By Prisca Sam-Duru
For years now, there has been consistent clamour for the empowerment of women and the girl child so as to be able to make meaningful contributions to the growth of their nations as well as the entire world. This agitation has seen individuals, organisations both profit and non governmental including religious organisations, making concerted efforts to empower women and the girl child through formal education, workshops, skill acquisitions, etc, so as to be useful to the society.
For Busola Jegede, an ordained minister of God who has been an Entrepreneur since 1996 ,in a digital age such as ours, Apostle Jegede, a counselor and gifted writer who has authored over ten soul inspiring books, to help people fulfil both their spiritual and material desires, averred that through reading, visions are nurtured and developed and also, people learn from others who are already established in a particular field.
She maintained that it is high time women woke up from slumber and contribute immensely to the transformation of Nigeria and the globe. Busola Jegede who is also the Founder of Daughters Of Destiny (DOD) International, graduated from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) with a B.S.C in Sociology and Anthropology in 1987, trained and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in November 1991.
With a strong desire for assisting women become digital age compliant, she has titles such as, Spring Forth, Soaring High, Power of Covenant, Pillars of Destiny, Breaking The Yoke of Ungodly Delay and most recently, 100 Days Of Fire And Glory, etc. Aside from reaching out to people especially women through books, she publishes the Destiny Digest, an annual publication of DOD, which covers areas of interest for women.
While throwing more light on the kinds of books she writes, she noted that Spring Forth for instance, “Is a book that will provoke the reader to move into new realm of possibility from a life of defeat and hopelessness. There is something in you that needs to come out of your life as long as you have breath in you. The aim of the book is to sensitize you to birth that new vision or new purpose in your life.”
In addition to mentoring through writing, Apostle Jegede hosts an annual women conference during which she is joined by speakers drawn from both home and abroad, to speak to the needs of women. It was with the aim of empowering women to be able to make global impact that DOD held the 2-day power-packed conference tagged “Empowering Women For Global Impact”, where women were educated on the very need to be empowered to make positive impact which is not limited to their immediate environment but globally.
According to her, the conference which held at the SEE Events Centre, former LASU Campus, Lekki Epe Expressway, Lagos, and had Mrs Tara Fela-Durotoye of House of Tara, Reverends Yinka Badejo, Gbemi Olaleye and Obii Pax-Harry, was put together empower women so that they will understand that “Women are transiting from applying themselves as change agents to a place where they will make tremendous impact on their world. Surely, we live in a world that is desperately in need of positive impact in all areas of human endeavours.
This is time when women need to rise beyond environmental, traditional, and physical barriers, and stretch out to maximise their full potential. Our power of influence puts us in a unique position to impact others…when your purpose is to be a world changer, you must have a very high personal standards. So, start by being empowered before aiming to empower all around the globe.”
While expressing optimism that women can build the kind of world everyone desires to live in, Apostle Jegede posited that “Women who are willing to make global impact must have a vision.”
Citing examples of women in the likes of renowned writer, Chimamanda Adichie for successfully attracting a new generation of readers to African Literature, Rosa Parks, the American who refused to give up her seat in 1955 because of her belief that oppression of Blacks must stop; Noble Prize Winner, Malala Yousafai,; Dr Oby Ezekwesili, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin public activist, Jegede maintained that women have capabilities to make global impact since within every woman is a seed of greatness waiting to be unleashed on her world.