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THE ROLE MODEL SERIES – HOW BALARABA RAMAT YAKUBU, — GEN. MURTALA MUHAMMED’S JUNIOR SISTER PERSEVERED TO EMERGE A SUCCESS AFTER FORCED MARRIAGE AT AGE 13 YEARS

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COST OF FORCED CHILD MARRIAGES – ’Majority of people that messed up their lives end up becoming wasted. ‘’There are exceptions though. ‘’So I am not the one punishing men in my novels, life treats them accordingly’’  —-  Female rights activist, Balaraba Ramat Yakubu “Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.”– Wanda Hope Carter “A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”– George Bernard Shaw “A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.”– George Moore “Spare the rod and spoil the child – that is true. But, besides the rod, keep an apple to give him when he has done well.”– Martin Luther Balaraba Ramat Yakubu is best known as an author and publisher of some books. But she means more than that to the Nigerian society; and in reality, womanhood, particularly those who were forced into early marriages. In spite of the fact that Balaraba was deprived of the opportunity of having Western education, she still combines intellect with ruggedness and both factors largely account for the successes she has attained in life so far. All things put together, there is every possibility that she would have recorded greater achievements if she was not denied the opportunity of receiving prescribed education on account of forced marriage. FIERY DEPARTED BROTHER – A NATIONAL HERO;  FIERY SISTER – AS HEROINE:: Undeniably, Balaraba Ramat Yakubu is a woman whose story is worth telling and reading by the younger generation; and even by old people who would certainly gain one or more lessons from the contents of her books. Born 60 years ago in Kano, Kano State, Nigeria, Balaraba is a younger sister to late fiery Gen. Murtala Rufai Ramat Muhammed, Nigeria’s Military Head of State from 1975-1976.  Balaraba is a victim of circumstance, having been withdrawn from school at the age of 13 years 48 years ago, and forced into early marriage. She is now 61 years old. In spite of her predicament, she was undaunted and still forged ahead to put aside obstacles in her journey through Planet Earth. Easily the best description that would unveil her personality is that she is a junior sister to one of Nigeria’s heroes, late Gen. Murtala Ramat Muhammed, Nigeria’s Head of Government who was assassinated in 1976. Next is the fact that she was married off to a much…

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