Personal Story: What you Stand to Gain from that Extra Work your Boss gives

women-workEight years ago on the corridor my boss handed me a bulky script to work on and produce on the station’s radio drama serial- Tales of life. I took a deep breath, collected the script and wondered how i was going to manage producing it in the midst of my many already scheduled weekly recording.

When I finally settled down to read through the script UFIALA…I was drawn in. It was such a rich story that focused on something I am passionate about. Women and girls.

The story is about a rapist on the loose in a community. Young girls preparing for marriage are afraid to go the village stream alone or anywhere else for that matter. This rapist even raped  married women. One in particular called Chika committed suicide because her in-laws blamed her for the incidence and believed that she had brought a curse on their family. That is where the story begins…

I enjoyed reading through the story but it wasn’t ready and perfect for recording yet. It needed to be rewritten and mechanized to fit into a radio drama. Nobody was going to pay for this!!… I thought to myself but…

When your boss gives you an assignment you better do it.

Now you can decide to do it really well or just do it for the sake of doing it.

Well I decided to give it my best shot. It was a lot of work rewritting and even adding some scenes; auditioning for casts; studio recording and editing. The other thing that was a bit stressful was getting a praise singer for the king’s court. And guess what…It was a story set in an Igbo cultural environment.

You have no idea what this meant to me…I was in Yoruba land, the south west Nigeria. So I contacted my Igbo brother, Emeka Darlyton who got me someone to do it…I can’t remember paying the artist but I did have to give him transportation fee. All these for a story authored by someone I didn’t know from Adam and I wasn’t getting paid for the extra work done.

When the story Ufiala did hit the airwaves it was a great success. It went on to be broadcast on the Network service of Radio Nigeria, Abuja.

And In 2011, I got a phone call telling me that I had just won the award for the best producer of the year, National!! Wao…all due to my production work on the story…Ufiala!

The most rewarding part was that I got to meet the writer of the story, Tokunbo Dada after it had been produced and broadcast. Today we have become a formidable radio drama team. I call him my right hand man and brother. tokunbo

Lessons:

  • Whatever your hands find to do, doit with all your might and heart.
  • Opportunity comes wearing an overall, so dig into the work and enjoy the blessings of your new opportunity.
  • Always go the extra mile because it ends up giving you that extra notice that puts you ahead of your contemporaries.
  • Hard work pays
  • Be willing to work without getting paid sometimes…It is quite rewarding…Benefits of my award – A deep freezer and Cash money.
  • When your boss gives you a new assignment, not palatable…DO IT! *wink*

You can listen to the audio by clicking on the link below

 Ufiala

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

Women and Girls refugees; what they go through

Many women and girls who have gone through war situations find themselves in refugee camps as their male counterparts. REFUGEES

These camps are suppose to be a safe haven from the horrors of war but it opens a new door of  terror to women and girls. They have to contend with physical abuse, sexual assault and violence.

JAMAM, SOUTH SUDAN - JULY 15:  Sudanese refugees wait in line to board a truck heading to Batil refugee camp July 15, 2012 in Jamam camp, South Sudan. Up to 16,000 refugees are in the process of being  moved due to flooding in the camp as the rainy season continues. Jamam refugee camp is approximately 80k from the North Sudan border. There are currently three refugee camps in the Upper Nile area housing 107,000 refugees from the Engassana region.  South Sudan recently celebrated it's first independence anniversary. Over the past year repeated conflict with North Sudan, corruption scandals and economic difficulties have plagued the new country. Further problems caused by the shutdown of its oil production have led to a sharp decline in its currency and a rise in the price of food and fuel. South Sudan is one of the most underdeveloped countries in the world. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
JAMAM, SOUTH SUDAN – JULY 15: Sudanese refugees wait in line to board a truck heading to Batil refugee camp July 15, 2012 in Jamam camp, South Sudan. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

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Many horrible stories are untold. As we celebrate another world refugee day let us speak as one voice against every assault and violence against women in refugee camps.

Women and girls can be safer in refugee camps by segregating facility use between men and women. How  can refugee camps be made safer for all? Share your thoughts

Photo Credits: CNN (1), Sudan Tribune (2), Daily Mail (3)

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

What in the world is this? Sad story of Maria Abbasi

A girl should have the right to turn down a marriage proposal!!! I am really sad to read about the story of this 18year Old Pakistani school teacher set ablaze because she refused a marriage proposal?!!!

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CNN Photo – Maria Abbasi

Maria Abbasi was baby sitting her little sister when her attackers came and carried out this heinous crime.

Violence against women and girls has to STOP!!!

A Poem for Maria Abbasi

So sad that your life was cut short

How brave you were to say no to that proposal though fatal

Children at your school will miss you

Your family will miss you

The world  will miss you

Your attackers did not know that you could have been the next solution to their communities problem

Maria, your story though sad has renewed our energy to fighting every violence against women & girls

Adeiu Maria

Stop these senseless killings…A girl has a right to say no

Adebisi Adetunji (C)

An endangered Specie

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This post Life of a nine year old by Folakemi, just made me realize that girls are largely the endangered specie when it comes to those who serve as house maids. I can’t imagine my 8yr old daughter serving as a house maid!! Ridiculous, mean and wicked! I know we blame poverty as the culprit of parents inability to take care of their children. It is better to have your child go to the farm with you and manage your meager resources than send him/her into slavery.

In some quarters the argument is that these maid services are offered in exchange for giving such a girl an education, trust me this hardly works except in a very few cases: one in 50. I have seen families withdraw a child from her kind boss who wants to give her a future just when she is making progress in school or in learning a trade. Her father, uncle, aunt or whoever is her guardian decides to give off in marriage.

Those who hire house maids seem not to have any law in place to check them. Such housemaids face all kind of abuse and danger. Their madam(boss) decides to keep them under lock and key the whole day so that they would not run away when other members of the family she is serving had gone to school or work. Imagine if such a maid is faced with an emergency such as a fire out break or simply a health problem that is a matter of life and death?! Other maids are beaten and have to live with marks and bruises. Others are denied food as punishment whenever they displease their master and still others service the sexual urge of the husband of madam or any other male in that household.

In the 21st century almost every household needs a help in the house to take care of the burden of household chores but should it be an excuse to be inhumane to a child? Next time you are tempted to thrash that your maid or maltreat her imagine it was your child!

And if you must engage the services of a maid, hire someone old enough not a child!!!

Adebisi Adetunji

Orange your World- End violence against women and girls around the world

Today, the 25th of November marks the International world day celebration of ending violence against women and girls. This year it is a 16days long event.

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Orange Symbolizes a brighter future , a world free of from violence against women and girls. Orange is the colour of the day, so splash your community, offices, malls and everywhere with this colour. Lets together speak against all forms of gender violence as bloggers.

On femininematerz I’ll do my best to bring you stories of women and girls who had experienced a form of violence all in the bid to paint the ugliness of this menace. Hopefully also to create more awareness and instigate a change to how women and girls are treated. It is zero tolerance to violence against women and girls!

So lets Orange our world!

Adebisi Adetunji