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Making Things Happen

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I knew there was something wrong with the image as I watched my friend’s father’s violence towards her mother after she had burned the evening meal. I knew that he often beat her, especially when her mother was months gone in her pregnancy and could not do much work around the house or at the farm. Her little sister had suffered burns when he drunkenly flung a lighted kerosene lamp at her mother and it hit her sister.

I feel into a shocked silence, brimming with anger and helplessness as he told me about the girl he had watched being raped by seven young men. He stood there watching, not offering even a sound of protest. He explained that he did not see anything wrong with the situation at the time.

I remember smiling every time I was top in my class or beat everyone else at a game or sport. I also remember how my smile would fall when my mother would reprimand me for beating a boy to get there. “Boys don’t like girls who are know book or pass them”, she would say.

No doubt these pale in comparison to what other women have seen, know and experience in their everyday life. Some see it as a way of life, while others, who do not lack the courage to speak up and do so, are silenced. I knew women had a problem when thousands suffer every day from maternal related deaths and human rights violations. I am a woman too. If this is how we are meant to live life then why was I created a woman? Was I born to suffer and live under a man’s shadow because society thinks me less valuable or intelligent than a man?

Being a member of the Pulsewire community has taught me a few things about connection. A place where men and women make connections in the face of daunting tasks by empowering grassroot leaders while they in turn empower their communities. A meeting place of like minded people whose dreams and ambitions are to address global and even community issues that affect us all in ways we could not have imagined, to work together and make such problems smaller.

A place where Stella Paul from India calls The Honeycomb and Usha K.C from Nepal envisions Equity for All in this global network of people working together. Where Adepeju from Nigeria shares her passion for maternity issues and reproductive rights and Rumbidzai Dube makes known her unending zeal for Zimbabwe and human rights. This is a place where we come not just to talk, but to make things happen.

As Pulsewire provides for us a haven to air our views, a place where we as women could understand and appreciate our femininity and to lend a helping hand and a listening ear, so would the Voices of Our Correspondence would enable the voice that we have used to inspire and motivate our communities will be amplified, honed and developed.

I believe I have a voice that needs to be heard. We all do, but what matters is how we say what we need to say and through what means it is said. By being a VOF Correspondent I will have a how and a means. An extension of Pulsewire where I would be challenged and inspired, confront my handicaps and come up victorious. By becoming a VOF Correspondent I would be able to garner awareness of the various issues affecting us as women and as a community in the world. A training ground to gain knowledge and implement positive actions to support and improve the lives of my fellow human beings. A place where much will be said, but more still will be done.

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Adepeju's picture

Yes Udoka, your story

Yes Udoka, your story represents what WP is and what it stands for, here we are actors not just speakers! I admire your vision for the Nigerian woman. Things have to change and you have made it clear that change starts from us acting out our talks. All the best dear sister!

udoka29's picture

Thank you

I admire you for the work you do and your passion. It just shines through whenever you write.

Stella Paul's picture

You will have more

"By being a VOF Correspondent I will have a how and a means".I say, Udoka, you will get more! You will get more strength, more power of imagination and more clarity of the future than you already have now. And so, I wish you best of luck for being a VOF!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

udoka29's picture

Thank you so much for your

Thank you so much for your prayers. Best of luck to you, too.

Ify Onyegbule's picture

Go for it girl!

Udoka,

There is so much and im wishing you the best!

Ify.

udoka29's picture

Thank you very much. I hope

Thank you very much. I hope we as applicants can all locate the strength from within and accomplish more, even without making it to the top 30

Ariee's picture

loads of luck Udoka

Udoka!

i wish you luck on becoming at VOF!

Astha Joshi

udoka29's picture

Thank you very much. I wish

Thank you very much. I wish you luck also at your vision.

Annie Malia's picture

Go go go girl!

I wish you luck too, Udoka! Nigeria needs your female dynamism! xx

Walk in Beauty
Annie

udoka29's picture

Thank you very much Anne. So

Thank you very much Anne.

So how are preparations to Kenya? Going smoothly I hope.

amymorros's picture

On Your Way

You are definitely on your way to making things happen. I liked how you included examples from other World Pulse members in your essay. Good luck!

Amy
@amyinstl

udoka29's picture

Thank you very much. I

Thank you very much. I believe I had to highlight some pieces and people I felt I learned lessons from. Thank you again for the Good Luck wish.

MaDube's picture

You really said it all. What

You really said it all. What pulse-wire means, the wonderful connections that the process of applying fot the VOF has established and the opportunity it gave us all to have our voices heard. And I will say it again, VOF gives us a chance to expand our skills and expertise in writing, and web 2.0 technology but Pulsewire will always be there VOF or no VOF. So even if we do not make it as correspondents this platform still gives us a chance to get our voices heard. I wish you the best though.

udoka29's picture

I do agree. It's made me sit

I do agree. It's made me sit down and enjoy writing after so long. And what's best, write what I think, what I feel, what I know.

I really enjoyed just living in the moment and interecting with like minded women around the world who I truly hope would be a permanent thing.

Dearest Udoka,

Thank you so much for sharing your voice and your vision with all of us.

I can see that your VOF journey has already reaped the rewards of kindredness and connectedness.

What really stood out for me as I read your piece was how you have learnt to stand up and say NO. I think growing up we all get taught that the magic words of our world are 'please' and 'thank you'. Not taking away from the value those words hold for us in our day to day lives but it is through courageous voices like yours that we learn that the most important words we can ever learn to say for ourselves and our communities is NO or NO MORE.

I honor you for taking a stand for you, for your community and for all the silenced hearts and voices out there.

May you continue to embrace your journey of MAKING THINGS HAPPEN.

With best wishes to you,
Kaleidoscope Girl.

"Write your life so others may be ILLUMINATED."

udoka29's picture

Thank you so much for your

Thank you so much for your comment. Through VOF I've learned that sometimes for things to change you've got to make them change. Either that or you just sit tight, gin and hope for the best, and I must say that I'm tired of hoping for the best.

I hope that with people like you who think this way, also, we can all make things happen, whether in Nigeria, South Africa or even the whole world. Why not? It is possible...;)

SharonK's picture

ready to start

What a passionate article! I can really sense your energy and it sounds like you are ready to get started with changing the world! One of the questions of the assignment was about your personal vision and your vision for your community or the world, and I just didn't get from your article exactly what that vision is. Are there any specific issues that particularly affect you or that you feel especially strong about?

Looking forward to reading more,

Sharon

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