1st Female Army officer Sword of Honour awardee tasks Girl Child on positive mind set
By: Femi Mustapha
The first female Army officer to receive the Sword of Honour at the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), 2nd Lieutenant Oluwaseun Oyetunde has urged young girls to have mindset that they can achieve whatever their male counterparts can.
Speaking as a mentor during a seminar organised by a group known as Toes To Heels Initiative (THI) to mark the International Day of the Girl Child in Kaduna state North West Nigeria on 11 October 2019 Oyetunde, who is a member of the 66 Regular Course (Army) and winner of the Gold Medal (Army) encouraged young girls to find their own way of surmounting obstacles that they may encounter in life.
She added: “There will be obstacles and challenges on the road to success but determination and positive mind set will get you to your destination.
“When I entered the academy in 2014, I enjoyed my stay for the first week because I went with this mindset that it was going to be an adventure. I was enjoying the endurance and so on but after about a month I developed an injury in my leg and because of that I could not perform very well and it really kept me down and I felt bad about it.
“So in my third year, I began to really enjoy the training. One can never embark on any journey without setback, without a challenge, but the determination in your mind not to allow that challenge obstruct the vision that you have is what makes you bold.
“You are going to have people discourage you, you are going to have situation. The one thing that I want to leave here is the fact that there is nothing you can do if God is not involved in it. You need to begin to reference God in your life prayers.
Similarly Safiyya Umar Ambursa tasked the students of Queen Amina College, the venue of the program to look inward and do what ever they have passion for, saying gone are the era of white collar Job.
Ambursa who is a graduate of Chemistry from Ahmadu Bello University said even though she is not from a rich family today she is successful and comfortable because of her Tailoring bussiness
She promised that her Acedemy will give free training to any of the students who are interested in Tailoring.
The Executive Secretary of Toes To Heels Initiative THI Amina Lawal Oriawo who is the organizer of the event made the gathering was to Mark the International Day of the Girl Child
Speaking on the theme Girl Force: Unscripted Unstoppable she said day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face, while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfillment of their human rights.
” GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable Nearly 25 years ago, some 30,000 women and men from nearly 200 countries arrived in Beijing, China for the Fourth World Conference on Women, determined to recognize the rights of women and girls as human rights.
“The conference culminated in the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action: the most comprehensive policy agenda for the empowerment of women.
“We need to uphold the equal rights, voices and influence of girls in our families, communities and nations and I called on the Queens in this hall to be unstoppable and unscripted”She s