Rhealyz Africa Motivating Icon, Damilola Akintewe– An International Women’s Day Special Edition:
Damilola is a young Nigerian lady who is constantly raising the bar and breaking bias. She is a final year law student at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba. She has over the years evolved to become a global voice. She won the Samantha Singh award organized by ONE.
Damilola has constantly raised her voice against patriarchy and systems that work against women. She hopes to make her voice as loud as possible with her organization, “Forbidden topics”. Forbidden topics is a platform that runs programs on issues affecting women and women’s inclusion.
Akintewe Damilola was the first female team-lead of Enactus AAUA (Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba-Akoko). Enactus is a global community of students, business leaders, and professionals who use entrepreneurship to impact lives.
Since the inception of her journey, Damilola has won several awards and recognitions among which is the Miss Speaker Africa at Miss Career Africa, and recently became a top 10 finalist at the global student price organized by Chegg.
One outstanding trait about Damilola is how she constantly reminds young people that she can’t change the world alone. In her words” I alone cannot change the world”
Wondering how one person has all these wins and you are feeling down?
Oya calm down!
Damilola has had her share of rejections. She talked about the several rejection emails sitting pretty well in her inbox. Damilola has over 50 rejection emails in her inbox.
Yes! I know you would have dumped the process. “Make process sef trust you”
But Damilola never gave up. She believes Luck is a result of practice and preparation, “It takes ten years of preparation to be lucky” She said.
Akintewe Damilola is a role model and a mentor. Another interesting thing about her is how she shares opportunities with her friends (especially females). She believes that if women have equal representation and access to information, they will do amazingly well.
Damilola’s story is that of a young girl who goes to school in a rural community, where they do not even have access to basic amenities. But still, strive hard to be heard and seen. She is not letting her background or the environment stop her from championing against patriarchy and systematic oppression of women.
You too can be like AKINTEWE DAMILOLA. Your story or the environment you find yourself in shouldn’t stop you from raising your voice. Your voice is your weapon, USE IT!
Feel free to reach out to us on all social media platforms @doitrightrgn incase you are also interested in amplifying the voices of women and girls.
Happy International Women’s Day
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Written by Irene Maka