By: Charles Ikedikwa

African women especially those in Nigeria have been called upon to adopt the philosophy of self-help as a tool towards self-actualization.

Charles Ikedikwa Soeze, mass communication scholar and Chief Officer (Administration) at the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) Effurun, Delta State, Nigeria made the call recently at Onicha Olona in Delta State as Chairman of patron investiture by Olona Daughters of Asaba on Augustine Chukwuemeka Agwuibe whom he described as ‘‘a grassroots water engineer’’ by virtue of his training, versatility, exhibition of professionalism and excellence in the area of provision of water supply.

According to the Chairman of the occasion, the African woman is no doubt confronted with a lot of stagnating and frustrating difficulties. Her challenges, he went on, are obvious and genuine and they must survive.

He pointed out that the philosophy of self-help is an essential bedrock on which liberation rests. To this end therefore, Soeze urged the women of Nigeria to begin to shift away from the culture of marginal expression of dislike over the parlous state of their gender to the practice of organized, peaceful and relentless acknowledgement of the creator’s immeasurable investment in them.

The mass communication scholar cum professional public relations practitioner used the opportunity to describe women as ‘‘foot-soldiers’’ in the perpetuation and enrichment of society, adding that the African woman is an unrelenting struggler, who strives as hard as her man to sustain the delicate union of body and soul, but who is seldom given due recognition as a meaningful contributor to the sustenance of society.

His words, ‘‘whatever the case may be, it is appropriate to give much thought and special attention to the state of the nation’s womenfolk. This is because in the face of economic hardship, social abuse, cultural restriction, matrimonial battery, women and child trafficking and emotionally distress, the African woman cannot but constitute a key subject in any genuine attempt at achieving development in real terms in any part of the African continent’’.

Soeze categorically stated that for very many women, the journey to self-discovery and fulfillment has for so long remained an elusive dream; a lowering vision, which has remained unachievable, not just because most women are less aspiring but because the society itself is intimidating and aloof. However, he was delighted to say that the Olona Daughters of Asaba, never felt intimidated hence they were able to identify a complete son of the soil as their patron.

In an address, the President of Olona Daughters of Asaba, Mrs. Faith Ikemefuna disclosed that the Association which is just like a new born-baby has made tremendous progress. She promised that the Association will continue to remain law-abiding and assist to project and protect the image of Onicha Olona, Delta State and Nigeria in general.

Also speaking, Augustine Chukwuemeka Agwuibe thanked the Association for considering him worthy as their patron. He prayed that God will continue to guide members of the Association and promised to support them to grow from height to height.

Many dignitaries from all walks of life including the academic, civil/public service, politicians, businessmen and women among others graced the ceremony.