Wow! We are in November, the 11th month of the year! And it’s #Thanksgiving season! Yippee!!!
What are you thankful for?
This month, we are pleased to feature an amazing 16-year-old girl who makes us thankful for courageous teenagers. Peace Ayo Adegbola, a resident of Abuja in Nigeria, is a girls’ education advocate and volunteer with Youth Advocate For Sustainable Development (YASD) in rural community – a non-profit organization she co-founded with her dad to advocate for sustainable development in the most marginalized communities. Peace was recognized by the United Nations Youth Envoy Jayathma Wickramanayake for her dedication to advancing girls’ rights and education during the Envoy’s visit to Nigeria in February 2017. Peace is also an advocate with the Malala Fund and was the youngest speaker at the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London where she discussed the challenges girls face when going to school and asked leaders to invest in 12 years of free, safe, and quality education.
Photo Source: UNFPA Nigeria
This is Peace’s #StrongEnough story:
- Tell us about (describe) yourself.
My name is Peace Ayo. I am a girl advocate and Co-founder of Youth Advocate for Sustainable Development (YASD). I live in Abuja, Nigeria and I am from Ogun state.
2. What are your hobbies (things you enjoy doing)?
Reading, traveling, singing and cooking.
3. What activities are you involved with in your community.
Promoting girls education by linking them for scholarships, educating adolescents girls and young women on HIV and STI prevention, and having sessions with girls on the importance’s of self-esteem. I am planing to carryout a project called A Girl Child Can Be Trusted and so many others we are doing and we will do.
4. Who or what inspires you?
My Dad inspired me and the challenges girls are facing in my country moved me to do something about it.
5. Is there something you are passionate about? If yes, what is it?
Yes; girl education and their well being.
6. What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced? How did you get through it?
My age and because of I am a girl made most people not to believe in me and what I can do. Believing in my self and having good knowledge of what I am doing helped me in gaining the trust and support of people. It was very hard for me to get NGOs to partner and support me. By stating what ever I want to do first before asking for support, that made NGO’s partner with me without me asking for it.
7. What is the biggest challenge that you see facing girls/young women in your community?
Low self esteem, early marriage, teenage pregnancy, lack of access to quality education etc.
- What advice would you like to share with girls/young women in your community?
People are your greatest assets and your greatest liabilities. The challenge is to keep caring about them and understanding them no matter what. So you can become a positive influencer in their lives. Always be yourself and you will find your place in this world.
9 . Who is your favorite female leader/role model, and why?
Malala Yousafzai. Because of the amazing work she as doing for girls’ education all over the world.
10 .What do the words “Strong Enough” mean to you?
Believing in yourself and having self confidence.
- Do you have a favorite quote/verse/song lyric?
Life is not significant except for its impact on others lives. One teacher, One book. One pen can change the world. Verse: 1 Peter 2 vs 9. Song: Listen by Beyonce.
You are remarkable Peace! Thank you for sharing your story with us and being a strong role model to teenagers. You prove to us that you are never too young to do great things. Keep soaring. We support you and celebrate you as our #SEGoftheMonth. The sky is just the starting point. You are a STAR!
You can keep up with Peace and her work via Twitter @peaceayo2
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Do you have a question for Peace? How has her story inspired you? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.