Yesterday, a viral photo revealed how a secondary school student became the Kano State governor for 20 minutes. Governor Ganduje handed over government to the 14-year-old Atika Aminu Yankaba in a bid to mark this year’s International Girl Child Day.
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Aminu Yankaba is however not the first person in the country to achieve this feat as many Nigerian teenagers have been privileged to claim the office for a period of time. Here are 4 teenagers who became governor for one day in Nigeria;
Ebun was a 15-year-old student of Army Children’s Senior Secondary School when he emerged the governor of Lagos State. Reported to be a carpenter's son, Ebun became a one-day governor of Lagos State under the Fashola administration after winning the Spelling Bee competition in 2014.
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2. Joy Ota
Chineme Joy Ota was an 18-year-old student of Ohafia Girls Model Secondary School in Abia when she was inaugurated as a one-day governor of the state.
The governor of Abia state, Dr. Okezie Victor Ikpeazu has the custom of honoring high performing teenagers as a way of sustaining the state's excellent performance in public examinations. Joy Ota, who was reported to be an orphan, emerged the governor of Abia State in 2018 for a day.
3. Nicholas Ogunji
Just like Joy Ota, Nicholas Ogunji also enjoyed Governor Ikpeazu One-Day Teenage Governor initiative in Abia State. Nicholas Ogunji was a 17-year-old student of Adventist Technical Secondary School who became the state's first male one-day governor in 2020.During one of his outings as the governor, Ogunji reportedly freed some prisoners after paying their fines at the Afaraukwu Correctional Centre.
4. Jemimah Marcus
Jemimah Marcus, a 16-year-old pupil of Angus Memorial Senior High School, also had the opportunity of becoming one-day governor of Lagos State having emerged as the winner of the Lagos State Spelling Bee competition in December 2020.
Apart from those mentioned in the list above, some other young Nigerian students have also been given this rare opportunity that will give them the right exposure in the place of leadership.
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