I am a writer. The ability of the written language to tell, describe, persuade or force desired actions, has always fascinated me.
What inspired you to enter the World NTD Day Story telling competition?
I didn’t know that NTDs are rampant in Nigeria until I started my research for this competition. Majority of Nigerians suffer from this ignorance in varying degrees which tapers down to ridiculous superstitions. The need to improve this poverty of mind is my inspiration for entering the competition.
Why does fighting NTDs matter to you?
My country, Nigeria, ranks as the nation with the highest number of poor people in the world. Given that the relationship between poverty and the spread of NTDs is directly proportional, I felt the compulsion to contribute to the needed awareness through my writing.
How do you intend on continuing the fight against NTDs after this competition?
I am a writer working with a publishing organization. I intend to further the creation of NTDs awareness through my writing. This will include articles, blog and social media posts targeted at educating people about NTDs. I am also willing to volunteer with YCNTDs in activities where my capacity is needed.
What would be your request to your country’s leaders regarding fighting NTDs?
The Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria, updated its plan aimed at the eradication of NTDs. Part of my writing shall be to call on the Government to ensure the implementation of the plan, as well as to identify and support other Agencies with similar goals, especially regarding particular NTDs.