‘Women get it done’: Ireti Kingibe, Abuja’s new senator, plans for progressive Nigeria

Up and coming politician will focus on wealth redistribution, female representation and healthcare

Ireti Kingibe is not the usual Nigerian politician. Four years ago, the engineer wife of a former minister was considering leaving the country for the US or Britain, or at least going on a cruise.

The self-declared idealist was “profoundly disappointed” with how Africa’s most populous country was being run. “I told everybody I was done with politics and went indoors,” she said in an interview.

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