Ngi Ngimi (siSwati)• Emi Ni Emi. (Yoruba language) • I Am Me (English)

In a world that is dynamic and evolving in countless ways, women are faced with a great deal. The Pandemic brought with it extended lockdown periods that in turn led to lives being shaken as people shut down businesses and lost jobs while many had to do homeschooling – some have spent the past two years learning virtually – through radio broadcasts and WhatsApp messages.

It is against this background that all women, from all backgrounds, are invited on a journey of self discovery.

Two countries, through a Fellowship that inspired two ladies to network, have collaborated to empower women and be the change they want to see.

iRead, the foremost innovative mobile library, is a Nigerian based educational brand that provides mobile library services, operates a nursery and primary school, promotes STEM clubs, and bridges the literacy divide through various educational promotion products and services including the Mentoring School for Early-years Educators (MSEE). iRead also has several preschool textbook series to its accolade. The organisation hosts the annual Lagos Book Tour events where children are exposed to various book spaces, the most recent being a train tour to the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.

Sunrise Academy is a product of Bhala Africa and Rooted Organics where the “Learning Never Stops”. Sunrise Academy has under its banner a 44 Children’s Book Series and other story books as well as reading and learning materials. It also has its Nature•Golf•Art camps to inspire learning and narrow the opportunity divide as schools and organizations plug in to this amazing character building and life enhancing content.

GirlBoss is an empowerment platform that offers various empowerment tools on multi-media platforms and through its outreach programme, has partnered with Eswatini-based Sunrise Academy and Nigerian Based iRead, to bring you the #IAmMe #NgiNgimi # #EmiNiEmi Campaign. GirlBoss also has under its banner, a skin and body range that carries strong messages of equality for women – “My World, My Rules”.

There are other partners from Eswatini, Nigeria and South Africa and these include:

1. Micniffy Crafts – Nigeria
2. Teensed Foundation – Nigeria.
3. Association of Nigerian Student Authors (ANSA)
4. AfroBotanics “My Own Kind Of Beautiful” – South Africa
5. All Star – South Africa
6. Women of Crazy Wealth – Eswatini

The campaign activities include four (4) in-person Empowerment Workshops for girls between the ages of 16 and 25. Live stream videos and other social media content will be shared along the journey.

Keep a journal to write as these women take you through the wonders of unleashing your creativity through facilitated topics that include:

1. Identity and becoming the CEO of your life.
2. Financial Education
3. Entrepreneurship
4. Self-Leadership and Leadership
5. Skills Development – Using waste to create wealth.
6. Success Stories of young women and so much more.

The Girl Power workshops are hosted in a hybrid format — two countries, 200 girls, collective online viewers positively impacted to inspire change that comes from within.

All events will be completed within four weeks beginning with an official launch on Tuesday 2nd November 2021 by 9.00 WAT and 10.00 (SAT) at Child Point Care Centre, Makholokholo, Mbabane, Eswatini and iRead Innovation Library, Igando, Lagos, Nigeria.

25 girls in-person, will gather on each day of the event and over 500 girls will join the online viewing.

Too many of our children are pregnant. So many of our sisters are child brides. We are all horrified by how brutally our women are treated.

Period Shaming Must End! Patriarchy Must Fall!

Studies have shown that one in three women worldwide experience physical or sexual violence mostly by an intimate partner. Violence against women and girls is a human rights violation.

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, emerging data and reports from those on the front lines, have shown that all types of violence against women and girls, particularly domestic violence, has intensified.

A woman’s best defense is self-realisation because only then can she truly empower herself by knowing who she is, so she can know her worth, and what she deserves and most importantly, be equally honoured and supported for her role in life’s journey.

Men, this is your chance too, to listen in and hear first hand, just how important it is to honour women. The Girl-Child needs your love and support too!

“I wonder why we take from our women. Why we rape our women, do we hate our women? I think it’s time to kill for our women. Time to heal our women, and be real to our women. And if we don’t, we will have a race of babies that will hate the ladies, that make the babies. And since a man can’t make one, he has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one. So will the real men get up! I know you’re fed up ladies, but keep your head up!” — Tupac Shakur

This project is proudly sponsored by Leveraging Innovations in New Communities, IREX, Mandela Washington Fellowship for Sindi Ntombini (Eswatini) and Funmi Ilori (Nigeria).

The organisers trust that you will support this important campaign in every way you can.