#Nig2019Elections Full List of Female Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates

Credits: ThisDay News

The presidential election is just around the corner and contestants are doing all to reach out to voters for support to win the forthcoming election.

Facts to Know about Female Contestants for the office of the President and Vice President:

  • The total number of presidential candidates and their running mates is 144 according to the document released by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
  • In the list, there are only 28 female contestants. This includes both presidential and Vice presidential candidates.
  • 6 women are contesting against 66 male candidates for the office of the president.
  • 22 parties have selected female candidates as Vice presidents.

List of Female Presidential Aspirants(Name, Party & Age):

1) EZEKWESILI OBIAGELI KATRYN -ACPN 55YRS
2) ANGELA JOHNSON –AUN 59YRS
3) ADESANYA-DAVIES MERCY OLUFUNMILAYO –MAJA 56YEARS
4) RABIA YASAI HASSAN CENGIZ – NAC 66 YEARS
5) ATUEJIDE EUNICE UCHE JULIAN – NIP 40YRS
6) MAINA MAIMUNA KYARI – NPC 41YRS

Vice Presidential Female candidates:

1) UCHENDU UJU PEACE OKAH – AA 49YRS
2) SAFIYA IBRAHIM OGOH – AAP 47YRS
3) OKWUANYASI ABIOLA KIKA – ABP 44 BSc 44YRS
4) TIJJANI AISHA ALI – AGA 39YRS
5) ABDULLAHI KHADIJAH IYAH – ANN 44YRS
6) OKERE EVELYN –ANP 43YRS
7) OLAYEMI MEMUNAT MAHMUD –APDA 53YRS
8) KOFAR MATA MARYAM UMAR – BNBP 39YRS
9) ADEOLA ZAINAB HAZZAN – CNP 39YRS
10) SEIYEFA FETEPIGI – DPC 46YEARS
11) MUSA HADIZA ARUWA – GPN 42YEARS
12) ADO UMMAR ABBAS –KP 54YEARS
13) AZAEL VASHI CHECHERA –LM 35YEARS
14) ADEPOJU OLUWATOYIN GRACE –MMN 35YEARS
15) UFONDU CHINWE FLORENCE –MPN 45YEARS
16) TATAJI AISHA ASABE –NCMP 51 YEARS
17) JAMES FUNMI – NCP 53YEARS
18) MRS ITE DONALD-EKPO – NFD 41YRS
19) OLUWOLE YETUNDE FOLAKE – NPC 44YRS
20) MUHAMMAD AISHA ABUBAKAR – SNC 54YRS
21) ABDULLAHI BALKISU MUSTAPHA – YES 42YRS
22) ABDULLAHI UMMA GETSO – YPP 37YRS

Credits: List drawn out of INEC’s released document of Aspirants/candidates in the 2019 elections. Website – http://www.inecnigeria.org/?page_id=70 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Broadcast Journalist, Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

#Nig2019Elections – Facts About Female Candidates for Senate At a Glance

Credit: ThisDay News

It is an election year in Nigeria and the clock is ticking speedily towards the D-Day. In the first round of election scheduled for the 16th of February 2019 will afford eligible voters to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice while also electing individuals that will represent their constituencies at the Senate.

Often female candidates who are in the minority do not enjoy enough media coverage to make them visible to the electorates. This year I decided to share this with my team members on the Women Radio programme XX-Files and we designed a thematic series tagged: “XX-Files Giving Visibility to Female Candidates in 2019 elections”. Each week we bring the stories of various female candidates to our audience who are also citizens of Nigeria getting ready to vote.

As part of my team and I’s effort to give visibility to women Aspirants and candidates, of the 2019 election in my great country Nigeria, here is a list of women vying for seats at the Senate. It was painstakingly drawn out from the 460-page document released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) 

FACTS About Female Candidates For SENATE

The state with the highest number of candidates:

Lagos – 20 Females.

The states with the lowest number of candidates:
Bauchi, Borno, Jigawa, Katsina and Yobe all have only One female each vying for a seat in the Senate.

One state with no female candidate in all its constituencies is Zamfara.

The youngest female candidate contesting in the Senate election is ABDULMALIK ZULEIHAT. She is 27years old and contesting for KOGI CENTRAL Senatorial seat.

The Oldest female candidates contesting in the Senate election are:

  1. KONWEA THERESA – A 68year old woman contesting for the DELTA NORTH Senatorial seat.
  2. MOJISOLA OMOYENI AFOLABI – Another 68year old woman contesting for the OGUN EAST Senatorial seat.

Total Number of Female candidates Across states in Nigeria: About 227 women who cut across all the states in Nigeria are contesting for a seat at the Senate.

List of Female Candidates at a Glance (State, Party & Age):

1) ABIA CENTRAL- NWOKO QUINET IFUNANYACHUKWU – ACD 37
2) ABIA CENTRAL -NWAOGU NKECHI JUSTINA WOKOCHA -APC 62
3) ABIA CENTRAL -UGWA IFEYINWA ADANNE – FJP 37
4) ABIA SOUTH -OGBUGO CHINEDU OLEDI UWA – ADC 37
5) ABIA SOUTH -UCHEAGWU IJEOMA MORGAN -ANP 55
6) ABIA SOUTH JOSEPHINE OSONDU – ZLP 34
7) ADAMAWA NORTH- PAWA MAYRAM E. – ADC 52
8) ADAMAWA NORTH- WADUMNA WABULARI -AGA 37
9) ADAMAWA NORTH -GARBA MASI BINTA APC 51
10) ADAMAWA NORTH- LYDIA ZIRA -JMPP 55
11) ADAMAWA SOUTH -BULUS GODIYA -ACD 39
12) ADAMAWA SOUTH PATRICIA SEUBITTERE YAKUBU -ADC 51
13) ADAMAWA SOUTH – NUHU AGNESS- PT 40
14) ADAMAWA CENTRA -L DAHIRU AISHATU AHMED -APC 47
15) ADAMAWA CENTRAL – YUSUF GIFT SHALLANGWA- NPM 39

16) AKWA IBOM NORTH EAST – UDUAK ENEFIOR ESSIEN – DPP 42
17) AKWA IBOM NORTH EAST – UMOHUMOH IMOH EMEM – KP 40
18) AKWA IBOM NORTH EAST – THOMAS MFON FLAMINGO – ZLP 56
19) AKWA IBOM NORTH WEST – MENDIE SARAH MARSHALL – C4C 38
20) AKWA IBOM NORTH WEST -INYANG PEACE MARTINS – DPP 34
21) AKWA IBOM NORTH- WEST LUCY PIUS USEN – PPN 37
22) AKWA IBOM SOUTH -ETETE CHARITY INYANG -DPP 44
23) AKWA IBOM SOUTH -EYAKENYI AKON ETIM – PDP 58
24) ANAMBRA NORTH -MENKITI FRANCISCA Q -ACD 51
25) ANAMBRA NORTH- MODEBE EDITH OBIAJULU – ADC 50
26) ANAMBRA NORTH – CHUBA-OKADIGBO MARGERY .C- APC 59
27) ANAMBRA NORTH -MMOTUNE THERESA- DPP 66
28) ANAMBRA NORTH – OKWONKWO SONIA CHINWE – KP 40
29) ANAMBRA NORTH – UMEAROKWU OGECHUKWU U – NCP 38
30) ANAMBRA NORTH -ODUAH STELLA ADAEZE -PDP 56
31) ANAMBRA NORTH – PRINCESS NDUKAIFE EBELE J- PPC 41
32) ANAMBRA NORTH – EDOZIE BLESSING CHINWE -RP 46
33) ANAMBRA CENTRAL – OKAFOR KATE OBY -ACD 56
34) ANAMBRA CENTRAL – EZEKILI OGOCHUKWU – KP 38
35) ANAMBRA CENTRAL – UCHE LILIAN EKWUNIFE – PDP 47
36) ANAMBRA SOUTH – OBIH NKEIRUKA FAITH – RP 47
37) ANAMBRA SOUTH – UMEOHANA-IKE ESTHER IFY – ZLP 51
38) BAUCHI NORTH- FAIZA ABDULLAHI -DA 48 (ONLY ONE FEMALE IN BAUCHI)
39) BAYELSA CENTRAL -EZRA YOHANA JAMAICA -DA 30
40) BAYELSA CENTRAL -EBIERE EKEUWEI J. -MPN 40
41) BAYELSA CENTRAL – KETEBU BOLERE ELIZABETH- NRM 64
42) BAYELSA CENTRAL -DOUYEMIEGHA-SUOWARI EBINDU RUTH- NUP 59
43) BENUE NORTH EAST – ADZAPE – ORUBIBI MIMI -APC 42
44) BENUE NORTH EAST – BUTU LOVELINE ONGO – GDPN 38
45) BENUE NORTH EAST – ADZONGO ESTHER TERSOO – LP 45
46) BENUE NORTH WEST – FAVOUR SHUAIBU- JMPP 35
47) BENUE NORTH WEST – NOR-UGOR VICTORIA KUWUA -LP 61
48) BENUE SOUTH – ANGULU OCHOJEMA JULIET -ADC 35
49) BENUE SOUTH -OKEWU MARY -PPN 30
50) BENUE SOUTH – ALACHE ODE –PT 59
51) BORNO CENTRAL – MUSA FATIMA – NEPP 35
52) CROSS RIVER NORTH – OCHINKEN MERCY AKWAJI – ID 34
53) CROSS RIVER NORTH – OKO ROSE OKOJI – PDP 62
54) CROSS RIVER CENTRAL – SOLOMON OBASESAM E. E. -A 34

55) DELTA CENTRAL – OLUWADARE ONOME HEPHZIBAH -LP 36
56) DELTA CENTRAL -ADJUYA STELLA – MPN 51
57) DELTA CENTRAL – OBORO EVELYN OMAVOWAN OJAKOVO – PDP 46
58) DELTA NORTH- IGUBOR ONYIMELODIA -ASD 35
59) DELTA NORTH -KONWEA THERESA -DA 68
60) DELTA NORTH -OKAFOR OFUNNE PHILOMINA -HDP 58
61) DELTA NORTH – ALIU JANE REBECAH – KP 38
62) DELTA NORTH -UGEGELI NDUDI STEPHANIE – NFD 36
63) DELTA SOUTH -JOSEPH ELO TESSY- ID 43
64) DELTA SOUTH -ANDERSON TARE-ERE -MPN 37
65) DELTA SOUTH – BEGHO IRONE RITA -SDP 59
66) EBONYI NORTH -IMMARIHIAGBE EUCHARIA UKAMAKA – ACPN 38
67) EBONYI SOUTH -JANEFRANCES ANI CHINYERE -JMPP 38
68) EBONYI SOUTH -NWANKWO JOY NGOZI -PPN 38
69) EDO NORTH -JOY OHIS INWALOME -JMPP 60
70) EDO SOUTH – JENNIFER ERIAMIYE OBASUYI -ADC 36
71) EDO SOUTH – ILEVBA ANTHONIA IMMANUELA – JMPP 36
72) EKITI CENTRAL – IREWOLE TOSIN -DPP 43
73) EKITI SOUTH -OLUJIMI BIODUN CHRISTINE -PDP 61
74) EKITI SOUTH – BOLA MARY ADEYINA -PPN 53
75) ENUGU EAST- NNAMCHI ANN NGOZI ID None 34
76) ENUGU EAST- IFEYINWA OLIVE ONUORAH NNOLI – MPN 39
77) ENUGU EAST- OKAFOR CECILIA UZOAMAKA -NIP 64
78) ENUGU EAST- NNAMANI ADAOBI E. -PPN 35
79) ENUGU WEST – CHIKAODILI JULIET IBEKAKU NWAGWU- APC 48
80) ENUGU WEST – OKOLO CHIKODILI LYDIA- ID 34
81) ENUGU WEST -OKAFOR IJEOMA DOREEN -KP 36
82) ENUGU WEST- OKONKWO CORDELIA CHIGOZIE -MPN 39
83) ENUGU WEST OKONKWO MAUREEN C. PPN None 38
84) ENUGU WEST AGU PHILOMENA SDP None 40
85) ENUGU NORTH – NNADI VICTORIA NWANNEKA – DPP 52
86) ENUGU NORTH – DIUGWU MARIA UKAMAKA – LP 52
87) ENUGU NORTH – NWOKOLO CHIKA CHIOMA MPN None 38
88) GOMBE CENTRAL – DANJUMA RIRI – A 34
89) GOMBE CENTRAL – ALIYU FATIMA ADAMU – ASD 34
90) GOMBE SOUTH – LADI SANI – PDM
91) GOMBE SOUTH – BELLO BINTA – PDP 47
92) GOMBE SOUTH – HANNATU AHMED YARO – SDP 58
93) GOMBE NORTH – MUHAMMED HAUWA INUWA – A 35
94) GOMBE NORTH – PUMA ALIYU – PDC 51

95) IMO EAST – ETHEL NGOZI NWANNA – ADC 62
96) IMO EAST – ADELINE IWUAGU EMIHE – AGAP 62
97) IMO EAST – DONALD UGONMA – ASD 38
98) IMO EAST – OGUIJE EUCHARIA ANAYO – JMPP 38
99) IMO EAST – EMEDON NKIRU ODIONYEYE – NAC 46
100) IMO EAST – ONYEALUSIM JENNIFER – NIP 35
101) IMO WEST – IBEH UCHENNA ONYEOMA – LP 48
102) IMO WEST AGOBI VIVIAN C. – PPN 41
103) IMO NORTH – IBE EUCHARIA – A 49
104) IMO NORTH – OKORAFOR RITA ADANNA IBEMERE (MFR) – ADP 44
105) IMO NORTH – OHANYERE LOVETH CHINYERE – ASD 35
106) IMO NORTH – NWAIWU IJEOMA JULIET – NIP 38
107) IMO NORTH – NZE JOY NNENNA – NRM 42
108) IMO NORTH – ANYA JUSTINA TOCHI – UPP 45
109) JIGAWA NORTH – WEST SALISU ZAINAB – MPN 35
110) KADUNA NORTH- MUHAMMAD AISHATU USMAN – A 35
111) KADUNA CENTRAL – TIJANI HALIMA TURAKI – ABP 58
112) KADUNA CENTRAL – IBRAHIM HAUWA FUNTUA – APGA 64
113) KADUNA CENTRAL – HABU HUSSAINA DPC 30
114) KADUNA CENTRAL – USMAN HAFSAT M.B. – NEPP 50
115) KANO CENTRAL – BUHARI LAILA –APDA 66
116) KANO CENTRAL – ABDU DIJE L – DPC None 39
117) KANO CENTRAL – HAUWA IBRAHIM EL-YAKUB – NPM 45

118) KATSINA CENTRAL – SADA ZAINAB MOHAMMED- NRM 40
119) KEBBI NORTH – MOHAMMED SHAFAATU – A 35
120) KEBBI NORTH – SANNI AISHATU – AD 32
121) KEBBI CENTRAL – ABUBAKAR HAJARA B/KEBBI – APA 49
122) KEBBI CENTRAL – ABUBAKAR SUWAIBA – NAC 38
123) KEBBI SOUTH – MUSA AMINA – GPN 31
124) KOGI CENTRAL – ABDULMALIK ZULEIHAT – A 27
125) KOGI CENTRAL – AKPOTI NATASHA HADIZA – SDP 38
126) KOGI CENTRAL – AVOSUAHI AMINU FATIMA – UPP 35
127) KOGI EAST – YAKUBU ADIJETU – UPC 36
128) KOGI WEST – IBITOYE ROSELINE ABOSEDE – A 50
129) KOGI WEST – IBRAHIM HANNATU AKUJIMISI – LP 32
130) KOGI WEST – OLORUNTOBA CHERRY YINKA – UPP 47
131) KWARA CENTRAL – ABDULWAHEED MARIAM – ADP 38
132) KWARA CENTRAL – WURAOLA HASIYA GAMBARI – APN 56
133) KWARA CENTRAL – OKANLAWON ADEKUNLE TAIWO – GPN 52
134) KWARA CENTRAL- ABDULSALAM KUBURAT LP 49
135) KWARA CENTRAL – ABUBAKAR KHADIJAT BIMBO – MPN 38
136) KWARA SOUTH – ADELEKE JUMOKE TAOFIKAT- GPN 48
137) KWARA SOUTH – AFOLAYAN COMFORT FUNKE – UPP 30
138) LAGOS CENTRAL- AKINYEMI OLUWAFUNMILAYO JOSEPHINE- A 52
139) LAGOS CENTRAL -TINUBU OLUREMI SHADE – APC 58
140) LAGOS CENTRAL – ADU OMOLOLA KOLADE – CAP 33
141) LAGOS CENTRAL – OGOWEWO OLUGBEMISOLA OLUFUNKE – DA 48
142) LAGOS CENTRAL – MARTINS TINA REMI – FJP 50
143) LAGOS CENTRAL – OYINBO PATRICIA NNEDIMMA – ID 42
144) LAGOS CENTRAL – PARIOLA RUFINA OLAMIDE – MPN 37
145) LAGOS CENTRAL – BAJULAIYE-OMOGBEHIN OMOWUNMI AGBEKE PT 50
146) LAGOS EAST – FAKOYA OLAJUMOKE MODUPE – ADC 39
147) LAGOS EAST – IDOWU ABOSEDE – CAP 41
148) LAGOS EAST – AJAYI FLORENCE OLUFUNKE – DA 54
149) LAGOS EAST – JAIYEOLA ADEBOLA ADENRELE – DPP 43
150) LAGOS EAST – OYEFUSI ABIODUN ADETOLA- PDP 51
151) LAGOS EAST – AWOLOWO OLUFUNKE – PT 55
152) LAGOS WEST – ADEGBORIOYE SOLAKUNMI ELIZABETH – A 62
153) LAGOS WEST- AGOSU-PANTINVOH FELICIA MENTON – ADP 51
154) LAGOS WEST – ESTHER GODWIN – APM 53
155) LAGOS WEST – BOJURI ORIYOMI RUTH -CAP 43
156) LAGOS WEST – NKEM CHIBOGU KENNETH – UPP 40
157) LAGOS WEST – FADAHUNSIOJO OMOBOLA ALICE – YPP 45
158) NASSARAWA NORTH – AKWASHIKI PATRICIA NAOMI – ADC 64
159) NASSARAWA NORTH – LUBABATU TANI YAKUBU – GPN 39
160) NASSARAWA NORTH – KATIMI SAIDU ISA – MMN 35
161) NASSARAWA SOUTH – ELADOGA RAKIYA ABUBAKAR – ADP 36
162) NIGER EAST – KOLAWOLE IDRIS ZAINAB – NCP 50
163) NIGER EAST – MOHAMMED BINTA – PT 42
164) NIGER NORTH – MAMUDA HADIZA KUTA – AGA 41
165) NIGER NORTH – BALKISU MUSA ALHERI – GPN 31
166) NIGER SOUTH – MOHAMMED SAFIYA BABA – GPN 45

167) OGUN CENTRAL – GOMEZ TITILAYO OSENI – ADC 54
168) OGUN CENTRAL – ABIMBOLA MARGARET ONOKOYA – GPN 39
169) OGUN CENTRAL – TOLA ESTHER FEHIN OGUNSANWO – MPN 63
170) OGUN EAST – ONADIPE E. IDOWU – NCP 57
171) OGUN EAST – MOJISOLA OMOYENI AFOLABI – UPP 68
172) OGUN WEST – MORUF IYABODE ALICE – ZLP 47
173) ONDO NORTH – OLAYINKA OGEDENCIBE MODUPE – ADP 60
174) ONDO NORTH – ODUMBAKU OLASINMI – ZLP 52
175) ONDO SOUTH – PITT TEMIDAYO ADEBULU MRDD 33
176) OSUN CENTRAL – AJADI ABIOLA AYOWOLE – APA 37
177) OSUN CENTRAL – MRS ADEBAYO RASHEEDAT – CAP 36
178) OSUN CENTRAL – IBRAHEEM FATIMA ADEOLA – DA 48
179) OSUN CENTRAL – ARIKEWUYO MARY OYEBOLA LP 29
180) OSUN CENTRAL – ADEGOKE SIMISOLA AYOKANMI -MAJAS 38
181) OSUN EAST – AJIBOLA FATIMOH – CAP 52
182) OSUN EAST – AYODELE BADMUS TOSIN MERCY- RP 40
183) OSUN WEST – RUFAI ADEBISI MUJIDAT – ACPN 37
184) OSUN WEST – RUFAI ADEBISI MUJIDAT – ACPN 37
185) OSUN WEST – GIDADO MUIBAT OMONIKE – NCP 49
186) OYO CENTRAL – AJITADIDUN YETUNDE ELIZABETH – A 54
187) OYO CENTRAL- SUNMONU JUMOKE MONSURAT – ADC 59
188) OYO NORTH – OGUNSOLA – SALIU KEHINDE – A 33
189) OYO NORTH – AGBABI ABIODUN DORCAS T. – JMPP 39
190) OYO NORTH – AKANDE ADEOLA MULIKAT – PDP 57
191) OYO NORTH – OLADOKUN ADEBOYIN ADEOLA -PPC 47
192) PLATEAU SOUTH – FANTO NAOMI JANE – ADP 52
193) PLATEAU SOUTH – MAMFA LADI NUN – MPN 57
194) PLATEAU SOUTH -DONGTOE CECILIA NOKNAAN – PPC 64
195) PLATEAU NORTH – DUNG SIMI PATRICIA JAMILA – MPN 49
196) RIVERS EAST- IBEMORAH NWANNEKA JANET – ACPN 45
197) RIVERS EAST – THOMAS ANGELA CHIKOADINAKA – C4C 55
198) RIVERS EAST – ANAELE GRACE – ID 49
199) RIVERS EAST – WUZOR QUEEN – NDLP 40
200) RIVERS SOUTH – EAST LEKIA JANEY – ADC 44
201) RIVERS SOUTH EAST – MIIBARI ANYIMA – ID 32
202) RIVERS SOUTH EAST – SAMSON KPEALE – MRDD 39
203) RIVERS WEST – OSADEME VIVIAN – C4C 56
204) RIVERS WEST – SYGNS IBIGBEYE – MRDD 44
205) RIVERS WEST- EBINI IBIOBELEARI OBOMATE- NPC 38
206) RIVERS WEST -APIAFI BETTY JOCELYN OKAGUA – PDP 56
207) RIVERS WEST – OKPEWONO JOYCE JACKS – PPA 43
208) RIVERS WEST BOLOUBOERE GEORGE O. – UPN 49
209) SOKOTO NORTH UMAR HAFSATU – A 33
210) SOKOTO NORTH ABUBAKAR ZAINAB – APGA 35
211) SOKOTO NORTH BUHARI SHAFATU -NAC 41
212) SOKOTO NORTH MUHAMMED MARYAM – PPA 58
213) SOKOTO SOUTH SA’ADATU MUHAMMED – PPN 37
214) TARABA SOUTH YOHANNA SAMUEL D. – PDM 58
215) TARABA NORTH BATURE ADAMA ZAKARI – ACPN 35
216) TARABA NORTH MANZO HADIZA MOHAMMED – ADC 45
217) YOBE SOUTH JAJERE HADIZA M. ISA – MPN 56
218) FCT – LADY DORIS AMAKA OPARA AAC 37
219) FCT – AUDU ESTHER JOHN ADC 56
220) FCT – ABDULRAHMAN MUSLEEMAH NIKE HASSATU – ANP 50
221) FCT – SILAS GYAR ROSE DOGARA- APM 56
222) FCT – DANFULANI PRINCESS ROSEMARY – GAP 50
223) FCT – OKPARA IFEOMA – GPN 38
224) FCT – DEBORAH MODUPE OPATA – JMPP 58
225) FCT – UZOKWE-AGORUA PRINCESS MILLIE – LP 60
226) FCT – OSENI NGOZI ABIODUN – MPN 47
227) FCT – LANCASTER OKIRO NNENNA NGWAMMA – YPP 58

Credits: List drawn out of INEC’s released document of Aspirants/candidates in the 2019 elections. Website – http://www.inecnigeria.org/?page_id=70 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Broadcast Journalist, Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

Leadership, Teamwork and Planning: An Emotional & Heartwarming Meeting.

At the start of the year #XXFILES radio Women’s program kicked off with our new year goal oriented edition with #SeyiOwoeye & #FolakemiOgunsiji.

 

As the team lead and producer, I listened to these two beautiful divas present, on my phone’s  radio. After a while, I joined them in the live studio & at some point stepped out to give them room to express without fearing to make mistakes in front of their “Oga-boss”.  😀

After the program we gathered to have a meeting as is our practice. This time to strategically map out a plan & focus for the first quarter.

I thanked every member of the team for all the efforts each one put into making a great program for our audience in 2018. 

Then I asked everyone to express their thoughts on how we faired and about improvements we need to make to enable us serve our audience better. Instead of speaking about this, my team members started to real out how the program had made them better presenters and producers. Here are some of their thoughts:

Seyi – I didn’t know that I could do this. I am a very shy person but through this program, I have been pushed to present and now I am a better presenter & scriptwriter.

Folakemi – I always run away from presentation chores because I have microphone fright. In fact, I prefer recorded programs where my mistakes can be edited before broadcast. Now I am more comfortable on the microphone.
Sandra – I learned that anybody can present not just DCAs

Jadesola – I appreciate those who started this program with the intention of mentoring others. I am happy that our team lead did not just take over but allowed us to go on the mic and even pushed us when we absolutely felt we were not ready. I have grown.

Here I was listening to my team members speak about the little difference I had made in their lives… Tears welled up in my eyes.

Lesson For Me:

Mentor Others; Step Back. Let them learn even while making mistakes. Watch them grow & shine.

After this emotional and heartwarming brainstorm meeting my crew and I decided to launch out with a theme for the first quarter of the year, 2019.

XX-FILES Giving Visibility to Women Candidates in the 2019 Elections”. 

Our goal is to tell the stories of women who are vying for a political office at all levels of government and by that contribute our quota to making women visible. And hopefully get the conversations going about supporting and increasing the number of women leading this our great country at all levels of government.

So Dear Reader/Follower, 

I will be sharing the  profiles of some of these women running for political office here and letting you into a bit of What my team and I will be doing with regards to this. Cheers!

Be Inspired to Pursue your Dreams! 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant-@debisibusybeemedia, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development, Social Media Influencer, Controller Programs (FRCN) Catch me on Twitter – @DebisiBusybee, Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

#WomenYouCanRun 3: Inspiring the Next Generation of Nigerian Women: Lecture By Mr. Soji Eniade

Credits: Photo By Louisa May Alcot

This post is an excerpt from a lecture given by Mr. Soji Eniade ( Executive Assistant to Gov. Abiola Ajimobi on Administration) at the NAWOJ special seminar to commemorate the 2018 International women’s day. It was nice to see a man advocating for the emancipation of more women in governance. I hope it inspires some woman to go for her dreams:

Lecture: The International women’s day is a day designed to celebrate women all over the world where contribution and achievements of women are appreciated. It gives me immense pleasure to share that Nigerian women have contributed immensely to the growth and development of Nigeria. However, there is room for more development.

The level of significance of International Women’s day is increasing yearly and has become a convention. It is a celebration of respect, of appreciation, love and care towards our women. It is a day to reflect on progress. According to Joyce Bander, former Malawian President, “The seed of success in every nation on earth are best planted in women and children. This year’s celebration #IWD come at a time when there is advocacy for women’s right, equality, and justice. And a call to put an end to sexual harassment, violence, discrimination against women, kidnapping, trafficking and child abuse amongst others.
Women in Nigeria are usually given high regard and respected though as wives, daughters, and even widows. It is in this regard that I classify my wife, my daughter and my mother as the three most important women in my life. They have not only made me a better person today and supported me through thick and thin they have equally inspired me to my present status. I am sure that many successful men in our society will not have attained their various successes if not for the women in their lives.

The status of women across the world today is precarious, about 70% of the 1.3billion people in the world living in extreme poverty are women. In developing countries, women own less than 2% of the land. Worldwide it has been reported that about 60 million girls are missing due to female for sex slavery. About 5 thousand women are murdered in what is called in some realms honor killing.

93Million children who are out of school are female children. These are issues that policymakers should give attention to.

While good governance has been identified as a key factor for rapid and sustainable development bad governance is increasingly been regarded as one of the root causes of all evil in Nigeria.

When women are seen as equals and are given equal responsibilities their participation enriches governance. Examples are seen in Mrs. Margret Thatcher of UK, Mrs. Theresa May, Angela Merkel of Germany; Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia amongst others.The population of women in Nigeria in the last 15 years has grown substantially from 26.8 million to 94.2 million as at 2017. Women and children are regarded as the vulnerable in any society’s demographic composition. However different empowerment programs are been designed to encourage and equip women and further spur them to live meaningful lives and encourage their participation in all areas of human endeavor.

Traditionally our women are involved in home management and just regarded a baby making factories. My own mother was a primary school teacher and I am very proud to be her child. But look at what is happening today, more women are coming boldly out and they are blazing the trail. Then women were less educated and had many societal inhibitions and most especially during elections. Men ask their wives to stay at home during elections back then bot knowing that the right he has, she also has.

Women such as Mrs. Margret Ekpo, Mrs. Janet Mokelu, and Miss Young were members of the Eastern state house of Assembly. Mrs. Funmilayo  Ransome Kuti was a big voice in the Western region and was the first woman to drive a car in Nigeria. Hajiya Gambo Sawaba fought for political and cultural emancipation of women in the North while Anike Agbaje Williams was a  highly talented television broadcaster. These women were all trailblazers but have we improved on their legacy?

We must stop gender stereotypes and seeing of our women as objects of pleasure. Women that are bold to step out are seen as loose women but these women know what they want.

We must involve men and boys in the struggle for gender equality and women empowerment. Boys at tender age should be encouraged to protect their sisters, female neighbors and their women when they grow up.

I want to submit that there is no doubting the fact that women participation in policy and decision making as a whole which is abysmally low in Nigeria is what we should encourage. If encourage this it will benefit the whole society.

I hope to see the next generation of Nigerian women who will stand up to take their destinies into their own hands and lead this country to greater glory within their sphere

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Founder Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama, Communication4Development.
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#WomenYouCanRun 2: Memoirs From International Women’s Day Celebration: A Charge to All Women and Those who Want to Take up Leadership Positions #Nigeria

I was part of`the Press crew who Interviewed Honorable Mulikat Adeola after a special International Women’s day lecture organized by NAWOJ Oyo State chapter. I thought her thoughts were worth sharing here and not just via the radio and television.

Honorable Mulikat: As we are today in Nigeria there is still a lot more women who don’t have their voters card; a lot of women who are of voting age and they don’t have their card. I will implore them to go and get their voters registration card. Once they do that, they will be able to participate, it’s a process. After that, they should support women.

What we are trying to do right now is to mobilize women to support women. And so if we have a substantial number of women with the voter’s card and they are able to support women there will be a difference in the results as opposed to what we had the last time in 2015.

And for those who are going to contest elections, I think they should have started campaigning because politics is not something you just jump in and expect a result. So they should have started to begin to know their environment very well, you need to ensure that you have all it takes to participate. Because by the time you will be going for screening, they will be asking you for some necessary qualification. You must have all that and you must be able to carry the people around you along, it depends on where you want to go to.

If you want to go to the house of Assembly definitely you will know your constituency; begin to work with them; work with the leaders; work with the party members. And be yourself, for me, I don’t believe in pretending. You need to let people know who you are and what you are there for. I pray that women will stand for women. We are out to mobilize, sensitize and also encourage a lot more women to participate come 2019.

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Project Director Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral Change Radio Drama. Communication4Development
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

#WomenYouCanRun 1: What You Must Know If You Want to Join Politics

This morning listening to Oluwaseun Omoakinola, a dear colleague, and brother on his program, “The Conversation”, on Splash FM 105.5 I was richly informed about practical things women who intend to join politics must know. I will be sharing a few interesting down to earth points from one of the guests he featured on the program. It has inspired a title for a series I have been working on and hope to begin to share here. My own small contribution to encouraging more women to be bold in taking up leadership and political positions once they have what it takes.

There is all lot of discussions about women’s participation in leadership and particularly on increasing involvement in politics. And so I hope to be sharing practical points of view of notable women and men leaders and also profile women we can all be inspired by their success in leadership positions and in the political arena. And so welcome to the first post in the series of #WomenYouCanRun 1.

Hon. Nnena Ukeje Elendu on the floor of the House of Representatives. Credits: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dq7gqj6ypsA

Honorable Nnena Ukeje Elendu has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2007. She is a third term member representing Bende Federal constituency in Abia State under the People’s Democratic party.

Her Political Aim: To leave a much better country than I met it.

Honorable Nnena’s Lecture at an event organized by Women in Business and Public Service(WIMBIZ) an NGO for women on 22 March at Eko Hotel and Suites. It is in commemoration of the 2018 International Women’s Day.
Theme: Women, Politics and Nation Building (Press4Progress)

If you are running for office as a woman you must answer these questions:

1) Self- Evaluation: Why do I want to run? Find an answer to that question because people will ask. Men are not psychoanalyzed when running for elected office. They believe that every woman who wants to run has a blind ambition to control everyone. Determine also what office you want to run for. Is it a senatorial position, Governor, House of Representatives etc.
2) Are you Prepared? What are you bringing from your present life into office? I was in the hospitality business and found out that my strength was in hold anyone spellbound in a five minutes conversation. And so I was able to convince people easily, this I brought into office when I was elected.
3) Emotionally are you prepared? You are not allowed to have an emotional meltdown; you are not allowed to cry in public. In politics Might is right. You need to be strong.
4) Physically are you prepared? Campaigns are tough. You are up from 5am – 6pm. You must be physically strong and ready to give it the time it takes.
5) What is your cultural view about women in leadership? Family questions must be answered. What is your family’s take on a strong woman? Break the idea that you are either married or be in politics. A woman who can run both the home and be a good politician.

Having answered these questions you are ready to move on to the next level.

A few more points to note:

  • You must understand that competence, CV doesn’t win elections; emotions win elections. The aim of your opponent is fake news, emotional scam and alternative fact.
  • The most important persons in your party is the chairman, the National Organizing chairman, and the secretary, make friends with them. They are the ones in charge of sending your name to INEC.
  • Develop very thick skin…keep your children and family out of social media. You can read stuff about you that you will never believe in the media. Prepare your family for this.

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Project Director Beehyve Empowerment and Development Initiative. Media content provider, Trainer & consultant, Behavioral change Radio Drama. Communication4Development
Catch me on Twitter @DebisiBusybee
Facebook & email – bisimodupe1975@gmail.com

#NAWOJ Ibadan – International women’s day Celebration 2018 in Pictures

The Nigerian Women Journalists Ibadan chapter commemorated the 2018 International women’s day with a lecture which brought together women at the community level ; female politicians, Intellectuals, religious leaders and a good number of men who support women any day.

The event took place at the Nigerian Union of Journalist conference hall Iyaganku Ibadan today, 9th March 2018.
Theme: Progress For Women in Governance.

In a next post I will update you about the highlights and interesting points of view for now enjoy The Event in Pictures:

Honourable Mulikat Adeola – Mother of the Day /Chairman
Mrs Foluso Lala – NAWOJ president, Oyo state
Guest Lecturer : Mr Soji Eniade Executive assistant to Governor Abiola Ajimobi on administration
Mrs Adekiitan Adeegbe – immediate past chairperson NUJ Oyo and Mrs Morenike Tony-Esan National Vice president B Zone NUJ.

NUJ chairman Oyo State – Mr Adewunmi Faniran presenting an award to Hon. Mulikat Adeola

Mc : Jade Inspiration FM
A journalist from Premier FM 93.5 – Bukola Adesakin – reading the citations of Awardees

Me, Stella Oyebanji posing with Honorable Mulikat Adeola

Female Journalists posing in a picture with Hon. Mulikat Adeola

 

Adebisi Adetunji (C) Project Director Beehyve Initiative. Consultant Dev. Communication, Creative writer, journalist.