By Adam Alqali
In commemoration of the 2016 International Day of the Girl-child, Girl Rising Nigeria, in partnership with Intel, Tuesday last week hosted a special program in the city of Kano to celebrate the power of girls’ thoughts and dreams in changing the world, through the Star Power Contest.
The Star Power Contest was aimed at shining a beacon of light on the brilliance and creativity of girls as well as a way of telling girls in Kano and beyond, they can dream big and through the power of these dreams, bring about meaningful change to their communities and the world at large.
Girls were asked to send in entries across 3 different categories (artwork, poetry and writing) on how they intended to be ‘Stars of the Future’ by positively impacting themselves and their communities when they grow up.
A total of 12 winners emerged in the gold, silver and bronze categories including 10 honorable mentions in the consolation category – out of over 100 entries received by Girl Rising – and the winners were presented with their awards in the presence of dignitaries that included government officials as well as parents and teachers of the girls.
The event also featured the screening of Girl Rising’s Da Bazar Mu; a video documentary series that takes viewers across the globe to meet truly inspiring girls who were boldly confronting challenges to their education and dreams like gender discrimination, early marriage, poverty and natural disasters can affect the effort of giving girls quality education.