In a momentous stride towards gender equality and empowerment, President Tinubu has unveiled an inspiring and inclusive ministerial list, with 7 outstanding women taking center stage among the 28 appointees.
These extraordinary women have shattered glass ceilings, proving their mettle and expertise in their respective fields. Their inclusion in the cabinet showcases a resolute commitment to diversity and the recognition of merit-based leadership.
From diverse backgrounds and disciplines, these trailblazing women bring a wealth of experience, fresh perspectives, and a dedication to driving positive change in our nation. Their presence is a testament to the belief that every capable individual, regardless of gender, deserves a chance to contribute to the growth and progress of our great nation.
The list was delivered to Senate President, Godswill Akpabio by Tinubu’s Chief of Staff, Femi Gbajabiamila. Out of the twenty eight names on the list read by the Senate president on the floor of the Senate during plenary on Thursday, seven (25%) are women.
Meet the Multifaceted Hannatu Musawa: Lawyer, Columnist, and Deputy Spokesperson of APC Presidential Campaign Council
Hannatu Musawa is a remarkable individual with an impressive array of accomplishments under her belt. As a lawyer, newspaper columnist, and Deputy Spokesperson of the All Progressives Congress APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), she has been making waves in various fields.
Her educational journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. She holds a degree in law from the esteemed University of Buckingham, UK. To further expand her expertise, she pursued a Postgraduate master’s Degree in the Legal Aspects of Marine Affairs from the prestigious University of Cardiff, Wales. Additionally, she obtained another Postgraduate master’s Degree in Oil and Gas Law from the renowned University of Aberdeen. A true scholar at heart, she is currently on the path to completing her Doctorate, diligently working on it alongside her other commitments.
Hannatu Musawa’s influence in the realm of culture and entertainment economy was recognized when President Bola Ahmed Tinubu appointed her as Special Adviser in this vital domain in June.
Hailing from Katsina State, Hannatu carries the legacy of her father, Alhaji Musa Musawa, a veteran politician, adding further depth to her illustrious journey.
Her dedication to diverse areas of expertise is an inspiration to many, and her contributions to law, media, and politics have earned her well-deserved respect and admiration.
With Hannatu Musawa at the forefront, there’s no doubt that her brilliance and leadership will continue to shape a brighter future for Nigeria.
Betta Edu: Youthful Trailblazer and Rising Star of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
At just 36 years old, Betta Edu stands out as one of the youngest and most promising figures on the list of nominees. Her meteoric rise within the political landscape is a testament to her exceptional leadership abilities.
In March 2022, she achieved a significant milestone by becoming the youngest national woman leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), garnering admiration and respect from her peers.
Betta’s journey in public service began in 2015 when she made history as the youngest person ever to be appointed as Special Adviser to the Executive Governor of Cross River State, Benedict Ayade. Her portfolio focused on Community and Primary Healthcare, demonstrating her dedication to improving the well-being of the people.
Recognizing her exceptional capabilities, she was entrusted with a critical role in 2020, leading the Cross River State COVID-19 Taskforce as its chairman. Her adept handling of this challenging responsibility earned her widespread acclaim.
Prior to her national role, Betta Edu served with distinction as Cross River State’s Commissioner for Health, a position she held until her resignation in 2022. During her tenure, she showcased her expertise in healthcare management, leaving a positive impact on the state’s healthcare system.
Betta’s influence extended beyond her state borders, as she assumed the position of national chairman of the Nigeria Health Commissioners Forum, further solidifying her reputation as a respected and effective leader in the healthcare sector.
Hailing from Ibalebo village in Abi local government Area, Cross River State, Betta Edu remains deeply connected to her roots and is committed to making a transformative difference in the lives of her fellow citizens.
As she continues to break barriers and create meaningful change, Betta Edu’s future is undoubtedly bright, and her journey serves as an inspiration to young leaders across the nation.
Meet Dr. Anite Uzoka: A Multi-Talented Professional Redefining Success in Medicine and Finance
Dr. Anite Uzoka is a true embodiment of versatility and excellence. Trained as a medical doctor, she later pursued her passion for finance and earned the prestigious CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) charter, specializing in Financial Risk Management and Portfolio Management.
In a bold career move in 2002, she ventured into the banking industry, and her trajectory was nothing short of remarkable. Climbing the ranks swiftly, she eventually assumed the esteemed role of General Manager at Zenith Bank Plc. Her prowess in the financial sector caught the attention of Imo state Governor, Hope Uzodinma, and she was appointed as the youngest commissioner in the state.
As a commissioner, Dr. Uzoka took charge of crucial functions at Zenith Bank, demonstrating her expertise in Fixed Income and Currency Trading, Asset and Liability Management, Treasury Corporate Sales, and Financial Institutions. She was entrusted with the bank’s investment strategy, ensuring strict compliance with regulatory requirements while expertly managing risks.
Her journey in banking began in the Human Resources and Training department, where she honed her interpersonal skills. Later, she transitioned to Treasury in 2011, showcasing her talents in trading Fixed Income and Currencies, and eventually ascending to the prestigious role of Treasurer within the bank.
Driven by her goal-oriented and customer-centric approach, Dr. Uzoka’s exceptional performance significantly contributed to Zenith Bank’s profitability, earning her numerous accolades and promotions throughout her career.
Beyond her financial acumen, Dr. Uzoka’s exceptional interpersonal skills have been instrumental in managing the diverse local and international relationships required in her influential role.
Her story serves as an inspiration to all, demonstrating how dedication, passion, and an unwavering commitment to excellence can lead to extraordinary achievements in multiple fields. Dr. Anite Uzoka is indeed a force to be reckoned with, leaving an indelible mark on both medicine and finance.
Introducing Nkeiruka Chidubem Onyejeocha: A Respected Lawmaker Championing Abia State in the Federal House of Representatives
Born on November 23, 1969, Nkeiruka Chidubem Onyejeocha stands as a distinguished figure in Nigerian politics, serving as a ranking lawmaker in the esteemed Federal House of Representatives. She represents the Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency of Abia State with pride and dedication.
Her journey in public service commenced earlier as the Executive Transition Chairman of the Umunneochi Local Government Area of Abia State in 2002, where she showcased her leadership skills and commitment to community development.
Nkeiruka Chidubem Onyejeocha’s remarkable journey continued as she assumed the role of commissioner for Resource Management and Manpower Development in the executive cabinet of Abia State in 2003. In this capacity, she contributed significantly to the growth and progress of the state, leaving a positive impact on its resource management and human capital development.
Her tenure in the 7th assembly earned her the esteemed title of the most vibrant female legislator in Nigeria, awarded by the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria (PASSAN). This recognition is a testament to her dynamism, passion, and dedication to serving her constituents and the nation at large.
With an impressive track record of public service and a commitment to making a difference in the lives of her constituents, Nkeiruka Chidubem Onyejeocha continues to be a shining example of leadership and representation in Nigerian politics. Her contributions in the Federal House of Representatives have been instrumental in shaping policies and initiatives that positively impact Abia State and beyond.
Meet Stella Okotete: A Distinguished Leader with a Wealth of Academic and Professional Achievements
Stella Okotete is a standout figure, armed with an impressive educational background and a portfolio of accomplishments that set her apart.
She began her academic journey at Benson Idahosa University, Benin City, where she pursued her passion for International Studies and Diplomacy, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her quest for knowledge didn’t stop there; she further honed her legal expertise by obtaining a Diploma in Law from the esteemed Rivers State College of Arts and Sciences.
Building on her passion for public service and conflict resolution, Stella went on to achieve a Master’s degree in Public Administration, Peace Studies, and Conflict Resolution.
But her commitment to excellence didn’t end with formal education. Stella sought to elevate her leadership skills through prestigious certificate programs. Notably, she completed the Harvard Kennedy School Certificate Program for Emerging Leaders, gaining valuable insights from one of the world’s most renowned institutions. Additionally, she excelled in the Entrepreneurial Management program at the prestigious Lagos Business School, further enhancing her business acumen.
Stella’s remarkable leadership journey includes being the National Women’s Leader of the APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), a testament to her influential role within the party.
In 2017, she earned yet another feather in her cap, being appointed as the Executive Director of Business Development at Nigeria Export-Import (NEXIM) Bank, where her expertise contributed to driving economic growth and development.
Her dedication to public service was evident during her tenure as Special Assistant and Adviser to the Executive Governor of Delta State on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) from 2011 to 2015. Her strategic guidance played a pivotal role in shaping the state’s progress towards achieving sustainable development goals.
Stella Okotete’s outstanding academic qualifications and extensive professional experiences showcase her as a true leader, making significant contributions to Nigeria’s growth and development. With her dedication and commitment to excellence, she continues to inspire and impact lives across various sectors.
Don’t Forget Barrister Uju Kennedy Ohanenye (Mama Onboard): A Remarkable Woman in the APC Presidential Race
Let’s not overlook the incredible Barrister Uju Kennedy Ohanenye, fondly known as “Mama Onboard.” She stands out as the only female contender in the APC presidential race, displaying her unwavering commitment to the party and its future.
In a display of profound respect and admiration, Uju Kennedy Ohanenye gracefully forfeited her own presidential ambition to endorse and support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. She made this selfless decision during the pivotal delegates’ convention, a momentous event leading up to the much-anticipated 2023 general election.
As the seventh aspirant to step down in favor of the esteemed Jagaban of Borgu, Uju demonstrated her strong belief in the leadership and vision of Tinubu. Her endorsement of the former Lagos State governor was driven by a cherished fatherly relationship, one that transcends mere politics.
Beyond her role in politics, Uju Kennedy Ohanenye is a prominent businesswoman with interests in real estate and education. Her entrepreneurial spirit and dedication to these sectors have earned her respect and admiration among her peers and the wider community.
Her gesture of support and unity within the APC speaks volumes about her character and commitment to the greater good. Uju’s selflessness sets an inspiring example for aspiring leaders, highlighting the importance of putting the collective welfare above personal ambitions.
In the race for the APC’s presidential nomination, Uju Kennedy Ohanenye’s presence and principled decision serve as a reminder of the significance of women’s leadership and their invaluable contributions to Nigeria’s political landscape.
Meet Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim: A Rising Star in Strategic Communication and Public Service
Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim’s impressive journey in public service is marked by her outstanding contributions to various government agencies and advisory councils.
Previously, she served as a special adviser on strategic communication to the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, demonstrating her expertise in communication and her commitment to promoting education in Nigeria.
Recognizing her exceptional talents, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. A. A. Sule, appointed Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim as a member of the Nasarawa State Economic Advisory Council in September 2019. Her strategic insights and economic acumen have undoubtedly contributed to the state’s development.
Taking on further significant responsibilities, Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim assumed the crucial role of Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for six months, from December 2020 to May 2021. Her tenure at NAPTIP showcased her dedication to combating human trafficking and protecting vulnerable individuals.
Currently, she holds the esteemed position of Honourable Federal Commissioner of the National Commission For Refugees, Migrants, And Internally Displaced Persons Office. Since June 4, 2021, she has been instrumental in addressing the needs and challenges faced by refugees, migrants, and internally displaced persons, playing a vital role in offering support and relief.
Imaan Sulaiman-Ibrahim’s journey in public service is a testament to her dedication, versatility, and leadership. Her roles in various government agencies have demonstrated her commitment to making a positive impact on society. With her exemplary achievements, she serves as an inspiration to aspiring leaders, particularly young women, who aspire to create lasting change in Nigeria’s governance and social welfare.