‘I am thinking of running for a political office’- BBOG convener Oby Ezekwesili

Nigeria’s former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili, who sat for an interview with Channels, made her intentions of possibly running for a political office known.

'I am thinking of running for a political office'- BBOG convener Oby Ezekwesili lailasnews

The BBOG convener who had tweeted about the move before now, said her role with the BBOG movement doesn’t preclude her from seeking a political position and she’s considering contesting in the 2019 Presidential election.

Here’s the video below;


On the other hand, if you thought you already knew everything about Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, well, we’ve got news for you.

Aunt Oby (as she’s fondly called) has lived all of her life in the public domain, so it’s forgivable to think that you know who she is or all she’s about.

She was Minister for education and solid minerals, at different times under former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Oby also co-founded Transparency International; the global anti-corruption body with headquarters in Berlin, Germany.

Oby was Vice President of the World Bank’s Africa division from May 2007 to May 2012. Here are more things about her;

Oby’s Dad had such a massive influence on her:

My father wanted me to be a chartered accountant and I trained to become one”, Oby says.

She continues: “As a child, Dad and I would always discuss public affairs at every opportunity and I became very conscious of social and political issues beyond my age. The (civil) war had a deep effect on our family following the loss of relatives and possessions. It left many families including mine, scotched, but my father raised us to never allow anything to enslave our souls.

Oby didn’t look for jobs; jobs looked for Oby:

“I say to young people that I mentor that I am one of the very few people that have never had to seek jobs in their lives. The only time that I ever applied for one was when I applied to train as a Chartered Accountant in Deloitte Touché & Akintola Williams after my Master’s degree. All the other things or works I have done in life, I was head-hunted for and persuaded on merit to accept them”.


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