On the 20th of January this year, I made a clarion call by publishing an article titled “Africans Should Prepare for Leadership Positions”. This article stirred a lot of discussion on different platforms and received several comments.

In the article, I said

Africans around the world are beginning to see the importance and need of occupying leadership position. All blacks of African descent around the world and in all spheres of life should prepare themselves adequately for leadership position.”

I further cited:

“From all indications, women form a dominant part of the global society yet their involvement in societal and global affairs is quite limited as compared to the participation of their male counterparts. In order for a more progressive development of the world, it is necessary that more women are educated and supported in their career pursuits and particularly in leadership situations.”

One of the comments I received from a renowned advocate for women leadership Dr Violet Arene said in her words:

Women , get ready!

You must be invoked. You have a lot to offer to the human community

In your leadership position.

Its is no surprise to see a READY AND PREPARED woman contesting for presidency in Nigeria in person of DR. ELISHAMA ROSEMARY IDEH. This indeed is another clarion call for women of African descent all over the world to wake up and take the leadership mantle.

Dr. Elishama Rosemary Ideh is a  Lagos born Nigerian who has wealth of experience and has journeyed into diverse spheres of life. She built a faith-based humanitarian organizations to support, strengthen and rehabilitate lives – especially among vulnerable groups such as women, widows, orphans and the destitute and to raise leaders to serve in the various strata of our community. Activities through her organizations have been instrumental to the creation of numerous opportunities in the areas of education, skill acquisition, vocational training and entrepreneurship for vulnerable groups, especially in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Lagos and other cities and communities across Nigeria. Her organizations have also provided mentoring, counseling, shelter and business support for countless individuals and families in these areas.

“Looking out for one another as Nigerians is the right attitude to imbibe in order to make an impact and promote selfless service amongst her leaders.”   Dr. Elishama Ideh

Dr. Elishama Ideh set up the Partnership for a New Nigeria (PFANN) a social advocacy group aimed at promoting this rebirth by restructuring both the polity and it’s institutions on one hand, and restructuring the attitude of Nigerians (leaders and led alike) towards building a culture of patriotism and a stronger sense of civic duty on the other, not just to the society and the nation, but to our neighbors as well – especially to the less-privileged.

As her legacy, Dr. Elishama Ideh seeks to bequeath to future generations a nation, and a society whose wealth (both material and social) is built on the principle of SHARED values, SHARED vision, SHARED responsibility, and SHARED benefits.

Women have played important roles in the community since the beginning of time. The innate tendency that women have for nurturing and taking care of their own renders them loyal citizens of their various communities. As a result, women readily contribute towards the development of their communities, and in some instances, are willing to go the extra mile in order to sustain the societies they belong to.

In order to encourage more women to participate in leadership and government, it is necessary that the community and the world as a whole gives them the support needed. Instead of downplaying the efforts of African women, people could encourage them either by listening to their views in an objective manner, participating in women-initiated activities, and helping eradicate the social stigma and discrimination against women in leadership and African women in general.

It is very important that African women align themselves in a position to take on leadership role globally, Africans should be more active in taking global responsibilities. Anyone can be a leader, gender is not a barrier, as long as you are adequately prepared and strategically position yourself to occupy the position.


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