#BeBoldForChange: International Womens Day 2017 in Nigeria and beyond

By Orhungul ‘Odee’ Usha

International Women’s Day

A lot of people around the world woke up today oblivious to the fact that today was not just “another day” but the day we set aside to celebrate our ‘heroes without capes’ worldwide, Women.

The International Women’s Day (IWD), originally called International Working Women’s Day, was first celebrated on February 28, 1909, in New York in remembrance of a 1908 strike of the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union. The first modern International Women’s Day was held in 1914, five years after its inception, on March 8. Since then it has been celebrated every March 8 annually, and although we all celebrate this very special day, 23 countries around the world such as Afghanistan, China, Georgia, Russia, Burkina Faso etc have taken this tribute to another level by marking March 8 as a Public Holiday. IWD commemorates the movement for women’s rights.

Google Doodle IWD 2017

IWD2017 has been honored around the world today in different ways with the popular Google Doodle (animated Google search designs that appear uniquely during holidays) featuring a litany of female firsts: the first Turkish woman to compete in the Olympics; the world’s first computer programmer; Korea’s first female judge; Egypt’s first female pilot; the first woman in space; and others.

Google doodle tribute

On a darker note though, there have been some planned strikes and protests being executed in countries like Australia, USA, Poland, Germany, Sweden, the Phillipines and others with women crying against sexual and domestic abuse as well as for equal rights and opportunities.

Women protest worldwide

In Nigeria however, the IWD was fairly celebrated with Nigerian women waking up to millions of goodwill messages from friends and loved ones. Today also reminded Nigerians of when in October last year, President Buhari said Aisha, his wife, “belongs to my kitchen, and my living room and the other room.” It is a pity that most women in Africa are still being ridiculed and seen as Nothing but housewives that belong in the kitchen. That perception can’t be any more wrong as the African woman is a true superhero in every sense of the word, they are strong, intelligent, willful, determined, caring, understanding, loving and possess unrivalled leadership qualities. Through time there have been lots of Women of steel and Women of grace who have served humanity and achieved great success both within Nigeria and the world at large. Women such as Folorunsho Alakija, The richest black woman in the world [Net worth $2.5 billion, 2014] and 96th most powerful woman in the world according to Forbes have turned heads with her business sense and leadership qualities but today we at KampusAreaBlog choose to most especially celebrate and idolize the Life and death of Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh.

Dr. Ameyo Stella of blessed memory

Dr Ameyo Stella Adadevoh is the doctor who sacrificed her life to prevent the spread of the then scourging epidemic, Ebola virus. She died on the 19th of August, 2014 and she is yet to be immortalised by the FGN but she will continue to rest in the hearts of grateful Nigerians forever.

To our fallen heroine we say thank you!

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