Amongst the several stumbling blocks for women in politics, questions about their state of origin upon marriage is one of them, and a troubling one at that. Such is the situation that greets Mrs. Opunimi Akinkugbe’s nomination as a non-career Ambassador by President Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari, selected the indigene of Abonnema local government area of Rivers State, as an ambassadorial nominee for Ondo State and the news was met with an outcry from several individuals and groups; who have declared that she is not an indigene of the state and as such can’t be called on to represent them.
Though from Rivers, Nimi Akinkungbe is married to Yinka Akinkugbe who hails from Ondo State. She also flexes experience in the banking sector with over 23 years of experience under her belt and is currently a non-executive director at Standard Chartered Bank.
In spite of this, her nomination was met with a strong rebuttal as the State Chairman of the Ondo Youth Coalition, Ademario Emmanuel and the President of the Yoruba Anifere Youth Organisation of Nigeria, Eric Oluwole condemned the announcement; labelling it an insult.
Nigerians stated that the outcry exposed the unseriousness and tribalism of some Nigerians; referencing Omoni Oboli’s movie “Love is War” which also had a similar plot and was also set in Ondo State.
Still, many share the hope that her nomination would not be rescinded despite the antagonism that has risen up.