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10 amazing things you didn’t know about ex minister Oby Ezekwesili

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If you thought you already knew everything about Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili, well, we’ve got news for you. Aunt
Oby (as she’s fondly called) has lived all of her life in the public
domain, so it’s forgivable to think that you know who she is or all
she’s about.

She was minister for education and solid minerals at different times under former president Olusegun Obasanjo. Oby also co-founded Transparency International; the global anti-corruption body with headquarters in Berlin, Germany.
Oby was Vice President of the World Bank’s Africa division from May 2007 to May 2012.

Dr. Oby Ezekwesili

Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili (Nigerian Eye)

Her disdain for corruption as a public office holder in Nigeria was enough to earn her the ‘Madam due process’ sobriquet.
These
days, Oby intersperses her work as one of the continent’s most sought
after consultants, with standing in the gap for the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted by terrorists in 2014–an advocacy that has since caught global attention.
Oby also uses the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG)
advocacy group to draw global attention to the plight of all persons
who have been abducted by terrorists from Nigeria’s war ravaged
northeast region.
All of this at just 54 years of age! You’d think she’s been around forever.
Aunt Oby recently sat down with ThisDay to share some aspects of her life you didn’t know about.
And because we are nice like that around here, we’ll be sharing those with you….

1. Oby adores her husband a lot:

Wherever you are this moment, Dear Pastor Chinedu Ezekwesili, just know that your wife absolutely adores you.
That’s a secret we couldn’t keep to ourselves any longer.

Chinedu and Oby Ezekwesili

Chinedu and Oby Ezekwesili
(Bella Naija)

“My
husband is a critical part of my life. He is a very wise man. He has
this unbelievable wisdom, and I spend a lot of time listening to him. He
is my best friend. We basically have the strongest relationship which
helps to make me emotionally solid. He is my number one cheerleader”.
The sound you just heard was that of us blushing on Pastor Ezekwesili’s behalf.
#CoupleGoals.

2. Oby’s Dad had such a massive influence on her:

“My father wanted me to be a chartered accountant and I trained to become one”, Oby says.
She continues:
“As a child, Dad and I would always discuss public affairs at every
opportunity and I became very conscious of social and political issues
beyond my age. The (civil) war had a deep effect on our family following
the loss of relatives and possessions. It left many families including
mine, scotched, but my father raised us to never allow anything to
enslave our souls.

Oby Ezekwesili at the future awards (Ynaija)

“As
he explained how poor governance was a reason for misery when we
returned to Lagos after the war, my little self would promise him that
“I would do something about poor governance when I grow up.” It turned
out that I would do something later to put me in a position where I
could address good governance, transparency, accountability and
anti-corruption”.
What more can we say? Thank God for Dads!

3. Oby sees career as an assignment, not a job:

A job isn’t a meal ticket for Oby.
If the job doesn’t serve a bigger purpose or touch lives, count her out, she says.
“I
do not see career as a job; I see career as an assignment. My belief is
that my life is a continuum, and being a continuum means that I am not
here to do a job so that I can earn income, or so that I can have a good
life on earth. No. It is that my life was given to me by God so that I
can have a purposeful impact according to what he has created me to be”.

4. Values are important for her:

Nigeria’s former minister says you can’t even trick her into negotiating her values. Not now, not ever.

Oby Ezekwesili

Dr Ezekwesili (Filed)

“I
set very high standards for myself. For example, there is nothing
worthy enough to make me to negotiate away my values just as my father
taught me.

“You
see, in decent societies nobody cares about what you can competently
do, but they really care about your values. Your character is ultimately
the deal breaker in the pursuit of a career”.
Louder for those at the back, Ma’am!

5. She has a covenant with her husband:

You may want to grab a chair for this one.
Ok, here it comes: “Two
people bonding in love can change the world because of collaboration
and cooperation. I have experienced the joy of marriage; the joy of that
partnership with my husband is based on deep, unreserved love for each
other.

The Ezekwesilis are an item

The Ezekwesilis are an item
(Information.ng)

“We
basically said to each other that no matter what our conditions might
be, we are in this together for life –meaning we are living for each
other. My husband lives for me and I live for my husband”.
Mushy much?
Nah, get us a handkerchief already. We trippin’.

6. You can’t even take God away from Oby:

Not like that was ever in doubt. However, because faith comes by hearing and hearing…..
In Oby’s words: “God
is my greatest ally in life. There is no me without God. The greatest
essence in life is that you are created by One who has the purpose in
mind in that creation process and decided that there would be somebody
and her name would be Obiageli Ezekwesili.

Oby and friends during worship (Pulse.ng)

“He
decided to put certain things in her and she is supposed to do certain
things here on earth. And if she follows her way right, she will
definitely return to me and spend eternity with me. So, for me God is
everything. God is purposeful in creating everyone of us.
“I have been a beneficiary of His grace and interventions in many ways. I have seen God in the area of my calling”.

7. Oby didn’t look for jobs; jobs looked for Oby:

“I
say to young people that I mentor that I am one of the very few people
that have never had to seek jobs in their lives. The only time that I
ever applied for one was when I applied to train as a Chartered
Accountant in Deloitte Touché & Akintola Williams
after my Master’s degree. All the other things or works I have done in
life, I was head-hunted for and persuaded on merit to accept them”.
Gold.

8. Oby is a bookworm:

Like, she devours books like there’s no tomorrow.

Oby at an international women’s event (The Nation)

“Fun
time is also when I read because when I read … I read different kinds
of books and there are some which when I am reading, you would think
that I was having the most fun time in my life as my emotions would
shine through”.

9. Ice cream and hot chocolate does it for Oby:

There you have it.
We want to assume that when Pastor Ezekwesili was doing the ‘toasting’, he threw some ice cream into the mix for starters.
Let’s just say that really worked a treat (pun unintended).
“I love ice cream and hot chocolate! I know if you asked my husband, he would say, “those are the luxuries that my wife loves.”

Oby Ezekwesili

Ex-Minister, Oby Ezekwesili
(NAN)

Next time you have an appointment with Aunt Oby, you know exactly what to carry along.
We’ve sha tried for you people today.

10. A good shower is central to Oby’s mood:

“Number
one health habit is to get a good shower. I love water, water does
magic to me. No, I don’t believe in magic. Water is a miracle for me.
Water for me is wealth.
“Number
two is a good sleep. Though I don’t get much as I should get, any time
that I get a good sleep, I wake up feeling like there is nothing I
cannot accomplish”.
Ok, what other Oby secrets haven’t we let out?
You’ve got to pay for the rest, fam. We nice like that.

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