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By Gbenga Awomodu

I recently interviewed Chineloma Eleodimuo, UNIBEN’s first ever female Student Union President.

Times have changed, really. The days when women were mostly relegated to the background in intellectual and social discourse are finally giving way to a new era in a modern society where girls and young women are being empowered to take on leadership roles and make constructive input in government policies and business establishments. It is reported that a certain Naja’atu Mohammed was the first female SUG president in Nigeria at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in the 1983/84 session. On Tuesday, February 2, 2010, history was made as over 48,000 students of the University of Benin, Nigeria, went all out to exercise their voting rights. For the first time since the inception of the school in 1970, the only female among the eight contestants, was announced winner at 7PM. She did not have the grandest publicity, but her campaign tag, “Change is Possible”, seemed to have made the victory sure, taking many people by surprise. But with the new office has come more responsibility!

Here’s the link to the full interview on BellaNaija.com.