I grew up in an ALL GIRLS home, where my dad was the only man in the house. I have 5 sisters and no brother, a GIRLS HOSTEL you may say. I keep hearing people ask;

a)  Who will carry your father’s name?

b)  You will go to your husband’s house and become a housewife, why are you working? Some go as far as saying, your dad isn’t man enough for not producing a male child but I shake my head and marvel at their level of stupidity.

Interestingly, I got admitted to the university to study Chemical Engineering. We had over 200 guys and only 6 girls. I was asked countless times what I was doing in a “man’s world” but I held my head high, stayed up night after night struggling with engineering drawings. I made a Second class, Upper by God’s grace and I am still aspiring; from a chemical engineer to an immigration officer, to a banker.

Today, I encourage everyone of us;

  • To raise daughters, who can hold their own in the society.
  • To raise sons who will see women as partners/colleagues and not commodities.
  • To raise daughters who will be financially independent and not sit idly waiting for their father’s will or their husband’s money.
  • To support equality in the workplace.
  • To support girls’ education.

Together, we can make the world a better place.

Andikan Inyang
As a Chemical Engineering graduate, former Immigration Officer and present day banker.....and most importantly, a foodie, I hide behind my pen.......therein lies my strength. I hope to pursue a career in writing and explore the world of poetry. So help me God.