women group of the Nigerian Oweirri Peoples’ Association (OPA) in The Gambia;
commonly call the Igbo, recently held their fourth annual mothers summit held
at the Banjul Reform Club along MDI road in Kanifing.
The summit saw the inclusion of another Igbo women group of Gambian women married to Igbo men to promote integration and cohesion among them.
According to OPA chairperson, Madam Eunice Oparah, August mothers’ summit is a common concept among Igbo women of the south-eastern part of Nigeria who are in the country or living abroad. “As the name implies, it is held in the month of August every year.”
She explained that the period witnessed massive homecoming from different towns and cities across the world of Igbo women to their matrimonial rural hometowns, where they unite with their families.
Madam Oparah said during the summit, they discuss developmental projects in their communities such as the construction of town halls, community clinics, and construction of bore holes and roads amongst others. “Currently, many state governments in the Igbo land use the August meeting as a forum to partner with women groups in their advocacy for girl education and women empowerment in politics. It also targets addressing many social problems including domestic violence, early marriage and female circumcision.”
A lecture delivered by Dr. Ihouma Charles Ebere highlighted important tips on how women can build their dream homes and how little problems in a marital relationship may cost an upcoming generation of children and nurture their mental stability.