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The women I hope to interview

The first woman I would like to interview is an administrator here at Obafemi Awolowo University.She founded an organization to tackle issues of rape and sexual harassment. since she lives in my community, it will be easy for me to reach her and do a face to face interview.
The other person lives in Lagos, so that is not exactly in my community. She has Sickle Cell anemia and has established an organization to bring the issue to the table. She aims to make it something that can be discussed without the shame often associated with it. she organizes seminars for other people living with the disease. However, since she is in Lagos, i may only be able to interview her via email.
The third lady runs a home for street children on the outskirts of Ile Ife. It is a certified orphanage where she provides food, shelter and education for orphaned children and less privileged children. I have been to the place before so it will be easy for me to get in touch with her.
Please let me know what you think.


olakitike's picture

Its between 2 and 3

Hi, id like to add that my choice is now narrowed between option two and three, a co correspondent is also doing an interview on the first person. I would LOVE to do an interview on the secon dchoice because I have already interviewed number 3 before, but is Lagos my community? plus I cant do a face to face...

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The third woman

Hi Olakitike,
Is the third woman Mrs Ayoola, If she is, that will be very good. The way you are talking, Are you around Ife?

Busayo Obisakin
Women inspiration Development center
Ile-Ife, Nigeria

olakitike's picture

i stay her in ife, though i

i stay her in ife, though i will be leaving for nysc soon.

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Olakitike, I don't think that Lagos would be considered outside of your community so I do not think location eliminates your second choice. This sounds as if it would be a very interesting interview but is it possible to conduct the interview by phone as listening is a very important part of the interview process, and I am not sure you can gather the same information via email. If not, then perhaps the third woman might be better.

It sounds like you are most interested in your second choice? I must say I am already intrigued because I did not know that sickle cell anemia carried shame. I want to know more about her, her life with the disease, how she finds her strength... oh my! I could go on.

Jennifer Ruwart
Chief Collaborator
JR Collaborations

stella Ndugire- Mbugua's picture

Sickle cell?


This story Sells. I want to hear more....

Go girl...


Stella Ndugire- Mbugua
ICS- Africa

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More on my second choice!

I copied this fun Bio my second choice did on herself off blogger, i have been reading her articles in the guardian for a while, she is awesome!totally off the hook. She's also quite young and doing all these amazing things. I will contact her via facebook today. maybe we can do the interview on phone. I really hope I get to interview her. I have also contacted my third option who is also a wonderful lady I must say.

Tosyn Bucknor- Writer, Entertainer , and Founder of The non-profit organization

“These Genes”.

A graduate from the University of Lagos, where she studied law before heading to law school, Tosyn is a lady with a big heart and an even bigger mission. As a person living with Sickle cell, she knew the importance of making it a disorder people talked about instead of being ashamed of. Through her foundation, people are encouraged to learn about the ailment , donate to the various projects , spread the word, and lastly Volunteer .

Tosyn is very honest, and shares with moi that “ running a non-profit project involves dealing with human beings, which means dealing with egos, feelings, emotions and every other thing that comes with it” ,...all this and she still optimistically says it is an opportunity for her to learn about people.

This year, These Genes will be shooting a documentary to show the daily lives of individuals with sickle-cell ,a show that promises to be educational and a great eye opener for many.

A celebrity auction Fundraiser is also in the works in the near future … lets just say celebrities , like Ebuka from Big brother Nigeria might be up for grabs.

Regardless of all her projects ( Documentary, Fundraising for the cause) Tosyn still finds time to do the things she loves , such as : spending time with the family, meeting new people on her very own s.h.a.r.e network ( a site she created for anyone who wants to mingle and network), writing for her ‘Strictly for the Young’ section in the Sunday Guardian , or bellowing out some melodies as her alter ego CON.tra.diction.

If you ask me , this amazing lady is just getting started. She acknowledges the need for her organization to branch out to other parts of Africa, as sickle-cell is rampant on our continent… but first she says “Our first expansion will have to be to other states in Nigeria”.

Bon chance Miss Tosyn , we are rooting for you.

Fun Facts: Tosyn Bucknors 2 fav quotes :) ...

* "We only live once. If we live well, once is enough!"

* 'If I live my life according to their pace, what is my prize in life's meaningless race?' - that's her personal quote.

Check her out on blogger

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