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Meet the Positive Lady of Steel: Ruka Yaro Deliman

MISS RUKA YARO DELIMAN
MISS RUKA YARO DELIMAN

Our guest is a typical woman of steel in the right description. She is Ruka Yaro Deliman. She is an entrepreneur, girl child educator, an un-bendable machine of inspiration and a beautiful lady. Let’s get straight to action.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Hello and thank you for this opportunity. Before anything, please tell us about Miss Ruka Yaro Deliman and her family.

 

RUKA:

Miss DeLiman is an only daughter of a family of three. My two siblings and I were raised single handedly by our Mother who had to give up or put on hold a lot of her dreams to see us through school.  I was born in a village called Gambaga now a big town in East Mamprugu in the Northern Region. I grew up in Tamale where I did all my Basic and Senior High schooling and proceeded to Wa University for Development Studies where I graduated with a BA Degree in Integrated Development Studies.  I did my National service at Tamale Polytechnic with the Department of Language and Liberal studies. As we all know unemployment is on the increase even among graduates. I was faced with the same challenge until Camfed Ghana offered to consider a few of us for a position that was meant strictly for Camfed Alumni (CAMA) members. This was how I became a CAMA member an opportunity which I revere in high esteem because it provided me with a lot of opportunities to volunteer and contribute to positive change in many communities in the Tamale metropolis. Through hard work and dedicated service, I was elected to become the Chairperson for the CAMA Sagnarigu District. Through this same vein of hard work and dedicated service to community, I applied for and was selected to Participate in the President Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African Leaders.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Tell us more about that Fellowship.

RUKA:

This was targeted at young African leaders who are taking initiatives to contribute to community development. I do many things to brighten my corner, so I was chosen to participate in this honourable programme.

 

RUKA YARO DELIMAN
RUKA YARO DELIMAN

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Growing up as a young girl, would you say you were empowered by your family and community?

 

RUKA:

I would say yes. Firstly, as I mentioned earlier, I was raised by a single mother who happened to be a teacher and so understood the essence of girl child education using her own experience as a case for reference. She gave her children equal opportunities and encouragements. My brothers have also been very supportive in my endeavours and sometimes they encourage me to do things that I did not think I had the capability to. My community too offered me a lot of platforms to volunteer which helped to tremendously empower me in the areas of community mobilization and sensitization as well as partnering and influencing others to take up initiatives that contribute to development. However because of the tradition of male dominance which dates way back, some communities are not helping much when it comes to empowering the female child.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Who will win Ruka’s respect?

 

RUKA:

Ruka upholds honesty, hard work and  selfless giving. A person who always spends time thinking of unfavourable issues and the possible solutions to solving these issues as well as inspiring others to work together to achieve great results. A person who sees every opportunity as a blessing, and shares with others so they can also benefit in “ripple” effect.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Please tell us what you do as a profession today.

 

RUKA:

I am an entrepreneur specifically a farmer. I own the Jamilullah Farm in Zagyuri a community in Tamale, Ghana.

The farm is a meat processing enterprise that seeks to create employment for young people so they can put themselves through school, earn a living or even start their own businesses to create more employment. The farm also targets rural women with the aim to empower to help them  cater for their families and support their wards’ education.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Why did you choose entrepreneurship?

 

RUKA:

I chose entrepreneurship because I want to contribute to the reduction of unemployment in my community and contribute my quota to national development. I believe the government is all of us and as such if anybody needs to do something about the numerous problems we have, it is we the individuals who can make this happen.

AMOAFOWAA:

I know you love mentoring and impacting positively on young souls, how many young people have you impacted so far?

RUKA:

Wonderful question. I can’t remember.  I have organised and participated in a lot of mentoring activities all over Ghana. I know I have reached out to over 3000 young people and counting. Every opportunity to mentor and share with young ones experiences that can inspire them to work hard and develop positive attitudes to becoming successful  brings me a lot of fulfilment. As such, my work as a mentor has just begun.

RUKA YARO DELIMAN

 

AMOAFOWAA:

What is your take on feminism?

RUKA:

I support it fully when its done objectively. Through these ideologies, tremendous improvements have been made especially regarding the inclusion of women in various aspects of National development. We can see the lot of organisations now channelling their efforts to empowering women economically socially and politically. However feminists should remember to let the male counterparts know that it is their support that would make the liberation and prosperity of the female easily attainable. And that, this is a collective action so that they can work with us instead of against us.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Let’s talk about education. Do you think Ghana is doing much to empower her females?

 

RUKA:

Talking about the female, I hold the view that more can be done to support young women take up other career paths besides teaching and nursing which are dominant. Also more attention needs to be paid towards the girl child because women are fast becoming the highest percentage that contribute to the economic development of nations.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

What do you think about the educational system of Ghana?

 

RUKA:
In my view, I think the educational system in Ghana is not very impressive. More emphasis is being put on theory churning out graduates with little practical skills. Policies need to be revised and syllabus designed to suit the Ghanaian youth.  Include more opportunities for outdoor learning and other strategies that would help the youth to relate to topics and concepts discussed.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

What is your take on examination malpractices? I ask this because many believe it is flawing the African educational system.

RUKA:

This is something that I discourage totally. It instils reluctance in students who otherwise would have worked hard to excel in their exams. Students should understand that it is only studying and asking for help to understand the under studied subjects that would position them for success and as such they should put in efforts and postpone having fun to holidays and after graduation.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

The young Ghanaian and reading are on different paths due to technology. Would you agree?

 

RUKA:
I do agree. This unfortunately has become the order of the day now. Hardly would you see children trooping to the library. They rather go to occasions such as weddings etc to dance and waste their time. Not many children especially in the rural areas can recite fully the alphabets much more read. Most children will rather be seen watching TV etc than read.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

If you do, how can we curb this issue?

 

RUKA:

What I think would help reduce this challenge is for young people to take initiatives that would encourage reading among the youth. Forming of reading clubs that would be a fun packed platform for young people can also help. Besides, setting up resource centres by communities where volunteers can avail themselves to teach young people to read will also contribute greatly.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

What is your take on fraud or Sakawa?

 

RUKA:

This has become a household term. I am of the view that this phenomenon is one of the devils of technology. Technology has helped us a lot but has also endangered and misled a lot. I think sakawa is something that is very bad and should be discouraged using very stringent measures including enforcing very tough laws on culprits to deter others from following suite.

AMOAFOWAA:

Let’s talk about domestic violence. You know it reigns in this part of Ghana and many abused women hide the sins of their spouse just to save their marriages. What is your take on this?

RUKA:
Very true and what makes it worse is the male dominance that the tradition upholds. A lot of people still look down on the female making their abuse seem accepted. I personally discourage this practice and would not hesitate to support any one who is victimised to take on the perpetrators.

AMOAFOWAA:

Some say I want my man to be tall, with six packs, with no bald pate, honest, neat and responsible. How do you prefer yours?

RUKA:

God fearing, humble, supportive of my decisions and aspirations and respects me enough to see me as his partner and not his opponent or subordinate.

AMOAFOWAA:

Are you single?

RUKA:

yes

AMOAFOWAA:

Why do you always cover your hair?

 

RUKA:

That is a very good question. There is the notion that all Muslim women who cover their heads are married but that is not so. That is what the religion upholds. All women must cover their heads.

AMOAFOWAA:

But since many men who are not Muslims may think you are married, why do you wear the head gear? Don’t you think you might lose a potential Non-Muslim man.

RUKA:

Oh no, although some still come to ask, I would never date a Christian or people from other religions. I love Christians but I want someone I can do everything with; worship together etc. So for me, it is strictly Muslim, no offence to the others though.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Wow! Is it possible for a woman to have it all? Marriage, children, a good job and influence?

RUKA:

Very possible. It just has to do with how you balance being all of that.  Having all of these comes with responsibilities and you should not see any as being more important because to me they are all the same. Everything you do, you need to understand the role you play and ensure that you put efforts in satisfying them to the best of your ability.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Ruka how do you see yourself in five years?

 

RUKA:
In five years, I see myself as the CEO of the biggest farm in Northern Ghana employing over a hundred people especially rural women. I see myself mobilizing the youth and inspiring growth in their capacities in order for them to champion the course of change in their communities that would lead to development.

AMOAFOWAA:

Now to entertainment and sports. Are you a sports fan?

RUKA:

I don’t really like sports. I do indulge myself when it has to do with inter schools, inter groups etc but not serious levels.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

What are your hobbies?

RUKA:

Dancing, singing and reading

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Which songs do you listen to and who are your favourite artists and why?

RUKA:

I listen to all  songs at different times depending on my mood. But I like Usher, Whitney Houston, Seun Paul, Efia, Guru and Bisa.

AMOAFOWAA :

If you are to act like a mad woman, dancing on the street and being filmed on live television. Which would you rather do? Your local dance or azonto?

 

RUKA:

Azonto

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Let’s talk politics. What do you think about our electoral system?

 

RUKA:
Very poor. People now just vote for symbols rather than reason.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Why do you say so?

 

RUKA:

People have affiliated themselves with some political parties and they vote for the party symbols without considering whether the people they are voting for can do the job. There is no objectivity and the people they vote for become figures instead of servants for the nation.

AMOAFOWAA:

Do you think a woman can become the president of Ghana in twenty years?

RUKA:

Sure. That is my dream and I know its a work in progress. We will get there because women are becoming increasingly interested in politics and our male counterparts are now also embracing the fact that women can also lead and even yield better results.

AMOAFOWAA:

If I say almost all things in negativity ring politics, would you agree with me?

RUKA:
Largely yes.

AMOAFOWAA:

Why?

RUKA:

Because almost every system in the country has its roots attached to government which is now highly political. So all the negativity that we have going on is facilitated by the fact that we have politicised everything.

 

AMOAFOWAA:

Which part of the Ghanaian National Anthem inspires you to do more?

 

RUKA:

“Fill our hearts with true humility

Make us cherish fearless honesty”

 

AMOAFOWAA:

I need to let you be but before then, please inspire the helpless and needy girl browsing for men as their bank accounts, the hopeless teenage mother who thinks Sakawa is the only way out, the black sheep of the world who sits on the internet to dupe and this may sound weird but those who browse the net looking for suicide tips and may chance on this.

RUKA:

You are more than you can ever imagine. It takes determination, focus and hard work to become successful. Discard the easy and get rich quick attitude and think about all that you can do to bring change. Make friends with the right people who can give you the right support. Rome was not built in a day so have patience and persevere on the right path. And remember it doesn’t take plenty money to start a business and saving is one of the ways to raise capital.  Similarly, don’t waste your time on things that are of little benefit. Volunteer your time doing things that position you to become the number one person based on your skills and capacity to bring relevant contribution to various platforms.

AMOAFOWAA:

I am very glad I had this interview. Thank you very much for your time.

RUKA:

It was my pleasure.

END OF THE INTERVIEW

 

Ruka’s inspiration came in this poetry form:

 

Rings the inspiration bell

Under the guise of determination

Ka-ching in the fast, she abhors

A WOMAN amongs women!

 

Yes, she is the one

A body unsuspectful of the grand

Rolls she puts out

Overall in all fields, she is the one

 

Day is different from night

Exemplary she is she uses all

Loving with open arms the distressed

Innocent plants on this field

Manning the fallen apart

And standing strong for good morals

None beats her on brightness, Ruka Yaro Deliman

Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia (c) 2014

 

By amoafowaa

Just a simple Ghanaian trying to find the best in our society. I may be fun, I may be interesting, I may be funny, I may even be foolish or intelligent, but it is all based on the mood in which you find yourself. I believe our minds make us who we are. Know that, pain, no matter its 'unbearability', is transient. Unburden or delight yourself for a while in my writings please. And all corrections, advice and opinions are welcome. Know that you are the king, queen or royal on this blog. :)

13 replies on “Meet the Positive Lady of Steel: Ruka Yaro Deliman”

To hear a woman who’s strength is so, is to know that even in the worst of times there still remains hope. To know that the youth of today can shine so that there will be a Sun tomorrow. Many blessings Cecilia, and many blessings Ruka, peace.

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