Nigeria has been witnessing a lot of heartbreaking events of late coupled with new development of female suicide bombers on rampage. Amidst the bad news making round, it was happy time when Nigerians women won medals alongside their male counterparts at the just concluded 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Education is a powerful weapon which has been engaged by many to change the world for the better. Inasmuch as the society prioritises male-child education, there is need for the society to take into seriousness female-child education. Educating a female-child is educating a whole nation which leaves the society a better one. The belief that a female-child will end up in the kitchen and are baby making machines makes many to view female-child education as a waste of resources thereby getting the society shortchanged of more achievements that could have been achieved if female-children are also enlightened and empowered through education. Countries around the world that prioritises female-child education just like the male-child education have recorded decline in maternal mortality rates, decline in infants and child mortality, decline in Vesicovaginal fistula (VVF) cases, improve standard of living etc.
To mention but a few of Nigerian female making waves around the world in area of ICT, literature, sport, education, entrepreneurship, science etc.
Eleven year old Zuriel Oduwole: The youngest fellow to be interviewed by Forbes. A girl-child education campaigner who has interviewed dignitaries like African presidents, Africa’s richest man, Serena Williams etc. currently an ambassador appointed by Tanzania’s First lady.
Dr. Ola Orekunrin, a Doctor and helicopter pilot, the founder and managing director of West Africa’s first air ambulance service. Her works involves emergency situation using helicopter to convey patients to the right medical facilities within the right timeframe thereby saving lives. In 2013, the World Economic Forum named her as part of its 2013 Young Global Leaders.
Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi is a Nigerian writer with so many awards to her name. She is the author of bestseller books like purple hibiscus, half of a yellow sun, Americannah etc.
Tara Fela Durotoye pioneered the beauty and makeup profession in Africa. Her brand is actively involved in the retail and distribution of her products. She established the first makeup school in Nigeria with over 13 stores to her name and has about 3,000 representatives across the country. Tara Fela Durotoye is the creator of Tara Orekelewa Beauty range. Her establishment is gradually spreading across Africa; Senegal, Cotonou etc.
Blessing okagbare; a Nigerian track and field athlete who specializes in long jumping and short sprints. She holds the Women’s 100m Commonwealth Games record for the fastest time at 10.85 seconds. She has also won medals at the All-Africa Games and the IAAF Continental Cup. She became the fourth woman to win the 100m and 200m double at the Commonwealth Games. She won Nigeria two medals at the just-concluded Commonwealth Games.
Engr. Florence Seriki, MFR, is a household name in the ICT sector in Africa; she is the founder of the first indigenous computer assembly plant in Nigeria and Ghana. She started Omatek Ventures Plc more than 20 years ago and serves as the group managing director and chief executive officer of Omatek Ventures Plc. Through her venture, a lot of job opportunities were created for systems builders and retailers all over Africa.
A society that neglects the empowerment of the female-child leaves room for their exploitation and produces a narrow minded people which can easy be used against the society. Any child not educated is a potential threat to the society.