Honourable Mojisola Ojora Lawal is the senator representing Apapa Constituency I seat in the Lagos House of Assembly.
She is the only female from Lagos Central Senatorial district in her party and this shows that women have begun to create a path for themselves, not only in other fields of life but also in politics, a male-dominated and influenced field.
In a chat with Punch, Hon. Mojisola talks about the challenges she faces as a woman in politics.
On women and politics
I would say that when it comes to women’s participation in politics, we are not there yet but with time and perseverance, we would definitely get there. The number of women in politics today is on the low side and it is not encouraging but I would encourage more females to come on board because I believe that the more the merrier. However, the number one rule for a female to come into politics is for her to know what she stands for. She should know what she wants, where she is coming from and where she is going. If one can play by that rule, then there is no big deal.
As a woman coming into politics, you should be ready for all sorts of things. I am actually determined. Besides, my coming into the Lagos House of Assembly is not something that I just decided one morning, I had actually been eyeing some offices in order to give back to my community and the people but most importantly, letting the voice of my people to be heard. I am not intimidated by anybody even men.
On Some men who say ‘I have your type at home’ to feel superior
Sure. That is a normal thing especially in this part of the world but if someone should tell me that they have someone like me at home, I would reply the person politely and get the message across to whoever made the statement that I am not the person he has at home. I don’t feel intimidated. In my party, I am the only female from Lagos Central Senatorial district.
Read the full interview on Punch