Nigeria’s former Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development has dedicated her newly launched book titled ‘Women and Leadership’ to the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Dr. Hajo Sani, who is currently the President of Women and National Development (WAND), a Nigerian research organization that documents women’s work and achievements, described President Sirleaf as an icon and role model for women not just in Africa but across the world.
In Chapter Five of ‘Women and Leadership’ under the caption ‘Contemporary Leaders,’ Dr. Sani features the biography of President Sirleaf, highlighting her struggles in life and perseverance to break through the male dominance in Liberia and Africa to become Africa’s first democratically elected female president.
Dr. Sani also cites the President’s Memoir, ‘This Child will be Great,’ in her literature review on women’s leadership and described it as an “honest autobiography of an extraordinary woman” that provides motivation and inspiration for young women leaders across Africa and the world.
She hopes the book will challenge current women leaders to serve as mentors for the younger generation. “I believe that every woman leader has a greater role to play to mentor the younger generation of women in order to make every girl succeed’ Dr. Sani explained.
Dr. Sani further explains that the mentoring does not have to necessarily be done materially but also psychologically by the way women lead. She urged women leaders to be mindful of their behaviors and actions in leadership as young girls and women are looking up to them for guidance. Representing President Sirleaf, who was the Special Guest of Honor, at the launch of the Book in Abuja earlier this month, Liberia’s Ambassador to Nigeria His Excellency Dr. Al-Hassan Conteh thanked Dr. Sani for dedicating her literary work to the Liberian leader.
He narrated the story of the president’s life and rise to power in Liberia and noted her many years of advocacy for women’s rights and social justice. Dr. Conteh recalled that the President championed the cause of women during her tenure as Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations for Africa and continues to do so as a Nobel Peace Laureate and Co-Chair of the UN High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the post 2015 Global Development Agenda.
The Liberian Ambassador cited the setting up of the Angie Brooks International Center in Liberia to advance women leadership, gender, peace, development, and security issues globally as one of President Sirleaf’s many commitments in implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1325.
Dr. Sani’s new book, which was published by Hams International School, Ltd. of Abuja, was launched at a Women Leadership and Empowerment Summit in Abuja organized by the WAND and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development.
The Book is Dr. Hajo Sani’s third literary work. Her first two books are ‘Women and National Development: The Way Forward (used in Nigerian tertiary institutions and catalogued for African studies at the Universities of Illinois and Ohio in the United States) and First Ladyship and Empowerment Programs in Nigeria.