Joke Silva, a renowned actress in Nollywood, has expressed her concerns regarding the marginalization of women in leadership roles, especially within the political landscape of Nigeria.
During a recent interview with TVC, Joke Silva highlighted that even though women played significant leadership roles in pre-independent Nigeria, they have unfortunately lost their influence in recent years.
The esteemed actress reiterated the urgent need for Nigeria to have democratically elected female governors, emphasizing that it should have already happened by now.
It is worth mentioning that the only female governor in Anambra State, Virginia Ngozi Etiaba, assumed office in 2006 but did not achieve her position through an election.
She took charge of the state’s affairs following Governor Peter Obi‘s impeachment by the state legislature due to alleged gross misconduct.
In her words;
“In the area of leadership, especially political leadership, women have regressed. I mean, we had some really powerful women. You mentioned Fumilayo Kuti earlier. All these powerful women. There were so many of them spread around the nation. So, you expect them to grow in numbers by now.
“At least by now, we should have had a female governor. Mrs. Oluremi Tinubu for one, in contemporary Nigerian politics, is probably the most experienced female politician. She was just in the Senate for a long time and now she is the First Lady. But the thing is this: how many others? But we have so many male senators. It goes back to what late Chief MKO Abiola used to say: ‘A nation clapping with one hand.’ How do you clap? How is it heard?”