POSTED 10/10/2018 13:33:30
Back here in my country Nigeria, with a population of over 197,160,651 people (as of Oct, 2018), the girl-child is undervalued to the very extreme. The society where she comes from is too hostile towards her as though she was a foreigner or an unwanted humanoid walking upon the face of the earth.
She is been manacled by the chain of discrimination, and male-chauvinism – that is, the assertive belief that “male children are superior to female children” which is a baseless argument sans a corroborative evidence.
Thus, a biased definition of the concept of human equality.
The girl-child had been subjected to slavery. She has become an object of mockery by her fellow humans. Most at times, she had fallen victim of human trafficking, child abuse, sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
Mostly in the northern parts of Nigeria, The Hausa ethnic is a chief abuser of human rights of the girl-child with coerced enforcement of authority in which a girl teenager will be sent out into the devouring jaws of the street in the cold weather to go out and sell petty goods which include; groundnut, sachet water, spinach, beans cake, herbal concoctions and other locally made items which complements the category.
All these per se are not directly in any way forms of the girl-child abuse to an average Nigerians but when we look at the broader aspect of the social canker, with the lens of the constitution, the rule of law and quintessentially, bringing the fundamental human rights of a person into consideration, we shall always be found wanting in one or the other and innocently guilty of criminal negligence.
However, we need to wake up from our slumber and look at the wider phase of civilization.
We can only grow, develop and progress if only we shall give ourselves the equal opportunity to contribute our individual quota to the development of our country.
Moreover, Nigeria happens to be blessed with courageous, diligent, elegant and extraordinary women, who have not only contributed to her current developments but has made her won world recognition by her talents, resources and human capital.
Nonetheless, education has thus far, shaped them into who they have become, hence the need for every child to be granted access to a free education and the basic needs of man brought into consideration and provided in every way possible.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a writer and activist, and is known as “the most prominent” of a procession of critically acclaimed young Anglophone authors from Nigeria. She has authored many books including, “Americana”, ”Purple Hibiscus”, ”Half of a Yellow Sun” and “We Should All Be Feminists”.
On the next, we cannot forget Linda Ikeji, “the most popular blogger in Nigeria”. On the political terrain, we have Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and we also have Oby Ezekwesili, Omotola Jalade Ekeinde, Patience Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, just to mention but a few among many of influential girl-child not just for the knowing but for the lesson.
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