After reading the Shell case and learning more about the Nigerian government and people, I decided to look for an individual whose mission is to make an impact on Nigerian society. Hafsat Abiola’s determination to help Nigerian women become leaders and decision makers within Nigeria’s society caught my eye.
Hafsat noted the lack of opportunities women have in Nigeria to contribute to reshaping Nigeria into a positive society. Nigeria has been governed by the military and thus many leadership roles were given to men. The Nigerian culture is patriarchal where men are taught to lead and women to follow. Hafsat is determined to combat this by seeking out young women with leadership potential. Supporting these young women and mentoring them through KIND gives them the confidence and skills to make changes in Nigeria.
Women contribute greatly to society by raising future generations. They should have a voice in politics and society to share their perspectives and ideas. In addition, women generally oppose violence and thus would help in combating the militaristic nature of Nigeria. Integrating women into positions of power would allow for a balance of ideas.
Since 1999, Hofsat has aimed her leadership program towards women between age 18 and 30. The program is limited in capacity and requires its members to successfully go through a rigorous application process. The workshops and team building activities empower these young women so they do not fall victim to controlling men. She hopes to reach 300 women every year and each graduate is encouraged to spread her experience to other women within her local community.