By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Former Vice President of Zimbabwe, Dr Mrs Jolice Teural Mujuru on Wednesday asked African women to stop playing second fidle roles but take up the leadership roles.
Speaking at the opening of 2017 National Women Summit organized by the Oyo State Officials’ Wives Association (OYSOWA) with the theme: “The Resilient Woman: making a difference held at the International Conference Center University of Ibadan , Dr Mrs Majuru said the time has come for women to take up the leadership roles.
According to her, it was glaring that some women around the world had contributed immensely to a better society and that women : “must be inspired to do more even when the challenge appears to be insurmountable.
” We cannot continue to play a second fiddle purely because of gender. We must rise to the occasion. We should aim high for us to hit the target. Women must take up leadership roles not because they are being favoured by their male counterparts but because they are capable.”she said.
The Zimbabwe former Vice President added that “the unique desire in women to transform not only saves women but shapes everyone’s future. We must have the desire to make a positive transformation difference and not be satisfied by being helpers of men.”
“We must run business and be leaders of nation not rulers. Our desire must not only be about making monies but the difference we make in peoples life. The major driver behind our positive transformation must be anchored on our ability to implement a unique vision which must arouse the consciousness of the African society supported by the ability to participate in the economic dynamics that faces us everyday as women.”
The Giest of honor at the summit and former Liberian First Lady,Senator, Chief Jewel Howard-Taylor declared that the theme of the summit ” is important for women setting, quite so because women are currently in difficult circumstances across our world and especially in Africa. As we struggle to deal with issues of violence against women, as we deal with issue of unequal opportunity, lack of economic opportunites to make us the viable women that we want to be.
“Resilience is a life journey, I dare not say that it is something you wake up in the morning and you have but you have to go through the fire and come out better and more resilient person. There is something you can do now in your spare of life. Every woman has stories that can inspire someone for the next journey. For indeed all it takes is the first step” she said.
The Vice Presidential running mate in the Liberia ongoing presidential election added “today, let me remind you of two critical things. The first thing is that there is an ever changing cycle of life. No one ever stays in the same place throughout their entire life. You must move, change and grown and give back to the society and that is the only way you can be a person of impact in your generation and live your footprint for the next generation to come. You must know that there are some changes in your life and you must be ready for those changes and you must be prepared.”
The opening of the summit attended by over 1000 women delegates from different parts of the country was graced by governors Abiola Ajimobi, Akinwumi Ambode (Lagos), Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa) and Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and more than 21 governor’s wives from different parts of the country.
Others at the summit included Oyo State Deputy Governor, Otunba Moses Alake Adeyemo and other top government functionaries.the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, wife of the Minister of Solid minerals, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, Mr. Micheal Adeyemo.