Day 60 of 366: My Blessings and Lessons
Today is February 29th and it is only proper to begin this blog post by wishing all leaplings a Happy Birthday!!! You are unique and I hope that you would live longer in great prosperity and sound health to experience many more leap years.
It has been an eventful month across the world with respect to the outbreak of Corona Virus Disease. My country, Nigeria, recorded its first case yesterday (28/02/2020) and various preventive/safety tips have been shared ceaselessly. If I were to advise, kindly stick to information from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Federal Ministry of Health and trusted health personnel. Please, endeavour to stay safe!
As we round off February, I thought it wise to share some of my highlights between January and this month. This is coming from a sincere place of gratitude and I hope you will be inspired to keep moving.
The year is still young but so far, I am thankful for all the privileges, sacrifices, opportunities, setbacks and realities. These experiences are valid and without doubts, they are instrumental to my becoming.
Few of my highlights include the following:
3rd Prize Winner
I worship at Living Christ Mission Inc. and on the 1st of January, 2020, I got a prize as the 3rd best video crew member. To think that I am only a year old in the video unit gives me more reasons to be consistent in the discharge of my duties.
Signatory of An Open Letter to World Leaders Powered by Project Everyone For the Global Goals
Gratefully, I was one of the 2,020 activists across the world that issued an open letter demanding world leaders to act as well as tackle the emergency facing people and planet.
Education Sustainability Volunteers (ESV) invited me as a panelist during the UN75 global conversations as part of activities marking the United Nations 75th anniversary to share the work I do through my initiative, Chidinma Ibemere Outreach Program (CHOP), in bridging the divide with respect to inequality.
It was an awesome opportunity as I got to learn the perspectives of other participants who are doing great things in ensuring equality is achieved in all spheres of life.
A Feature on ONE Campaign’s Blog
I had the great honor of being featured on the ONE Blog with five other global activists- Gayle Smith (President/CEO of ONE Campaign); Black Queen, Senegalese Rapper; Melene Rossouw, Founder of the Women Lead Movement; Joannie Marlene Bewa, Founder of the Young Beninese Leader Association and my mentor, Wadi Ben-Hirki, Founder of the Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation. This was a platform to share our inspiring hopes for 2020.
In all honesty, these are my hopes for 2020 and beyond. To read the views of the other powerful activists, kindly visit here
My First Blog Post of the Year
I tagged it “2020-2030: The Decade of Action“. This is line with being intentional about delivering the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. I gave tips on how to be driven by the desire to make the world a better place no matter how insignificant one’s approach may seem. The read more, please, take time to visit the article
3 Years of CHOP
On the 26th of January, CHOP turned three. It’s been three rewarding years of being at the forefront of advocating for the advancement of Girl Child Education as well as Gender Equality (Sustainable Development Goals 4 and 5 respectively) across Nigeria.
Since its inception in 2017, CHOP has successfully carried out thirty outreach activities with an impact on about 2000 women/girls at Abuja (FCT), Rivers, Imo, Anambra, Enugu, Benue, Kaduna States of Nigeria including Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) Camps, Prison etc.
This is a friendly reminder that activities for the year will kickoff in March. I deeply appreciate all who have been part of this journey from the beginning. The Mustard Seed is unfolding.
To all those who are willing to VOLUNTEER, PARTNER OR SPONSOR in order to impact more lives, kindly call or send a text message to 09026837917. Let’s touch more lives in meaningful ways.
Marking International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Every 6th of February is set aside to promote the elimination of FGM, a practice that comprises all procedures that involve altering or injuring the female genitalia for non-medical reasons. This year’s theme was “Unleashing Youth Power: One decade of accelerating actions for zero female genital mutilation”.
I partnered with Sunrise 96.1 FM Enugu and Correct 102.9 FM Enugu to educate the public on the need to end this violation of human rights. Special thanks to Mr. Chris Anibogu and Kerry SlimDaddy for providing their platforms to amplify the right cause for FREE.
Focal Point, For the Love of Children (A Child Safety Awareness Programme)
When my darling friend, Engr. Ifechukwu Enweani, reached out to me to be one of the focal points for the event, I was greatly delighted. This is one experience I would never forget because of the golden safety nuggets taught. One of the things I learned is that it is the duty of parents, guardians to demand Safe Schools for their children/wards. There was also the session on First Aid where we were taught the ways to attend to health conditions using First Aid.
Please, if there is anyone around you who usually has seizures, DO NOT use spoon or any object in the mouth to supposedly stop the seizure. The expert told us that such act can worsen the situation. The following can be done:
- Ease the person to the floor.
- Call for help
- Turn the person gently onto one side. This will help the person breathe.
- Clear the area around the person of anything hard or sharp to prevent injury.
- Put something soft and flat, like a folded jacket, under his or her head.
- Loosen ties or anything around the neck that may make it hard to breathe.
- Time the seizure.
Nkátà Ụmụ Ibe
This is a monthly distinguished speaker series that holds every first Friday of the month and organized by the Center for Memories, a repository if the history andnculture of Ndigbo. The center has given opportunities to Illustrious sons and daughter of the Igbo land to share in theor wealth of experience. Some of such distinguished speakers are Dike Chukwumerije, Prof. Chidi Odinkalu, Dr. Joe Abah, Ike Chioke, Yvonne Mbanefo, Frank Nweke Jnr., Uche Onwuamaegbu-Ugwu and most recently, Kingsley Eze, the MD/CEO of Tenece Professional Services Limited, a multi-competency enterprise transformation and technology-consulting firm. He spoke on ”Aku Ruo Ụlọ: Building a Startup Nation”.
Below are few things I picked from his presentation:
- A people who cannot stand for something can fall for anything
- Our values are the building blocks of our society
- Data is the new gold
- The biggest resource is human resources
- Consciously invest in your community
I enjoyed the whole session and look forward to the March edition, next Friday. Of you are in it around Enugu, make this event a culture and you never know how awesome it may be to your journey.
In the words of my Role Model, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “The thing about being recognized is that this is not the reason one does what one does but it is always wonderful to get that validation because it means that somebody is saying that what you are doing matters and it is such a wonderful feeling“.
Communal Health Support Scheme is the first partner of CHOP for year 2020.
We hope to tackle the issue of Period Poverty among school girls in Southeast Nigeria. Keep you fingers crossed. I would also love to thank individuals like Chibuzo Ihegboro, Chidinma Iheagwam who both pledged support for children from needy backgrounds. Special thanks to Ruth Oyakhilome, Sarah Yusuf (an amazing lady who has indicated interested to be a partner). I am grateful to Okey Odogwu for always thinking of CHOP and giving us a slot on Dream FM’s People’s Forum.
Please, support CHOP in anyway you can so together we can grow impact.
- I learnt how to stand up for myself
- I was inspired to never never look down on myself; to be confident
- That there is no harm in trying
- There is great gain in enjoying my company
- Reading may be tedious but it is worth it (I read five books- Girls At War by Chinua Achebe, Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey, Becoming Nigerian by ElNathan John, I’m Judging You by Luvvie Ajayi, The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates)
- Protecting my space is non-negotiable
This is the point I say thank you for reading. I trust that a line from this piece would definitely have an impact in your life. The aim is to be liberal with my experiences to prove that you can be anything you set your heart to become.
Happy Month of March in Advance. It’s the month for Women so expect my gentle disturbances😊
Till the next post, don’t forget to be kind to yourself.