“Real change happens when we invest in girls. Every year millions of girls are denied an education at a time when it has the power to transform their lives and the world around them. If a girl is able to make it through primary and secondary education, it can help them break the cycle of poverty and it can help put a stop to early and forced marriage’’-Nigel Chapman (CEO, Plan International)
I was going back home during the holidays and when we got to Mbiama in Bayelsa around 12pm, we were held up in traffic. I looked through the window and saw a little girl still putting on her school uniform going after our bus and the bus next to ours with a blue basket of chilled water in her arms begging me to buy water from her. I bought water from her despite the fact that it was the last money I had with me. Majority of the hawkers on the road that afternoon were girls of different ages and sizes. They were looking too exhausted but I guess they were on the road because they had to do whatever they could to survive. Then I looked around and saw that majority of the “hustlers” in the roadside market were women. {They practically set up their market in the middle of the road, which people do that? Nigerians!!! Anyway that’s talk for another day}
Giving that girl the last cash in my pocket wasn’t going to change the fact that something has to be done about young men and women that are in need of education but out of ignorance due to illiteracy are sent to hawk on the streets. If I did; what about the other children hawking with her meant to be in schools by 12pm? I am particulate about women in the remaining part of this work because the long existed patriarchal system has left us behind and it has taken until recently for women to break free. A lot of work has been done to make things better for females but a lot still needs to be done till the equality that exists becomes visible.
So why invest in Female Education? Why encourage women to go to the upfront of S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)? I will tell you the little I am convinced about:
Firstly, when women research, they do so to find solutions to problems unlike most of their male counterparts that do it for titles feeding their ego. Most men lack the multiplier effect of sharing what they know easily so their knowledge usually sticks with them and dies with them and they only release it when they have something to get in return{ Before you kill me, I said most not all. You are probably not part of the most}
Secondly, educating women increases the number of financially independent citizens as it directly contributes to the growth of our National Income by improving the productive capacity of the labor force. We no longer have to depend on men and expect things from them all the time.
Lastly, Male Education has been endorsed singly for a long time in Africa generally and it has successfully labeled women as symbols of poverty. Train the boys {Very Important} but Nigerians please don’t leave the girls behind. If training the males alone gives them reasons to subject and try to dominate women unreasonably; Why invest in someone’s ego and pride?
Who’s still talking about this in this age and time? Well, I am because I know a lot of girls are still denied education even under our very nose. And reading this today will somehow create the need to cause a change when you have the chance to in the nearest future.
In summary, without Education, Nwanyi Igbo is the best cook in her community, Mama Grace fries akara to send Grace and her siblings to school, Iye Shola is the roadside seamstress, how much more when they become educated and become open to new ideas? Female Education to me is the most effective antidote to a poisoned Africa. We no longer belong in the kitchen, living rooms and other rooms; we belong inside and outside our homes as the Paraphernalia of Change.


  1. I agree with the economic implications of educating the female child whole heartedly. Every other point however come off as conjecture and speculation. Still a great read. Keep up the good work Ebube.


  2. I agree with the economic implications of educating the female child whole heartedly. Every other point however come off as conjecture and speculation. Still a great read. Keep up the good work Ebube.


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