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20 Questions with Rita Wiwa, Program Officer for PMA2020/Nigeria

Rita-1.jpg1. What is your name and role in PMA2020?
My name is Rita Wiwa, and I am program officer for PMA2020 Nigeria. 

2. How did you get involved with PMA2020?
I was asked to attend the training of trainers (TOT) in Ibadan by Dr. Elizabeth Omoluabi, Principal Investigator for PMA2020 Nigeria. 

3. What does your typical day look like?
Meetings by phone or in person are a major part of my day. My job is to make sure my organization is well equipped to achieve and affirm our goals. 

4. What skills do you most frequently employ in your work with PMA2020?
The skills I frequently use in this job are organizational skills, attention to logistical details, and communication skills. 

5. What is your favorite thing about working with PMA2020?
My favorite thing about working with PMA2020 is meeting diverse groups of people and learning about their cultures and traditions. 

6. If you could describe PMA2020 in a few words...?
Family planning, women's empowerment, WASH. 

7. Why do you think PMA2020 is important?
PMA is important because it helps us monitor the contraceptive prevalence rate and TFR of different regions. 

8. What is the biggest challenge you face in your work?
The coordination of the REs during training is sometimes difficult, as are the communication barriers we face. 

9. What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to watch football or go out with my family. 

10. If you could meet anyone in the world, who would it be?
The Queen of England. 

11. What are some valuable lessons learned from your time in PMA2020?
I have learned a few things: the importance of cooperation to achieve a target goal, that there is unity in diversity, it is important to eradicate misconceptions about family planning, and how to make our environment conducive for living. 

12. How would you encourage young students hoping to do similar work that you are doing?
I would encourage young people to be diligent, responsive and responsible. They should have focus and determination, and be committed to the work that is assigned to them. 

13. If you could visit any country in the world, where would you go?

14. What is your favorite public health topic?
Family planning methods and fertility behavior. 

Rita-2.jpg15. Where would you like to be in 10 years?
In 10 year's time, I would like to be a renowned social researcher. 

16. What are you afraid of?
Losing confidence in myself. 

17. What is the most interesting thing you have learned while working with PMA2020?
PMA2020 has given me the opportunity to relate with different people from different tribes and learn their views/attitudes towards family planning.

18If you could change one thing about anything, what would it be?
I would change my perceptions and attitude about cultures that are different from my own. 

19. Who is your role model and why?
I admire my cousin due to her strength, charisma, and the way she excels in her career while maintaining her household. 

20. Any last words?
Thank you for this opportunity. PMA2020 has changed my life. It made me realize how important family planning is in order to improve health and services delivery outcomes.