Women do influence African leadership!(Reader's views) (Letter to the editor)


Your July cover story by Tom Mbakwe, "Woman Power: How Does It Influence African Leadership?", reminds me of Jezebel. The Bible says: "But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself to work wickedness in the sight of the Lord, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up" (IKings 21:25). Can you imagine that?

Meanwhile, I read with keen interest to see what Tom Mbakwe had on Nigeria's first ladies. There was a full-page photo of Dame Patience Jonathan, Nigeria's current first lady, walking in step with her husband, but you didn't write anything about her.

The truth is that women have influenced African leadership for decades! Nigerians have had a taste of it. I wish Tom had read the February 2010 edition of Tell magazine published in Nigeria, he would have convinced Africans the more about the enormous power women can wield when their husbands are in power.

Headlines of the times such as "Her Imperial Majesty", "Aso Rock Gasping for Oil Deal", and "Is This Man in Nigeria?" showed how one Nigerian first lady held the country spellbound. Other first...

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