Image and text (c) Fati Abubakar 2017
“A girl at Kaleri Secondary School in Maiduguri reads.”
“There is a stereotype created for the Northern Nigerian woman. She is an uneducated woman who can’t speak eloquently. Or she is an illiterate street hawker who will end up married at 14 to a man old enough to be her father. Or a young woman with a rich father who funds an expensive lifestyle. These and more prevail. The society rarely acknowledges the modern educated Northern woman who reads.”
This is a nod to my Bookworm sisters in northern Nigeria and elsewhere. There’s light and magic in those books. Keep reading, keep living, keep speaking up.