No doubt women’s participation in politics in Africa has been stunted for long. Liberia President Ellen Sir-Leaf victory at the polls for second term is a victory at the polls for second term is a victory for African women and has indeed increased the conference of women in politics.
Her victory is consistent with new trends on the continent regarding women’s struggle for political leadership. About 10 years ago, African women held just 10.7 percent of the seats in their legislatures, falling below the global average at the time of 12.2 percent. Today, women in Africa holds 17 percent of legislative seats matching the global average in several countries women have made far greater progress. They hold 48.8 percent of legislative seats in Rwanda and over 30 percent in Mozambique, South Africa, Burundi and Tanzania.
In Nigeria, women are yet to attain such feat as winning the Gubernatorial Elections largely because of the peculiarity of the country’s political terrain. Nigeria women have worked hard to push for the recognition of the rights of women and for equitable representation in government. South Africa and Uganda have advanced more than Nigeria women in the implementation of the rights of women.
In 2011 election, Mrs. Sarah Jubril former presidential aspirant came out again for five consecutive times without success. She contested P.D.P primaries as the only female contender but got only one vote were scores of the female delegates voted.
In this edition, we reviewed the leadership problem in Africa; the greatest problem facing humanity today is the problem of Leadership. They absence of good leadership in the world has emitted the fear of total collapse of the world in the nearest future.
There are leaders and there are leadership positions. The ideal thing is for the right person to be in leadership position but unfortunately, wrong people are in leadership positions especially in governance.
Have our leaders being able to provide for well-being of Africans? Do they care about what happens to the common people? Is our health and security of any importance to them? Do they have a believed that the prudent management of the Nation resources will serve as a good example for the coming generation to emulate? All these and the other issues were intellectually discussed by our Guest Lecturer.
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In keeping with our mission statement, we unveil Men and Women of Integrity who have contributed to the social-economic and political development of the nation state, Africa and the entire world in their various fields of human endeavors. More of them will be showcased in our subsequent Editions for your delight.
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