Nigeria’s presidential elections are taking place in 2019, and many people have put their names up for election, including President Muhammadu Buhari who is seeking a second term.
Among the many presidential hopefuls are six women who want to transform one of Africa’s biggest economies that is riddled with cases of insurgency in the north and corruption allegations across the country. It will not be the first time for women to contest for the presidency but none has been close enough to bring a huge upset to the status quo.
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Just like many other women vying for political office, Nigerian women have been subjected to discrimination and sexism, both overt and subtle. A part of the electorate still holds onto the belief that only men are suited to run the country, while another thinks that it is disrespectful for women to rule over men.
Despite all these, women have not been discouraged to run for top offices in the government.
Scroll through to learn more about the six women looking to take over Buhari’s job in 2019.