My Story

Women to participate in politics

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“It is good for women to participate in politics. There are issues peculiar to us that men cannot understand. A good example is childbirth. Political participation is a means for citizens to be productive and add value to their country or state. Women make up fifty percent of the world population. Imagine that whole lot not being productive? I know there are hindrances, one of which is cultural values that have ‘set’ roles for men and women. Then there is also the belief that working women ignore their home front. I don’t know about that because I am a good mother and still able to perform my duties as the special adviser to a state governor.” #AbujaNigeria

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Cultural background of the people

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“Gender distribution of role in the Nigerian society, especially in the north, is very bad. Looking at the cultural background of the people help a lot in understanding how to deal with issues they encounter. For instance land ownership is basically a male territory, a woman can only buy or own a land if a man stands for her. This happened to me.

I am a professional program manager and rights advocate working for a non-governmental organization. We work with over one hundred and ninety eight communities across twelve northern states. My role is basically to support these communities so they are mobilized in a bid to identify key developmental issues affecting their rights.” #AbujaNigeria

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She believes in me

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“I was working elsewhere but had to leave. A customer turned big sister, visited my former place of work and on learning that I left, called me up and offered me a new job. She believes in me and that means a lot to me. I am married with two children, a boy and a girl. My new job is resourceful. And I am working hard towards starting a creche in the future.” #KanoNigeria

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For almost 50 years

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“I have been making Alkaki for almost 50years. It is a local delicacy made with wheat, water, cooking oil, sugar and honey. My mother taught me though I started making it for sale after I got married. All my children gained from it. I now live with my eldest son and his wife has learnt from me. She helps out with making it these days. There is a young man who comes to buy it in bulk 3 times a week. He sells it in the city. Families also place orders for wedding and naming ceremonies.”#KanoNigeria

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To make the marriage work

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“I was privileged to go for Hajj last year and was teamed up with a group of women I did not know from Adam but because we were in the same tent we got talking. They were all married for long and I was like baby of the tent when it came to my seven years of marriage. I was teaching them simple gestures to the husband. Yes, you both have long day working but someone has to swallow their pride to make the marriage work. Give your husband a massage, cook up his favorite meal and welcome him home warmly. Those are the little things no one will teach you but you have to teach yourself. But if you genuinely like the man you should be able to make the effort. It is not rocket science.” #KanoNigeria

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The bricklayers did not come out to eat

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“The bricklayers did not come out to eat early yesterday. By the time I finished selling the food to them, I was late for Islamic school. I took the money home to my mother but while hurrying to Islamic school I fell down and hurt my nose. I am praying they come to eat early today.” #KanoNigeria