I remember as a young girl how I read about great women of old like Queen Amina of Zaria, Margaret Thatcher and several others whose works and stories inspired me and I wanted to be like one of them.
I grew up in a little community called Sapele in Delta State Nigeria, a community where women don’t have a say, a community where every aspects of the people’s culture and tradition neglect the rights of the girl child. There is the issue of genital mutilation which is still being practiced, girl child education didn’t mean much until recent past, polygamy is the order of the day and in most cases the women work twice as the men to cater for their children with little support from the men.
As a young girl I wanted to be different, I wanted to be a source of inspiration to other women, I wanted to put smiles in the faces of people around me no matter how small the number with this in mind I became independent at age 17, gained admission into the University at 19 without my parents knowledge, became a graduate at 23 and was posted to a media outfit in Lagos where I have no relative of mine. As a producer in the media outfit I came in contact with Baobab for women organization in the early 2000 and have since been receiving news letters and from them and the link to Pulse Wire online community.
As a media practitioner, I see, read, acknowledge and appreciate great efforts of women around the world. I wanted to be part of these testimonies of women, I wanted to impact the lives of people in my world and I thought it was time to take a step after studying the site, the posts and the fact that I can actually contribute my own quota to this great work and tell my story. I was inspired and I thought being a part of ‘Voice For Our future’ will equip me to effectively affect lives, inspire people just like the posts on Pulse Wire online community impacted my life.
I believe life is what you make of it, I believe nothing is impossible, I believe we can make a difference if only we try and I believe that my journey so far is in line with what I have always desired, the ability, opportunity and platform to reach out, inspire and encourage people that comes in contact with me.
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