“We Will Rise” is a CNN film that showcases young women overcoming incredible odds to change their lives and do extraordinary things in their society. It is a mission by Michelle Obama, America’s first lady with the help of other strong women like CNN’s Isha Sesay, Meryl Streep and Freida Pointo. We Will Rise is one of the most compelling film-documentary that I watched in the last days of year 2016 and it made me realise that despite the fact Nigeria is evolving in so many great ways, there are a lot to be done to improve eradicate educational discrimination in some parts of the country.
Hearing and listening to the experiences of the young women that have been opportune to voice out their deep feelings about girls being prevented to go to school like the boys or discouraged about taking on very complex ambitions or simply not given the chance that they deserve to be educated made me realize the fact that the girls in my country also deserve to be heard and seen. Many girls in my country lack access to educational materials and are barely informed about how important it is to have a dream or goal in life.
I vowed after watching the film-documentary to help render my voice as a sort of advocacy for the girls in the Northern Nigeria, who are being denied their human right to be ‘somebody’ in the most figurative way, also to serve as their voices buried on the inside of them. Although I have not been graced with an open field of exploration but instead constricted to merely research, it is very emotional to know there are still barriers to girl-child education; believe it or not there are things happening that our knowing-too-much as blinded us to.
“What barriers?” like you, I found myself asking this same question until I carried out researches, then one fateful night, I came across a movie titled ‘DRY’ by Stephanie Okereke and I realised it was not just about some melodrama needing to be created but a reality that has been waiting to be brought to the spotlight. However, religious misinterpretation, cultural practice, poverty, early marriage, illiteracy, inadequate school infrastructures are some of the severe negative effects on education opportunities available to girl-children, which as resulted to the widening of educational and economic gap between families and Nigeria in general.
No matter what has been done to resolve this, not all has been done. Becoming somebody should not be denied of these girls because like you and I, they too deserve to be somebody. Also, the children on the street hawking “bread and butter” deserve to be somebodies.
In case you missed the first part of this post, https://www.blog.motherlandsfinest.com/2017/01/06/becoming-somebody-i/
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Bibiana Ossai © 2016.