#IWD2024: Nigeria’s Leading Women; The Political Class

#IWD2024: Nigeria’s Leading Women; The Political Class

#IWD2024: Nigeria’s Leading Women; The Political Class

Ghazali Ibrahim

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s imperative to recognize the significant contributions of women in Nigeria’s political landscape. From grassroots activism to national governance, these exceptional women have shattered barriers, championed causes, and paved the way for gender equality and inclusive leadership in the country.

In this piece, BlackBox Nigeria highlights ten women who have distinguished themselves in the Nigerian political class.

Remi Tinubu

Once a Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, but the present odds has elevated her to the most prestigious politically-influenced post, “First Lady of Nigeria”.

Oluremi Tinubu is a formidable figure in Nigerian politics who has championed many course of development. With a deep passion for women’s empowerment, ensuring greener community by encouraging female farmers in the country and community development, she has also been at the forefront of legislative initiatives during her tenure at the Red chamber, aimed at improving the lives of Nigerians, particularly women and youth.

Ireti Kingibe

Not only as a seasoned diplomat and former Nigerian Ambassador to the Netherlands, but she has also secured the most competitive seat representing FCT at the Nigerian Senate under Labour party in the last 2023 general election. Ireti Kingibe has played a pivotal role in advancing Nigeria’s foreign relations agenda. With her extensive experience in both national and international affairs, she continues to be a voice for Nigeria on the global stage, promoting diplomacy and cooperation among citizens.

Aisha Yesufu

A fearless activist, advocate of EndSars2020 and co-convener of the Bring Back Our Girls movement, Aisha Yesufu has been a vocal advocate for good governance, human rights, and gender equality in Nigeria. Her relentless advocacy and unwavering commitment to social justice have inspired millions of Nigerians to demand accountability and transparency from their leaders.

Idiat Adebule

A former Deputy Governor of Lagos State in 2015-2019, she’s currently representing Lagos West at the Nigerian House of Senate. Idiat Adebule has played a key role in shaping the development agenda of Africa’s most populous city. With a focus on education and youth empowerment, she has implemented policies and programs aimed at improving access to quality education and creating opportunities for the youth to thrive.

Mojisola Lasbat Merranda

Being the historic first female deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mojisola Lasbat Merranda has been elected for the third term at Lagos State House of Assembly representing Apapa Constituency I. She said to have a passion for legislative excellence and good governance.

Toyin Saraki

A former first lady of Kwara state, philanthropist and healthcare advocate, Toyin Saraki has been a leading voice in maternal and child health issues in Nigeria. Through her foundation, Wellbeing Foundation Africa, she has spearheaded initiatives aimed at reducing maternal and infant mortality rates, advocating for healthcare policies that prioritize the well-being of women and children.

Hannatu Musa Musawa

A seasoned journalist and political commentator who later secured a big spot in the government as minister of Art, Culture and Creative economy. Hannatu Musa Musawa has been a fearless voice for accountability and transparency in Nigerian politics. With her incisive analysis and insightful commentary, she has helped shape public discourse on critical issues affecting the nation, including governance, security, and human rights.

Uju Ohanenye

As a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and advocate for women’s rights, Uju Ohanenye has been at the forefront of legal advocacy efforts to promote gender equality and justice for women in Nigeria. She was the first female presidential candidate under the All Progressives Congress before she stepped down for Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Through her legal practice and activism, she has championed causes related to women’s empowerment, access to justice, and ending gender-based violence. She is currently the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development.

Abike Dabiri

A seasoned politician and former member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, who has been at the helm of Nigeria in Diaspora Commision since inception, Abike Dabiri has been a strong advocate for diaspora affairs and international relations. With her extensive legislative experience and diplomatic acumen, she has represented Nigeria’s interests on the global stage, fostering cooperation and collaboration with other nations.

Ipalibo Harry Banigo

As the Deputy Governor of Rivers State for eight years, Ipalibo Harry Banigo has been a key figure in the governance and development agenda of the state. She’s currently representing Rivers West at the Nigerian Senate making her one of the outstanding women legislator in the country. With a focus on women’s empowerment, healthcare, and education, she has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the people of Rivers State, particularly women and children.


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