Growing up, I remembered my father telling me and my sisters that he really didn’t care if we were girls, that he would make sure we went to the university and achieve what he couldn’t as he didn’t have the privilege to.
One day, while I was preparing to leave for University, he told me to be careful of what I did in school (the regular advice of a Nigerian father). What touched me however was that a friend of his had come visiting a day before and had told him not to waste his effort on his children because ‘they are just girls.’ He told my dad not to bother about sending us to school.
“These girls will end up in the kitchen even if they have a degree; just let them learn a skill and marry them off. There’s no need for wasting money,” my dad’s friend told him.
When my dad told me, I appreciated him more and it made me work harder.
I feel sad that there are still many people who place so much importance on having sons than daughters.
It is however interesting to know that not all men share this view. The world is evolving with women taking charge.
When I saw this photo of Mr Macaulay and his five daughters, I remembered my father and his sacrifices for his four daughters.
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