Monday, August 23, 2010

Women in Power?

Changing a culture can take generations, but it seems that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is making a start. Today his facebook post says, “To demonstrate my belief that women are equal stakeholders in Nigeria as men, I recently appointed Prof Precious Kassey Garba as the first female Chief Economic Adviser to the President in Nigerian history. I hope this appointment as well as the performance of the Falconets at the recently concluded Female U-20 World Cup in Germany would spur women to enter the political arena and run for elective offices in 2011.GEJ”

Nigerians don't need to look far to see a woman with power. Ellen Sirleaf Johnson started as Liberia's Minister of Finance and has been President of Liberia since 2006. Her book, This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President, inspired me to write about Dr. Chris and Faith Alive.

A woman president in Nigeria? Never say never. But with or without an official political position, never underestimate the power of a woman’s influence.

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