FROM A NORMAL GIRL TO A CHANGE MAKER.
Written by Okolie Angel Isioma - a girl child advocate.
From the very first day the program started, with the five days of intensive training from 16th December - 20th December 2019. I can say I learned a whole lot of new things.
First and foremost, this was the first time I've stayed away from my family for such a period of time. I was able to make new friends, learn how to relate and work with members of my group, understanding other people's emotions, and also how to keep fit which I applied to my everyday routine.
Going into the world as a girl child advocate, I knew that I had to put in all that I learned during the one-week training into action. With the help of my internet-enabled phone, I created a group on Facebook named 'Girls Speak' in order for me to understand the minds of adolescent girls and what they experience each day. It is 9 months old now and has 1.8 thousand members and more still requesting.
As the writer and editor of my group, I write and post to my personal wall on Facebook, GVI LAGOS Facebook blog, my group, and to the Wix blog of GVI, and this act has become a part of me so much that I post often and sometimes occasionally.
On the 20th of February 2020, I was among the 10 girls selected to attend the Social Media Week program that was held in Lagos. Attending that program really gave me insight on how to take my advocacy work to the next level. I learned ways of engaging people in conversation on any topic, learned to impact other people, how to write a report of an event, the importance of writing, how to carry an audience and followers along on any social media platforms or an event, how to boost my Instagram account and many more.
After the 3 days program, I decided to put all I learned into practice and I am enjoying the outcome. Carrying my studies and advocacy work together was a really hard nut for me to crack but I was still able to make it to every call and appointment made and my studies were never affected by it at all. All glory be to GOD.
I have also learned to put my emotional state of mind in check when I am in the presence of people and this has helped me a long way both in my advocacy and my life in general. I have improved a great deal in my writing, communication techniques, teaching abilities, as well as other things to mention but a few.
In conclusion, I want to say a very big THANK YOU to GOD for making it possible for me, special thanks to Rise up, Cummins and Action Health Incorporated for the support and sponsorship, and to Girls Voices Initiative for guiding us through the path and the rough roads. Finally, to our supervisor, Mrs. Bukoye thank you for acting as a mother, sister, friend, and mentor. Thank you also Mr. Ibrahim Olawale Gbenusola for this great opportunity.