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Frances O. Udukwu: Standing Up for Girls’ Education in Nigeria

Girls’ education is one of the most effective ways for ending poverty in Nigeria. The benefits of their education are seen by individuals, their families, and throughout society. Education for girls can have the benefit

Girls’ education is one of the most effective ways for ending poverty in Nigeria. The benefits of their education are seen by individuals, their families, and throughout society. Education for girls can have the benefit of delaying marriage and pregnancy for young girls. Instead of a girl getting married before age 20 and often suffering abuse by her husband, girls who attend primary and secondary school are more likely to have a say in who they marry. Girls who attend school also are able to use more effective methods of family planning and therefore have fewer and healthier babies. An educated girl and woman will have learned about HIV/AIDS and know many different ways to protect herself from getting the disease. Every year of schooling helps a girl make better decisions for her and her family. Education is amazing: the World Bank determined that each year of school prevents 2 maternal deaths out of 1000 women each year!


Around the world girls who want to go to school from Afghanistan to Iraq and beyond are risking their lives to get an education,” Frances O. Udukwu said, the 200 Nigerian school girls captured by Boko Haram in 2014 are still in captivity. “Radical extremists who believe that girls, especially, should not go to school continue these attacks.


WITH the view to helping the Nigerian women and girls with quality education and entrepreneurship skills the former Miss Nigeria USA 2015 and now, reigning Miss Africa USA, Frances O. Udukwu launches her non profit organization, The Lead Girl Foundation in effort to empower women to gain financial independence via entrepreneurship and vocational skills training.


This inaugural Charity Gala will benefit all-girls boarding school, Holy Rosary College. Proceeds will be used to ship and donate vocational training supplies, uniform fabric and tailoring for top 10% of college, as well as provide academic assistance in the form of scholarship to a woman of color residing in the Diaspora with hopes to attend a vocational or trade school anywhere in the United States.



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Also, the project is timely as it is a positive response to reducing the rate of women and girls involvement in societal vices. As education plays a major development role in girls and the society they live in, entrepreneurship is also important to tag along with the quality education that The Lead Girl Foundation will be giving to the women. The Foundation deployed several human rights-based actions including intensive advocacy, awareness-raising on girls’ right to education, capacity building and mentoring programs. All of these efforts contributed to significant changes in the lives of thousands of girls and improvement across the education sector in Nigeria.


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PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS NOW and join The Lead Girl Foundation’s Inaugural Charity Gala on Friday, July 15th, 2016 at the Civic Centre, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD, United States. A luncheon to improve the lives of African women and their families by providing access to capital, skillset and network necessary to become financially independent, resulting in a more secure future for African women.


Debo Folorunsho

Debo Folorunsho serves as CEO of Applause Africa Communications and Executive Producer of the African Diaspora Awards. He has worked in Visual Design at Music Creative Group, Warner Music Communications and Design Group, and Permission Data.

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