Facing threats for being brilliant!

Nusaiba Ibrahim
Posted October 6, 2019 from Nigeria

To girls, being brilliant is a thing of joy and unleashing ones unimaginable potentials; my story is somewhat different!

I've always wondered why being brilliant could make me face difficulties and challenges in relating with classmates, some school teachers and lecturers and in worst cases facing threats in school. Sometimes, I get almost drowned in trying to figure out why exactly some things happen to me...because "you're too brilliant most people wouldn't open up opportunities for you". These are some of the responses I get when some people find it exceptionally important to explain what others think about me and why I might to continue to struggle.

While my parents always got my back to make sure I put in the best I can to my education, some negative forces would always be in school confronting me even when i did nothing wrong, laughing out so hard when I give the right answers in class and even make sure I don't get the necessary information regarding any material for study or assignments. Most of the times when I sit back to relax and think about the kind of traumatizing experiences I've had I become more scared about what the future might hold and what other girls in my situation are facing in Nigeria and other countries that do not give any regard to the education of girls and women.

Sometimes, I find it very difficult to even relate my secondary school experience to anything, just wishing it has passed and nothing of such kind will happen again. I went to a missionary school "saint louis", seen as one of the best in my state which is Kano, and being an all girls school ideally one would think there would be that bondage of sisterhood. Unfortunately, I did had to be strong enough to survive.

Unlike other schools, alot of reading was done, so every year students from Saint Louis got the best opportunities to secure slots in universities and become the most successful even outside Nigeria; primarily by possessing a good knowledge of grammar and good command of English language. Thus, when I stepped into the university I thought I had left all the bad experience behind, but I might not have been fortunate enough because Bayero University was also a place I would learn things the hard way.

Really, during my first semester my level coordinator wasn't surprised with my result because I passed through one of the best schools. Later during my subsequent to final year, I began to have issues with other male and even female collegues because they feel I shouldn't know what I know. But, how can change that? Unknow what I already know? Is it even possible to erase that which I know from my brain? Certainly if doing so is possible, then I would've erased maybe half to survive that tough situation. This is how I managed to finish up my degree with one of th best results in my department.

As a mandatory step to every Nigerian graduate, one is expected to serve the country for one year after graduation. Being a graduate of mass communication, I went to a radio station to serve. One of my lecturers also tried to give me his few words of advice then, he said "when you go there, do not tell them what you know". I heed the words strongly, but before I even knew, news was circulating that a new corps member has been recruited, "do not teach her anything if not she'll proper within a short time". One could imagine how poisonous such words could be to my mind, as a young girl who has a dream to pursue. 

Meanwhile, my parents were very much keen to knowing my experience in the new environment but it was still thesame. So my father decided that I enroll to get another a higher degree, and in that I emerged the best student with a first class.

Lately, I've also enrolled to get another master of science degree in journalism where these problems are not soon to end. Sometimes, when I present papers in class I get alot of questions and critics from alot of my colleagues, but when others do they're always being appreciated and get accolades. But, this hasn't in anyway dampened my morale or enthusiasm for being a writer and a motivational speaker to inspire many brilliant and strong girls out there to unleash their inner selves. I feel there is another dimension of girls education that is yet to be touched and this is why I decided to give a glimpse into a little part of my world..

"Education is the only way to unleash our potentials and explain to the world who we really are."

This story was submitted in response to GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable.

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maeann
Oct 06
Oct 06

Hi Nusaiba,

Welcome to World Pulse were women connect and encourage one another.

Congratulation for your first story. Thank you for having a courage to share your experience about your education. Unleash that power to inspire through your stories.

Nusaiba Ibrahim
Oct 07
Oct 07

Thank you for your encouragement. I really appreciate it and I'm thrilled to share more stories.

Lisbeth
Oct 06
Oct 06

Hi dear,
We surely need brilliant girls and women here haha. You welcome on board Nusaiba. I hope you are doing very well.
It's so sad to hear your story. Was this in the past or is current? That's is wierd! So instead of asking for support from you for help they are jealous of you.

Anyway, don't mind them stay focus and be a good girl. They can't stop you from going highier anyway. Your attitude and grades can only determine that.
Congrats on your amazing story and keep sharing your stories to uplift a girl or woman.
Have a good Sunday.
Regards

Nusaiba Ibrahim
Oct 07
Oct 07

Thank you very much. This is still ongoing at the moment. I'm really excited to share more stories. Thank you for you kind words!

Lisbeth
Oct 07
Oct 07

OMG!
You are welcome . Be careful and take care of yourself.
Warm regards

Tarke Edith
Oct 06
Oct 06

Hello Nusuiba
You are welcome to this platform of women who shares their stories so freely and In returned are being encouraged by others. thanks for sharing your educational story with us
Have a great time with us here dear

Nusaiba Ibrahim
Oct 07
Oct 07

Hi there,
I'm also excited to be part of this great experience. Will definitely share more stories.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 06
Oct 06

Dear Nusaiba
For progress more criticism is necessary. Therefore, you have great an opportunity to progress. Therefore, try, try, never depressed. We are with you.

Nusaiba Ibrahim
Oct 07
Oct 07

Dear Anita,
Thank you for you comment. I really accept critics and acknowledge them but in this case they are being made to depress me deliberately and frustrate me.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 08
Oct 08

yes so that you should struggle with them. Take counterpart and be active

Max (female!)
Nov 09
Nov 09

Exactly, Nusaiba. Don't let them get you down! you are on the right track!

Jill Langhus
Oct 07
Oct 07

Hello Nusaiba,

Welcome to World Pulse, dear! Thanks for sharing your empowering story. I'm glad you're determined to keep going and to not dim your light, no matter what. I'm eager to hear what your goals and dreams are. Good luck with your new degree. You are destined for even greater things...:-)

Hope you're doing well, and having a great day!

XX

Nusaiba Ibrahim
Oct 07
Oct 07

Thanks so much..this is so heartwarming. I'm really overwhelmed by the kind of responses I got from yesterday to now. I can't be happier. You'd be seeing so more of my goals in the kind of in my subsequent stories; motivational stories and learning to speak up in public.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 07
Oct 07

Dear Be continue, do continue, be happy and strong.

Jill Langhus
Oct 09
Oct 09

Yay! That's awesome to hear, Nusaiba!

Great to hear... looking forward to it!!
XX

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Oct 08
Oct 08

Congratulations dear daughter Nusaiba!
It takes a lot of courage to speak your truth to the public. That same truth sets you free from fear of many things too long to list here. Surely keep expressing and writing because that same courage will inspire many others girls in this world to speak out and become greater than what you all can imagine.
The first person you have to prove something important to is yourself. You have already won!

Prosperity and more blessings,
Mum Queen Sheba
queenshebavillage.org

Nusaiba Ibrahim
Oct 08
Oct 08

Thank you so much. I feel so happy we've got so many strong women out there like you. I'm really grateful..I also hope to achieve more.

Queen Sheba D Cisse
Oct 08
Oct 08

Step by step my dear, keep patience in all good things, Amen.

Tola Makinde
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hi Nusaiba,
Welcone to World Pulse and i enjoyed reading your story. Thank God foe your parents. Even the most brilliant children arw special and need support. Congrats on uour achievements. You are indeed a voice to young girls facing the same challenges as you.
Keep winning.
Love
Tola

Nusaiba Ibrahim
Oct 13
Oct 13

Thank you so much!

Habeesowye
Oct 24
Oct 24

Hi Nusaiba am so proud of you. Thank you for being a shining star to girls within your circle of influence. Please do not let this challenges hold you back, keep shooting for the stars. You are paving the way for girls coming after you.

joy724
Nov 15
Nov 15

Be proud of what you know. Be proud of being brilliant. Intelligent, hard-working women change the world.