Today On Firsts, A 25-Year-Old Is Nigeria’s First Female Local Government Chairman

September 26, 2016

You probably never thought you’d see a 25-year-old female become a local government council chairman in Nigeria, but Hindatu Umar just shattered that glass ceiling.

Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, recently appointed Umar as the Chairperson of Argungu LGC, following the expiration of the former chairman’s tenure. Hindatu was previously the Deputy Chairman.

However, there have been ridiculous complaints over the appointment, because Hindatu is a young single female, with only secondary school certification.

If you’re familiar with Northern Nigeria’s culture of excluding women from political and economic discussions, you won’t find the outrage surprising. Northern states have high female illiteracy levels and President Buhari’s administration has been criticized for the low number of female political appointees.

Hindatu Umar has broken a record, please join us in celebrating her.

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