The critical role of women in Nigerian politics

By Rita K. Gonyok

Over the years women have been relegated to the background in issues of the overall development especially in the developing nations like Nigeria. This is borne out of the sentimental attachment on feminine gender. Historical evidences are available to prove that the Nigerian women have for long been playing crucial role in political life of the country, and this has contributed in no small measure in shaping the political system of the nation. For development of any kind to be successful, a vantage position should be accorded the women, as they constitute larger proportion of the population. In this regard, they should not be left out in the issues of decision making that bothers even on their lives as a people.

Today, women are participating more actively in political issues than ever before as a result of political re-awakening and awareness. More often than not, they are besieged with challenges of which discrimination is more rife. Majority of the men more on chauvinistic disposition are preoccupied with the notion that decision making is exclusively for the men folk while women are to be instructed on what to do. This idea of seeing the women playing the number two role at homes has come to play itself out in the political life of the people. And this ought not to be so with regards to the ever dynamic nature of things globally as women are now seeing in other communities as avant-garde in developed nations. It is surprising that the same mindset of yester years is still what is obtained in our country.

Despite the difficulties faced by women in politics, they continue with their political ambition, contributing enormously to the political and national development in their own way as the challenges militating against them are not present, although Nigeria is yet to have a female president. Women over the years could be said to have recorded some measure of appreciable political achievement in other political fields of endeavors, meeting their political objectives with limited support and resources at their disposal.

In 1957 during the pre-independence era of Nigeria, a couple of women political activists such as, Mrs. Margaret Ekpo, Mrs. Janet Mokelu and Ms. Young were members of the Eastern House of Assembly. The late Mrs. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, though not a full-fledged politician, was a very strong force to reckon with in the politics of the Western Region. And Hajia Gambo Sawaba waged a fierce battle for the political and cultural emancipation of women in the North. One can say that women have always played viable political roles in Nigeria in spite of all the limitations and encumbrances.

The Babangida era marked a turning point in the history of women struggle in Nigeria, when Maryam Babangida institutionalized the office of the first lady in 1987. She became the first working First Lady and launched the "Better Life for Rural Women" program. Other women who have made impact in the country's political scene include, Mrs. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala former minister of finance, who saved the nation records of billions of Naira as a result of her hard working nature as a public officer. Mrs. Obi Ezekwesili also laid a land mark in the history of Nigeriapolitics. Prof.. Dora Akunyili, the NAFDAC boss has also performed credibly; leading the fight against adulterated pharmaceutical drugs, her name can never be forgotten in the annals of history. There are myriads of women in politics even presently that have done very well and are still performing excellently well.

Liberia's head of state Ellen Johnson Sir-leaf has made history as Africa's first female president. In the United States, Senator Hillary Clinton has made a positive impact in America's politics. Also the Republican Party's presidential candidate John McCain picked a woman - SarahPalin, the Governor of Alaska as his running mate for the U.S election. This could be seen as the strong factor women constitute in the political parlance of any nation.

Today, many countries of the world are making efforts to bridge the gap between men and women in politics. But in Nigerian the representation of women in Government even though has improved than before is still very low compared to what obtains in other nations of the world, particularly in the developed nations. The representation of women in the last republic, 2003 election, was poor only 3 women made it to 109 members senate house, while 21 were elected in 360 members lower house of representatives. As it were, the number of serving female Ministers is still very few.

There is no doubt that women have some potentials and rights to contribute meaningfully to the development of their country. Therefore, the Nigerian government should work towards achieving gender equality in democratic governance, increase women participation and access to politics. It must be realized that the role of women as home makers can not be down played in that it equally has an extended impact on their responsibility in service, the women touch anywhere cannot be matched. 

Rita k. Gonyok

Rita_gonyok@yahoo.com

National Press Centre, Abuja

 



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Re: The critical role of women in Nigerian politics
Dewdrops posted on 11-22-2008, 09:53:02 AM
Did I see the great madam "Ndidi" anywhere on this thread? Or rhe likes of "Big Chi"?


We have seen all kinds of female politician names thrown around on this thread.

Can anyone just provide their educational backgrounds and list of accomplishments in their so-called tenure in the world of "African Politics".

Bottom line: Women have no autonomy politically in Nigeria. They usually dance like lapdogs on or between the thighs of men.

Sure, we have female politicians in Nigeria.....but I have not seen any tangible use they have been to themselves not to talk of to the general public.

Good thing I am ALL woman tooooooooooo...so if I call Nigerian female politicians prostitutes....it is in order....no gender bias then.


The higher you crawl as a female politician in Nigeria...the greater of a prostitute you have become......the stakes are higher.....with a tinge of "jazz" to seal the deals.




What the heck has one like Nenadi Usman accomplished compared to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala if not under the "tutelege" of her darling husband? Or Uncle. Or Brother. Or "Friend".


No sentiments attached....the role of women in politics especially in Africa.....is still one of "use what you have to get what you want".

Men use their ar$$es too like those "Dandies" in Abuja. Most use money.

Women use more of their A$$es to crawl around......little money involved....just for their boy toys.

QED!

No need to belabor the point......just prove me wrong that's all.

All the throwing around of fancy big big names of "political female icons" does not do the trick.

I gave an example of the Female President of Liberia on this thread.....now which Nigerian female politician can match that kind of political scion?

ABSOLUTELY NONE!

Now y'all go do ya homework and stop ya whinnings.......you are not impressing anyone here at all.


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Hi, folks!

Sorry, if I appear to be derailing this thread inadvertently, but I am just curious:

One thing that I find curiously recurrent about the world view of Nigeria's 37 First Ladies is the conception and focus of their so-called \\"pet projects\\". They are mainly predicated on psycho-sexual matters: cross-border prostitution and women trafficking; HIV/AIDS; teenage pregnancy; breast and cervical cancer; genital mutilation; rape; etc.

Why? Are there no other matters of interest to them?

Muchas gracias.

Don Juan-Carlos ABRAXAS (III)


Yeah keep asking. What else do they know how to do that can be allowed by their "Ogas"?

They have been battered enough...so the only topics they can address are those that have to do with the social ills that befall them in society where they continue to remain second class citizens....while trying to keep "body and soul" together.

Nothing to prove here....just facts.

Next please! BTW....Good Morning America!
Re: The critical role of women in Nigerian politics
MsMak posted on 11-22-2008, 17:32:21 PM
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VOR:

It really amazes me the way people build up strawman arguments and then proceed to pat themselves on the back for dismantling the same arguments. In addition to Abike Dabiri, how about Sarah Jubril? What of Titi Ajanaku? What of Nenadi Usman? How about Janet Adeyemi?

...What of Joy Emordi? Why are people focusing on Gbemi Saraki's ascension to power, is her brother, Bukola not enjoying the same fatherly patronage? Or does it hurt Dimeji Bankole that his father is PDP chieftain Alani Bankole? How about Habeeb Fasinro? Does it hurt that is father was one of old Lagos baba politicians, A.B. Fasinro? No, but mention Jumoke Okoya-Thomas and suddenly everybody thinks she is Molade's daughter so she has nothing to commend her. Funmi Smith-Tejuosho could not have been hurt by the Tejuosho name. But, Bola Tinubu too was not hurt by the fact that his \"mother\" was Alhaja Mogaji, the head of the market women in Lagos plus Kafaru Tinubu was his uncle. So, if we want to call people out for connection, let us call them out all the way. If Fashola was a woman, you will see how people will assume that he is Tinubu's girlfriend. And, nothing you can say will make them see reason.



Soul Sista,

Thank you for listing those names. Except for Abike, Sarah and Nenadi, i have not really heard of the others. I actually remember the name Titi Ajanaku, but honestly don't know much about her, so thanks for the article as well. Hopefully it should satisy Dewdrops

I do not believe every female politician in Naija is a prostitute. Everybody cannot be all bad. I just wish that, in light of the few opportunities available to us women, when some of these female politicans make it to the national stage, they work in the best interests of women, children and Nigeria as a whole.

MsMak.
Re: The critical role of women in Nigerian politics
Dewdrops posted on 11-22-2008, 18:13:33 PM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nnenadi_Usman


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Mrs. Nenadi E. Usman is a Nigerian politician from Jere in Kaduna State, Nigeria. She began her education in Jos, then later Kagoro, after which she attended the Federal Government College, Jos, Plateau State.

She later acquired her first degree in Geography at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and later a postgraduate diploma from University of Jos.

She was the Managing Director of DANA VENTURES then later Executive Adviser (youths & Sports) in Kaduna State in 1992. She was also the Executive Adviser (Information, Home Affairs & Culture) in 1993 then the Principal Personnel officer FCDA from 1994 to 1998.

She was appointed commissioner (Women Affairs, Youth & Social Development) in Kaduna State from 1999 to 2002, then Commissioner for Environment & Natural Resourses in the state in 2002 and later Commissioner for Health from 2002 to 2003.

Mrs. Nenadi Usman has been a very active politician, philanthropist and public servant has she has served as a member Kaduna State caucus of the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC). She was also a member-elect of the House of Representatives, representing Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency under the United Nigeria Congress Party in 1998.

She was the coordinator (women mobilization) Alh. Ahmed Makarfi Campaign team in 1999 and she was re-elected campaign committee chairman in 2003. She was the Coordinator (women mobilization) Kaduna State Chief Olusegun Obasanjo Campaign Committee.

Mrs. Nenadi Usman has played a major role in women empowerment as she had a pivotal role in the formation of an NGO called \"Education and Empowerment for women\" with its headquarters at Jere in Kaduna State and she is the present chairperson of the Coalition of N.G.O's for Women Development in Kaduna State.

She was appointed the minister of state for finance and later the honourable minister of finance by the Obasanjo administration. She is married with three children
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Only in Nigeria will someone who studied \"Geography\" become a whole minister of finance to "plot" the movement of finances in and out of Nigeria for her benefactors.


http://www.abikedabiri.com/Profile.html?PHPSESSID=e49becffcc8724d3a6c376394768210c

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PROFILE
Hon. Abike Kafayat Oluwatoyin Dabiri Erewa (Nee Erogbogbo) was born to the family of Alhaji and Alhaja Ashafa Erogbogbo of Ikorodu. Her father, Alhaji Ashafa Erogbogbo is one of the children of late Alh. Sule Erogbogbo of Adegorunsen Compound, Ajina square, Ita – Agbodo, Ikorodu. Her paternal grandmother, Alhaja Alimotu Erobogbo is from Bello Solebo family of Ita – Elewa square, Ikorodu.

Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa started her educational career at the Maryland Convent private school, Ikeja. For her secondary education, she attended St. Teresa’s College, Ibadan. Thereafter, she attended the prestigious University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU) Ile – Ife where she obtained a degree in English Language. She continued her quest for knowledge at the University of Lagos, Akoka from where she obtained a post graduate Diploma (PGD) in Mass Communication and also a Masters Degree in Mass Communication. She also has a stint at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.

Famous nationwide as an outstanding media practitioner, Abike Dabiri fondly called “Mother of Teresa of the tube” spent 15 years of distinguished and meritorious service at the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). While there, she anchored the weekly NTA Newsline programme to the delight of millions. Hon. Dabiri warmed her way into the hearts of many with her gallantry efforts of using television as an effective tool to draw attention to the Millions of Nigerians suffering from the pains of poverty and injustice. Her commitment and passionate dedication to duty while working on several heart touching newsline stories stood her out and endeared her to many. We can never forget the story of Mary the miracle baby, a heart touching story Abike investigated for 8 years. It was therefore a touchy moment for her teeming fans when she voluntarily disengaged from NTA to yield the call of her people to be their ambassador at the House of Representatives. Her landmark victory at the polls was no surprise to the people given her pedigree.

Little surprise was it also when she was appointed as the Chairman of the House Committee on Media & Publicity of the House of Representatives. She has been strong and vocal in the House and has always stood by the principle and ideals she believes in.

Currently running a second term in the House of Representatives, she is Sub Committee Chairman of LNG and also a member of the committee investigating the activities of the NNPC from 1999 – 2007.

She has sponsored the following bills:

The freedom of Information bill

A bill for an act to ensure full integration of Nigerians with physical disabilities and eliminate all forms of discrimination against them.

The Nigerian infant Health welfare bill.

[U]This sterling amazon and pride of Ikorodu and Lagos State
has not only distinguished herself in the House, she has also been able to bring about positive development to her constituency, state and the nation. Her comportment in the House is indeed a quality worthy of emulation by others in position of leadership.

She has carried out several developmental projects in her constituency especially in the area of education, infrastructural development and poverty reduction.

These includes:

Free Coaching scheme for over 2,000 students.

Full Scholarships for over 40 students including a set of triplet, who had given up on proceeding to Secondary school, and Mary, the miracle baby, the girl whose case she followed for 8 years at the NTA.

Water project at Ajaguro Ikorodu west LGA and provision of several boreholes cut across Ikorodu division.

Seminar for teachers.

A train the trainer’s seminar.

Provision of transformer at Anibaba community.

Rural electrification of 7 communities.

Puchase of GCE forms for several students.

Poverty alleviation programmes including micro – credit skills acquisition and training programmes.

Facilitated the seting up of an ICT centre at Oriwu College, built by NCC. The centre in less than 8 months, has graduated 65 students with Diploma in ICT, and is currently training over 100 for the Diploma course. All students in Secondary school in Ikorodu use the centre on a rotational basis.

This devout muslim is married to Segun Erewa, and is mother of two lovely boys Dipo and Deji.

The several awards and recognition to her credit also speak volume about this worthy ambassador of Ikorodu. Some of these sterling feats & honour include:

Nomination and sponsorship by the United Nations to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China in 1995

Winner, the Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA) for the best TV reporter, 1996

Winner, NMMA Best Presenter of the year 2000.

Named as the millennium Model in Nov. 2001 at a special programme sponsored by Platinum Bank Plc to inspire present and future generation to be their best in this millennium.

Winner of the Nigerian Women Award as the Most promising Young Woman, 2002.

Winner, Young Women Achiever’s Award, Nigerian Women Award, 2002

City People Women Award Oct, 2002.

UNICEF Child friendly Award, 2003.

Winner, of various awards from institutions of higher learning including UNILAG, UNN, ABU, OAU, etc.

Best female representative of the year from four different organizations.

Winner, Jewel of the Future Award by the African Cultural Institute & Zenith Bank Plc.

Ikorodu Oga Role Model Award, 2006.

Female politician of year 2006.

Winner of the Thisday Newspaper Award as Best Rep of the year 2005.

Partner for education and learning – PEEL Positive Role Model Award, 2008.

Grand commander of Great Ife.

One of 2 Alumni of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile ife given the distinguished Alumni Award for excellence in San Francisco, USA. Sept, 2008

Without doubt, this tireless crusader of justice is a pride to Ikorodu and Lagos State and an asset to the nation and humanity. She is a believer in good leadership and stewardship with high sense of accountability.

Today, she stands as a worthy example of what a leader should be[/U].



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She also has a stint at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.


What the heck does this mean...a stint?

Gosh! What a foul "OBJ" dossier.



http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/features/sunstyle/2008/mar/01/sunstyle-03-01-2007-001.htm



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Sex and female politicians
Once you start sleeping around, you lose your voice – Titi Ajanaku
By TAIWO AMODU (amodu@sunnewsonline.com )
Saturday, March 1, 2008



•Titi Ajanaku
Photo:Sun News Publishing
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Chief [Mrs] Titi Ajanaku is a political Amazon, whose adventures on the nation’s terrain, date back to the Ibrahim Babangida regime when she emerged, against all odds, as chairman old Abeokuta local government under the zero- party arrangement.

She was in the news again during the General Sani Abacha regime, when she was arrested , detained and tried along some serving and retired senior military officers, including the immediate past president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, over an alleged coup plot.

Held for the same offence was the Peoples Democratic Movement [PDM] war horse, General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua. They were detained and tried by the General Patrick Aziza military tribunal; but while Obasanjo, and the late Musa Yar’Adua , Col RSB Bello-Fadile and others were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment, Ajanaku and the national chairman of the defunct National Party of Nigeria [NPN] the late Chief Adisa Akinloye were exonerated and set free. Her traumatic experience during the dark days of General Sani Abacha regime was not enough to make her quit politics. She was in the vanguard of the G-34 , which metamorphosed into the PDP in 1998.

While her romance with the PDP lasted, she was not a dark horse: She was a facilitator of PDP in Ogun State; the first assistant national treasurer of the party; the chairman of the national women mobilization committee of the party. Ajanaku was the chairman , welfare committee of the party presidential convention, which took place in Jos and was also a member of the presidential team for the campaign .
She was rewarded with the position of the Special Adviser on Women Affairs by the Obasanjo administration in his first dispensation.

In this encounter with Every Woman, Ajanaku, now a chieftain of the Action Congress explains the circumstances that could make a female politician lose her voice easily in a male dominated field. She equally reveals her most fulfilling and traumatic moments in politics.
Excerpts:

Most fulfilling moment
The Action Congress chieftain discloses to Every Woman, with nostalgia, her contest against nine men for the old Abeokuta local council chairmanship seat in 1987 under the zero-party option thrown up by the Babangida regime. Before the election she had been smeared in a spurious petition;after the election she could not exercise her mandate, immediately as she was dragged to the election petition tribunal.
‘I put all my efforts into it and at the end of the day , the tribunal exonerated me and upheld my victory. I fought through thick and thin, not willing to be subdued. It was in the process of the battle to exercise my mandate that I got to know the late Musa Yar’Adua . When we met, he said he followed my political tribulation in Abeokuta while it lasted . So, when Yar’Adua was putting in place, his political structure, the Peoples Democratic Movement [PDM], I became a member.

Most traumatic period
‘It was during the General Sani Abacha regime . If you recall, I was arrested for being part of a group, attempting to topple the regime .
I was in my house when, armed men came around 3 a.m . and I was taken away, to be detained . I was moved around various detention centres. I was later arraigned along with General Obasanjo, the late Sheu Musa Yar’ Adua, Col Bello Fadile and many others and tried before General Patrick Aziza… I was exonerated and dischargedfreed of all the charges; likewise the late Chief Adisa Akinloye. While in detention, I became worried for several reasons. One, I tried to examine myself: Was I fraternizing, innocently with people, who had sinister motives against the government ? Well, my conscience was clear on this and I became less worried, because I knew nothing of such ever happened .Again , what if they found me culpable , in their own judgement and did the worse?

I became worried: My father who was very old was still alive and I had promised him , prayed to God that he would smile to his grave! My son was in Hungary, studying Medicine.
I asked myself, ‘what becomes of him, if regime pronounced me quilty? I prayed to God and I thank Him, till today that I was discharged. That was my most trying period.Of course, it drew me closer to God till today.

Sex and female politicians
‘It’s not only women politicians that suffer harassment, it happens in the corporate world too.
Any woman who knows her mission in politics would not fall prey to the antics of her male counterparts. Once they know that you are the frivolous type, they won’t have any iota of respect for you. Again, you can be swayed, easily. Once they have something they can always flaunt to blackmail you, you can’t stand on any principled position. Yes, on any issue you feel strongly against, you lose your voice in the crowd!

Suddenly, your political career becomes a flash in the pan. You stand for nothing. In fact, I can tell you, one of the antics of our male counterpart : once they know you are the principled type, they try to lure you for sex. Once you start sleeping around, you have provided them the instrument they can use to break you --- on a platter of gold!



Right! She would know for sure!



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Chief Mrs. Remi Adiku Bakare?......?????????....


Please we are referring to National female political figures....not local champs! I am sure past their geo-political zones...many people do not know these women. At least the whole wide world know Nancy Pelosi and what she is all about.

Not interested in "kparakpo" politics please!
Re: The critical role of women in Nigerian politics
Dewdrops posted on 11-22-2008, 18:49:12 PM
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Obiageli (Oby) Ezekwesili is the Vice President of the World Bank in charge of Africa. She previously served as Nigeria’s Minister of Education and Minister for Solid Minerals Development. Prior to being appointed a Minister, Oby served as the Senior Assistant to the President and Head of the Budget Monitoring and Price Intelligence Unit in the Office of the President of Nigeria. She piloted the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, which opened up the oil, gas and mining sectors to wider public scrutiny through transparency and accountability mechanisms.

A leader in development and governance initiatives, Oby serves on the boards of several national and international organizations committed to economic development and democratic issues both in Nigeria and elsewhere. She was one of the founders of Transparency International (TI) in 1994, and served on the TI board for five years until October 1999, when she stepped down.

In January 2004, Oby was given Tufts University’s prestigious Dr. Jean Mayer Award for Global Citizenship, joining that rare breed of Nobel Laureates who were past winners of this award. She was the recipient of Harvard University’s prestigious Robert F. Kennedy Award for Excellence in public service in 2000. The Nigeria Institute of Quantity Surveyors conferred on her an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her leadership of the reform of the public procurement system. She was also cited in the publication “Heroes of Democracy”, in recognition of her pro-democracy advocacy roles.

Oby, who is still in pursuit of a doctoral degree in public policy, with a special focus on economic development policy, is a graduate of Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She holds a Master of Public Policy and Administration, a Master of International Law and Diplomacy, a BSc in business education, and has qualified as a Chartered Accountant after a career in Akintola Williams Deloitte and Touche




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Obiageli \"Oby\" Ezekwesili, a Nigerian national, joined the World Bank, as Vice President of the Africa Region on May 1, 2007. Oby's unique blend of first-hand experiences, especially in the more challenging and complex areas of energy sector reform and education, position her well to deal with the many challenges in Africa. A critical factor in Oby's leadership style is her ability to achieve client \"buy-in\" no matter how extensive the reform strategy presented. Oby's life is a testament to her dedication to Africa as is the high degree of respect in which she is held by the international community. Oby's passion for and commitment to Africa, her high degree of integrity and her optimism brings strengths to the Region.

BIO

Obiageli Ezekwesili, a Nigerian national, joined the World Bank from her most recent position as Minister of Education within the Government of Nigeria. Oby has a rich resume with hands-on experience and accomplishments in a unique mix of private sector, civil society and public sector positions.

Oby began her career as an auditor and management consultant, where she focused on financial planning, SME financing, audit and regulatory compliance. From 1994 to 1999, she served as one of the founding members of Transparency International where she held the position Director, Africa. In 2000, Oby went on to serve as Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Budget Monitoring, and the Price Intelligence Unit, where she spear-headed institutional reforms through the establishment of due process mechanisms and strategies. In this capacity, Oby achieved previously unheard of success by markedly reducing both procurement costs to the Government and turnaround time for completion of Government projects, while improving transparency.

Oby subsequently served as Minister of Solid Minerals Development, with emphasis on reforming Nigeria's mining sector to internationally recognized standards, especially in the area of policy transparency, with the purpose of increasing levels of global investment, and investor confidence, in the sector. She provided leadership in the drafting of the Nigerian Minerals and Mining Act, establishing the Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office and opening up Nigeria’s mining sector to private participation. Oby has also served as the Chairperson for the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative since 2004 and pioneered the voluntary sign-on of Nigeria to the EITI Principles, as well as the first ever audit of the oil and gas sector.

Since June 2006, Oby has been the Minister of Education where she was tasked with leading the country's on-going comprehensive reform strategy within the education sector. She has restructured and refocused the ministry for the attainment of EFA targets and MDGs, introduced Public Private Partnership models for service delivery, revamped the Federal Inspectorate Service as an improved quality assurance mechanism and introduced transparency and accountability mechanisms for better governance of the budget. The track record attesting to Oby's innovative success in this area culminated with the Nigerian stock exchange launch of \"Adopt-A-Public School Initiative\" earlier this year. Oby holds a Masters in International Law & Diplomacy from University of Lagos, along with a Masters of Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard. She is also a chartered accountant.
Re: The critical role of women in Nigerian politics
Dewdrops posted on 11-22-2008, 18:58:32 PM
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Dr. (Mrs.) Dora Nkem Akunyili, who assumed office on the 12th of April 2001, as the Director General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), is an Internationally renowned Pharmacist, Pharmacologist, Erudite Scholar, Seasoned Administrator, and a visionary leader. She was a Senior Lecturer and Consultant Pharmacologist in the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria Nsukka (U.N.N.), Enugu Campus, before she became the NAFDAC boss.

She was born in Makurdi, Benue State (Nigeria) on the 14th of July 1954, hails from Nanka and married in Agulu, both in Anambra State of Nigeria. Dr. Akunyili’s educational career started with her passing the First School Leaving Certificate with Distinction at St. Patrick’s Primary School, Isuofia, Anambra State in 1966, and the West African School Certificate (W.A.S.C.) with Grade I Distinction in 1973 from Queen of the Rosary Secondary School, Nsukka, both in Nigeria.

These exceptional results in the First School Leaving Certificate, and W.A.S.C. earned her the Eastern Nigerian Government Post Primary Scholarship and the Federal Government of Nigeria Undergraduate Scholarship. She got her First Degree in Pharmacy B.Pharm (Hons) in 1978 and her PhD in 1985 from U.N.N. Dr. Akunyili was a Post Doctorate Fellow of University of London and a Fellow of the West African Post Graduate College of Pharmacists. To prepare her for Managerial positions, she was trained on Senior Management skills Course in RIPA, London and Computer Education Programme by WHO/UNDP/World Bank Sponsored, Enugu in 1998 and 1994 respectively. Dr. Akunyili has enjoyed many academic awards and recognitions.

Dr. Akunyili started her working career as a Hospital Pharmacist from 1978-1981, in the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (U.N.T.H) Enugu, after which she ventured into academics as a Graduate Assistant (Research Fellow) in Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, U.N.N. from 1982-1986. In the University system, she made a steady progress from Lecturer I in 1986 until she was made Senior Lecturer in 1990. She transferred to College of Medicine, U.N.N. in 1992, where she was made a Consultant Pharmacologist in 1996, a position she held until 12th April 2001. Due to her love for Teaching and nurturing young ones, she was also a part time lecturer of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists Lagos, Nigeria from 1992-1995.

Dr. Mrs. Dora Akunyili was also prepared for the present Administrative position by her four years stint as Zonal Secretary of Petroleum Special Trust Fund (P.T.F.), coordinating all projects in the five South Eastern States of Nigeria (Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo States).

She also served as a Supervisor for Agriculture and Member of the Caretaker Committee for her Local Government, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State from 1994 to 1996. From 1992 to 1994, Dr. Akunyili served as a member of State’s Hospitals Management Board and State Advisory Council for Women Commission both in Anambra State of Nigeria.



As a Scientist and a Scholar, she has presented 19 papers in various local and International Scientific Conferences, and published a book and 18 Journal Articles. She has supervised PhD and Masters candidates in Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka and U.N.N. respectively both in Nigeria. Even as the Director General of NAFDAC, Dr. Akunyili still finds time to supervise six Postgraduate students in the College of Medicine U.N.N. She has also been Chief Examiner in Pharmacology for 3rd M.B.B.S College of Medicine, Abia State University Uturu, Nigeria.



Dr. Mrs. Dora Akunyili is also a very active member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (P.S.N.) where she has served in the following capacities:

P.S.N. Education Committee as Secretary from 1994 – 2000

Organizing Committee for Enugu State P.S.N. Annual Conference as Secretary 1995

Nigerian Association of Academic Pharmacists as National Asst. Sec. from 1990 – 1994

Association of Lady Pharmacists as National Vice-President from 1992–1995, National Ex-Officio Member 1995-2000 and President of Enugu State branch from 1992-1998.

She is a member of other learned societies among which are Nigerian Society for Pharmacology, West African Society for Pharmacology, International Union of Pharmacology and International Pharmaceutical Federation.

Dr. Akunyili held positions of responsibility in University of Nigeria Nsukka Senate in the following capacities:

Senate Careers Board Committee - Member 1986 – 1993

Board of Institute for Development Studies-Member 1986 - 1993

Senate Representative for Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences 1990 - 1992

Staff Welfare Committee for Academic Staff Union of Universities, Nigeria - Member 1991 - 1993

Investigation Committee on Alleged Examination Malpractice in Drama 202 Re: Ugwuja C., 86/49917 of Sub-Department Dramatic Arts, U.N.N. – Secretary 1991-1992.

Dr. Dora Akunyili’s high sense of responsibility led to her being made a member of the following Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Committees (U.N.N.) from 1986-1992:

Medicinal Plant Committee

Examination Committee

Continuing Education Committee

Publications and Colloquial Committee

Committee on Specialization Courses for Pharmacists

Consultancy Management Board.

Dr. Akunyili is a devout Catholic and is happily married to Dr. J.C. Akunyili, of the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu, Nigeria and they are blessed with six children.

Her hobby includes reading and writing.



Hmmmmmmmmmm! I see. At least this one has some crediblity.
Re: The critical role of women in Nigerian politics
Soul Sista posted on 11-22-2008, 21:22:47 PM
Abraxas:

I don't think your assessment is correct that the areas you identified are the only areas around which these ladies create their pet projects. I used to have a list of first lady projects during Stella Obj's time and the majority of them were NOT in these areas. So, when I saw your post, I did some searches (see below). None of the five that I found have anything to do with those areas.

I think that the majority of these women are flightly, empty-headed characters married to vile men. There is nothing I detest more than listening to TV in Nigeria and having to suffer through listening to one of their speeches or watching the glee on their faces as they milk in money for their pet projetcs. I don't expect much from them and they've never disappointed me.

What we should ask ourselves is why we expect anything good or extraordinary to come from them. Who are they, by and large? Who are their husbands? Look at their husbands who made promises before stealing the votes, do we have good reports from them? These women are not politicians. They neither asked for our votes nor stole them. Most of them are just hustlers determined to get on the gravy train. Look at Nkoyo Ibori who was implicated in the old London criminal case with her husband, i.e., the one re: stealing stuff from a store. So, what can you expect from her? Na today she don dey hustle?

When their husbands get elected, the first thing most of them do is to go to finishing school in Switzerland. So, this is their time to shine and make some money. Whatever project will bring in the bacon, they go for it.

Rivers: Mrs. Amaechi (http://allafrica.com/stories/200810140178.html)
Oyo: Mrs. Akala (http://allafrica.com/stories/200809010802.html)
Lagos: Mrs. Fashola (http://64.233.169.132/search?q=cache:NWc7g-vZaDAJ:www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/features/sunstyle/2007/dec/01/sunstyle-01-12-2007-001.htm+mrs+bimbola+fashola+and+pet+project&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us)
Kwara: Mrs Saraki (http://allafrica.com/stories/200806130675.html)
Niger: Mrs. Nyako (http://freshfactsnewsonline.net/statesnews-3.htm) (women's education and empowerment)

I will be back to comment more on this issue. But, my first post on this thread on Femocracy in Africa pretty much sums up my views on these women. We have to keep in mind that there is a difference between the female politicians and first ladies.

Soul Sista a/k/a Soul Sizzling


QUOTE:
Hi, folks!

Sorry, if I appear to be derailing this thread inadvertently, but I am just curious:

One thing that I find curiously recurrent about the world view of Nigeria's 37 First Ladies is the conception and focus of their so-called \\"pet projects\\". They are mainly predicated on psycho-sexual matters: cross-border prostitution and women trafficking; HIV/AIDS; teenage pregnancy; breast and cervical cancer; genital mutilation; rape; etc.

Why? Are there no other matters of interest to them?

Muchas gracias.

Don Juan-Carlos ABRAXAS (III)
Re: The critical role of women in Nigerian politics
Auspicious posted on 11-22-2008, 22:28:27 PM
QUOTE:
Re: The critical role of women in Nigerian politics

Very Simple.............First Lady.


LOL!

You don crase, I swear!

Your crazy one-liners crack me up some kain times..

Auspy.
Re: The critical role of women in Nigerian politics
Dewdrops posted on 11-25-2008, 10:04:14 AM
QUOTE:

I think that the majority of these women are flightly, empty-headed characters married to vile men. There is nothing I detest more than listening to TV in Nigeria and having to suffer through listening to one of their speeches or watching the glee on their faces as they milk in money for their pet projetcs. I don't expect much from them and they've never disappointed me.

What we should ask ourselves is why we expect anything good or extraordinary to come from them. Who are they, by and large? Who are their husbands? Look at their husbands who made promises before stealing the votes, do we have good reports from them? These women are not politicians. They neither asked for our votes nor stole them. Most of them are just hustlers determined to get on the gravy train. Look at Nkoyo Ibori who was implicated in the old London criminal case with her husband, i.e., the one re: stealing stuff from a store. So, what can you expect from her? Na today she don dey hustle?

When their husbands get elected, the first thing most of them do is to go to finishing school in Switzerland. So, this is their time to shine and make some money. Whatever project will bring in the bacon, they go for it.

Rivers: Mrs. Amaechi (http://allafrica.com/stories/200810140178.html)
Oyo: Mrs. Akala (http://allafrica.com/stories/200809010802.html)
Lagos: Mrs. Fashola (http://64.233.169.132/search?q=cache:NWc7g-vZaDAJ:www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/features/sunstyle/2007/dec/01/sunstyle-01-12-2007-001.htm+mrs+bimbola+fashola+and+pet+project&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us)
Kwara: Mrs Saraki (http://allafrica.com/stories/200806130675.html)
Niger: Mrs. Nyako (http://freshfactsnewsonline.net/statesnews-3.htm) (women's education and empowerment)

I will be back to comment more on this issue. But, my first post on this thread on Femocracy in Africa pretty much sums up my views on these women. We have to keep in mind that there is a difference between the female politicians and first ladies.



Well put! Thanks for making my point even clearer.

Thank you for not glorigying the "ashi" part. Majority of the female politicians are "flighty airheads". In places like the US...they have a yoruba name called \"BIMBO\"!


Why do I keep coming back to this "BIMBO" thread?

Gosh....NVS is sooooooooooo boring these days.

I think it is time to increase my "Stay away" period from 12 hours to 24 hours.
Re: The critical role of women in Nigerian politics
Lesy posted on 04-27-2009, 08:47:41 AM
Hi
I think while u r trying to make a point, u shld not talk down on the Nigerian woman or women in general as relates to politics or governance. Some might not have lived up to expectation, but some have given us reasons to be proud. Some have brought honor to Nigeria that their counterparts have not, despite the challenges they face. These women deserve ur respect. Have u ever made any contribution toward the good of Nigeria? In any field I mean? Heard about Chris Anyanwu? She's a woman. Find out who she is. Objectivity is more like it. Dora, Oby, Ngozi, these women I'm proud of what they contributed in today's Nigeria. While a lot has gone wrong, we still need to keep an open mind. Nancy Pelosi has gotten to a position women in politics all over the world are proud of. President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia is another example and so many others in India, canada and other parts of the world. I believe that any woman with ambition to improve the society she lives in, have those to emulate.
Re: The critical role of women in Nigerian politics
Ozoodoo posted on 04-27-2009, 09:01:43 AM
Nigerian women are really playing critical roles in Nigerian politics.

Please follow the link below and read about how our gallant women thugs are outshining our men.
http://www.punchng.com/Articl.aspx?theartic=Art200904277421412
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