The second edition of The Royal Daisy was held on the 16th February 2021 at Tayo Adenirokun Auditorium, University of Lagos. The event was organized by the Not for Profit organization ‘Girls With Period’, founded by Patricia Vin-Okopi.
‘Girls With Period’ is an initiative that aids in educating girls and women about menstrual hygiene, sex education, the importance of education and self-esteem, amongst others.
The Royal Daisy is a school club arm of Girls With Period to empower young girls. The theme for this year event was; Let’s Talk Period, Puberty and Peer pressure (The 3Ps).
The event focused on expanding and sharing learning experiences among students from different schools. The students were engaged in several educative and fun activities such as debate, interviews, quizzes, spelling bees, cultural dance and choreography etc.
Chairman of the Board of directors for Girls With Period, Ifeoma ‘Oma Areh during her keynote speech stated their goal for the event.
“A lot of young girls begin to lose their confidence in their teenage years. It is our goal with the Royal Daisy 2.0 to empower the girl child and reach hundreds of thousands and eventually millions of women and girls across Africa with our message,” she said.
The event was graced with special guest speakers such as; Adebola Williams, Grace-Charis Bassey Effah, Bolanle Olukanni, Dayo Benjamin Laniyi, Adeoluwa Okusaga (Saga), Yusuf Garba (Yousef), Dr. Damian Avar (Sabi Doctor), Dr. Etiobhio Ose and Dr. Somefun of The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
They spoke on topics ranging from period, puberty, press pressure, pad/menstrual hygiene, confidence, sexual reproductive health, Gender equality, Girl child education and empowerment etc.
Adebola Williams who spoke on African Power Girls- Finding and unleashing your greatness which was inspired by his book “African Power Girls” buttressed that the book centres on stories of different African women, who have made an impact and caused change in Africa and other parts of the world.
He further revealed that “African Power Girls” was written to inspire and empower a generation of ‘African Power Girls.
He gave out several copies to students who attended the Royal Daisy 2.0 event to empower the young students.