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International Women’s Day: I am challenged to contribute towards achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world – Amina

by Isiyaku Ahmed

Isiyaku Ahmed

International Women’s day is celebrated on March 8 every year to showcase the symbolic journey women around the world have taken to better their lives and that of their communities.

It comes as a reminder that while a lot has been achieved, the journey is long and a lot more needs to be done.

The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is #ChooseToChallenge. It indicates that a “challenged world is an alert world, and from challenge comes change.”

One of such challenge efforts is the “Corona Story Books” of Hajia Amina Yusuf Gwamna, a primary school teacher in Kanye, Kabo local government area of Kano state.

Her Corona story books are written in simple English and Hausa with illustrations.  

During Covid-19 lockdown in Kano, Amina noticed people in Kanye, her local community do not believe Covid -19 is real and do not adhere to its safety protocols which includes regularly and thorough washing of hands with soap and running water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

And maintaining at least 1 and half metres distance between anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

They don’t believe persons with persistent cough or sneezing should stay home or if one feels unwell with symptoms like fever, cough and difficulty in breathing should visit hospital.

When people begin to die in the Kano city as a result of the pandemic and one of her neighbors got infected by Covid-19, she felt scared and challenged to do something to help the larger community.

Amina says “I like writing but, in this case, I got inspired and challenged to write when I noticed neighbors and community members were being infected by the virus.

“So far, I have published three Covid -19 books, one in Hausa and two in English; they are “Corona Stories for Primary Schools 1 & 3,” and “Rayuwa A Duniyar Corona.”

“I financed the publication of the over 5,000 copies with my personal savings; I am still distributing them to schools, social hubs, women empowerment centers, market places and mosques.”

She says they books will help children, community and family members to understand, believe Covid-19 is real and take responsibility.

Amina says “children and people who got her books are beginning to change their perception and attitude towards Covid-19; they now wear face masks, wash their hands and are seen educating other people in the community.

Inusa Bello is a primary four pupil in one of the primary schools in Kanye, he says “the corona story book is very simple to understand and I have learnt a lot about Covid-19 from it……Malama gave it to me for free.”

Bello wears face mask and is seen maintaining distance from his colleagues.

She is looking to get support from government, donor agencies or Non-governmental organizations to write and publish more books on different aspects of life.

Amina says “I am challenged to contribute towards achieving an equal future in a Covid-19 world.”

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Abubakar Dauda March 8, 2021 - 12:40 pm

Congratulations to our Mama’s , long life and blessings

Abubakar Musa March 8, 2021 - 5:33 pm

A very good and thoroughly done work for the enlightenment of our children as well as the rural populace

Ehimen Stephen March 8, 2021 - 5:34 pm

I am inspired by your masterpiece, a beautiful way to sensitize our young ones and communities about the viral covid-19 disease.
Keep up with the benevolence.

Uncle Olamide March 8, 2021 - 4:10 pm

Allah continue to bless your handwork

Hassan Muhd Hassn March 8, 2021 - 4:17 pm

Kudos to this Bibliophile writer and Inspirational Orator Hajiya Amina Yusuf Gwamna. All the best, May Allah the exalted increase u in health, wealth, wisdom, blessings and beneficial knowlegde. Amin

Muhammadu Bello Boyi March 8, 2021 - 4:56 pm

Congratulations to our mamas, long life and Allahs guidance & blessings always

Saleh March 8, 2021 - 5:24 pm

Amina’s inspiration for her community is unequalled. She has been on the vanguard of the girl’s child initiatives and continue to search for social development. Her books are full of positive drives and should be supported.

Ehimen Stephen March 8, 2021 - 5:40 pm

Indeed a big congratulations to her for this massive project for our community and the youth,to help curtail the widespread of the covid-19 pandemic ravaging the globe.
Projects of this kind,that positively affect our communities should be encouraged and supported financially by our government and NGOs

Sulaiman Sulaiman Idris March 8, 2021 - 7:18 pm

Masha Allah we thank god for having you in our community. May almighty Allah continue protecting you and guide you in all aspect of life. We really appreciate for your contribution to us Nigerians. Therefore we’ll appreciate and be greatfull for each an every citizen to have a copy of the book to make a perception about Covid19 pandemic and to read and know the preventive measures and know how can a community survive during pandemic.
Lastly I’ll also like to thank you for your support and contribution among the people of Nigeria especially us that stayed in Northerns part of the country.

Maryam yakubu March 8, 2021 - 9:07 pm

Alhamdulilah and interesting
Very intelligent and very hard working women that devoted their time and money for the country. #ChooseToChallenge…… Keep it up

Fatima yahaya Adam March 8, 2021 - 9:43 pm

An interesting article, a good big clap to my beloved sister and friend, this is not her first work to help her people, she is dedicated her most of time to help others, keep doing it, may Allah reward you. #choose to challenge….👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼


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