Politician cum businesswoman,Chief (Mrs) Kemi Nelson who was formerly a Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Job Creation during the Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration in Lagos State and later clinched the portfolio of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation is one whose political career kick-started as a member of the National Republican Convention and the party’s candidate for the Lagos West senatorial seat in 1992. Her recent position as the National Zonal Women Leader (South-West) of the All Progressives Congress, was therefore no surprise to political observers,as she has proven to be more than capable to hold this position.
The very stylish society lady spoke on life,style,and politics in this interview with Qismat Yinus.
How do you feel about APC's victory at the just concluded gubernatorial polls in Lagos state?
My darling sister,I'm so happy for Lagos. It's not about anybody,it's about Lagos.First time in so many years that Lagos is going to be working with the center. That's the only legacy we can leave for our children.What we asked for in lagos is continuity,and that is what God has given us.
How do you juggle your role as an APC women leader and as a wife and mother?
Women are better organizers,they may not want to agree,but we are. A woman can do ten things at the same time. She can be fending for her children,cooking and doing so many other things at the same time. You just need to manage your time.
How do you feel when young ladies describe you as a role model, judging by your achievements as a politician?
I believe that everybody must have a mentor,we must develop the younger ones to take over from us,as we are getting older and we don't want all our works to just fizzle. We want others to learn from our own mistakes and build on our strengths.
How would you describe yourself?
Without sounding immodest,I'm a woman with a good heart, I don't bear malice. I enjoy myself. I'm very open and wish everybody well at every point in time. I don't like to see anybody looking unhappy. I am one that believes in God. I believe that it is God who ordains and crown people. This is why I'm always happy.
What does it take to be a successful female politician in this part of the world?
Well,it depends on how you look at it . You must try to live above board. You must protect your dignity as a woman,otherwise you run into troubled waters.
You seem to be a very fashionable woman,how do you define fashion?
Fashion is inbuilt. It involves looking good,feeling good within yourself. That's fashion as far as I'm concerned.
How would you describe your style?
Your advice to young ladies who look up to you and want to go into politics?
You must protect your dignity. You must not allow yourself to be pushed around. Build your own confidence. When men size you up,and see that you have confidence, you will get their support . You don't have to sell your body,you don't have to give yourself up,because that's all you've got, Dignity is so important.
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