A Non-Governmental Organization, Teenage Girls Focus (TGF), on 11th October 2020 hosted teenage girls across Badagry to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child with the theme “My Voice, Our Equal Future” at Sycomore Hotel Event Hall, Badagry.
The Guest Speaker, Dr. Oni-Buraimoh Olawunmi, a don from Lagos State University, speaking on the topic ‘Teen Girls, a Powerful Agent of Change’ noted that the age of teenship is important as it can serve as agent of change in the society by speaking out and amplifying their voices.
According to her, “There is something in you that is special as a girl child, there is something you have that you can amplify and before that, it means something is there”.
She charged teenagers to imbibe the habit of having mentors, people who are accessible and can be of encouragement and counsel them at every juncture.
In the same vein, the Chairperson of the day, Mrs. Olatunde Oluwakemi, the First Lady of Olorunda Local Council Development Area (LCDA) charged teenagers to desire the best future and work towards it, as their future can be marred or made by what they do.
Mrs. Oluwakemi noted that young girls should refrain from living a life of attracting problem to themselves through what they put on physically, noting that decent dressing is a virtue that should be pursued with all effort and shows that they are worthy ambassadors of the home and the society.
She also advised mothers to make conscious effort in training their daughters in the right way as what they (mothers) impact to them will determine what the children will manifest.
Speaking in an interview with CityMood reporter, the founder of TGF, Miss Popoola Grace Oluwapelumi, stated that she is in deep appreciation to God for making the day a success and also lauded the efforts of teenage girls for trooping out to attend the event, despite the rain.
Miss Popoola said that the society overtime has not given room for females to thrive in most spheres of human endeavours, stressing that Teenage Girls Focus is aimed at bringing girls together to awaken the consciousness of what they can do in the society.
“Teenage Girls Focus is about bringing girls together to make them realize that they can do better than men. In the society we are, men are always occupying big positions but we have to make these ladies know that they can do better than men. They can be chairpersons, doctors, anything they desire. We need to encourage them that the girl child must not be neglected but must be taken importantly.” She said.
She further noted that her teenage experience was bad and this has been a driving force for her to ensure that girls are properly mentored to avoid being swayed away.
“TGF is a vision birthed out of an unquenceable thirst of adding value to humanity. It is a vision birthed out of the painful and terrible experience of the fact that while growing up, I was carried away by the exuberance of adolescence and within a twinkle of an eye, that girl that was full of vision, dream of better future was suddenly entangled in a confusing situation.” She said.