WOMENS’ DAY: Kudos to Nigerian women – Joi John

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Every year, March 8th is set aside all over the world to celebrate and honour the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. It is noteworthy to mention that in China, Russia, Vietnam and Bulgaria, International Women’s Day is a national holiday. It would be nice to see more countries follow suit…

In the words of Melinda Gates, ” A woman with a voice is by definition a strong woman. But the search to find that voice can be remarkably difficult.” I totally agree with this because in many parts of the world, women are rarely given chance to prove themselves.

As a strong advocate for gender equality, I long for the day when Nigerians will unite at the polls to elect the first female President. This is not far-fetched. We have women of substance in our midst that have excelled in governance. If only we can begin to support ourselves wholeheartedly, there is no limit to the height we can attain.

Sadly, some women get to the top and take away the ladder so that no other woman climbs up to meet them. Rather than uplift, they seek ways to destroy any other female rising up. If they are not fabricating lies to discredit you, they are devising ways to paint you black. (I can readily mention names but I choose not to).

This article will be incomplete without the mention of First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan. Thanks to Mama P, women are more than ever visible in Nigeria’s governance.

Women must must learn to encourage, motivate and mentor fellow women as they strive to succeed. As they do this, the key word to bear in mind is “successorship“.

 Joi John

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