Although the major players in Nigeria politics are made up of mostly men, the country’s politics has evolved a great deal as a sizeable number of the political players making a real difference in the nation are now made up of female leaders. It is believed that Nigeria has produced superwomen in all walks of life who are effecting political, social and economic changes the country can boast of. These women listed below are no doubt considered among the top leading women in Nigeria politics through their achievements and influence in the country.
- Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; hails from Delta state and is the former minister of finance in Nigeria. She has also served as a managing director of the world bank and was named an independent Non-Executive director at standard chartered plc in the United Kingdom in July 2017. She recently released her new book titled “Fighting Corruption Is Dangerous: The Story Behind the Headlines”, which exposed political conspiracies during Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
- Oby Ezekwesili; hails from Anambra state. She has served as federal minister of solid materials and also a vice president of the world bank’s Africa division from May 2007 to May 2012. She was appointed the minister of education in June 2006. She was a co-founder of transparency international and also served as one of the pioneer directors of the global anti-corruption body based in Berlin, Germany.
- Amina J. Mohammed; hails from Gombe state. She has served as a senior special assistant to the president on MDGs between 2005 and 2010. She is the former minister of environment in Nigeria and now the current deputy secretary-general of the United Nations.
- Arunma Oteh; hails from Abia state. She is the treasurer and vice president of the world bank. In January 2010, Mrs Arunma became the director general of the securities and exchange commission(SEC).
- Aisha Hassan; who is also called ‘Mama Taraba’ hails from Taraba state. She is presently the minister of women affairs and is said to be the first female to be appointed Taraba state attorney general and commissioner of justice. She is also the first woman to be appointed as the secretary of the federal territory judicial council and was later appointed the chief registrar of the high court of the federal capital territory on 17th December 2003.
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