Friends, associates, academia, students and distinguished women professionals drawn from all works of life today gathered to witness the launch of ‘ Breaking Stiff Boundaries’, a book that explores a world of endless possibilities, authored by Mrs. Omoleye Ojuri.
Speaking at the two in one event which also featured the unveiling of Fullexcellence Foundation For Women (FFFW), the Convener, Mrs. Omoleye Ojuri, said the foundation was conceptualized to meet the growing need to close the gap in the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses among girls.
At the elaborate event which took place at Fiwasaye Multipurpose Hall, Mrs.Ojuri said the emphasis of the foundation is not to discriminate between the study of STEM and none-STEM courses stressing that in the Nigerian context, it is as if the people have reached the erroneous conclusion that female brains can’t deal with sciences; a notion which needed to be corrected.
Mrs. Ojuri who said the nation cannot maintain an innovative economy without engaging in innovative thinking further affirmed that in order to solve the world’s problem, women who represents about 51% of the population should be actively involved in all spheres of life.
While lamenting that women have been accused of not supporting one another towards achieving desired results, Mrs. Ojuri challenged women to use whatever positions they find themselves to support and help one another.
In her charge, she urged parents to play supportive roles rather than dictate career paths for their children stressing further that it is important children follow their passion in life as the society will end up paying for solutions provided and problems solved.
The keynote speaker, Prof. Mrs. Bola Babalola in her address emphasized the need to promote STEM among girls saying that by projection in the nearest future, more than half of the world’s available jobs will be STEM based, thus the need to take steps to address the issue.
Prof. Babalola while lamenting the Nigerian situation where there is over dependence on importation of STEM products stressed that the time has come to look inward and encourage the young ones most especially those in the sciences to stop looking for jobs upon graduation but should brace up and start up productive ventures that would provide solutions to societal needs through STEM.
She also used the opportunity to urge government at all level to look into funding for start- up and research while applauding Fullexcellence Foundation for taking such a great step towards creating the needed awareness about the roles of girls in building a better world through STEM.
Earlier in her mentoring speech, Mrs. Tolu Adigun while talking about the need to set goals early in life charged women most especially the young girls to take advantage of available career paths in STEM to make an impact.
According to her, beyond setting goals, young girls must go the extra mile by taking steps towards achieving their goals in life rather than accepting defined societal roles which relegates women generally to the background.
On some of the steps to take, Mrs. Adigun identifies the need to have a mentor and a life coach among others towards achieving desired goals in life.
The highpoint of the event however was the unveiling of the Fullexcellence Foundation, the launch of the book ‘ Breaking Stiff Boundaries’ authored by Omoleye Ojuri as well as the review of the book by Prof. O.O. Ojuri.
The event also featured profiling of outstanding female icons and achievers to spur the younger generation to break limits and achieve the impossible.