“I lost my mum at an early age and had to be passed around family members. It was tough growing up without a mother. One of the results was having nobody teach me about menstruation. So, the first time I saw the blood stains, I was so confused and in a state of dilemma. I didn’t know if I was sick or what. I was embarrassed, and I don’t want young girls to go through what I went through” – Esiobu Ngozika Peace.

Ngozika is a Grassroots Development Champion passionate about humanity and the girl-child. She is a 300 level student of  English Language and Literature Education, Faculty of Education, University of Benin, Edo State.

Ngozika carried out a project on “My Monthly Visitor” at Girls Secondary School, Umunebo, and Premier Secondary School, both in Orunba South LGA, Anambra State. She chose the project because of her personal experience. She did not have any knowledge about menstruation and how to manage it when she had her first menstrual period. It was an embarrassing experience.

However, that experience gave her the passion to teach girls, especially those in impoverished communities, menstrual hygiene and equip them with the knowledge, tools and resources they need to manage their menstrual period. In the course of the project, Ngozika taught young girls sex education, menstrual hygiene and how to make reusable pads.

Ngozika believes that a nation is not built by one person or overnight, but requires all hands and a process.  She believes that with the project, she will be able to birth well-informed girls who are independent, purposeful and equipped to help build a better Nigeria in the nearest future. 

Ngozika has taken action to educate young girls in her community on menstrual management and hygiene.

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