It is widely acknowledged that educating a girl-child is equivalent to educating an entire nation. Women have made significant contributions in all aspects of life and their unique contributions to their families and society are noteworthy. Every day, there are countless success stories of women excelling in their chosen fields, serving as an inspiration to us all. 

Real-life examples of successful African women, such as Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, who recently became the director-general of the World Trade Organization, show us that hard work and consistency can make our dreams achievable. Ibukun Awosika, who chairs the board of a financial institution and other organizations, has also won several entrepreneurial awards, breaking the notion that women cannot succeed in finance and business. In pursuing her seemingly improbable dreams, Mo Abudu has become a force to be reckoned with in the entertainment industry, making waves both locally and internationally.

Others include Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, also known as “Africa’s Iron Lady,” who served as the 24th President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. She was the first woman to be elected as a head of state in an African country.  She played a significant role in rebuilding Liberia after years of civil war and promoting gender equality. In 2011, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts in promoting peace, democracy, and women’s rights in Liberia and Africa. Wangari Maathai is a renowned environmentalist and political activist.  She founded the Green Belt Movement, a grassroots environmental organization that focuses on reforestation, conservation, and empowering women through tree planting.

Her work in promoting sustainable development, environmental conservation, and women’s rights earned her global recognition, including the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a highly acclaimed writer and feminist. Her novels, including “Purple Hibiscus”, “Half of a Yellow Sun”, and “Americanah”, have garnered international acclaim and numerous awards. Adichie is known for her powerful storytelling and advocacy for gender equality and women’s rights. Her TED Talk titled “We Should All Be Feminists” has been widely influential, sparking conversations on feminism and gender equality worldwide. These women prove that every dream and ambition is valid and worth pursuing.

As someone once said, “be delusionally optimistic” – have hope for the best and never give up. Don’t let your gender hinder your success. You were made to do more, achieve more, and excel. Always have faith in yourself. Whatever you set your mind to, you can accomplish and even surpass. And once you’re empowered, remember to empower others who look up to you and believe in you.

Call to Action: Merely possessing lofty ambitions and wishes is insufficient. Without taking action, these aspirations remain mere desires. What bold measures have you implemented to achieve your goals? Do you have an accountability partner? Who motivates and supports you during times of difficulty?