With the early morning visit by Omotola to the #BBNaija Housemates to raise awareness about the lack of access to quality education for young girls in developing countries, the Housemates were spurred on to do something.
The team of Omotola and ONE Africa are rallying to submit a petition to world leaders on March 8 asking them to make reforms that would address the fact that 130 million girls don’t have access to proper schooling.
The #BBNaija housemates kicked things off with Kemen talking about his personal experience with sexism. He talked about how his own father hindered his mother’s success and sabotaged her attempts to travel abroad to study because he felt she’d become more successful than him.
He went on further to talk about how he had started a camp that scouted for talented young girls and put them in touch with important people in the industry that can mentor them and help them get mentors from the entertainment industry to perfect their skills.
Uriel was of the opinions that camps like that should be more concerned about healing and “emotional support,” saying that without a support system, no girl would have the courage and confidence to go out and be a success and that this was the problem that needed to be tackled from the grassroots.
TBoss on her part emphasized the importance of giving and applauded Nigerians for being a very generous people before going ahead to share a number of heartbreaking stories about some of the orphanages she has supported.
Jon on his part believed that sexism was a systemic problem. He went on to argue that in addition to generosity, people needed to actually “reform the education system” and “re-write the history books” so women’s accomplishments would be given the right recognition.
Jon sited Queen Amina who not only inspired the people she ruled over but also fought in battle alongside other women to defend it. His words resonated not only with his fellow Housemates but surely with the viewers as well.
Bisola on her part talked about how important it was for girls not to be kicked out of school if they got pregnant because it made it so much more difficult for them to fend for their families.
Bassey agreed to this and wrapped up the discussion by adding that it was harmful to teach young girls that it was their sole responsibility to not get pregnant since it takes two to tango. He stressed the importance of teaching young boys to be responsible young men before pleading with everyone to start singing as he couldn’t wait to beat the drum.