The new voice of freedom

Joshua Oyedele
Posted January 14, 2021 from Nigeria

There has been some ideologies against the woman and her power. Growing up, I have seen many women contest for major leadership positions in Nigeria, and simply because she happens to be, well, 'a She',  she loses.

It is unfortunate that up till now, still prevalent among many is the mindset that the only place a woman can execute Her power is in the kitchen and the other room.

A couple of months back during the #EndSars protest here in Nigeria, a woman, in the person of Aisha Yesufu, stood up for the youths who have been ridiculously molested, oppressed, embarrassed and extorted by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). During this period I began to have a shift in my beliefs of the potency of Her Power.

I understand that whenever a woman stands, she never stands for herself. She stands for others, for her family, for her offspring and the generations to come. And you know why? It's because she's a mother. She understands what her children will suffer if she decides to be selfish.

Aisha Yesufu, as captured in my sketch, is one of the co-founders of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement (#BBOG) who worked to rescue the schoolgirls kidnapped in Chibok, Nigeria by Boko Haram militants in 2014. She also stood boldly against the oppressing police personnel who harassed peaceful protesting Nigerians. Without  hesitation, she stood boldly in the face of gun-wielding policemen declaring in both words and actions that she is not scared of dying any longer. 

Such is the strength of HER POWER!

This story was submitted in response to Her Power. Our Power..

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Jan 14, 2021
Jan 14, 2021
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Joshua Oyedele
Jan 14, 2021
Jan 14, 2021

Thanks for this wonderful encouragement.
Thanks again... JoMarie

rebecca.tang
Jan 14, 2021
Jan 14, 2021

Thank you for sharing. This is an inspiring story. Everyone of us can demonstrate our power to help and protect the minorities.
May Almighty God bless all of you!

Joshua Oyedele
Jan 14, 2021
Jan 14, 2021

Amen,
Thanks for the beautiful comment.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jan 15, 2021
Jan 15, 2021

Hello, dear Joshua,

Wow, thank you for sharing your artwork and for your powerful reflection. I love this so much, "I understand that whenever a woman stands, she never stands for herself. She stands for others, for her family, for her offspring and the generations to come. And you know why? It's because she's a mother. She understands what her children will suffer if she decides to be selfish."

May all young men in your generation share the same mindset you have. This world would be a better place if men think that way. Please keep writing and drawing and inspiring!

Joshua Oyedele
Jan 15, 2021
Jan 15, 2021

Hello Karen,
I'm glad you find my post worthy of read and the remark on my art work means a lot to me. I will keep writing, drawing and inspiring.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jan 26, 2021
Jan 26, 2021

I look forward to reading more from you, dear brother. Yes, please do that!

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 15, 2021
Jan 15, 2021

Dear Joshua,
It touches me deeply in my heart that you are able and willing as a young man to give credit to the women you have met for the work that they are doing. You have a depth of understanding, love and respect, my dear young brother, that truly gives me hope. Like Karen, these words stood out for me, too. I understand that whenever a woman stands, she never stands for herself. "She stands for others, for her family, for her offspring and the generations to come". This is what so many men and boys need to understand. To keep a woman down is to prevent this love from forming the basis of society.
I wish you well, and an open path for your young wise voice to be heard and understood by many other men and boys.

Joshua Oyedele
Jan 16, 2021
Jan 16, 2021

Thanks so much Tamarack for finding time to stop by my post, your beautiful words of encouragement will keep me going.

KABAHENDA KIGGUNDU
Mar 29, 2021
Mar 29, 2021

Dear Joshua,
I cannot thank you enough for your art and writing.
I am touched and impressed by your observation that a woman never takes a stand for herself but for others, including her family and generations to come.
You are indeed a wise and perceptive young man.
It is encouraging to see that there are young men who are recognizing the importance, value and contribution of women not for their own selfish ends, but for the good of their families, communities and humanity.
What you saying fills me with hope for the Nigeria of tomorrow where young men of your calibre will stand with like-minded women to end the suffering of women and other vulnerable groups in Nigeria.

You are a leader and role model to other young men in your community. I would strongly encourage you to educate your peers about the role of women in society and to work with young people like you for a better Nigeria. All the best to you.

Joshua Oyedele
Apr 05, 2021
Apr 05, 2021

Thanks so much Kabahenda Kiggundu for stopping by, and finding my post Worthy of your time. I sure will do my best.

Hugs... Joshua