I have been involved in SRHR issues, especially among adolescents for about 10 years. Started working on family planning issues though in 2010 after conducting a research on socio-cultural barriers that influence the use of contraceptives. since then, i have been involved advocacy visits to community heads, mobilization and sensitization of young people, especially in-school on issues around correct use of contraceptives. I once was in-charge of a VCT center, as the head of the counselling unit, I was involved in counselling young people on issues of use of contraceptives. My education and experiences have contributed a lot to developing my skills and harnessing my abilities to correctly inform young people about family planning methods without bias.
I have always been passionate about helping people reach their goals. There always seem to be a 'hush' around sexual and reproductive health, which i found very wrong. I started asking questions; and shared the answers i got as soon as i got them. Watching young females drop out of school because of an unwanted/unplanned pregnancy really broke my heart and i set to try to help as many as i could to avoid this scenario. Right now, i intend to influence policies at different levels to help in this
Right now I am more interested in influencing policies through fact finding...research. The greatest challenge i have faced is funding, it is a little difficult getting funding for researches as a young scientist, you get stifled sometimes, and at other times you are viewed as incompetent and just idealistic.
Nigeria is a very diverse country with different cultural and religious heritage. But when it comes to health, Culture and religion almost always play similar roles across the country. Cultural and religious influence is a major problem for family planning within the country. Behavioral Communication Change (BCC) seems to have achieved little in some areas of the country, we seem stuck in our old ways. in a recent study, 43.1% of the people who sought for FP services preferred cultural methods.
In the next five years i hope to finally formalize an organization that continually reach out to young people on family planning issues and publish enough data to influence policy. Dissemination of findings within the right quarters will be very important, hence a