Temilolu Okeowo, who is a lawyer and the founder of Girls Club of Nigeria, The Girls Club of Africa and The Girls Apostolic Ministry of All Nations, which are all aimed at re-orientating the Nigerian girl, as well as empowering and imparting girls all over the world.
An author and certified forensics examiner, in the last few years she has campaigned for the protection of virginity till marriage and encouraging an abstinent life through the media.
As an undergraduate, she authored her first book, The Beauty of Life, which discusses the trials and triumphs of a girl growing up in a morally characterised society, she also has other publications.
She has been involved in girl-child advocacy which has taken her to the council chambers of the United Nations Headquarters New York, United States of America, where she’s invited annually to brainstorm with other girl-child advocates across the world.
She stated that there are activities lined up to mark this year’s World Chastity Day, why women and even men must remain chaste till marriage, building a new generation of women global giants, stemming child sexual abuse and gender-based violence amongst other issues.
When asked how known this day was in Nigeria she stated that it is the maiden edition and it is not known at all.
It is a special day set by the Girls Apostolic Ministry of All Nations to declare their mission of encouraging girls to abstain.
She stated that the media would be restricted to activities of the day in order to create awareness that sexual purity still matters and is important.
When asked why she is passionate about keeping women’s chastity until marriage she stated that God expects both genders to be sexually pure but she mainly focused on women because her passion for women and girls in this regard could also stem from the unquantifiable gains of staying chaste long before even venturing into marriage.
She was asked what made her become an evangelist and whether she still practiced law and she stated that she wants to attract girls to the kingdom of God and open their eyes to things that most women are ignorant to as well as rescue them from their desire of sexual immorality, she is still practicing law at the same time.
With the books she has authored she seeks to discuss the trials and triumphs of an average girl growing up in a morally decadent and patriarchal society.
In the girl-child advocacy aspect she is involved in campaigns against sexual abuse, child labour, child trafficking, child marriage, female genital mutilation and so on.
She also gives lectures in schools, churches, government institutions, and also writes articles, as well as a number of other things she does and is involved in.
She has helped ‘daughters’ who needed financial help in order for them not to turn to men who would only help them after sexual activities and those who are going through domestic violence.
When asked about the rise in girl-child sexual abuse she stated that communities should begin to raise their boys differently from how most African men are raised with entitlement mentalities.
There should be moral instructions in their syllabus as well as age-appropriate sex education.
She has also suggested that parents should spiritualise their children and practically drive positive values into their souls before society gets into their heads and there should be harsher penalties for perpetrators.
She intends to birth a new generation of females by encouraging girls to avoid dating or getting romantically involved in their teenage years so that they can concentrate on their self-development.
She distributes pamphlets so that she can also reach girls and women in remote areas.
The major challenge she has faced is not being heard enough, and not being able to reach as many girls as she would initially like to.
She has time to do everything at once because she stated that she has always been energetic and my spirit just naturally fuels whatever catches her fancy.
What drives her is when she looks at a young girl, she see an institution, a mighty fortress, a giant which must be protected, developed and nurtured to greatness and highest potential possible.
And lastly she stated that women have the power to rewrite their life’s script, they should dictate the kind of life they want and they should live the life of their dreams no matter how hard their life’s are.