In this interview with ZAKA KHALIQ, the founder and chief transformation officer of Boy-Child Transformation Centre
(BTC), Mrs Nkiru Oguadinma, stresses the need for collaborative efforts to pay special attention to boy-child so that the grow up to become good business leaders in future.
What should be done to breed and raisefuture business leaders?
The decadence and malpractices in the
business sector were mostly spare headed by men.
Some of them were abused or maltreated
when growing and they carry such conception to workplace, embezzlement, bullying other staff, among others.
For instance, the National Bureau of
Statistics (NBS) report showed that of the top 10 crimes for the most prison admissions, which included; stealing, armed robbery, assault, murder, sex offences having 90 percent of men more than women.
So, as a foundation, that is, the Boy-Child
Transformation Centre (BTC), we are ready to catch them young before they grow into adults.
If they could pass through our training earlier enough, before age 18, they will grow up to become a better person, leaders and so on in their chosen endeavours.
BTC was established to address some
form of abuses some male children were
facing, while our foundation is focused on contributing to the development of the boychild in achieving his full physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual potential as a responsible citizen.
This will help raise a generation of boys
driven by conscience, empathy and living a purposeful life that will help change the world positively.
This is coming at a time for the male child to help raise great boys who will become leading men tomorrow and not an indictment of manhood.
Before now, evidence shows more
women and girls have received attention
and consideration as they are seen as more vulnerable to abuse, attacks and as well as less privileged. The attention balance tilts more to the girl-child and suddenly the boy-child is out of the picture.
If we help and build our boys early, we
wouldn’t have to spend much empowering and training our girls to be better wives because they naturally are.
What led to the birth of Boy-Child
Everyday, I look at the world around us and I am worried about how children, especially, boy-child were being molested. I am worried about kidnapping, rape, banditry and as a mother, I am very concerned in the first instance.
For me, kidnapping and other vices is the
aspect of the mindset. If you think you are living a purposeful life, you need to imbibe that in others. So, it its just a child between the age of 5 and 18 years, we can still win them over. So, my target audience is basically the children or the boy-child ages 5 to 18. What we are saying is; let’s begin to nurture these ones appropriately so that they don’t end up on the street constituting nuisance to businesses environment like others.
Its is easier to win over a child in this age
group. So, if we all contribute our own quota towards this direction, we can salvage the situation and the future.
How do you reach out to these children?
I am partnering different foundations
that are focused on children generally. So, whether they are boy child or girl child, but I will be looking more to boy-child, we will assist them.
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I am going to be talking to churches, schools and government because there are government parastatals that will like to put this programme in place.
We have lined up programmes and activities for the pulpils that naturally you will not find in schools. So, we are partnering with Lagos State in that regards. One other things that we are thinking of is; whether you are corporate organisations or that, sponsor a child to the platform. We are going to be telling stories of what we have done with the boychild.
My target is to be able to assist a 100 boy-child minimum annually to go through our system every year and people will naturally see them become role models for others, when they go back to schools, homes and so on. Passing through this platform of BTC will make them become a better person.
What is your utmost concern about the
My concerns is; let them not be pressured by their peers to do what is not right. I have had people passed through that journey before, I have had parents calling to say I am having issues with my child in this regards, what do you think you can do for us?
So, we have a centre. Right now, we are
virtual because we are still looking for serious collaboration. Every month, there is going to be a session, which could be in the school or a better location with only boys who will go through that session. We also have people that will be praying for those children and mentor them.There is a mentorship week where whatwe are naturally doing is mentorship for the boys.
What a lofty idea! But what is the
acceptance level of this concept and how
do you get collaboration?
First. We will start with Nigeria, when we
begin to do great work, people outside will see.United Nations (UN) is not even focusing on the boy child now, so, we are also writing to carve serious collaboration with the UN and global communities. Currently, we have identified about six organisations outside Nigeria.
They are in the U.K., US, Kenya, and so on that we will be working with.
So, we are already working with Imara
foundation. If you have a foundation that is focused on children, or even the boy-child, partner with us.