2015 Election: Nigeria’s First Female Presidential Candidate Done With ‘Cheerleading’

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The first woman running for president in Nigeria’s history, Remi Sonaiya has disclosed that she is done cheerleading, however, ready to take the polls by storm. Vanguard (Allafrica) report.

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Speaking with some of Nigeria’s most influential businesswomen and company executives at the meeting on women’s participation in politics, she disclosed that: “We have done enough of cheerleading.”

“Women cannot keep on being cheerleaders in this country.”

There may be many women at the head of businesses in Africa’s most populous nation and leading economy but as in the rest of the continent, politics remains for the most part a man’s world.

Sonaiya is hoping to change all that, following the example of presidents such as Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf or Malawi’s Joyce Banda, to break through the glass ceiling to high office.

In actuality, she has no chance of beating the two main candidates (President Goodluck Jonathan and ex-military ruler Muhammadu Buhari) but she has brought, for reformers, a welcomed fresh voice to the campaign.



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