Female Ministers Senators and House of Reps in Nigerian Government

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Celebrating 2017 democracy day, Females in Nigeria honours our 5 female ministers and 21 female senators / reps in the current government. We also celebrate every other government appointed positions occupied by females in Nigeria.

See 21 current Nigerian Female Ministers, Senators and House of Reps

5 Female Ministers 

  • Aisha Abubakar – Hon. Minister of State For Industry, Trade and Investment: sen Hajia-Aisha-Abubakar Born in July 1966 into the family of the renowned Nigerian and elder statesman Alhaji Abubakar from Tambuwal Local Government Area and the royal family of the Sokoto caliphate. She attended Corona School and Queen’s College, Lagos and proceeded to the United Kingdom to complete her Ordinary and Advanced level certificates. She later obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Politics and International Studies from University of Warwick in 1990 and completed her Master’s Degree in Development Studies at the University of Leeds, in 1991.


  • Mrs Kemi Adeosun – Hon. Minister of Finance: Sen Kemi AdeosunBorn in March 1967 in London, United Kingdom to Nigerian parents from Ogun State. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of East London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Financial Management from the University of London. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales in 1994.



  • Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan (Mama Taraba) – Hon. Minister of Women Affairs:Sen Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan Born in 1959, a lawyer by training, Aisha Jummai became the first female to be appointed Taraba State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice. The first woman to be appointed as Secretary FCT judicial council and later appointed the Chief Registrar of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on 17 December 2003. After she retired from service she went into business. She was generous and fought vigorously in her campaign which made her the first elected female senator from Taraba State.


  • Khadijat Buka Abba Ibrahim – Hon. Minister of Foreign Affairs: Khadijat Buka Abba Ibrahim In 2016, Abba Ibrahim was made the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs by President Muhammadu Buhari. Born in January 1967 into the family of Waziri Ibrahim, Khadijat Buka Abba Ibrahim attended Kaduna Capital School, Kaduna, Nigeria between 1972 and 1977. In 1978, she began her secondary school education at Queen’s College, Lagos. In 1980, she proceeded to Headington School, Oxford, where she completed her secondary school education in 1983. In 1986, Abba Ibrahim obtained her National Diploma in Business and Finance from Pardworth College, Reading, UK. In 1989, she received her B.Sc degree in Business Studies and Sociology from Roehampton Institute for Higher Education, an affiliate of the University of Surrey.


  • Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed – Hon. Minister of State, Budget and National Planning: Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed Zainab Ahmed was born in Kaduna. She obtained a Bachelors Degree in Accounting from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1981 and an MBA from the Ogun State University, Ago Iwoye. She started work in 1982 as an Accountant in Kaduna State Ministry of Finance in Kaduna State and moved to Nigerian Telecommunication Ltd (NITEL) in 1995 where she worked in various departments and rose to the rank of the Deputy General Manager (DGM). In 2010, she was appointed to serve as the Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.


Female Senators

  1. Senator Stella Adaeze Oduah, Anambra North, PDP
  2. Senator Uche Lilian Ekwunife, Anambra Central, PDP
  3. Senator Binta Masi Garba, Adamawa North, APC
  4. Senator Fatimat Olufunke Raji-Rasaki, Ekiti Central , PDP
  5. Senator Biodun Olujimi, Ekiti South, PDP
  6. Senator Oluremi Shade Tinubu, Lagos Central, APC
  7. Senator Rose Okoji Oko, Cross River North , PDP


Female House of Rep

  1. Elendu-Ukeje Nnenna L .I, Bende Constituency(Abia), PDP
  2. Onyejeocha Nkiruka Chiduben, Isuikwuato/Umunneochi (Abia), PDP
  3. Eucharia Azodo Okwunna, Aguata(Anambra), PDP
  4. Sodaguno A Festus Omoni, Ogbia (Bayelsa), PDP
  5. Asabe Vilita Bashir, Gwoza/Damboa/Chibok (Borno), APC
  6. Evelyn Omavowan Oboro, Uvwie/Okpe/Sapele (Delta), PDP
  7. Stella Uchena Obiageli Ngwu, Uzo-Uwani/ Igbo Etiti (Enugu), PDP
  8. Binta Bello, Kaltungo/Shongom (Gombe), PDP
  9. Aishatu Jibril Dukku, Dukku/Nafada(Gombe), PDP
  10. Princess Olufunke Adedoyin, Ekiti/Irepodun/Isin/Oke-Ero(Kwara), APC
  11. Barr (Mrs) Rita Orji, Ajeromi/Ifelodun I(Lagos), PDP
  12. Ayo Hulayat Omidiran, Ayedaade/Irewole/Isokan(Osun), APC
  13. Beni Butmaklar, Langtang North/Langtang South(Plateau), PDP
  14. Khadija Bukar A Ibrahim, Gulani/Gujbadamaturu/Tarmuwa(Yobe), APC

From Females in Nigeria, we say Well Done Ma!

Happy Democracy Day Nigeria!






Kelechi Okoh

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  1. BellaNaija says:

    In 2016, Bukola Bolarinwa, was selected as a nominee for the Queen’s Young Leader Awards – for her
    work with blood donors for people living with sickle
    cell. Last month, the Queen of England, bestowed Bukola with the award.
    Click here to read the news

    The organisation, Haima Health Initiative, is the brain child of 29
    year old Bukola – advocate, lawyer, feminist and Sickle Cell Warrior.
    She started Haima Health unofficially in 2013, and two years later,
    the organisation was off to a more structured process. Haima, which
    is a latin word for ‘blood’ has been growing progressively since
    its inception.

    Bukola has no plans of stopping, and she tells BellaNaija this,
    in the interview you’re about to read.

    Who is Bukola?
    I am the President of the Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF).

    I joined SCAF in 2011 at the Nigerian Law School in Bwari where it was set up by
    my friend, Nkechi Azinge. We both had personal experiences with Sickle Cell and wanted an avenue to create greater awareness and support
    for people living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). I live with SCD and I have been so lucky to
    have an excellent support system of family and health
    care providers but I know this is not the case for majority of people in Nigeria.

    Tell us about Haima Health – why you started it, and how
    it runs
    I started Haima Health Initiative because our Sickle cell beneficiaries often need blood transfusions and would ask us to get them
    donors. Most hospitals do not have adequate blood in stock, or they require a replacement for the one they use.

    In addition they charge exorbitantly for each pint.
    We started by calling our friends and families to donate at hospitals.

    As more people heard about us, we decided to help as many people as possible get blood.

    I work with an amazing team of staff and volunteers to carry out activities to raise awareness about blood health, SCD and blood
    donation in Nigeria.

    Operational framework
    We have an online database, which allows people to register
    as voluntary blood donors that can be called on in emergency situations.

    We currently have about 1000 registered donors across 8
    states in Nigeria who have donated over 500 pints of blood free of charge directly to patients.
    The goal is to increase the number of voluntary blood donors to just1% of the population and create a culture of donation devoid of superstition especially amongst young persons.

    What would you say have been the most challenging parts of running a blood donor drive initiative?

    The most challenging part has definitely been getting over
    the negative stereotypes that Nigerians have about blood donations.
    In the early days of manually registering donors at events, I used
    to be shocked at what people would say. Even young people that you expect to be better informed still have a
    lot of misconceptions. People believe that we will sell their blood, that they will get an infection, that they
    do not have enough blood to give, that blood can be used for rituals
    etc. People also feel like they should only donate to their family or people they know when they need it, and the idea of
    donating to a blood bank to be used by anyone in need is met with cynicism.
    When I moved to Lagos, I also found it surprising that people
    expect to be paid for donating blood.

    Man! That sounds tough. So, after getting interested donors, what are the
    processes you take to ensure that donors are properly screened and blood is
    stored and delivered appropriately?
    All the blood is collected, screened and properly stored by the National and Lagos Blood Transfusion Services.
    They have adequate systems for this which work quite well.
    Unfortunately, in private hospitals and private blood banks it is difficult to properly ascertain how they
    screen and store blood. This is something that the regulatory authorities and Ministry of Health need to ensure that they build capacity in across all states.

    This doesn’t sound cheap. Let’s talk about money!
    How is Haima Health being funded and how are you keeping
    the lights on?
    We are currently funded by private donations from individuals and SMEs.
    Funding is one of our biggest challenges and like all NGOs we
    are always looking for partnerships with small and large companies that buy
    into our vision. Often times, it takes a personal experience with blood shortage to get people passionate about the cause, which is
    quite a shame. Our projects are not very expensive to execute so
    we work with small companies and individuals to host blood drives at their schools, religious organisations and offices.
    If anyone would like sponsor one of our blood drives, please contact us!

    On a scale of 1 – 10, how would you rate your achievements,
    vis a vis your goals – at the time you commenced this initiative?

    Probably 3; I really feel like we are just getting started!

    So where is Haima Health going?
    My vision is for Haima to help facilitate a system where there are no blood shortages in Nigeria.

    In countries like Japan and Korea, every healthy adult is automatically registered as a blood donor and have the
    choice to opt out. I have read that they often throw
    blood away, because they have too many people donating.
    With a population of roughly 180 million Nigerians, it is ludicrous that we are still having this problem.

    In what way do you see organisations like Haima Health
    Initiative working towards the eradication of sickle cell disorder?

    I do not think we can ever totally eradicate SCD and most science data backs this up.
    Almost 40% of Nigerians carry the Sickle gene (AS) and it is impossible that such a
    large pool of people will not have children together.
    Secondly, a significant number of pregnancies are not
    planned and so there is no time to carefully consider genetics.

    Thirdly, even when both parties are aware of their genotype, decisions about marriage are built on love and other sentiments that genetics alone cannot conquer.

    I do think we can significantly reduce the number of sickle cell births
    that we have with more education and with improved science like Pre-genetic diagnosis
    and Pre-implantation Diagnosis. In the future, we are hoping that medication, bone marrow transplant and gene therapy will continue to cure people that are born with SCD or at
    least significantly improve lives.

    You seem to have so much on your plate. How do you balance work and life?

    Most of the time when I am engaged in Haima or SCAF activities, I do
    not feel like I am working because I am so passionate about.
    This means I tend to over exert myself sometimes and
    have to learn when to say no to requests and take it easy.

    But I am very sociable so I do like to go out a lot.
    I enjoy travelling, eating out, listening to live music and meeting new people,
    all of which Lagos is fantastic for, albeit not so much on the pocket!

    Bukky, what’s the most fulfilling part of Haima
    Health for you – personally?
    It is definitely when patients or their families thank us for sending them blood donors.
    We have formed lasting relationships with some of them
    and it feels so gratifying to know that we have made this little part of their recovery process easier.

    Sometimes patients go on to become donors themselves when they are fully recovered and educate others around them further expanding
    the knowledge on blood donation.

    You met Queen Elizabeth II. Tell us about that experience
    and how you got selected as a recipient of the Young Queen’s Leader
    It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I really cannot
    over sell it. It is a one-year program with online leadership courses delivered by the University of Cambridge Institute of
    Continued Learning. We have mentoring sessions with industry leaders who are working
    in similar fields with each recipient from around the world.

    The two-week residential week started in June and
    we had classes and group sessions in Cambridge
    focused on growing our individual projects using
    teamwork, leadership, strategic thinking and creativity.
    We were able to visit the offices of Facebook, PWC, Oxfam, Google, BBC, Commonwealth and the Prime Minister’s Office at
    10 Downing Street.

    The award ceremony took place at Buckingham palace hosted by the Queen, Price Harry and Rt.
    Hon. Joh Major. This was followed by a reception in Australia House hosted by the Australian High Commissioner.

    It was a fast paced and intense two weeks and by the end we were
    mostly burnt out, but it was worth every second. The best part was becoming friends with other young people from
    across the CommonHealth doing fantastic projects that improve their communities.

    The selection process started with a very detailed application in November 2016 from young people
    under 29 across all the Commonwealth countries.
    They team is selected based on the level of
    innovation, sustainability, overcoming adversity and other set criteria.
    Those that make it to the next stage have a phone
    interview. I would encourage every young person who is
    doing community-impacting work to apply for the programme.

    Tell us about your support system
    I have an amazing support system that I am eternally grateful for.
    Firstly, my mum is my coach, prayer warrior, and greatest cheerleader.
    Nkechi is a great work associate, sounding board and optimist
    – which I need because I always think the worst of every situation! My Haima and SCAF team are passionate and make the vision easy to achieve together.
    My partner is also great, because he motivates me when I feel like giving up, which happens at
    least twice a month! I also have amazing family and friends
    who constantly encourage, appreciate and pray
    for me.

    Nothing like good support. So, tell us where you see Haima Health Initiative in the coming year
    Our goal is to register 5,000 voluntary donors by the end of 2017
    across all states. We are also working on raising funds to build an app that would make the connection process between donors
    and recipients more efficient. We aim to roll out donor registration programs across all Universities in Nigeria as they are
    our primary targets. The long-term goal is to register 1% of
    the Nigerian population as voluntary donors and eliminate shortages in our healthcare system.

    That’s awesome! So, in conclusion, how can BellaNaijarians
    support the cause?
    BellaNaijarians can join the movement and register
    to be blood donors at http://register.haimahealth.org.ng/enroll
    They can help sponsor blood drives at their schools, communities, religious
    organisations, offices, and at their events.
    They can also help spread the word through their networks to
    help save more lives.

    Website: http://www.haimahealth.org.ng
    Facebook: Haima Health Initiative
    Twitter: @Haima_health_
    Instagram: Haima_health

    Thanks so much, Bukola. Thank you for reminding us that
    within our little sphere of influence, we can actually save
    lives. Here’s wishing you the best in your future endeavours.

    About Atoke

    Atoke was trained as a lawyer in Nigeria and practiced for almost 4 years
    before she decided sitting in traffic from Oshodi to Lekki every day was killing her slowly.
    She now works full time as a writer and an editor at BellaNaija.

    With a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Swansea University,
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