Monday 6 February 2023


By: Ronke Raji

The Federation of Muslim Women of Nigeria (FOMWAN) Jos chapter has celebrated the 11th World Hijab Day with the theme: Progression and not Oppression, with many Muslim women in attendance.

The chapter from records has taken the Hijab Day as an obligatory to be celebrated annual. Also from records, the celebration starts on the 1st of February and ends on the 4th of same month, with a lot of programs to mark the day. Most times, different facilitators are invited to educate people on the importance of Hijab among other contemporary issues.

During the recent celebration in Jos, the Amira, Hajia Kaltime Auwal, welcomed the participants and urged them to be patient and to listen to the information the facilitators have to deliver.

The program start with the recitation of the Holy Quran by some of the students present at the event.

The first facilitator, Hajia Rashida Aminu Abdulmalik, talked about the importance of Hijab and the ethics that surrounds the wearing. She  said hijab is meant to cover the body and not to expose the body, while advising that, women should try to wear them in an appropriate manner.

The second speaker, Hajia Saadatu Adam Abdullahi made more emphasizes on the importance of Hijab, while the third speaker, Madam Kaneng Tabitha Pam –hwovo, explained why she loves and appreciates the Hijab, as she shared flyers for more information.

The last speaker Hajia Khadija Ibrahim Ogah, (a Lab Scientist) talked about the awareness, sensitization of polio, eradication of polio and cancer screening.

She talked about ways in which one can get infectious disease like cancer and also the symptoms of this deadly disease.

She made emphasis and advised parents to try and make sure their children are well vaccinated. She said her profession did not stop her from being a Muslim and also to wear her Hijab as a crown.

On their part, pupils from FOMWAN presented a talk show on the importance of Hijab and how they feel about wearing it.

The program ended with the presentation of Hijab to some students and to other participants.


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