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How Aisha Babangida stole the show at Jonathan’s book launch


Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan’s book My Transition Hours launching

Metamorphosis has always been the greatest symbol of change in stature and status. One moment, a caterpillar, the next a butterfly.

To break out of a cocoon, to shrug off the stultifying walls of narrow boundaries and take to the air with joy, that is metamorphosis.

And those who attended former President Goodluck Jonathan’s book launch, recently, would tell you that this is the kind of transformation Erelu Aisha Babangida has undergone.


The tentative woman of yesteryears has vanished like the vapours of a dewy morning.

In her place has risen a confident and powerful lady from whom charisma and leadership qualities ooze out like aromatic perfume.

She used to stand on the shoulders of giants, now she walks and talks with them as equal.

Aisha was at the Events Hall of the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, venue of the launch, to represent of her father, former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

Quite a few eyebrows were raised at her appearance, as many had thought that the retired general would send one of his sons instead.

By the end of the star-studded event, not only had Aisha stolen the show, she also earned the admiration and respect of the country’s titans.

As she presided over the cake cutting ceremony and asked the audience to spell “unity,” it was hard to miss the ease with which she interacted with her father’s peers and commanded their attention.

She was even pictured bantering and laughing with All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and Senate President Bukola Saraki, while Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, looked on.

Her body language and theirs spoke of a woman born for the big stage.

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