Women are doing great things, globally!
This week, we are very pleased to introduce you to a dynamic young Nigerian woman who is empowering and equipping girls with the knowledge and skills they need to pursue careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
Meet Susan Ofeimun, a 22-year old graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Benin in Benin City, Nigeria. Susan is currently a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Member serving as a Mathematics Teacher at Wonderful International College in Ogun State.
This is Susan’s #StrongEnough story:
- Tell us about (describe) yourself.
I am Susan Ekeikhomen Ofeimun from Ujeolen in Esan-West local government area of Edo State, Nigeria. I am a 22 year old graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Benin and Pioneer of the WAAW Foundation University of Benin STEM Chapter. I am a relentless “Girls and Youth Empowerment” advocate and a passionate sustainable development game changer. I am a purpose-driven and goal-oriented woman working towards my destined mandate. A synonym for my personality is “uniqueness” and there are more where these came from.
- What are your hobbies (things you enjoy doing)?
I enjoy thought-provoking discussions, watching comedy, cooking, travelling and most of all; I love reading because it’s the hallmark of my pursuit.
- What activities are you involved with in your community?
I am involved with advancing the education of young girls to passionately pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields especially on Renewable Energy and Computer Programming through hands-on tutoring and mentorship because these are the fundamental requirements that would enhance global development in the future and women should not be left out. I also conduct YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative) events to help my community understand the rights of women and girls and find ways to overcome the financial barrier hindering quality education.
- Who or what inspires you?
The bravery of our heroes that fight for peace and justice inspires me. I am inspired by those who work tirelessly ad selflessly to develop people. These and a lot more inspires me to do greater things and reach more people.
- Is there something you are passionate about? If yes, what is it?
I am passionate about advancing the educational and economic empowerment of humanity with a special focus on women and girls, through a sustainable development strategy whereby, Africans would solve the problems facing Africa by identifying locally available resources and transforming it to useful products to be used and/or sold. This will build and maintain a sustainable community. In general, I am passionate about Africans uplifting Africa.
- What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced? How did you get through it?
The biggest challenge I have ever faced was struggling to continue and keep up my academic grades when I lost my father. That same period, I came face-to-face with discrimination and ridicule whenever I excelled above my male counterparts being a female in a male-dominated Engineering discipline. That was a very though period in my life.
However, I was not deterred, but continued with grim determination. I searched for various scholarships that would help me overcome my financial challenges. Eventually, I became a scholar of the Agbami/Chevron Undergraduate Scholarship and Matthew Okpebolo Undergraduate Final-year scholarship and graduated with flying colours in 2015, but that was not the end. I also believe a person’s challenge can be solved by helping others solve theirs, so while in school, I became a fellow of WAAW Foundation to tutor and mentor young girls and help them overcome their challenges.
- What is the biggest challenge that you see facing girls in your community?
Girls in my community face self-esteem problems. They feel less capable to handle and tackle challenges, which have greatly affected their positive thinking, leadership and educational advancement abilities.
- What advice would you like to share with girls in your community?
Straight from my heart to all girls, please understand that you can achieve all that you set your heart and mind to do. You are God’s unique design, carefully and wonderfully made to live a purpose-driven life. All that you need is Determination, Self-discipline, Focus and a good reading, writing and speaking habit (education) directed towards a fulfilling goal.
- Who is your favorite female leader/role model, and why?
I have a lot of female role models that I look up to, but the first that comes to mind whom I know personally is Dr. Unoma Okorafor, Founder and CEO of WAAW Foundation.
She is a woman driven by passion to advance the standard of education in Africa. She is a feminist without extremism. I love her dedication to family affairs despite the tasking role of being a strong leader and entrepreneur. Most of all, I love her ability to humbly treat people well, patiently listen, and her kindness in helping people surpass challenges.
- What do the words “Strong Enough” mean to you?
To me, “strong enough” means everything needed to envision, pursue and achieve my goals is already embedded in me. So, the only thing that can limit me is myself.
- Do you have a favorite quote/verse/song lyric?
One of my favorite quotes is “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” Eleanor Roosevelt
And one of my favorite songs is “The future” by TY Bello
- Would you like to tell us anything else? (Feel free to also share your website or social media handles)
Yes, I would love to say the Strong Enough Girls Empowerment Initiative (SEGEI) is a blessing to humanity and truly, SEGEI is strong enough to reach millions of girls on the globe.
Please feel free to reach me on Facebook or Twitter:
Facebook: Susan Ekeikhomen Ofeimun / Twitter: @susan_ofeimun
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Susan. We are very proud of your efforts and courage, and we extend our very best wishes for continued success and strength. Well done our Strong Enough Girl of the Week! #SEGoftheWeek
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