Cross-posted from UN Women
Raised in Nigeria, Nnenna Agba gained nationwide popularity when she went on the widely watched television show America’s Next Top Model. With hard-won scholarships, she graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry; she also holds a Master’s of Science degree in Urban Affairs. Nnenna is supporting the education of her four sisters in Nigeria, and is the face of Kechie’s Project, a NGO that provides scholarships to girls from Nigerian schools.
Almost immediately, the importance of education took on a different meaning in my life and in the lives of my four sisters. I went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry and a Master's of Science in Urban Affairs.
This Mother's Day, millions of families will be celebrating their mothers and I will not be exempt from it. As mothers are lauded on this day for all that they do selflessly, every hour of every day, I think of the 200+ Nigerian girls who are still missing....more
Thoughtful ThursdayWhile I fret over whether The Teen has enough WiFi to take my Skype call/check-in, in Nigeria, another mother is wondering if she will see her Teen again. My Gloria shares the name of one of the missing girls. My Gloria will be home in a day, driving me nuts with the sound of her TV shows and late night phone calls. A mother in Nigeria is praying that she gets a chance to scold her Gloria for being too noisy at night; hoping she can hold her daughter once again. My heart is heavy thinking that over 200 girls have gone missing....more
I broke a couple of promises to myself when I bought this book:Because of the ridiculous amount of stuff we had just purged from our lives, I had made the commitment not to buy more stuff for awhile. As long as possible. (My error here was probably in not giving myself a firm "until" date.) Yeah, it was a half-assed commitment. I know....more
I had such fun last weekend. I participated in a charity walk to raise money for breast cancer prevention. A Run Towards the Cure was organised by Children Survival and Development of Nigeria (a nonprofit organization founded by Mrs. Onari Duke) and The American International School of Lagos, in conjunction with the Passionately Pink program through the Susan G. Komen foundation (a U.S. based foundation that has made historic gains in the fight against breast cancer).