Saturday, December 20, 2008

A Decision I Once Took

I started an affair with Facebook last month and was thrilled and amazed at the number of friends i had lost contact with that i was able to meet there. I was still basking in that euphoria when i accidentally saw one of the few remarkable people i met in the university. I couldn't help but go down memory lane and i smiled, i wondered and i smiled again. I smiled because i remembered.
A couple of years back in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, i had just won the Student's Union Presidential elections against all odds. I had to choose some competent hands that were going to work with me in the Presidency and of course, i had no problems filling all the positions except one.
Who was going to be the Attorney General of the Student's Union Government? A position that was so sensitive and so coveted that every senior law student worth HIS salt could do anything to have it. As i did not have to search on Yahoo or Google, i had only the law faculty to choose from, i consulted with some bright minds around me and

at the end of a very conscious and meticulous assessment of the most likely candidates; i was forwarded with a list of four names. I was to choose one from among the four but since i wanted the best, i had a very serious problem staring me in the face. It was either i went for the best and faced the consequences or i compromised for less.
I settled for the best of the best but it was decided that i had commited an abomination and thus emerged a conspiracy that finally took roots in the Student's Union House of Assembly; eventuating not only to the non ratification of my candidate for the AG, but to my impeachment. I stood my ground and kept telling the House, the opposition and whoever cared to listen that it was going to be the candidate i presented or nothing. The political weather was tense and the impasse went from days to weeks and before we knew it, it had gone to a month and still counting.
The qualifications and qualities of the my candidate that were like some unbelievable lyrics to the ears did

not matter to the opposition. They insisted that what i wanted had never been done and would never be. What was my candidate's crime? Her sex! My little known candidate was a girl and nobody probably saw the strength of either Sarah Pallin or Hillary Clinton in her. She fitted perfectly into my maps for a successful leadership and so, i refused to bulge on my decision and eventually, the power of superior arguement won and the House ratified her position and Ada Okwor became the first and only Attorney General of the Student's Union Government of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
I smiled and wondered what it felt like then and i smiled yet again as i looked at her picture on Facebook.
Merry Christmas to you.


Smile To The Bank said...

First! First! First!

Smile To The Bank said...

That was a great thing you did. Merry Christmas to you too.

Anonymous said...

LOL I thought she had commited some sort of heinous crime!

Emeka Amakeze said...

@Smile To The Bank

You are not wrong thinking in that direction.

Vera Ezimora said...


That's it??? Hahahaha. Nna, this is serious ooo! All this wahala for student government. You were one assassination and one money scam away from becoming Naija government. lol

But bravo for sticking to your guts.

By the way, don't be putting Sarah Palin & Hillary Clinton in the same sentence abeg. Clinton is up there; Palin, however....well, you know the rest of the story.

Ms.O said...

I love facebook for moments like this. Merry Christmas!

LG said...

Nna ichoro hamper?? :)
*merry christmas

Emeka Amakeze said...

@Vera Ezimora
"One assassination and one money scam away from becoming Naija Government" so apt and so Vera!

I love facebook too.

Hamper kwa? LG, i biakwa.

StandTall-The Activist said...

Merry Xmas to you. There are lot of discriminations against women that via for leadership positions if she fails to choose to be a vice, na wahala

You did a good thing my brother. I have beeing in her shoes several time and hmmm wasnt funny

Original Mgbeke said...

Kudos to standing your ground and not subscribing to the backward mentality.

Merry Kerisimesi!

Anonymous said...

Merry new year and happy christmas. That was really human of you. Keep it up jare.

classybabe said...

Kudos to you for standing up for
and supporting her,it's great to stick to good principles.
Merry Xmas and Happy New year in advance!

Waffarian said...

Well done jare!

Merry Christmas!

Emeka Amakeze said...

You are right, the activist. Such discriminations are not necessary and must have to be stopped. Merry Christmas.

@Original Mgbeke
It's nothing short of mental slavery and i would never subscribe to that. Christmas on my dear.

I feel your Merry New Year and Happy Happy Christmas. Thanks.

I hear you! Thanks and Happy Christmas.

Darius T. Williams said...

Merry Christmas to you's amazing what Facebook is doing for all of us - lol.

Anna Lefler said...

I love this post! (For so many reasons.)

And now you've really come close to convincing me to (finally) get on Facebook. Hmmm...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

:^) Anna

Anonymous said...

Awesome memory!!!!!

Patrice said...

I am sure you had to have your heels replaced after that standoff. Well done.

"She fitted perfectly into my maps for a successful leadership and so, i refused to bulge on my decision . . ."

Freud would have been proud of that slip!

only a movie said...

Facebook is great for bringing you back to younger years. :-)
Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a Merry Christmas.

Emeka Amakeze said...

@Darius T. Williams
It's really amazing bro.

@Anna Lefler
Thanks Anna but give it a try.

Thank you so much.

I sure had my heels replaced.

@Only a movie
You can't put it better than you've done.

exschoolnerd said...

Good u stood u ground!!!


MERRY XMAS DEAR and all the best in the NEW YEAR...ur previous post was lovely!!!

Uzezi said...

merry christmas Emeka.

Anonymous said...


how was your christmas??

Femi B said...

great there needs to be more men like you who would stand their ground to elevate women into high positions when they qualify.

Olufunke said...

I doff my hat for you o!
It was good you did what was right, and stayed withthee best irespective of 'what people woudl say'
I am not saying this because I am a woman, but I am inspired when people 'think outside the box' and refuse to just conform to traditional or the world beief system without any good reason.
and you really mus thave tried as a young student then...standing against all that opposition.

And the good of facebook?.........too much!