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A woman that was one of the lawmakers who valiantly stood against the third-term bid of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. An act many wouldn’t dare...
NAME : ABIKE DABIRI EREWA
BORN : In Jos, Plateau state.
EDUCATION : started her primary education at the Maryland Convent School, Lagos and thereafter went on to attend the St. Teresa’s College, Ibadan for her secondary school education. She obtained her First Degree in English Language from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU).
Not satisfied with a simple degree, she acquired a Postgraduate Diploma in Mass Communication and then, a Masters Degree in same field (Mass Communication) from the University of Lagos, Akoka. She also studied at the Kennedy School of Government, Havard University, USA.
CAREER :Broadcaster, Politician and member of the Nigeria Federal House of Representatives representing Ikorodu Constituency in Lagos State.
FAMILY LIFE : A wife and mother of two children.
INSPIRATION : started her prestigious career as a broadcaster at the Nigerian Television Authority, NTA, where she worked for fifteen years and was known for her dedicated, compassionate service during her anchor years of the weekly NTA New-Line Programme.
Her passion to reach out to others and touch their lives was evident every Sunday in the in-depth manner she approached every issue and subject irrespective of age, tribe and religious differences. Most remarkable was the eight years she dedicated to the story of Mary, a baby taken away from her parents.
It is this passion to touch lives that led to an early retirement from the NTA and that would lead her into Politics. She contested as a Member of the House of Representatives in 2003 and swept the poll with a landslide victory.
As a House Member, Honourable Abike Dabiri Erewa once more proved her integrity and mettle in the discharge of her duties and the affirmation of her beliefs.
In her second term in office and as Chairman, House of Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Abike Dabiri Erewa braved the challenge of a new committee and created a wide network of Nigerians in Diaspora, ensuring that they are a part of Nigeria’s developmental activities. She was again re-elected for a third term, at the end of which she announced her graceful step-down from office in December 2014.
Abike Dabiri Erewa has proven herself to be a charismatic, cosmopolitan, dedicated and honourable broadcaster and Politician. She has done Nigeria proud and is one of the few Nigerians with acceptable global presence.
A woman of admirable eloquence and character, she has indeed earned the nickname ‘Mother Teresa of the Tube’ as she fondly called.
She would always be remembered by Nigerians and far beyond the shores of Africa, as a sterling amazon with unwavering principles and unrivalled dedication to her work and responsibilities.
Abike Dabiri Erewa, in December 2014, willingly vacated her seat in the National House of Assembly. A withdrawal that not only shocked many who early loved her but also demonstrated, once more, the integrity and graciousness of this distinguished stateswoman.
CREDIT: WIKIPEDIA.ORG, DIAPORACOMMITTEE.COM and LINDA IKEJI BLOG)
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