Rhealyz Africa International Day of the Girl-Child 2022 Radio Show by trained secondary school girls

The International Day of the Girl-Child 2022 Radio Program by Rhealyz Global Empowerment Initiative ‘Rhealyz Africa’, featured Rhealyz Africa trained secondary school girls, some of which were contestants during Rhealyz Africa I Speak I Advocate Speech Competition organized for secondary school girls within Ondo State.

The speech competition was organized for secondary school girls to give them a platform so their voices could be heard. This was followed by a mentorship circle event where they were attached to mentors, a communication training was then arranged for selected girls who showed some potential media skills during the mentorship event, and subsequent training to hone their communication skills to be able to handle media advocacy presentations confidently was organized.

The event themed “Empower Girls to Lead: Their Rights! Their Future!! was held on Saturday, 15th October 2022, on FUTA 93.1FM in Akure, Nigeria, and was also broadcasted live on our Facebook page.

It was hosted by Ezinne Onuneze and Ifeoluwa Olarenwaju who had other secondary school girls as guests. They discussed challenges that girls face, especially female genital mutilation and child marriage, and how they could tackle them.

The Show Hosts… Ezinne and Ifeoluwa

They also had a school engagement in two secondary schools within Akure and had our girls’ advocate school reporters, engage other girls within their school. It was an excellent avenue for the girls to speak vehemently against child marriage and provided helpful advice for girls who might be vulnerable.

It was a fulfilling experience as the girls expressed satisfaction that they were given a platform to speak and be a voice for the voiceless. The audience also used the opportunity to give their feedback regarding the lessons they learned from the show. Other girls were motivated to take on such media advocacy roles.

According to Ezinne, “I enjoyed the whole process; being on the radio and speaking about the rights of other girls was such an amazing experience.”

Ifeoluwa also expressed her thoughts after the event. She said, “Thank you so much for this great opportunity Rhealyz Africa; it was a nice time today. I hope to do more of this, and I will make sure I tell more people about Rhealyz Africa”.

The founder/director general, Dr. Ireti Adesida also expressed great satisfaction after the event because it was a dream come through. Miss Damilola Oluwadahun the executive director, promised that the girls will not be left alone and will be allowed to access more media advocacy exposure.

Going forward, the girls were commissioned to form a podcast team. They will be having regular engagements as media advocates and will be talking about issues affecting girls and ways to address some of these challenges.

Their capacity is being developed to become media advocates.

The girls were later presented with a book ‘Kasali’s Africa’ courtesy of one of our partners, Feyisayo Anjorin, an author, scriptwriter, and actor.

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