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Helen Mbakwe: Meet the new political role model in Anambra politics


The Nigerian brand of politics negates the basic principles of royalty at all levels and this appear to make it unattractive for the right people. Though the murky terrain seems to be getting murkier, courageous Nigerians are daring the odds, sticking out their necks to change the narrative. They have come to realize that the price we pay for always allowing the worst of us determine our collective destiny is too steep and and it is something to be ashamed of. 

Apart from few politicians who are dominating our political discourse now; in Anambra, an amazon successfully changed the narrative in the just concluded Anambra Central Senatorial election and wrote her name in gold.

Her entry with a relatively known political party , the NNPP, whose founder and board chairman is from Anambra Central himself, painted a picture of some sort of unseriousness about her candidacy. However, Princess Mbakwe’s political messaging was a different kind of gospel, and the message was “Doing the right thing”. It was a breath of fresh air, resonating across the length and breadth of her constituency. The reception was massive. 

Even those who looked condescendly at her candidacy are full of encomium about her outing and this is predicated on the very fact of running the most organised, mature and permeating campaign. Within just 2 months of selling her brand, she became the most talked about of the Senatorial campaigners and the beautiful bride of the Anambra central senatorial politics, where people were eager to hear her speak at different fora. 


Her speeches and choice of words were candid and precise throughout the electioneering period;they were equally well measured, full of civility, and her messages flowed like water with accompanying reassuring tone, soft but firm. In a clime where politicians regard late coming to events as a sign of self importance and unmatched authority, she was a stickler to time and adhered to rules . Invite her to an event at 12pm , she’ll be waiting by 11:30am . This is not because she was idle but because of the importance she accords to every event no matter the organisers and the fact that it takes things as little as keeping to time to gauge people’s character.

Princess Helen, (royalty to the 3rd power)’the Royal Amazon of Anambra politics’, as an entrepreneur, understands the importance of branding. She believes that politicians owe the electorates the right conduct. To her ,it’s not just about winning elections, but more importantly making sure that the process of coming to power is not corrupted and compromised. She understands that foundation is everything. 


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