REPORT ON A BOOK LAUNCH; ‘YES I CAN’: AREWA HOUSE, KADUNA. THE VICE CHANCELLOR, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY REPRESENTED BY THE COORDINATOR, GENDER POLICY UNIT, ABU. 17th JANUARY, 2019


The book presentation and launch ’Yes I Can’ authored by Malama Murjanatu Suleiman-Shika was a huge success. It was an event which gathered men and women from all works of life and gathered also female secondary and primary students from all around Kaduna and its environment.

The event gave an opportunity for the yearning voice of the girls to be heard. It served as a clarion call for all stakeholders to put hands on deck to embrace the need for the female- child EQUAL opportunity with the male child in developing their potentials.

The book review was done by Dr. Rasheeda Liman, Head of Department, Theatre and Performing Arts, Ahmadu Bello University. In her review she praised the quality of the book and the vividness in which the author captured the essence of the female child, and demonstrated with adequate examples, roles women played in developing a nation when they are given opportunities.

Dr Oby Ezekwesili was also a key speaker at the event. She observed bravery of the author by coming out with what she termed as a ‘Master Class Art’. She called on stakeholders to strengthen all multi-level systems towards sustaining Girl-Child education in Nigeria. She called on the girls to dream and keep it going until their goals in life are attained. As a presidential candidate for Nigeria’s 2019 election, she posited that ‘If I can, then You Can’. Students and parents applauded her words of encouragement.

The Vice-Chancellor stressed the significant role the Women’s Connect Initiative has played in bringing the issue of the ‘Girl Child’ to the fore once again, and that ABU strongly associates with the initiative and will continue to support WCI. He stated further that, ‘part of the reason these girls have uncertain future plan is because their potentialities in discovering their inner strengths were suppressed by cultural manifestations, economic inhibitions, family ethos and or institutional weakness’.

The event was concluded by honoring women who are mentors in the society and have become examples for young girls to emulate. As the book was unveiled and the representative of the Vice-Chancellor launched 3 copies for an undisclosed amount which shall be communicated back to the organizers.