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Governance in Heels

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Aletha Frederick: Heels With Class For Achieving Regional Development

By Alkali Amana

Newly appointed in 2020 as the governor of the //Kharas region, in Namibia, Aletha Frederick entered office with a promise to leave no inhabitant of the region behind, and a year on from then, she is still working seriously to fulfil that mandate. Coming in, she expressed her dream for //Kharas to be the region where everyone’s hopes and ambitions are realized, calling for collective efforts from citizens in tackling socio-economic challenges in the region. She urged inhabitants of the region to set aside politics, race and gender to ensure people are not held back by poverty and rendered herself for service regardless of the different political beliefs residents of the region may possess while requesting inclusivity through the contribution of everyone. In this manner, Frederick laid and solidified the foundation for the excellence she follows through within governance today.

H.E Auxilia Mnangagwa: Building Zimbabwe With Acts Of Kindness In Governance

By Alkali Amana

True leadership is appreciated when citizens feel and live through the results of the people they gave their mandate, and this is no less the case with Her Excellency, Auxilia Mnangagwa, the First Lady of Zimbabwe, who leads the way across her country to affect the lives of individuals and families so governance can be achieved for all. Since her venture into the Presidency as First Lady in 2017, H.E Auxilia has shown immense interest in the welfare of her people and their survival, acting out various initiatives to provide the country the warmth of a mother and the stability of a leader alongside her husband, President Julius Mnangagwa.

Ellen Sirleaf: An Amazon’s Journey in Active Politics and Leadership

By Alkali Amana

In 2006, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf became the 24th President of Liberia, ushering in an era in Africa that offered hope to women and the possibilities open to them towards politics and leadership in Africa. As President of Liberia, Sirleaf became the first woman to be elected as the head of state of an African country, serving in that capacity between 2006 – 2018 for two full terms, and helping to steer her country in the right direction. She is perhaps the most popular Liberian woman in modern history and her contributions over the course of her years in service did not just remain within the confines of her nation’s territory, spreading over across the globe with the honour of receiving the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize as evidence of her efforts towards the social and economic empowerment of women world over.

Sahle Work Zewde: Leading Gender Discussion and Peace in Ethiopia Through Diplomacy

On the 25th day of October 2018, a unanimous decision by members of the Federal Parliamentary Assembly in Ethiopia led to the installation of Sahle Work Zewde, a lifelong career diplomat, as the first female President of the country, and the second Head of State since its inception after Empress Zewditu. The decision to elect Zewde as President of Ethiopia saw her replace former President, Mulatu Teshome, to actively take on the reins of leadership in a beloved country in which she has served in different capacities. Presently, only two female heads of State exist in Africa, and Zewde’s testament to the leadership and advancing the cause of good governance since her appointment speaks volumes of her lifelong ability in the path of rendering service in every position she has occupied.