The story of Malala is one that evokes emotions regardless of sex, religion, and whatever you may want to describe it. It is the story of a young girl who dared in the face of adversity. The story of a young woman who used a harmless weapon to fight men with heavy weapons. She chose to dare where even the government of her homeland reluctantly chose to do nothing.
Malala is a young girl born on the July 12, 1997 and hails from the town of Mingora in the Swan District of Pakistan. It is thus of no wonder that July 12, was aptly titled as Malala Day and she was made to give a speech at The United Nations General Assembly in New York. (You can refer to my earlier post where the speech is there in full).
Her crime was nothing but just because some few retards thought she was rather a “renegade”. Malala took up to blogging as a means of her own brand of activism to counter the threats issued by the Taliban to stop the girl child education. According to an old Ghanaian educationist by the name of Dr. Kwegyir Aggrey, he made a powerful statement concerning the impact a nation makes if women, and indeed girls, are educated. He said,
““The surest way to keep people down is to educate the men and neglect the women. If you educate a man you simply educate an individual, but if you educate a woman, you educate a family.”
This statement infact is a true statement considering the fact that, women makes the home. As kids, we know who to run to when you know that your dad is not happy with you. You know if you want something from your dad, talking to your mom will make things so easy for you. When as kids we fall in love, we know the first person we normally open up to. Such is the impact that women make in the lives of men, children and in the nation at large.
Presently, the Prime Minister of Denmark is a woman. I can look at Hillary Clinton. Madeleine Albright and to name a few. In Africa, a few stand out. Yaa Asantewaa in the old Ashanti Kingdom. In Nigeria, the mother of Fela Kuti was also an amazon who stood up against the military then in Nigeria. She eventually lost her life in the struggle.
But the profound thing about Malala was how much she still holds on to her convictions and beliefs even at the expense of her life. This is a young girl with a world before her. Just like any other young girl with rushing hormones, she could have chose to be watching Kim Kardishian for the wrong reasons. Instead, she chose the path of empowering the young girl rather than wasting her time watching a lady who is offering nothing back in return. She was clear to make this assertion when she said, “there are hundreds of human rights activists and social workers who are not only speaking for their rights, but who are struggling to achieve their goal of peace, education and equality. Thousands have been killed by the terrorists and millions have been injured. So here I stand, one girl, among many. I speak not for myself, but so those without a voice can be heard.”
Nothing can be so moving than that. A girl of that age to make such a huge sacrifice leaves so much questions to be answered. What has gone wrong? Why are our politicians doing the wrong things and forsaking the right things? Leadership is no more defined in terms of how much you can offer to the many and the voiceless. But to the few who stand to gain from huge contracts and positions. You can only wonder the amount of money that is even wasted if, for example, President Barack Obama is visiting another country.
Education is the bedrock of every country. It is the bedrock of any nation. It is the bedrock of the human personality. That Malala nearly lost her life and still pursues her dream is a thing of beauty.
It is important governments all over the world makes education free all over the world. I honestly and sincerely share with the sentiments of Malala when she “call upon all governments to ensure free, compulsory education all over the world for every child.” That can never be far away from the truth.
In her conclusion, she said we should “wage a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism, let us pick up our books and our pens, they are the most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution. Education first”.
I need not say more than this.
To all the women in the world who are sacrificing to make an impact in the world, we salute you!