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Top 5 influential female politicians in Nigeria you may not know

No doubt Nigerian women have always been ignored and getting the short end of the stick in Nigerian politics

But we’ve seen few women rise against all odds and made their voices known. And in this article, we have five female politicians that have made a significant impact on the nation.

1. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe

Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe

This woman is the deputy governor of Kaduna state and she has proven worthy of her position in Nigerian politics. 

Hadiza presented the 2020 Kaduna state budget of renewal to the Kaduna house of assembly. Looking at the history of Kaduna state, Hadiza Sabuwa is the first woman given this privilege. 

2. Abiodun Christine Olujimi

Abiodun Christine Olujimi

Here’s another woman sitting in the political office of the Nigerian government. Abiodun Olujimi is the representative of Ekiti’s south constituency in the senate. 

Before this, during Bukola Saraki’s leadership, she emerged as the minority leader in the 8th senate.

3. Oby Ezekwesili

Oby Ezekwesili

Oby is influential in the Nigerian government. First, she’s a graduate of chartered accountancy. Then she rose to become a federal minister serving in two different offices. She was the minister of solid minerals (2005-2006) and minister of education (2006-2007).

Coming to 2019, she contested for the post of the presidency under the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria(ACPN). Although she stepped down, this brave act of hers is a flicker of hope for many Nigerian women. 

4. Natasha Akopti 

Natasha Akopti 

Here’s a former female contestant of the Kogi State 2019 election. She contested for the Kogi State governorship under the Social Democratic Party (SDP). 

Natasha Akopti didn’t win, but her strong-willed spirit to reach third place helped instill courage in the hearts of many women. Akopti faced several challenges during the campaign for the governorship, but the lawyer and entrepreneur remained resilient. 

5. Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Abike started as a member of the House of Representatives. Then she became the senior special advocate on diaspora and foreign affairs for president Muhammadu Buhari.

This woman is very proactive in solving problems as regards the affairs of Nigerians in the Diaspora. Today, Abike Dabiri-Erewa is the CEO and pioneer chairperson of NiDCOM (Nigerians in Diaspora Commission).

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