ZODML logo

International Women's Day: Press for Progress

By Nkem Egenuka on Thu, 08/03/2018 - 17:34

A Society that will honour its women is the society that will be lost in time...

                                                                                                                                                        -Oby Ezekwesili

International Women’s Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. It aims to achieve full Gender equality. This theme for this year is ‘press for progress’.

This day also commemorates the inspiring role of women in securing women’s rights and building equitable societies. It gives voices to women, so that they can maximize their potencial.

International women's Day honours the struggles of women who have broken all barriers and reached the pinnacle of success in every area of life. Now, women all over the world have left their footprints by actively participating in politics, education, social work,  sports, IT, and others.

The role women play in this country cannot be over emphasized. So many women have grown and developed skills that have made them relevant in the society.


Today we Celebrate one of our Writers who stood firm in the face of challenges

Zainab Alkali

She is a novelist, poet, writer of short stories. She hails from the Northern part of the country. She was born in 1950, in Tura-Wazila, Borno State.

Alkali graduated with a BA from Bayero University Kano.  She obtained a doctorate in African Studies in the same university and became the principal of Sakera Girls' boarding school. After that, She went on to be a lecturer in English at two universities in Nigeria.


She rose to be a dean in the Faculty of arts at Nasarawa State University in Keffi where she taught creative writing.


She is often regarded as the first woman novelist from Northern Nigeria.

Zainab Alkali’s Works

  • The Stillborn, Lagos: Longman (Drumbeats),
  • The Virtuous Woman, Longman Nigeria, 1987
  • Cobwebs & Other Stories, Lagos: Malthouse Press, 1997
  • The Descendants, Tamaza, 2005, 








Image Credit




About the Author