In Nigeria like any other developed or developing democracy, women are starting to play major role in the society even in the political arena. They have proved to be equal to the task that was formally reserved for men. In this piece we would bring you the ones who have excelled and doing well in this game called politics.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu
She is currently the Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District and is also the founder of New Era Foundation that is establishing centres for the all-round development of young ones and promotes public awareness on environmental health and community service. She became the first lady of Lagos State when her husband Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was elected into office in 1999. She obviously one of the reasons for her husband’s success in politics due to the success recorded at home.
Senator Esther Nenadi Usman
Started out as the member-elect in the House of Representatives representing Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency, Kaduna state under United Nigeria Congress Party in 1998. She later got appointed as Commissioner in Kaduna State from 1999-2002, then Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources in 2002 and Commissioner for Health from 2002 to 2003. She also became Minister of State for Finance and later Minister for Finance by the Obasanjo Administration. She later became a Senator representing Kaduna South in the April 2011 general elections.
Often regarded as Mama Taraba; she came close to becoming the first female elected governor in Nigeria. She ran on the platform of the All Progresives Congress in 2015. Her political career started in PDP in 2011 when she contested and won the Senatorial Seat of Taraba North Senatorial election winning Jolly Nyame (a former governor in the state).
A former Aviation Minister under the Goodluck Jonathan administration who radiates a lot of beauty and elegance. She was involved in a controversial spending of millions in the purchase of cars as minister. She is presently a Senator representing Anambra North Senatorial District.
Senator Uche Ekwunife
A former House of Representative member representing Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia Federal Constituency, Anambra state under the PDP. She is known for defection from APGA to the PDP especially when the odds are against her. She won the Anambra central senatorial district defeating Chief Victor Umeh (APGA) and Chief Chris Ngige (APC).
Senator Gbemisola Saraki
Known to come from one of the influential families in Kwara State and definitely Nigeria. She is the daughter of the former Kwara State Governor, the Late Olushola Saraki. At some point she was assumed to be the one to replace her father as governor. Her brother Senator Bukola Saraki is a former governor in the State and also presently the Senate President. She is a former of Nigeria.
Senator Grace Folashade-Bent
An elegantly pretty lady who also has an impressive CV to her name and an endowed grandmother at 54. She is a vocal Senator on the floor of the Senate. She has also has earned herself the respect of male colleagues in the hallowed chambers of the Senate.
She was Special Assistant to the former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Umar Musa Yar’adua on the Millenium Development Goals. She is a complete expression of beauty and brains. Though she is not into party politics, she has proved to be a shining light in the administrations she has served. She is the Special Adviser to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Post-2015 Development Planning and the current Minister of Environment in President Buhari’s cabinet.
Senator Florence Ita-Giwa
Was elected member of the House of Representatives in 1992-93 and was member of the committee on devolution of power constituent assembly in 1994-95. She became involved in Bakassi affairs and was nicknamed Mama Bakassi. She was elected to Cross River South Federal Constituency in 1999. After leaving the Senate in 2003 she joined the People Democratic Party and became Special Adviser to President Obasanjo on national assembly matters.
Though she has never contested for any elected position, she has been involved in governance affairs. She was a former Vice-President at the World Bank and the co-founder of Transparency International. She was an education minister during President Obasanjo’s tenure. She has been in involved in various forms activism, the latest being the Bring Back Our Girls Campaign which was started after the kidnapping of over 200 girls in Chibok, Borno state by Boko Haram. She is the co-founder of the group and also a chartered accountant.