Eketi Edima Ette is our guest on the 15 QUESTIONS Series today! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you like to be a guest!
Eketi Edima Ette is a graduate of law from the University of Nigeria. She’s a writer, editor, teacher and speaker.
She answers our HOT questions below!
If you were the President for one day and you have the power to fix one thing in Nigeria, what will it be and WHY?
I’m not sure there’s much that can be fixed in a day. But if I could, I’d eliminate every barrier to gender parity, whether it is cultural, religious or legal.
What is the most annoying thing you have heard people say about women in Nigeria?
Ummm….since I have to choose, it’d be the popular saying that no matter what she achieves, a Nigerian woman is nothing without a man, preferably a husband.
What is the one most important thing about being a woman that you would want your daughter to know?
I want my daughter to know that there is no limitation to what she can do and who she can be in this world.
Do you believe in gender equality? Why or Why not?
Yes, I do believe in gender equality. It is necessary for any society that wishes to progress. Inequality limits both genders, and in extension, the nation.
If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year old, which would you choose?
I’d choose the body. What do I need a 30 year old’s mind for, when I’ve got 90 years of worthwhile experiences?
What is your opinion of the Nigerian woman?
She’s a strong, resilient being who has woken up from slumber. She’s learning to take what she wants, fight for it even, without apologies to society.
If you could wake up tomorrow having gained one special quality or ability, what would it be?
The power to heal all the hurts in the world.
If a crystal ball could tell you the truth about yourself, your life, the future or anything else, what would you want to know? Why or why not?
Nothing. Because then, if I don’t like the answer I get, I’ll end up spending too much time trying to change what may be inevitable.
Your house, containing everything you own, catches fire. After saving your loved ones, you have time to safely make a final dash to save any one item What would it be? Why?
My hard drives, where my writings, plans and data are stored.
If you don’t have to worry about making money, what would you do all day?
Sit on a beach sipping daiquiris and make more money, at a very leisured pace.
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? What happened that year?
This one is tough. I want to say 2003 — I went off to the university to waste six years of my life. But I also want to say 2010 – to go back to the day I was sexually assaulted by a colleague, and do him some bodily harm.
How do you think your friends would describe you?
I know how they describe me. They say I’m happy-go-lucky; a comedian, a loyal friend and mugu for sob stories.
Would you like to be famous? In what way?
Yes, I’d like that. To be known as a renowned author, a life-changing coach, and a talented actress.
Is there something that you’ve dreamt of doing for a long time? Why haven’t you done it?
Acting. Contrary to popular opinion, I’m incredibly shy. Getting in front of a camera, in front of people makes me dissolve into a mass of nervous giggles. And I’m pretty much useless when I’m in that state.
Would you be willing to have horrible nightmares for a year if you would be rewarded with extraordinary wealth for a life time? Why or Why not?
No way! So, I’ll turn into a nervous wreck, unable to enjoy the wealth? Kuku kill me.