Anambra amazons in politics

By Nkiruka Chukwube, Awka on 24/03/2015

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Their place is no longer from the kitchen to the bedroom rather it is now from the kitchen to the soap box, because the tide has changed.

They choose not only to be seen but also be heard and be elected into political offices across the country.

That actually goes to reiterate the Bengin China affirmative action on gender sensitivity in politics and governance.

Here in Anambra State, same is the case as the numbers of women in politics have continued to grow at every leap and bounds.


The forthcoming 2015 general election in the state has so far produced over 62 women contesting for the national and state assembly positions and make no mistake about it these women exhibit great confidence that they would certainly emerge victorious at the end of the exercise.

At the political party primary elections they contested actively and ever 50 percent of them secured tickets of their political parties and ever since their campaign rallies and consultations have been a great challenge to their male counterparts.

A rundown of these women showcases the level of political awareness of these amazons in the theatre of political warfare.


Iyom Uche Ekwunife: Senate (PDP)

Her name is not new to Anambra political battlefield as she is described as the lady that has a Midas touch.

Ekwunife stepped into Anambra’s political tarmac in 2007 general election when she won the National Assembly seat for Anaocha-Dunkofia- Njikoka Federal Constituency.

Still a member of the House of Representatives, she contested for the gubernatorial position of Anambra State in 2010 after defeating all the men that contested for the ticket of the Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA).

Though she did not win, her impact was indeed felt across the land as she ran the most organised campaign in the annals of Anambra’s politics.

She later joined the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) where, against all odds, she won her second term election back to the National Assembly.

Ekwunife later contested in the governorship primaries of APGA and if not for the late hour horse-trading over the list of delegates which surfaced in the exercise, she would have emerged candidate of the party.

She ultimately was the first runner up behind the incumbent governor, Chief Willie Obiano who emerged as the candidate of the party in the said election.

As House Committee chairman on Environment, Ekwunife attacked the problems of gully erosion in Anambra with vigour and made the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency on Anambra erosion.

During the last flood disaster that ravaged parts of the country, she ensured that President Goodluck Jonathan visited Anambra and released funds for the rehabilitation of victims.

Her widowhood and youth empowerment scheme, is one of the advantages that she has on her race for the senatorial seat of Anambra Central District.

Ekwunife’s political profile is, no doubt, highly intimidating, following countless constituency projects that even went beyond the three local government areas that she is currently representing.


The contest for Anambra Central District is seen by most political watchers as a fight between her and former governor, Sen Chris Ngige, who is the incumbent.


Princess Stella Odua: Senate (PDP)

She became famous for her Neighbour to Neighbour campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan’s first term election, one of the magic wands that gave the President victory.

Odua became the Minister for Aviation and the revolution in the aviation industry and the upgrading of airports in the country was of her making.

Under her watch, the South East geopolitical zone had its local airport upgraded to an international status hence making it easier for businessmen and the international community to connect effectively with Ndigbo.

Despite the attacks from alleged enemies of the aviation industry she stepped into the senatorial contest of Anambra North District and it all appears that she has to slug it out with Chief Dubem Obaze of APGA, who incidentally, is yet another politician that is indeed on ground.


Mrs. Chinye Nwaebili: Reps (APGA)

This two-term member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, had to beat the incumbent APGA representative for Ogbaru federal constituency to emerge as candidate.

Nwaebili is presently the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly and has served under former governor Peter Obi and the incumbent, Chief Willie Obiano.

Her tenure as Speaker has been the most peaceful and she has been able to carry members of the Assembly along ever since.

Even at the peak of hostilities by her political foes, the 30 members of the state Assembly stood behind her and ensured that she was not impeached.

There is no gainsaying the fact that Nwaebili empowered members of her constituency in the almost eight years she has been at the House.

However, she has to battle with the incumbent lawmaker, Chief Afam Ogene of the All Progressives Congress (APC).


Mrs. Constance Iloh: State Assembly (APC)

This quintessential politician is one of the top women leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC). She would have been the candidate of Orumba North and South federal constituency if not for the party’s policy on seniority.

Iloh is the candidate for Orumba North State Assembly and her managerial and political sagacity has been unequalled in the party.

She is a coordinator of International Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), which has attracted funding for youth empowerment and vocational education in her constituency.

In Orumba North Local Government, her campaigns are being run by the electorates themselves who believe that she has done a lot for humanity and must be taken to a position of more responsibilities.

Against this backdrop, the 2015 general elections in Anambra State would be eventful as the women battle to give the men a good run for their money.



Posted on March, 24 2015

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