2019: Ajaokuta steel crusader, Natasha Akpoti, joins Kogi senate race

Lawyer and social entrepreneur Natasha Hadiza Akpoti has signified her interest in becoming a Nigerian senator.

“As the calls upon me by my immediate communities (Kogi Central District) became louder by the day, I took to deeper solitude in communicating with God,” Akpoti announced in a Facebook post on Friday night.

“I consulted with wise elders and youths far and wide across Ebiraland, Kogi state, Nigeria and beyond boarders.

“God gave me peace at heart,” the mother of three wrote in the post titled “Acceptance of call to serve as senator”.

Akpoti is a former employee of Liquefied Natural Gas Industry in Brass, River State. She is the founder of the Builders Hub Impact Investment Program and Builders Hub Foundation, a social enterprise focused on creating jobs through the sustainable revival of Nigeria’s local industries.

Akpoti is also a philanthropist reportedly supporting 600 schoolchildren in Kogi State and 100 university students across Nigeria.

She leads a movement towards the revival of Ajaokuta Steel Company and the National Iron Ore Mining Company, Itakpe, Kogi State. She recently addressed Nigerian lawmakers in that regard.

Natasha’s father, late Dr. Jimoh Abdul Akpoti, was the first Member of the Federal House of Representatives Adavi/Okehi Constituency. Her mother is from Ukraine.

Natasha calls herself “a born Social Democrat who learnt the importance of service to humanity from her philanthropical father”.

“Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Strive Masiyiwa from Zimbabwe are my role models because they are social entrepreneurs,” Akpoti told The Women’s Torch in a 2017 interview.

“My greatest achievement is living my own truth,” she said. “Speaking honestly about a situation is the only weapon.”

She told The Women’s Torch “my ambition is to do something to improve the lives of the poor.”

“I promise never to become high-headed and too far away from my Facebook family,” Akpoti, who has a huge following on the social media platform, said on Friday.

She promised to promote “social and economic justice to protect host communities and country’s interest with regards to conduct of national and international businesses”.

Natasha is yet to declare allegiance to any political party.

Senator Ahmed Salau Ogembe of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) currently represents Kogi Central.

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