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#PostcardsFromAfrica: HRH Emir Sanusi of Nigeria Speaks Out Against Child Marriage

The piece below was culled from the instagram page of HRH Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi [Muhammadu Sanusi II; Husband, father, grandfather, formerly Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Serving as 14th Fulani Emir and Ruler of Kano]

“(Marriage of women (girls) below 18 years) – Women (girls) are suffering from reproductive health challenges because of such marriages. Time has come (for) the Muslim community (to) live by the reality of economic recession and consequences of early marriage.

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#CelebratingWomenWhoDare – Meet Mary Ajayi: A 2015 Fellow of Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa [Part 1/2].

Gratitude #1 -United Nations, New York (1) by Mary Ajayi, 2015

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou

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March 2016, I was in New York at the UN 60th Session on the Commision on the Status of Women to talk alongside my @moremiinitiative sisters on the work we’re doing and lessons we’re learning along the way.

I faced challenges I didn’t think I could overcome. I had managed to get my visa in time but needed funds for travel, accommodation, and feeding. Icalled everyone I could. I emailed people and organizations. Nothing worked. I prayed. Nothing seemed to be shifting. My sister @adeola_ope took to Facebook to solicit for help. Olisa.tv blogged about it. @dejifan took to Twitter. Friends like Mayowa Okediran and Niyi Onabanjo pitched in personal funds. I began to have hope.

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#MyEAGStory by Adenike Aina Oyindamola Adeniyi [EAG Scholar #49].

Thomas Paine said and I quote, ‘the mind once enlightened, cannot again become dark’.

img_20160702_231245_678-2I arrived, a tabula rasa, also with a very low self esteem, on the first day of the EAG training organized by the Dawood Global Foundation, in partnership with the Whole Woman Network.

I was too timid to participate in the numerous life changing activities; from the mind-blowing lectures on Journalism, to the deeply inspired biography of Malala Yousafzai, due to a malnourished sense of confidence my home provided me. It was soon very clear to me, that I would have no limit, but myself.

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#MyEAGStory – Nina Mbah, shares her experience at the recent LLL4 Conference

A few months ago, LEGENDARY LEADERSHIP LESSONS (4) CONFERENCE, organized by Dr. Dipo Awojide & BTDT Ltd was held at the Lagos Oriental Hotel. 

WWN sponsored 10 participants to attend the conference and each shared the highlights of the event..

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nina-mbahBeen there? by Nina Mbah

“Kai madam! If you weren’t standing in front of the Imam eh! Hmmmm…..”

Then what will happen? She retorted deep within her.

The above is part of a reminiscence of an encounter shared by Ms. Lola Shoneyin, as the only woman standing in a bus filled with men, during her work as a campaign aide with the Nigerian president, somewhere in Northern Nigeria.

The point here is not just how intolerant men from different parts can be when a woman defies their notion of acceptable behaviour and ‘cultural values.’ Rather, how huge this barrier can be in a society seeking fundamental reforms.

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EAG Scholar – Sukurat Adenike Laguda, shares her experience at the LLL4 Conference organized by Dr. Dipo Awojide & BTDT

A few months ago, LEGENDARY LEADERSHIP LESSONS (4) CONFERENCE, organized by Dr. Dipo Awojide & BTDT Ltd was held at the Lagos Oriental Hotel. 

WWN sponsored 10 participants to attend the conference and each shared the highlights of the event..

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adenike-sukurat-laguda-adelodunBy Sukurat Adenike Laguda

The legendary Leadership conference has come and gone but the memories will linger forever.

It was an awesome experience for me, as the topics treated by the panelists serves as a recap and reminder of what I learnt while at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) program held in Ghana.

The forum highlighted the fact that young people now have a voice, they want to take charge and run things, using Social media as a tool since it removes boundaries between the people, the government and the Media.

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#EducateAGirl #EAGNigeria: A Platform to Empower Girls Though Training in Media Studies & Journalism.

Educate a Girl #EAGNigeria #TogetherWeAreTransformingLives

Social Diary
24-30 January 2016
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Thank you to Pakistan ObserverSadia Zahid MalikMaliha Waqas for this lovely spread on this important cause. —(As shared on FB by T.U Dawood)

A more detailed report of the EAGNigeria Summit to follow shortly…
EAG Nigeria Social Diary

Postcards From Africa #18: Celebrating Ola Orekunrin, 29-year-old trauma Doctor and Helicopter Pilot, and Founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria.

This post was culled from the Facebook page of “A Might Girl (https://www.facebook.com/amightygirl)
A Mighty Girl is the world’s largest collection of books, toys, and movies for parents, teachers, and others dedicated to raising smart, confident, and courageous girls. Visit us at http://www.amightygirl.com, Pinterest (amightygirl), & Twitter (@amightygirl)

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Ola-Orekunrin TED FellowWhen Ola Orekunrin was a 22-year-old medical student in the UK, her 12-year-old sister became critically ill while visiting relatives in Nigeria.

With no medical facility nearby that could treat her condition, the family attempted to arrange an air evacuation. Orekunrin was shocked to discover that not only was no air ambulance available in Nigeria, there was not one available in the whole of West Africa:

“The nearest one at the time was in South Africa. They had a 12-hour activation time so by the time they were ready to activate, my sister was dead.” It was then, she explains, “I started thinking about whether I should be in England talking about healthcare in Africa, or I should be in Africa dealing with healthcare and trying to do something about it.”

Flying Doctors of NigeriaMotivated by her sister’s death and the desire to help others with minimal access to trauma care, Orekunrin left a promising medical career in the UK to found West Africa’s first air ambulance service, Flying Doctors Nigeria.

Now a 29-year-old trauma doctor and helicopter pilot, Orekunrin’s fleet of airplanes and helicopters have airlifted hundreds of people from remote areas to hospitals.

“From patients with road traffic trauma, to bomb blast injuries to gunshot wounds, we save lives by moving these patients and providing a high level of care en route,” Orekunrin says.

“I wanted to find a way that I can facilitate people who were critically ill,” she says. “Get them to see a doctor, and not just any doctor — I wanted to facilitate getting the right patient to the right facility, within the right time frame for that particular illness.”

In addition to the distance to health care facilities, there are many other challenges in the region that make air transport critical: “Many of our roads are poorly maintained, so emergency transport by road during the day is difficult. At night, we have armed robbers on our major highways; coupled with poor lighting and poor state of the roads themselves, emergency transport by road is deadly for both patients and staff.”

With 20 aircraft and 44 doctors on staff, Orekunrin is proud of her accomplishments, but sees much more room to improve the state of medical care in Nigeria: “Eighty percent of the world trauma occurs in low-middle income countries just like Nigeria. I feel there should be more focus on the trauma epidemic that Africa currently faces… I want to achieve a proper use of the healthcare sector in Nigeria.”

For her impressive accomplishments and determination to fill a critical social need, Dr. Orekunrin was named one of the World Economic Forum’s 2013 Young Global Leaders, the organization’s prestigious group of the world’s top leaders under the age of 40.

To learn more, check out this story in The Guardian at http://bit.ly/1qxkijZ or listen to her TED talk on women in business at http://bit.ly/1LMuflj. You can also check out the Flying Doctors Nigeria website at http://flyingdoctorsnigeria.com/

If your Mighty Girl dreams of flying one day or you’re looking for more stories about women pilots, check out our recent blog post, “Mighty Careers: I Want To Be A Pilot!” for girl-empowering books, toys, and clothing at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=6249

To introduce children and youth to another famous pilot who changed the world, visit our “Amelia Earhart Collection” at http://www.amightygirl.com/…/historical-char…/amelia-earhart

For more stories about inspiring women doctors and scientists for children and teens, visit http://www.amightygirl.com/boo…/history-biography/biography…

And, for pretend play toys for the budding doctors in your life, visit our “Pretend Play Occupations” section and choose your occupation of interest on the left menu at http://www.amightygirl.com/t…/imaginative-play/pretend-play…

 

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Postcards From Africa is a WWN Feature about creating a new, positive, empowering narrative of Africa by Africans. This is a movement about igniting an empowered citizenry to make a difference by bridging the integrity gap. It is about changing the status quo, from waiting passively for ‘leaders’, to our embracing a new paradigm that WE are the leaders we seek.

WWN seeks to advance ideas, causes, projects that transform our communities for the better, by first inspiring us to ‘see’ ourselves in a brand new light. We are committed to empowering and/or celebrating a new generation of Transformational, Ethical and Creative African leaders (T.E.C), who are actively engaged in nation-building, one idea, one person, one project and one community at a time!

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