The week is over and from Nigeria to the United States and to Brussels, we bring to you all the winners and losers of the outgoing week.
The Nasty Woman: The US presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton once again faced each other in their final debate before election day. In the final moments of what would have been a fairly good outing for GOP candidate, Donald Trump, he muttered the words “Such a nasty woman” while Clinton answered was trying to make a point about social security.
Though Trump’s comment did not draw any immediate emotion from Clinton, Twitter instantly became awash with criticisms but mostly in acceptance and personalisation of the phrase. In fact, it got its own hashtag #IAmANastyWomanBecause and even went viral off the internet as Nasty Woman teeshirts became available for purchase.
This perfectly sums up how Trump shot himself in the foot augmenting support for Clinton’s campaign with just one very nasty comment, because big mouth.
Aisha Buhari: She makes it to the winners list again, though this time, she does it with suave, with grace and in a Salvatore Ferragamo poncho!
While we were all here talking and talking about how insensitive her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari’s comments were, using Panadol for her headache, Mrs. Buhari was seen in the best of her elegance so far, heading to Brussels for the African Women’s Forum. She delivered the opening remark at the forum on the theme “Women’s Role in Global Security”.
Aisha Buhari looked every inch unmoved by all the activities surrounding #TheOtherRoom comments that has dominated conversations in the country since President Buhari’s utterance last week, and that’s exactly how to win.
Yemi Kale: Yesterday, President Buhari made a smart move. He re-appointed Yemi Kale to his former position as the Statistician General of the Federation. He had previously served a five-year tenure in the position but was let off in August this year.
Though he was appointed by former president Goodluck Jonathan, we guessed at the time his tenure ended that the President Buhari-led government might bring him back, and we were right.
Hillary-Trump Yoruba wedding photo: Well, this one wins for very obvious reasons.
Femi Otedola: Such rare occurrence for the billionaire, sorry former billionaire to be classified as a loser. The world is indeed full of wonders.
According to American business magazine, Forbes, the Chairman of Forte Oil is in this situation for two reasons. A plunge in his company’s stock prices from an all-time high of $1.1 to low of $0.44 and the devaluation of the Naira by the Central Bank of Nigeria in June.
Femi Otedola is now worth only $550 million.
Donald Trump: Again! Donald Trump makes it here this time solely for implicitly stating that he will not accept the results of the US elections if he doesn’t win, setting a possible precedent for post-election battle.
He made this known at the final presidential debate on Wednesday. When asked by moderator, Chris Wallace if he would concede defeat in the situation of a loss at the election, Trump replied, “What I am saying is I’ll tell you at it at the time. I will keep you in suspense”.
Most post-debate narratives and analyses in America have been centred on this statement. Responding to this, President Barack Obama said, “The person who loses the election congratulates the winner, reaffirms our democracy, and we move forward”.