Nigeria is a country full of surprises. We are champion copycats. When the Ogun State government recognized Laycon, the winner of TV reality show Big Brother Nigeria with a house and made him a special assistant, The Bayelsa State government followed suit. Nengi, one of the housemates who is a Bayelsa indigene was equally made a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor and made the Face of Bayelsa. She was also named the Ambassador of the girl child.
Governor Duoye Diri, the Bayelsa State governor was not spared from attacks on his insensitivity of his appointment of Nengi. On social media and national newspapers he was attacked left and right. Who was Nengi, a contestant in a TV reality show to become the Face of Bayelsa?
One angry social media user posted “A girl who has exposed her nakedness to the whole cannot be my daughter’s role model”.
It was in the process of these attacks that Ebizi Blessing Eradiri’s profile popped up. Miss Blessing had graduated with first class in Law at the Niger Delta University, Amasoma as well as a first class in Nigeria Law School ranking overall best in the country. The Bayelsa State government had to make a U-turn to honor the scholar after a barrage of calls for the head of the governor. She has been awarded Automatic Scholarship up to PhD as well automatic employment as Lecturer, Faculty of Law in Niger Delta University. She was also announced as the New Face of Bayelsa Girl Child.
What becomes of Nengi whose reign as the Face of Bayelsa Girl Child was cut short? Will she still retain her position as a Senior Special Adviser to the Governor?
Well, done Governor Duoye Diri for this honor on such an intelligent girl. It would be a welcome move if other graduates with excellent performances are recognized by our government instead to running after TV reality contestants or celebrities that has nothing to offer other than their physical endowments or their shameful acts on reality shows and social media platforms.
Every young girl in Bayelsa will have a better idol to look to now. Congratulations Barr. Ebizi Blessing Eradiri.