Blessing Oladunjoye is our guest on the 15 QUESTIONS Series today! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you like to be a guest!
Blessing Oladunjoye is a media practitioner and a social worker. She freelances for Nigeria’s first radio station for Women, Women FM 91.7 and blogs on www.bonewsservice.wordpress.com
She answers our HOT questions below!
If you were the President for one day and you have the power to fix one thing in Nigeria, what will it be and WHY?
Access to Education. Nigeria has the highest number of out-of-school children in the world and this is really disturbing. In my work in various slum communities, I have seen how children are denied the opportunity to education because there are no government-owned schools in their immediate communities and they cannot afford to attend the private schools in their neighbourhood.
I have also come to understand that some children most especially girls do not go to school because of security threat, or because of the perception that the girl child do not need to get education. All these might sound unbelievable but that is the reality of what we are faced with in this country. So, if I have the opportunity to change one thing as a president, it would be to make quality education accessible to the public.
What is the most annoying thing you have heard people say about women in Nigeria?
It’s annoying that most men (including the President Muhammadu Buhari) and some women in some part of the country believe women should be domesticated and that they are best for the home/kitchen.
What is the one most important thing about being a woman that you would want your daughter to know?
The one thing I would want my daughter to know is to be independent. There are high rates of violations against women and one major thing that makes women remain and subject themselves to abuse is because there is one thing or the other that they are getting from their abuser. If independent and strong, there won’t be any reason to subject yourself to victimization and abuse from someone.
Do you believe in gender equality? Why or Why not?
I believe in gender equality, but do I think it can be attained in Nigeria? I believe in giving equal opportunities to all. As a woman, I should not be denied of certain opportunities because I am a woman, I mean, I should not receive a different pay from what a man receives when we actually do the same work. Neither should I be made to feel inferior because I am a woman.
If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old, which would you choose?
To be sincere, I would go for the body of a 30- year old. Do you know why? As women, no matter what, we appreciate the way we look and how people perceive us, we love to be admired. So, if I am a 90 year old woman and I am looking amazing and have the physique of a 30 year old lady, trust me you will even appreciate me…smiles.
What is your opinion of the Nigerian woman?
Most Nigerian women, because of the society they find themselves, play second fiddle to the men. Though some women are doing well to stand out, others need to be encouraged that they can perform better than what men are doing.
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one special quality or ability, what would it be?
It is the ability to speak several languages so I can communicate effectively when I found myself in any part of the world. Does it sound odd? I don’t think so, many people pay to learn language…laugh.
If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know? Why or why not?
How I would look when I grow old. Lol, on a lighter note, I would pick that because I would want to watch out for any health challenges that could surface when I grow old.
Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item, what would it be? Why?
My certificates and that is because it is the proof of the things I strived for.
If you don’t have to worry about making money, what would you do all day?
Socialize: sleep, eat, watch movies, chat and play candy crush…..laugh.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? What happened that year?
- It was my NYSC year and I had opportunity to meet people from different parts of the country with their diverse cultures and worldviews and I was able to eat different food which I’ve never had the opportunity to eat after then, some you would vomit after eating while some you will lick your hands after eating.
How do you think your friends would describe you?
I think they would describe me as being friendly and the gentlest lady on the planet.
Would you like to be famous? In what way?
Yes, who doesn’t want to be famous? And that would be for receiving numerous and prestigious awards.
Is there something that you’ve dreamt of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
Yes… I had a business idea but couldn’t actualize it due to lack of funds, I can give you my business plan alongside the budget in case you want to sponsor me.
Would you be willing to have horrible nightmares for a year if you would be rewarded with extraordinary wealth for a life time? Why or Why not?
NO! Coping with horrible nightmare for one year, that’s 365 days, I can’t cope. Waking up and reliving the nightmares would make me scared throughout the day and going to bed at night would even be difficult. I’m certain that will lead to numerous health challenges like high blood pressure. So, why should I get sick and expect a lifetime wealth to treat the sickness? NO.