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TRIUMPH OVER VICCISSITUDES OF LIFE — MEET THE HIGHLY RESILIENT WOMAN WHO IS DESIROUS OF CHANGING THE STATUS OF WOMEN IN NORTHERN NIGERIA – Balaraba Ramat Yakubu

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tHE PHOTOGRAPH OF MADAM BALARABA RAMAT YAKUBU USED IN THIS PIECE IS CREDITED TO AL-JAZEERA NEWS.

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 older man by her parents at the age of 13 years. But the good thing is that she survived the ordeal of an unripe girl who was forced into marriage by her father. She quit the marriage one year later and has since taken her fate in her own hands.

Balaraba Ramat Yakubu, the lady under reference has since turned a writer and author of several novels written in Hausa language. That platform affords her the opportunity of sharing her experiences and how she is writing to influence other potential victims. This has changed her life. She never nurtured the ambition of writing as that vocation was thrust upon her shoulders by fate and circumstances that have proven not to be an obstacle. She had, before her forced marriage cultivated the habit of reading loved reading with an ambition to be a teacher.  It is, therefore, not surprising that Ramat Yakubu fell headlong into the profession of writing, after surviving the psychological trauma of an early marriage. She has since not looked back.

RIDING ON STORMS OF LIFE:  Balaraba chose to write her highly educative novels in Hausa language for it to have a penetrating effect. She is an influencer who writes on culture, tradition, history, and about education generally. According to her in a piece published by the Daily Trust, an Abuja tabloid, she thought her writings would have the desired effect if directs attention to the plight of women and their social status. According to Balaraba: ‘’ objectives are to reform my society and change the social status quo of women in Northern Nigeria. And I can see this unfolding speedily. My story has kept propping me up to keep fighting for women to have productive lives. ‘’In all my books, I have tried to make my readers appreciate the importance of girl-child education. Personally, I believe that education is a very vital element in the life of a woman and that of a society. Once a woman is educated, she is emancipated. She can live a fruitful life. I equally believe that good parental mentorship and support is key.  ‘’It makes one determined to succeed’

AS A ROLE MODEL: Balaraba Ramat Yakubu is a ROLE MODEL You are encouraged to read about this woman and the interesting interview she granted the Abuja Daily Trust by visiting this link: https://www.dailytrust.com.ng/i-write-to-change-status-of-women-in-northern-nigeria-balaraba-ramat-yakubu.html