I met and photographed Grace in October 2020 for ActionAid’s Women by Women campaign.
Grace became a widow in 2009. Shortly after her husband's death, his brothers conspired to dispossess Grace of all that was left behind for her and her children.
In 2016, after a prolonged battle with her in-laws, she was able to get back some landed properties with the help of Women Aid Collective (WACOL), one of ActionAid Nigeria’s local partners.
Time and time again, we have seen how patriarchal cultural norms and tradition have and continue to endanger the lives of girls and women in our society. While we still have a long way to go in dismantling patriarchal systems in our society, I applaud everyone that is striving to create a better world for girls and women.