I thought civilization was all about education

So I got educated only to realize

It’s still the same Africa

Just with more educated women

And educated or not

The best that is expected of us is to belong to a man

Educated or not,

We are applauded when we get a man

And overlooked when we attain the extraordinary

So I looked myself in the mirror

And promised never to settle for less

Where less is appreciated

And the extraordinary is overlooked

I choose to remain extraordinary

Yes, I’m smart,

Yes I’m beautiful

Yes I’m Educated

And yes I wear it with pride

I’m not just another trophy

I am a woman with extraordinary capabilities

Able to color up my home,

Cover up my man,

And still be extraordinary enough to transform my society

I do not settle for societal expectations

I am more, so much more than they expect me to be

I am a woman

I am extraordinary



Written by;

Oluwatomisin Onatemowo


Jane Egerton-Idehen

Jane Egerton-Idehen is a telecommunication executive with over 13 years’ experience in the Nigerian, Liberian and Ghanaian telecommunications markets. Jane has a strong passion for promoting girls in STEM and ensuring women in STEM industries remain and grow their careers in that industry. She curates her thoughts around her career journey, experiences and passion in life.