Daughters of the Niger Delta captures the live stories of three ordinary women. Their experiences are sobering as well as uplifting. Their determination to provide better opportunities for their children gives hope for the Niger Delta – if only women were empowered to thrive.
(Bodo City, Rivers State
As a farmer and fisherwoman, Hannah is directly affected by the oil and gas pollution in her backyard. It has accumulated for years without serious attempts to clean it up. It is undermining her capacity to feed and educate her children. Hannah works hard to try and lift her children out of the poverty that she faces as a widow. “Because poverty is dangerous”, she says, “It can lead you to do things that you don’t want to engage in.”
Naomi Alaere Ofoni
(Yenagoa, Bayelsa State)
As a young girl Naomi excelled in school. Her mother, who raised her as a single parent, had sworn to give Naomi the same educational opportunities as her brothers who were growing up with their father. She worked from sunrise to sunset to pay Naomi’s school fees. Naomi’s future looked bright until she was faced with a stark choice as a university student: to sleep with her course advisor or to fail her exams.
(Tuomo, Delta State)
Rebecca considers herself lucky in life: she has found a husband, she is alive, and she has children. She keeps the household running while her husband alternates between his three wives. Rebecca has lost five out of the eleven children she gave birth to. She is expecting her twelfth. She is tired, but her husband wants her to have more children.