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Modupeola Sobukonla, newly elected chairman of the National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has urged members of the union to give the new leadership of the union their support.
Sobukonla made this request while reading her acceptance speech after winning her election to be the number one female journalist in Ogun state.
She also urged members to lend their voices to issues concerning sexual assault, discrimination, and national development.
She said, “In stepping up and accepting the rare opportunity to lead this body at this time, I am inspired first by the eternal words of Samuel Smiles who said life is of little value unless it is consecrated by duty. While the duty to sustain the upward glide of NAWOJ belongs to us all, I consecrate myself at this time to be at the vanguard of A virile NAWOJ strong enough to defend us and other women against sexual exploitation and discrimination, flexible and progressive enough to increase our knowledge and professional values.
“As executives, our eyes are set as flints towards achieving our tasks. But, like Mother Teresa said ‘I alone can not change the world, but I can cast a stone across the water to create many ripples’. No individual raindrop ever considers itself responsible for the flood, goes another anonymous words of wisdom.
” It is in this wise that I, on behalf of the executive, call on all to join hands with us to set a better course for the voyage of this union.
“A lot lies ahead of us. Give us the benefit of your support and wisdom and It shall bear testimony for or against us in due course before posterity.
“Journalism is about giving voice to the voiceless. And as Women journalist and mothers we are prepared to give a voice to women in different sector of the society. We are prepared to give a voice to Children and even our husbands where necessary. Ogun Nawoj under my watch as the Chairperson will give a voice against social vices and other indecent acts in the society. Its a collective responsibility and we as women journalists are ready within the next three years to join other constituted authorities to make our state and Nigeria and the journalism profession a lot better than it is now.”