradation affects women.

With World Pulse, I find a ground for collaboration; one that encourages me to go out and speak for the inarticulate and the submerged. World Pulse is where I find my voice!

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Rhoda Robinson
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 15, 2013

So many words need to be said, but there are very little people who care enough to say them. You will be giving a voice to the mute and that is an aspiration worth fighting for. You are not alone.

seunaboy
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 15, 2013

I feel your passion, education is our scaffold to standing to men, to make them know we mean business

Oluwaseun

Ynanna Djehuty
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 15, 2013

this is so wonderful sis! keep doing this important work!

loretta
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 15, 2013

Please keep the spirit strong and the fire burning. Open other girls and women's eyes out there and show them that there is life beyond the traditional realms of life, traditions that demands more from them physically and less vocally.

Keep it up!

Woman of voice
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 15, 2013

Your passion and strength are very motivating. Be that voice that will break down strong walls and bring about change.

Hannah Ojo
Apr 15, 2013
Apr 15, 2013

Together we would get there!

pauline wanja
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

Thank you Hannah, Nigeria is counting on small act of courage.

Adahmbah
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

That was a great inside,keep it up Adah

otahelp
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

My sister you keep dishing out beautiful works and write ups and i hope i get better with time in this story telling and being the loudspeaker for myself and others.

Olanike
Apr 16, 2013
Apr 16, 2013

Kudos to you for the inspirational work you are doing. I enjoyed reading your piece. All the best in all your endeavours and keep speaking out for thee positive change you believe in and stand for.

Greengirl