16 YEAR OLD GIRL MENTORING OTHER GIRLS – LAUNCHES AN “ALL GIRLS MUST GO TO SCHOOL PROJECT ”

In Nigeria, it is estimated that 23% of women aged 15-19years have begun childbearing and 32% of teenagers in rural areas have become young mothers, according to the Demographic Health Survey of 2013. One of the focal points of discussion at the just concluded family planning conference in Nigeria which took place on the 3rd – 6th of December, 2018 in Nigeria is the prevention of teenage pregnancy and promotion of adolescent reproductive health rights.

Youth and Adolescents were given the opportunity to speak up about their health needs so policymakers can put in place services to meet these needs. As part of efforts to make visible the works of young people making an impact in their communities, 5 young people shared their innovative work as it relates to reproductive health needs of adolescents and young persons. The youngest of them, to give a pitch about her work was 16 years old, Peace Ayo Adegbola. It was heartwarming seeing this young determined girl doing something to make the lives of others better.

Peace giving a pitch about her work with girls in her community.

Peace Adegbola is a role model to other adolescent girls in her community. She equips girls with life skills and information necessary to curb teenage pregnancy. She shared the story of her journey into becoming girls advocate in this interview with me.

A.A: Tell us your name

Peace: My name is Peace Ayo Adegbola

A.A: So are you a student?

Peace: Yes I’m a student. I just wrote my WAEC, waiting for admission into the university. I am a girl advocate and I’m 16 years old.

A.A: What steered you up in that direction?

Peace & Her Dad

Peace: My daddy works with Society for family health and so he goes to rural communities to educate these young girls about the importance of family planning. Sometimes he normally takes me along. When I go to these communities I find that the majority of these adolescent girls are not in school. Boys are going to school and a majority of the girls are at home. I was just 10 years old so I started asking questions, became anxious and wanted to do something about this. I felt like if a 10year old girl Like me is outspoken, I wanted other girls to be too and I decided to be an advocate. And my dad inspired me, the communities I have been to and what the girls are passing through.

A.A: That was how you started the girls club?

Peace sharing her story in a quick interview with Adebisi

Peace: The girls club actually started as a self-esteem session with the girls. I launched a project on “All Girls must go to School” which targeted girls that are not in school to ensure that these girls go to school. We have about 200 girls are now in school as a result and come this September more girls will be enrolled. I needed a sustainability plan to keep these girls in school. I found out that something so simple as self-esteem makes them drop out of school. So I created a small group where I talk to these young girls. At first, it was just the girls we were sponsoring to school.

A.A: How are you funding this sponsorship?

Peace: Strong Enough Girls are my key partners, Youth Hub Africa, and so many partners and some individuals that buy into the idea.

A.A: Going forward where do you see this? Are you intending to fully make a career of development work?

Peace: Yes! Because my partner, who happens to be my dad, and I currently jointly own an organization. It is something I want to do for life; it’s something that even though I do other things, this is one thing I will never leave. This is service to humanity and girls like me. I believe so much in their potentials.

A.A: Your advice for girls, adults and especially parents.

Peace: My advice to young girls is that there is time for everything; take it one step at a time. And if you have made some mistakes don’t use it to judge yourself or pull yourself back. The thing about making mistakes or falling down is for you to know the right way to take. My advice to parents is that they should have a close relationship with their kids and to actually open up. Tell them about sexual reproductive issues. Talk to your child about hygiene, menstrual hygiene. Do not code things and give wrong information, for example, say that “if a boy touches you, you will get pregnant, No! Tell them that it is sex that gets a girl pregnant. Prepare them so they will make the right choices.

Adolescent and youth health needs is a must attend to.

Someone mentored Peace Aydegbola right and now she, in turn, has become a mentor and role model to other girls in her community, nipping teenage pregnancy in the bud and inspiring girls to go to and finish school.

One person can make a huge difference

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Christmas Mode Set 🎁 One Week to Go!

Hi,
It is an exciting day for me! This morning with no electricity supply to iron my cloth, I decided to pick a “wash and wear”, as we say in pidgin😀 So I grabbed my red dress and wore it. After all the paparazzi of dressing up and applying a little make up then I suddenly noticed my “hubby’s’ new Christmas cap sitting nicely on a hanger and bam an excellent match to my red dress was standing right there ❤️.

So that was how I nicely sat this green and red spot cap on my newly made hairdo… Hehehe… It felt really good!

What you wear can also reset your mood and day, I soon discovered.

All morning, I have been getting beautiful compliments about my outfit. Here is a photo a dear colleague took of me and I decided to share it with you my dear friends and readers in the blogosphere! 

I have been away for two weeks now… Stories waiting to be written and posted but my schedule has been crazy…. Look how my new red dress & cap to match has inspired writing again! 🙌🎶

I am sending you an early Christmas Wish.  May you experience new joys, love and peace this season.

For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

#Godlovesyou

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

What’s on Your Mind? Rule It

Hello there, I thought I should inspire and motivate you with these few Quotes from reading a new book (Rule Your Mind) I got at the Development Dialogue Conference organized by Ideation Hub Africa.

Reading opens us up to gold…

You can only see what your mind is able to comprehend, Stop believing everything you see that is contrary to what you desire, but believe everything you want is coming to you – Tewa Onasanya

Fear is a success killer, don’t give in to fear- in fact, do it scared. Face your fear, starve it and feed your faith… Think what if I succeed instead of what if I fail? – Tewa Onasanya

Guard your heart with all diligence for out of it are the issues of life – Proverbs 4:23

Take charge of that unhealthy thought before it becomes a reality that controls your life. – @DebisiBusybee

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Welcome to December 2018

Happy New & Last Month of the Year 2018! 11 whole months gone by!

What has your year been like? I bet you can fill a whole book with your story ☺️

Regardless of the surprises you might have experienced whether pleasant or unpleasant, know that you have made some progress.

Regardless of what the doctor says, you are still alive! Be hopeful, don’t give up on yourself or situation.

Great things can still happen for you this month. It will be the best of the months… Stay positive and believe.

As we prepare he holidays and Christmas, love yourself and spread love. It is much more than the gifts you give just enjoy moments with family and friends.

Best Wishes,
Adebisi Adetunji (C)