Here’s a little positivity to brighten your day, make you smile and say, “Women power!”
It’s always cool and impressive to say you have a lawyer in the family, especially if you’re a parent and you’re bragging about your child. A husband and wife in Nigeria can make that boast times five!
This heartwarming story first came to light when one woman posted a photo on Instagram with her and her four sisters donning black robes with the caption, “We’re siblings of the same man and woman; these are not costumes… we’re actually lawyers! All 5 of us. :)”
Photographer Jonah Ajigo of Brookmatrix Photography documented this amazing (and probably historical) family milestone on camera and he gave some insight on the five sisters, their remarkable achievements and their extremely proud parents.
Ajigo wrote of the family:
Tor and Berry met about 35 years ago, and they decided to dedicate their lives to God… for a while it seemed like God was just minding his business and ignoring them. He gave them 5 children, 5 girls… and we all know that in Nigeria they don’t think much of the girl child.
Anyway, fast forward a few years and God decided to shut everyone up!!!!! Ladies and gents I’d like to introduce you to the first parents in Nigeria (I stand corrected) who have 5 KIDS, All GIRLS, All LAWYERS!!!
Much like other countries and cultures around the world, daughters aren’t held in high regard as much as sons are in Nigeria. Fathers may love their little girls, but countless men long to bear sons that will carry on the family name. Educating female children isn’t always a top priority.
Tor and Berry raised five intelligent and beautiful daughters, but they did a lot more for their culture and community than they probably know. They showed the world that women can grow up to be just as successful as men. That may not mean anything to you or me, but it can mean the world to a little girl in Nigeria growing up in a similar town who needs to see that she can be or do anything she wants to do as long as she sets her mind to it. Tor and Berry’s five daughters are walking examples of female empowerment.