After giving birth to her third daughter in 2016, Temitope began to feel the cultural pressures that many women in Nigeria feel concerning their bodies. Temitope’s husband and his family began to pressure Temitope to have this controversial cultural practice performed on her daughters, leading her to emigrate to the US in 2017. Working past her fears of starting a new life, Temitope returned to school in the fall of 2019 to pursue a degree in nursing, beginning with earning an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Although her path in education has come with severe financial hardships, with the assistance from the Education Fund award, Temitope will be able to achieve her goal; becoming a practicing field nurse and returning to Nigeria to establish programs that educate people about the physical and psychological dangers of female genital mutilation.
“I will create opportunities that support women who are parents of female children facing such pressure, providing resources to empower and allow them to do what is right for their daughters.”