Meet The Honourable Iron Lady, Abike Dabiri-Erewa

by Joseph Omoniyi
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From a humble background in Nigeria, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has soared to the pinnacle of political power and public service, breaking barriers and shattering stereotypes along the way. Her remarkable journey is an inspiration to women everywhere who strive for excellence and equality.

Born in 1962, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa grew up in a family of educators and civil servants, who instilled in her a deep sense of service and social responsibility. She attended the University of Ife, where she studied English Language and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

After graduation, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa embarked on a career in journalism, working for several media houses in Nigeria and the United States. Her incisive reporting and commentary on social and political issues won her numerous awards and accolades, establishing her as one of Nigeria’s foremost journalists.

But Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa’s ambition and talent extended far beyond journalism. In 2003, she entered politics, contesting for a seat in the House of Representatives under the banner of the Alliance for Democracy party. She won the election with a wide margin, becoming the first female to represent her constituency.

In the House of Representatives, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa quickly established herself as a fearless advocate for the rights of women, youth, and marginalized communities. She sponsored several bills and motions aimed at improving the lives of her constituents, including the Nigerian Diaspora Commission Bill, which sought to protect the interests of Nigerians living abroad.

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa’s sterling performance in the House of Representatives caught the attention of Nigeria’s then-president, Olusegun Obasanjo, who appointed her as Special Adviser on Diaspora Affairs in 2006. In this role, she oversaw the affairs of millions of Nigerians living abroad, championing their cause and advocating for their rights.

Her impact on the Nigerian diaspora was profound, as she spearheaded the establishment of several initiatives and programs aimed at addressing their needs. Under her leadership, the Nigerian Diaspora Commission was established, providing a platform for Nigerians abroad to engage with the government and contribute to the development of their homeland.

In 2015, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa’s outstanding record of service and leadership earned her another historic appointment, this time as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora. In this role, she continued to champion the interests of Nigerians living abroad, while also promoting the country’s image and interests on the global stage.

Throughout her illustrious career, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa has demonstrated a rare combination of talent, passion, and dedication, inspiring countless women to break barriers and pursue their dreams. She has shown that with hard work, resilience, and a sense of purpose, anything is possible.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day 2023, let us honor Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, a trailblazing icon of black women’s empowerment, and a true inspiration to us all.


Joseph Omoniyi

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