Written by~ Yusuf Ajoke, Girl Advocate.
My group's project name is Young Girls Being Married Off And Engaged In Economic Activites Instead Of Going To School, and we're working in Oko-Agbon Community, Makoko. it is a very big issue that is happening in this community as a result of norms and beliefs, no supervision, poverty, and so on.
Many girls in the community have become victims of early child marriage and it has slowed down their process in life as many of them has become pregnant, or even have had children.
During my group's research, we found out that the main causes of this issue, which I already mentioned above is really killing them and they are even ignorant of the consequences of this issue,.
My experience during this advocacy is quite broad, I found out about 80% of young girls living in Makoko at large are married off. I also learned the importance of group work, it helps see the other person for who they are and even entertain people's ideas.
One of the challenges faced, is the language barrier, most of the people I the community speak Egun and very little understand Yoruba, but even as that we were able to find a way around it.
This programme has also helped me a lot, who knew that I would be interested in martial arts, after the self-defense class that we had, I learned that I had an interest in martial arts. and even the junkyard class. So creative.
I'd like to use this opportunity to say a very big thank you to everyone who has contributed to make this programme a success. You're all fantastic.