All over the world societies that are great are those that pay attention to their girl-children because they are unique and exceptional; capable of transforming a generation, a cleric, Pastor Bridget Kolade has said.
Kolade, the Coordinator of August Girls’ Assembly, an outreach of the Vine Branch Ministries, made the disclosure on Thursday in Ibadan at the 2018 annual August Girls’ Assembly.
August Girls’ Assembly is an annual event organised by Worth-In-Womanhood, an arm of Vine Branch Ministries and it is one of the largest gatherings of girls in Ibadan.
“For 15 years now, God has put it in our hearts to pay attention to the girl-child because unfortunately the society, culture and tradition and religion have not benefited the girl-child.
“We have been losing out a lot, in fact, humanity has been losing out on this great treasure that God has given us.
“All through the scriptures we know how God sees the girl-child, we see how there is so much worth in womanhood; male and female, God made them and put so much of greatness in them, which we see in Genesis 1:27.
“Over the years, we have been encouraged because we see God’s works.
“We see changed lives; about 1, 000 to 1, 800 girls between the ages of Eight to 19 have been in attendance for 15 years now.
“Some of these girls are now married, others are mothers whose children now attend the August Girls Assembly,” she said.
Contributing, Prof Millicent Obajimi, a Consultant Radiologist at the University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, spoke on “The Exceptional Woman”.
She advised girls to embrace sound education and never allow anybody to hinder their progress no matter the challenges faced.
“There is an excellent spirit in every one but all must be done for an optimal performance in life.
“Try your best not to be a mediocre in life, you have to burn the midnight candle to excel in life.
“God did extra work on you so He expects you to be exceptional; emulate a decent life and follow God in humility and obedience,” she said.
Obajimi also urged girls to identify their passion and be resourceful as well as pay the price of greatness and be committed to a life of continuous greatness.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 2018 August Girls Assembly began on Aug. 9 and will end on Aug. 11. (NAN)