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VOF Week 2: (THE MICROPHONE)

Pulsewire is the cord that supplies the full voltage for our amplifiers, it gives voice to the rest of us, we murmur and grieve in the darkest hours and all these are expressed openly through this pulse, in it the blood that sustains our lives flow.

The journey of my life shapes my perception about humanity, it gave me insight into the creature called woman. Raised by an uneducated widow in a society where every widow is held responsible for the death of her husband and on the other way round the widower is a man who needs a beautiful lady beside him to avoid mourning or weeping like a mere woman over the death of his wife.

The anatomy of woman power can be deciphered only by an insider; mother is a woman with heart as strong as steel as she will assure us of three square meals when all she could afford to provide conveniently was the water from the village stream. Her strong heart always melt by the tears of hunger, and I wonder where women inherit the gene that made them flow between passion, love, patience with which they persist in the face of adversity and adversary, mother gave me the real inspiration to fight in life.

Specializing on sexual violence is not unconnected with my instances of rape, sexual and relationship abuse I have seen, once I went for a Christian night vigil, because I was on my feet throughout the night, I slept off in the bus, actually I cannot remember for how long I slept but suddenly I woke up to discover that my left breast was in the hand of a stranger sitting beside me, he had removed the breast from my brassiere and was fondling it, I thought it was a dream, later everyone blamed me for sleeping the sleep of death in a commercial bus.

Our law, people and government are ignorantly assisting perpetrators an example is that of Nigeria under the penal code, when a woman/girl is raped, she has to present three witnesses in court if not she will be given one hundred strokes of the cane for telling a lie. Victims are silenced, secretly, sadly separated from the real world.

In my quest for wisdom, I joined international organizations like www.talktostop.com as an online presenter; I write poems exclusively on sexual violence against women and societal issues became a volunteer of lamplighter.org and also enjoyed free online training by www.evaw.com.

This vision is about a world where response to sexual violence is critical to development, where women and children are perceived as human being irrespective of color or geographical location this can only be achieved where views are respected, I can be the sacrificial voice of all these set, I witnessed, shared and stand for them, Pulsewire is our platform, to speak for women and children and repair lives as we move on.

Comments

Hi Olutosin,

It is so interesting to hear your personal story and "quest for wisdom" (I love this term), as I have so enjoyed reading your beautiful and moving poems here on PulseWire. You are an inspiration and a gem for the PulseWire community. Thank you for sharing your story.

Warm regards,
Jade

Jensine's picture

Admire

Olutosin -
Thank you, I so admire your work. I will never forget meeting you, Your powerful words echo long in my mind.

Jensine Larsen
World Pulse

olutosin's picture

Thanks

Jensine and Jade,

I am grateful for your comments, these keep me on and believing that I am doing the right thing, I keep fighting for women and children.

This morning I am truly sad but just have to keep moving, we must learn how to be gallant loosers, it is about the instrucion on the week 2 assignment, as you can see most of us made the mistake, it was -put your title in parentheses, in brackets- and the example was there, my husband was actually saying iis isnormal? but I said I MUST FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTION
I do not know what to do.

Olutosin

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

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Thank you

Hello Olutosin,

Thank you for sharing your story this week. You have articulated well the social context of violence against women in Nigeria and how it moves you to stand up and challenge those things through your poetry and volunteering.

As a general guideline, you are right to follow the instructions. However, if there is something you are unclear on about the process or the assignments, I would suggest posting your question on the VOF Group. As there may be others who are also unsure.

The beauty of this process is that we all have time to learn and grow through participating.

Best wishes

Katie

harinees's picture

Your story

Olutosin,

Thanks for sharing your story. Your voice is powerful. You have shown us clearly what needs to change in Nigeria, while talking about your experiences.

If I had to give you any constructive critisism, it would be to refine your introduction and conclusion paragraphs. It would have been helpful to see your story "flow" from the introduction, into the body and subsequently into your conclusion. You do a great job of transition from paragraph to paragraph within your story though. It would have been good to see similar transitions from the introduction to the body, and then from the body to your conclusion.

Best of luck with everything.

Harinee

olutosin's picture

THANK YOU SO MUCH

Dear Harinee,

I am so grateful for the criticism, it is a learning process and I am glad I have a teachable spirit, I am so happy to nform you tah I am ready to learn from everybody.

Thanks again Harinee,

Olutosin

Olutosin Oladosu Adebowale
Founder/Project Coordinator
Star of Hope Transformation Centre
512 Road
F Close
Festac Town
Lagos-Nigeria

https:

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