In a remarkable and inspiring event that took place on International Girls Child Day 2023 at the prestigious Methodist Grammar School in Bodija Oju Irin, Ibadan, the Excellent Ladies Club, a passionate and dedicated non-governmental organization, celebrated the occasion with an extraordinary display of compassion and support.
This event marked the third annual program of the club, which has been consistently and tirelessly striving to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young girls.
Established in November 2018 under the visionary leadership of Mrs. Iyetade Oluwaseyi Ilori, who currently serves as the club’s esteemed president, and boasts a membership of 11 equally committed individuals, the Excellent Ladies Club has been on an unwavering mission to strengthen and empower youth, with a particular emphasis on the empowerment and well-being of girls.
The event was graced by the presence of distinguished guests, adding to the aura of significance surrounding the day. Among them was Mr. Adigun, representing the Agency for Youth and Development, who lent his unwavering support to this noble cause. ARSOYOC Chairman Comrade Farayola Nurudeen also attended the event, leading a delegation that brought their collective strength to amplify the impact of the event.
The event was carefully orchestrated to ensure every moment was meaningful and filled with purpose. It began with a poignant opening prayer, followed by a stirring rendition of both the Nigerian national anthem and the Oyo state anthem, invoking a sense of national pride and unity among the participants.
Mrs. Oluwaseyi Ilori, the charismatic and dedicated president of the Excellent Ladies Club, delivered a heartfelt welcome address that echoed the sentiments of the club’s matron, Dr. Mrs. Jade Oni. Dr. Oni extended her greetings and love to the students and imparted invaluable wisdom. Mrs. Ilori, in her address, urged the attending students to find strong role models and to fearlessly speak out against any form of abuse or manipulation that they might encounter in their educational journey. She passionately conveyed the message that determination and unwavering hard work can lead to greatness, regardless of the challenges they may face.
The first guest speaker, the erudite Lawyer Omobolanle Adedeji, delivered a compelling and informative address, touching on vital subjects that are critical for the welfare and protection of young girls. She elucidated the significance of speaking out against threats from bad influences, including cultists, uncles, and friends.
Adedeji emphasized that there are laws in place both at the national and state levels to protect young girls and urged them to report any abuses they might experience. She also tackled the dangers of sharing personal information and images online, cautioning against sending nude pictures, as these actions can have lasting consequences, including the potential for depression.
Adedeji, in her comprehensive discourse, delved into various forms of abuse, meticulously discussing physical, emotional, and financial abuse. She highlighted the insidious nature of these abuses and their potential to lead to depression and other debilitating mental health challenges.
The second guest speaker, the eminent Dr. Akinlolu, addressed the vital subjects of personal hygiene and cervical cancer, both of which are of paramount importance for the well-being of young girls. Dr. Akinlolu offered invaluable guidance on maintaining proper hygiene, especially during menstruation.
She advised the girls on the importance of changing their underwear regularly and meticulously caring for their personal hygiene. Dr. Akinlolu also highlighted the insidious nature of cervical cancer, explaining that it can be caused by multiple sexual partners or infection, which can arise from inadequate personal hygiene. To safeguard against this potentially fatal condition, Dr. Akinlolu encouraged the girls to undergo regular check-ups at least twice a year.
In her closing remarks, Dr. Akinlolu wisely counselled the girls to avoid engaging in early sexual activities to protect their physical and emotional health.
The event was brought to a close with profound closing remarks and a heartfelt closing prayer, delivered by the management of Methodist Grammar School, Bodija Oju Irin, Ibadan.
The Excellent Ladies Club demonstrated their unwavering commitment to the cause by distributing a wide array of essential items to the girls, including sanitary pads, tissues, soap, biscuits, and bottled water.
This tangible act of generosity exemplified their dedication to supporting and uplifting the younger generation, instilling in these girls the knowledge that they are valued and cared for.
The Excellent Ladies Club’s celebration of International Girls Child Day 2023 was an awe-inspiring and educational event that empowered young girls to find their voices, prioritize their well-being, and work diligently towards a brighter and more prosperous future. This event serves as a testament to the transformative power of dedicated individuals and organizations in shaping a better future for our youth.