Nigerian Senator, Stella Oduah, lawmaker representing Anambra North Senatorial District and former Minister of Aviation, has been elected as the President of ECOWAS female parliamentarians. She made the announcement via her Twitter handle, @StellaOduah.
She pledged to use her office to advocate for laws that will empower women, especially those in rural areas also increase participation in politics. Princess Stella Oduah was born to Igwe D.O. Oduah of Akili-Ozizor, L.G.A. in Anambra State on January 5, 1962. She received her Bachelors and Masters Degree (in Accounting and Business Administration respectively) in the United States.
Upon her return to Nigeria in 1983, she joined the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation. In 1992, she left the NNPC to establish the Sea Petroleum & Gas Company Limited (SPG), an independent marketer of petroleum products in Nigeria. In 2013 she was one of the delegates chosen by the President to attend the Papal inauguration of Pope Francis together with David Mark, President of the Senate and Viola Onwuliri, Foreign Minister.
In 2015 she was one of the senators elected to the 8th assembly. Only six of these were women out of the 109 lawmakers in the Upper chamber of the National Assembly. The others were Rose Okoji Oko, Uche Ekwunife, Fatimat Raji Rasaki, Oluremi Tinubu and Binta Garba