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The “Green Ladies” meet for Democracy in Africa
Story by: Aselle Abigo-Tshuinza

7PM, Sunday 10th of December at the Hamilton Hall of the London Maida Vale hotel, Nigerian women and supporters and promoters of modern democracy to met to discuss the issues surrounding women and their active involvement in the institution of democracy specifically in Africa.

The dress code was spectacular as the women nick named “Green ladies” (in solidarity for a united Nigeria and greener Africa) flowed with style and glamour. They wore a variety of attires in the Nigerian national colour. The main focus was on Nigeria, as this nation prepares for the national elections next year The Nigerian Women for democracy support was initiated after various consultations with women of various organisations in the UK Diaspora. It was coordinated by Aselle Abigo-Tshuinza the current assistant publicity secretary of the SSPA (South- South Peoples Assembly Europe) a prodemocrat and Director of the tourism development network Niger Projects.

Other key organisers were Christina Oko- Jumbo a youth careers manager and Bonny LGA Rep of the ARCUK (Association of Rivers State Communities), Diana Asagba a social worker and deputy whip of the SSPA Europe and Nancy Stephen of the MOD London.

The event was well represented by young and mature articulate women including university students. Julie Affiong Effiong the high Powered speaker of the MAYO WA TAIFA (Pan African Women International Organisation) heightened the profile of the deliberations analyzing the deliberate exclusion of women political affairs in Africa as “economical and indirect slavery”. She emphasised that the actual definition of politics as “the determination of resources” and therefore women must get involved or remain inconsequential in the society.

Gracing and bracing the occasion was the charming Abiola Makinde the current Woman Leader of the PDP-UK South West Caucus and deputy of the PDP-UK chapter. She reiterated by taking time to highlight crucial steps on how to achieve the necessary significant roles in political party platforms and the expediency of exporting democracy to Nigeria in a dynamic way.

Another eloquent speaker was Julie Dyer, a gospel singer and who looked at using the word of God to change society. Julie addressed the ‘waist of skills’ caused by the disparity of women in government. Ngozika Emeter whose husband is political aspirant in the on going primaries in Anambra, Nigeria also pledged to push the formation of the organisation and to champion mobilisation of candidates whose manifestos help women causes.

Barrister Eke, member BOT of the SSPA Europe Businessmen John Ahoye, Osike Itsagwete and Andrew Dyer of the British National Archives supported the panel of women and gave pledges to assist them in everyway in order that they meet their noble cause. The famous Broadcaster Gbola Oba of Ben T.V breakfast show was also there earlier to lend support to the gorgeous and courageous “Green ladies” who wish to take “the bulls of democracy by the horns”.

Others who promised help with mobilisation of women and support are Ms Lauretta Cookey, Christine Babalola and Mrs Ineoma Okoloji, Monica and Halima Artour.

The Chief Coordinator of the event Aselle Abigo-Tshuinza states that messages of goodwill and support have since been pouring out from women all over including UK mps, Meg Haliday, (award winner of H.M Hippro Words), Ms Elizabeth Davies Counsellor Waltham forest, (Louise Ezeonyim public law solicitor) and Clare Asu-Indinye of Women in Crisis. Nigerian women and supporters interested in joining in the group should contact the coordinator Aselle Abigo-Tshuinza on +44 7930504069 or email sellybees@aol.com


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