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Education a key to economic success for women

If only brilliant Nasirat had full access to education, I know she would have created a change and be a role model to many young female. Economic freedom provides every woman an undeniable right and respect.
Education which is the major tool to economic freedom. Its denial cut short Nasirat's dreams.
Nasirat, a lady I met Nasirat at the salon, one saturday, she got all attention with her personal story.
She began the story condemning the unjust culture and belief in the yorubaland. With sorrowful face, she described her dream of working in the banking sector.
According to her,one of the numerous yoruba belief which assert importance to the life of the first child and believes his/her life make or mar the younger ones's future.
From a family of five girls,the first girl got pregnant while in sss one and ended up hawking foot wears in the market. The second born chose no better path as she also got pregnant while in secondary school.
The father got angry and refused to sponsor others.
With the help of her mother, Nasirat and her immediate elder sister were asked to continue school but the family situation got worst when the fourth born failed her WAEC. The father,then took a stand of not sponsoring her beyond secondary school.
Although,she had a burning passion for education but she was an average student which also serve as contributing factor to her father's decision.
After secondary school, Nasirat became an apprentice in a hair saloon where she met her husband and got married.
The only way to put an end to other Nasirat is provision of free education by the government of this coutry from elementary to university.


Adahmbah's picture

Graet inside

But also it should be noted that free education by the government from elementary to university will not be the bases of getting more women educated but the change of mentality from the older generation.Women need to break those barriers and live their lifes.

Flavia Nyadoi's picture

Hi Tosin, Education equips

Hi Tosin,

Education equips people to create change, and you are right when you noted that if Nasirat had acquired education may be she would be a role model. Kindly share with us how you and the community have worked to overcome such a challenge.


Hi Tosin, Thank you for sharing your story with us. It is so unfortunate that Nasirat couldn't finish her education. However, it is not too late. I agree, education is the key element for a woman's freedom. It is difficult to obtain a free education, yet it is possible. If you have access to the internet you can have access to learn new things and online courses. Although it is hard financially online courses in the evenings make it easier. Does your community offer educational courses? if not, perhaps you can get together for a couple of hours and perhaps help each other with classes or something, this way all the women in your community can get some form of education. If you need help creating a plan, please let me know, I will help.

Take care,

Kind Regards,
Bina Patel
hc Mediate, LLC

Tosin's picture

For now, access to internet

For now, access to internet in Nigeria is not what everyone can afford, some women still don't know what internet is,even the young girl that does, cannot operate the system. Binu, am sorry,I didn't get your question correctly,"Does your community offer educational courses?" Do you mean online,if yes, such educational opportunity is still lacking. I would appreciate your help in inproving the educational level of women and girls in my community.

binapatel33's picture

For now, access to internet

I don't mind helping you out at all. I think perhaps the best way to start is to first get a group together with women who want to become educated. Also, can you please tell me if the women can read and write? The reason being we have to see where we will have to begin with teaching. For example, if someone doesn't know how to read or write, then we have to begin with the basics....

Thank you,

Kind Regards,
Bina Patel
hc Mediate, LLC

Tait's picture

Push Forward

We must not give up. I agree with Bina! It is never too late to go back to school. There has to be a creative way for Nasirat to continue her education. Being from Nigeria have you seen anyway to get around these barriers. Is there away that women can support each other going to school rather than depending on men? Or is there a way to present the idea of continuing education to a man where they see the value for the family? We must find a solution. Complacency is not an option. More than anything I believe you are asking for direction for the women of your country. If I find a solution I will let you know.


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