My story of Change

Abiodun Essiet
Posted September 17, 2017 from Nigeria
My story of change
Mentor-ship development community leadership

Am ABIODUN ESSIET, my story of change has been a journey of inspiration, awareness, development and fulfillment. In life, people work to make ends meet or take care of their family which is important but I want to work to fulfill my passion and dreams as I satisfy my hunger for change in my society, this is who I am….

Everyone has a passion, zeal enthusiasm in them that they may not really understand, but when they experience something or realize an idea that connect with their passion or zeal , something clicks inside them which brings about the reality –“ this is what I want to do”- which is what Nigeria women trust has done for me (In a mentor-ship program), helping me to realize my dreams.

I started my community development service 9 years ago when I noticed the high prevalence of teenage pregnancy in my community during my undergraduate study as a nursing student and I decided to do something about it on my own. In 2016, I got a scholarship fund from Coady International Institute , Canada for a certificate course on Community Leadership Development By Women . It was a wonderful experience for me, It gave a name to what I had been doing for 9 years . I was taught the importance of women involvement in decision making, which was a major issue in Nigeria, presently we have less that 10% of women in decision making platform . So I made up my mind to do something about it when I get back home.

Getting back home, I got an opportunity to apply for a mentorship program for young women who are interested in leadership or politics by Nigerian women trust fund, and I was privileged to be part of the few young women chosen . I was attached to a mentor for my six month program , to groom me and assist me in structuring my life for success in line with my leadership development. It was a learning process, my mentor gave me the opportunity to do things I never had in mind to do , one of which was to join an organization involved in democracy and development to plan a program, as small as it may look, it gave me a hint to what I should do next on my journey to greatness.

Everything my mentor guided me to do was specific to some of my needs and gave me answers to some of the questions in my mind. Getting to know my mentor was a great privilege for any young lady like me to have a relationship with someone making a difference in the life of women in my country and in Africa. In summary, “ the mentor-ship program was like having someone give you the answers to the questions of life before you even sat for the exam of life”.

During the period of mentor-ship program, I started my pet project titled -35% inclusion movements, at the grassroots level to empower women with skills acquisition as I sensitize them to get involve in politics and development of their community. My movement goal is for Nigeria to achieve 35 % inclusion of women (without the exemption of marginalized women or vulnerable women) in decision making platform for 2019 general elections in line with Beijing platform for action 1995. I also created a social media network on Facebook for young women in Africa to train them in leadership development and politics; it is a closed group with 35 women from Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia and DR Congo.

I can boldly say my dreams is about to be fulfilled and I know I have a purpose and a role to play in closing the gender gap in decision making platform in Nigeria, Africa and in the World.

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Nakinti
Sep 19, 2017
Sep 19, 2017

Dear Abiodun,

You are are sure following and working on your dream. The representation of women in decision making position has been a problem in many countries including my country, Cameroon. If we can have a critical mass of women who will go beyond representation, we will be on a good footing. 10% representation is too small for a country like Nigeria. My sister, keep using your voice to ensure that you get close to or above the 35% that you are advocating for. I wish you luck in this mission.

Sending you love

Nakinti

Caro.f
Sep 24, 2017
Sep 24, 2017

Hi Abiodun! I just wanted to say: keep it up! It is an amazing feeling to be working on a dream of yours. Too often, people do not have the chance to find what their dream really is. I believe you are doing a great thing and your dream will definitely help your community! Keep using your and perhaps one day you will become someone's mentor as well :)  Looking forward to reading more from you!  Caro 

Abiodun Essiet
Sep 24, 2017
Sep 24, 2017

thank you sister

Olutosin
Oct 05, 2017
Oct 05, 2017

Beautiful. Great job. I believe that you will live a fulfilled life because this is the right path. I attended Coady in 2013 .

I am happy that you have a great mentor and I can't wait yo enjoy the impact of your efforts too, just like every Nigerian woman would.

thanks for tour beautiful pet project.

Abiodun Essiet
Oct 08, 2017
Oct 08, 2017

Thank you sister. It is good to know you are a coady alumni...we can work together in Nigeria to bridge the gap in political participation of women.

janetgu3
Oct 26, 2017
Oct 26, 2017

You do have such an IMPORTANT purpose Abiodun!  I'm so very proud of you and excited to read about your progress.  It's a rare thing to discover what it is you are meant to do... so happy your found your inspiration!

Abiodun Essiet
Oct 26, 2017
Oct 26, 2017

Thank you sister

maeann
Oct 30, 2017
Oct 30, 2017

Dear Abiodun,

Thank you for sharing.  May you find support on your advocacy.

Anne McCaw
Feb 08, 2018
Feb 08, 2018

I join all the others in celebrating what you are doing Abiodun.  Women must not only find their inner power but we have to break into power structures... as a collective force.  Thank you so much for taking on such important work... I know you will lead Nigeria forward and set an example for others.  We so desperately need your example here in the U.S. in our election year!

Abiodun Essiet
Feb 08, 2018
Feb 08, 2018

Thank you sister 

Abiodun Essiet
Feb 08, 2018
Feb 08, 2018

Thank you sister. Nigeria is close to having another general elections, hoping on having  35% inclusion.