Ogochukwu Geraldine Eloike, a writer and renowned communications strategist, today launched her book, Ichabod, a clear narration of the feminine experience and how these experiences are being trivialized by society thus widening the gender gap.
The book, which was published by Parresia Publishers Ltd. under the Origami imprint, provides practicable roles that society and individuals can play in entrenching equity and ameliorating gender wariness which has been on the rise in recent times.
To launch the book, the author, Ogochukwu, kick-started hashtags campaign #Ichabod and #ImEnough to give women a voice and platform to share their life experiences in relation to manifestations of gender inequity and shortfalls.
Through the hashtags, women and girls can share their experiences as girls and young adults living in patriarchal societies and how these experiences have shaped their life decisions thus far.
To shade more light on the invaluable nature of the book – Ichabod, the author, Ogochukwu Eloike stated “The term Ichabod has biblical connotation which means lost glory and it is used as the book title to allude to various ways we have gotten the training and raising of the girls wrong by paying much tribute to male children across various touchpoints.
Understandably, in recent times, we have a series of activities designed to celebrate girls and women, but, our socio-cultural foundation remains patriarchal. For instance, in the Nigerian political environment, the senate unanimously voted against a gender-balanced house in 2021 and the action clearly depicts the perception of women as unequal and undeserving of leadership positions even when existing and emerging data shows that women, in some contexts are better leaders.”
The book, Ichabod is a direct and honest analysis of current gender disparity situations, not just in Nigeria but across the globe using real-life data garnered online and offline to measure various drivers of abuses, dissatisfaction, and perceived/established differences amongst both genders.
The insights allow for a direct call to action for women as emerging data depict a rapid increase in gender-based violence especially by spouses or close family members.
“And it is my hope that this book will trigger some sort of paradigm shift in various societies so that as people, we would pay more attention to the needs of each other instead of trying to subjugate and exert authority over one another”.
It is also identified in the book, as a key imperative for various stakeholders starting from families to look beyond the status quo and become more involved in addressing foundational causes of misogyny as unhappy mothers are most likely to raise unhappy children.
Institutions like government parastatals and religious establishments are also required to put in place structures that would test and allow for equity and help in actively bridging the gap created by gender disparity.
The book, Ichabod is available on Okadabooks, Amazon Kindle, Amazon paperback, and hard copies can also be ordered by readers from Parresia Publishers via the website or a walk-in at 1st Floor Ibilola Nelson House, 82 Allen Ave, Ikeja.
Ogochukwu Geraldine Eloike is an astute and established Communications Strategist, a radical feminist, an audacious Christian and an Education reforms advocate with over a decade of experience as a communications consultant for both local and multinational brands.
As a communicator, her key strength areas are in orchestrating campaigns that drive behaviourial change or instigate a certain level of a paradigm shift to readjust human perspectives to existing and emerging changes across various touchpoints. Through her unique voice, she creates truth-based content for various platforms where she confronts various barriers to human mental and spiritual emancipation and absolute commitment to God’s will.
When she is not creating strategies for her numerous corporate clients, Ogochukwu mostly engages with various education stakeholders to establish viable ways of reforming the learning system in Nigeria and across Africa.
In her words, ‘Every society is a reflection of its education ideologies; thus, if you want to sustainably transform a nation, do so through education.” Ichabod is her first book, an effort spurred from a long list of book outlines designed to confront various life issues truthfully.