Written by the Author:
Dr. Nkechi Agwu
In the beginning God created woman in His own like image, blessed her to go out to be fruitful and multiply, to replenish the earth, subdue it, and have dominion over everything on it, Genesis 1: 27-28. God’s Own: The Genesis of Mathematical Story-Telling is about the creativity of God (The Absolute Infinite) as He is reflected in women. It is about the power of The Absolute Infinite to perform signs and wonders reflected in mathematical symbols, patterns, numbers, and graphs. It is a book on His word according to John 1:1, in the beginning was the word, the word was with God, and the word was God. God’s Own: The Genesis of Mathematical Story-Telling is a mathematical, cultural, and spiritual story of Dr. Nkechi (God’s own) Madonna Adeleine Agwu, aka Nma (Beautiful) Jacob. Dr. Agwu is an African female leader in mathematics and statistics education. Her life trajectory includes experiences of displacement, homelessness, living in refugee camps, single-parenting of a child with hearing and speech needs, and many other issues that from all indications could have set her up for failure, but for God’s divine intervention. God’s Own: The Genesis of Mathematical Story-Telling is about Dr. Agwu’s journey as an ethno-mathematician to her present scholarship in African culture and women’s stories in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related fields. It is about how she found her identity as a mathematical story-teller of members of the Organization of Nigerian Women in Agricultural Research and Development (NiWARD). It is a story about the beauty, strength, courage, and nurturing spirit of women. In this era of globalization, African people face the urgent need to foster world-wide education about their mathematics, science, technology, history and culture (Gerdes, 1998). All groups of people have made significant contributions to the development of mathematics. However, the contributions of Africans other than those related to the early beginnings of algebra and geometry in ancient Egypt, are still highly unacknowledged in the history of mathematics (Lumpkin, 1997). This is partly due to our oral traditions, slavery, colonialism, neo-colonialism, globalization, and the fact that our indigenous mathematics, scientific and technological knowledge as a people is often shrouded in our spirituality. This notwithstanding, efforts must be made to document the mathematical contributions of Africans to enrich the curriculum in a multicultural and interdisciplinary way by providing a wide repertoire of examples of mathematical concepts illustrated from the African context. God’s Own: The Genesis of Mathematical Story-Telling does this. In particular, it highlights the indigenous mathematical knowledge and cultural beauty of the Ndebele people of Southern Africa. God’s Own: The Genesis of Mathematical Story-Telling is a story about creativity, innovation, and adaptation. It is a story about necessity as the mother of innovation. It is about the philosophy of “do what you can, from where you are, with what you have.” It is a story about Nma (Beautiful) Jacob, the survivor, overcomer, successor and faithful servant of God. It is a story that The Absolute Infinite is ever present in our lives shaping our mathematical genomes. Emmanuel – God is with us! His Angels are around us, protecting and guiding us!
Written by the Authors:
Dr. Nkechi Agwu & Rev. Emmanuel Angel
My sisters, we have a great, mighty and covenant keeping God, ever faithful and ever sure. He is always present in His church and in our lives doing great, mighty, marvelous and miraculous things. We only have to look at the works of all His Prophets and the lives of all the great women of God in the Bible to understand this aspect of God.
On January 24, 2016, Abba Father stretched forth His hand through His Prophet, Reverend Emmanuel Angel, to raise another disciple, servant, women’s leader and missionary for His church, in particular, Glorious Miracle Embassy International, in the form of, Reverend (Dr.) Nkechi Agwu (God’s Own). He knows who we are even before we are born. Through His revelation, her paternal grandmother, Omamma Virginia Agwu, nee Egu Agu, named her Nkechinyere (Gift of God). By the power of the Holy Spirit that is within Reverend (Dr.) Nkechi Agwu, she is endowed with the gift of the written word, like Apostle Paul. Though this book, she is here with His Prophet, Reverend Emmanuel Angel to bring you His word, “woman thou art loosed, escape the limitation of femininity.”
Woman Thou Art Loosed: Escape the Limitation of Femininity is a book about the power of God and how this power is reflected or manifested in women. It is a book to provide women and all others with the tools, inspiration and motivation needed to go forth and serve the Lord in great and mighty ways notwithstanding whether you come from a lowly or shameful background like Rahab, the Canaanite prostitute woman from Jericho whose courage in hiding two of God’s warriors in Joshua’s army spared the lives of her family from death, Joshua 2: 1 – 24.
My sisters, do you have the type of courage of Rehab when it comes to the things of God? Are you willing to proclaim Him as your Jehovah Adonai, Lord and Master? Are you willing to risk your life, the lives of your family and loved ones for the growth and development of His church and His kingdom?
My sisters, are you willing to go froth into the mission field where others are afraid to go to evangelize, preach and teach about our Living God? Are you willing to feed the poor and heal the sick by His power that is vested in you?
This book is a teaching guide for how to be a Christ-like leader. It provides a few curricular activities related to the topics discussed. It is a book on how to love God and our fellow humans according to His commandments in Exodus 20: 1 – 17 or Deuteronomy 5: 6 – 21. It is a book about the fundamental role of women in humanity.
Written by the Authors:
Dr. Nkechi Agwu, Dr.Stella WIlliams, and Ms. Olabukunola Williams
The Grace of Dr. (Mrs.) Mojisola Olayinka Edema née Fatungase: A Visionary and a Reformer is a splendid “aso-oke” compilation of stories and articles of this noble and graceful lady. It is a “talking drum” of coded colorful messages honoring and celebrating the life and legacy of this humble, straightforward and great Nigerian woman, wife and mother. She may be gone from this world, but her spirit lives on through the numerous lives she touched in positive ways. The late Dr. (Mrs.) Mojisola Olayinka Edema was a virtuous woman with a strong faith in God. She advocated strongly for the empanicipation and empowerment of women and girls. She was an educator who believed in the power of knowledge. She was loved by her students. She was a community builder and a nation builder. She was a woman who always carried a smiling face no matter what challenges, problems or difficult issues she was facing. Despite the lack of longevity of her life, it was a life well lived. It is a life worthy of emulation. It is a life that definitely takes a front row seat among the great leaders and scientific geniuses of the 21st century. The late Dr. (Mrs.) Mojisola Olayinka Edema was a pioneer of the Nigerian Women in Agricultural Research for Development (NiWARD). She was the former Acting Director of the Centre for Gender Issues in Science and Technology (CEGIST), The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) and Food Microbiology Faculty Member at this institution. Her area of emphasis as a food microbiologist was on Nigerian traditional foods. Too often, successful and influential African women leaders and geniuses do not get the recognition they deserve. Their stories are usually invisible to people outside their realm of direct impact. So, they hardly make it into the global history records in their fields of success and influence. This severely limits the effect of their biographies in nurturing, grooming and guiding young girls and others for leadership roles and success in their professional and other life endeavors. This publication brings recognition to the late Dr. (Mrs.) Mojisola Olayinka Edema, by honoring and celebrating her life and her legacy. Although it does not completely reflect all facets of this great lady, it provides a glimpse into the “aso-oke” fabric of her inner being, character, professional work, mentoring roles, volunteer service, community building and nation building endeavors. We know it will serve as a path or a shining star to follow for young women and girls who aspire to be leaders and nation builders, and for all others who would like to walk the walk in similar aspects of her journey through life.