Nigeria can achieve greater results if women who constitute a very large percentage of the Nigerian population realize their power, potentials and take their rightful place in all sphere of the country.
This was the position of the CEO of Ozidu House, Attah at a lecture on Queen Amina of Zauzza, which held at the weekend.
He believes that with Africa Arts, fashion and history, the lost Nigerian Youths and can be galvanized to return to the drawing board and retrace their steps back.
Ozidu House is an organization which promotes African Arts, fashion, culture and history. It works primarily, to create an awareness in the Nigerian youths about our cultural heritage.
The just concluded Lecture on Queen Amina of Zauzza is one of the platforms the organisation has explored to bring the youths and women together, to put into proper perspectives, various issues concerning the promotion, of the African, Nigeria culture.
The event was out together in collaboration with Accra, Ghana-based organisation, Ozoza Lifestyle to drive home the key messages to participants.
Speaking in an interview with Smartgist24 at the end of the event which held at the Ozidu House in Maitama, Abuja, the CEO of the organization said:
“We generally focus on the Nigeria youths because they are lost. They don’t have history. They have grown up in this social media works where you don’t really no where the news is coming from.
“We are not writing our own story. We are doing a collaboration right now with Ozoza Lifestyle, vased in Accra Ghana that is into the design if African wears and jewelries for women.”
On the choice of Queen Amina, he said it was reawake the Nigerian women to begin to appreciate their power and importance in moving the country forward, drawing an analogy from the story of Queen Amina.
“The last time we collaborated, we dwelt on the effects of colonialism on the Nigerian art. This year’s lecture on Queen Amina is about how we should stop throwing away everything that is our own. Both the good and the bad.
“You can imagine the kind of power women welded in precolonial time. Now, what happened along the line? And you see that the colonialists came in already discriminating against women. So did we have a better society, a better social democratic society before they came?.
“So we’ve been trying to research who she was and what the social structure of our society was then and why we now arrived at a situation where women are almost treated as second class citizens and people wasting in the North were you had a northern queen controlling men,” said Attah
He believes that with such awareness, we can have a more equitable society that is desired.
Frowning at the marginalization and discrimination against women, he querried why women who are mothers of men and mothers of Kings should be subjugated.
“How can you subjugate them. It’s not fair. What makes it right to discrimate against women just because you have a male organ and she has a female organ. So, we are trying to bring this awareness. We are stronger together and you cannot subjugate a whole half of your society .
“We are trying to encourage Nigerians to write their own narratives to know who they are and to promote our selves. Let us know where we are coming from so we can know where we are going. Let us embrace our own.
“Our big problem is that Africans only speak and pass the information down by word of mouth so a lot of our own story is lost especially with the high level of movement that we have in Africa.
“Our job is to create a better society for ourselves. We are trying to create aware because we believe once there is understanding, then we are able to properly communicate and able to be equitable with each other.”
Continuing, he expressed worries that despite the abundant resources endowment and skills, Nigeria had relied heavily on importation for decades.
“How can we progress as a nation when we don’t produce anything. How do we learn our craft . We use to fabricate things before the oyibos came, now we are importing things. We have to go back to our own glory. I don’t think there is enough of the Nigerian or African narrative being written by Nigerians or African s. Our own is to put the narrative out there. Ww need to put it out there so that our youths will have something to emulate, a mentor or role model to follow. All the role models are Western and the ideas Western. If we don’t have our own. How can we move forward. We must promote our own so we can have our own,” Attah said.