“There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise.” W.E.B. Dubois
“I would like to be an architect,” she told me in her soft melodious voice and I listened.
“I am starting my course at the University this September and I am so glad.”
‘You see, I am from Yemen and it’s not easy for us as women. There’s a lot of gender disparity,’ she continued in her lilting tone
I could see the shining ambition in her eyes and the beautiful smile on her clear pretty face and I felt such pleasure just knowing that she’s getting the opportunity to pursue her passion and ambition.
The saying that when you raise and train a woman, you raise a village, a town, a nation came to my mind.
© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha
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