On this weeks episode, I chat with Ambassador Dr. Kema Chikwe, a dynamic politician, distinguished public administrator, educationist, gender and social engineer and activist, writer and diplomat. She is the Founder and Chairperson of the Women Leadership Institute (WLI) - WLI is an international leadership development organization focused on developing the leadership capacity of women across Africa.
Dr. Chikwe shared memories from her childhood and insights into her approach to parenting. She reflected on her career accomplishments, the gap she identified in governance and the work she is doing through WLI to close that gap- raising a critical mass of women who are leadership conscious and equipping them with the skills they need.
Dr. Chikwe studied French at the Advanced Teachers' College Owerri and obtained a further degree in French from Queens College, City University of New York. She has a doctorate in Curriculum Education from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Dr. Chikwe is a renowned writer; her books are included in both the Nigerian and American curriculum. The books include Kema Chikwe: Across Borders, Women of My Era, Village Boys, First School Day for Adaeze, Kame Chameleon tours the garden, My Precious Book and other publications. She served as Nigerian Ambassador to Ireland from 2008-2011, a former Nigerian Federal Minister of Transportation and Federal Minister of Aviation. The first woman to hold either position in Nigeria.
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