My country has never had a female president. It has not even had a female governor! The closest the country came to having a woman governor was in November 2006 when Dame Virginia Ngozi Etiaba, being the substantive deputy governor, replaced the then governor Mr. Peter Obi who was impeached. However, her tenure lasted for only 3 months as she transferred the governorship back to Mr. Peter Obi in February 2007.

Discouraging Statistic

As tragic as this statistic is, my country is not alone in this ignorant and possibly shameful practice. There are 195 countries in the world. Of this number, only a small figure of 27 countries presently have a female president, head of state or prime minister. Coming closer home to Africa with 54 countries, female presidents and prime ministers constitute a negligible total of 7!

First female African president
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the first female African president

The above situation obtains because women are usually relegated in governance, and even when they are accepted, they are given inconsequential positions where they are largely forgotten in the scheme of things.

Five Reasons Why a Woman Should be President

However, a woman’s abilities transcends far beyond her traditional roles of homemaker. Many women have displayed tremendous achievements in finance, medicine, technology, and even engineering which is often perceived as the forte of males and males only.

As my country approaches another election year, I believe a woman should be the next president. This is because women are better managers. They are better time managers, good house/family managers, and excellent money managers. In a country where money is being borrowed to service loans, a female president will bring her money management skills to play, and stop all the leakages from government enabled corruption. My country can boast of many economic experts, such as the Director General of the World Trade Organisation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Why a woman should be president of my country
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala (source: World Trade Organisation)

A woman should be my country’s next president because women are more principled. Women may be emotional creatures but they are highly disciplined. A woman will say what she means and mean what she says. An example can be found in the performance of the late Prof. Dora Akunyili when she was the head of NAFDAC, a government body tasked with supervising food and drug standards. Many attempts were made on her life because of her unwavering stance of zero tolerance against fake drugs manufacturers and importers, thereby saving countless lives.

Why a woman should be president of my country
Prof. Dora Akunyili waged a relentless war against fake drugs

A woman should be my country’s next president because the opposite gender has tried to make things work since my country’s birth with little or no success. There is no short supply of eminently qualified and willing female citizens who can attempt to pilot the affairs of this nation. Even if she fails, it can’t be worse than the status quo.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the age of viewing women only in their traditional roles of mother and homemaker, has long passed. Women are achieving great feats around the world. No field of endeavor is without a female measuring up to, and even surpassing their male counterparts. The excuse that females are the weaker gender no longer holds water. This is because females have been participating in physically challenging activities such as going to war, outer space, etc. Females have been breaking the glass ceiling for hundreds of years and there is no reason why, in the 21st century, a woman cannot be the president of my country. It is time to try a woman.

Above is a sample answer to a question from the 1998 WAEC SSCE examination. The question is “Write an article for publication in a national newspaper on why you think a woman should be your country’s next president”.

NOTES:

This is an expository essay.

You have to be factual when writing expository essays. This means that any numbers you quote or references to actual persons or events have to be correct and not guesses.

As usual with all forms of writing, don’t let your paragraphs run too long.


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