48 Laws of Power…Law 5: So Much Depends On Reputation – Guard It With Your Life.
Law 5: Reputation is the cornerstone of power, through reputation alone you can intimidate and win; once it slips’ however, you are vulnerable, and will be attacked on all sides. Make your reputation unassailable. Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen. Meanwhile, learn to destroy your enemies by opening holes in their own reputations. Then stand aside and let public opinion hang them.
Hon. Abike Kafayat Oluwatoyin Dabiri Erewa (Nee Erogbogbo) was born to the family of Alhaji and Alhaja Ashafa Erogbogbo of Ikorodu. Hon. Abike Dabiri Erewa started her educational career at the Maryland Convent private school, Ikeja. For her secondary education, she attended St. Teresa’s College, Ibadan. Thereafter, she attended the prestigious University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU) Ile – Ife where she obtained a degree in English Language. She obtained a post graduate Diploma (PGD) in Mass Communication and also a Masters Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos. She is also an alumnus of Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, USA.
Famous nationwide as an outstanding media practitioner, Abike Dabiri fondly called “Mother of Teresa of the tube” spent 15 years of distinguished and meritorious service at the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA). Hon. Dabiri warmed her way into the hearts of many with her gallantry efforts of using television as an effective tool to draw attention to the Millions of Nigerians suffering from the pains of poverty and injustice. We can never forget the story of Mary the miracle baby, a heart touching story Abike investigated for 8 years. Mary is amongst other children benefiting from the AbikeDabiri scholarship program.
She is a third time member of the Nigerian House of Representatives. Elected in 2003 to represent the Ikorodu Federal Constituency, Lagos. She has served
as Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs from 200 – 2011, and as Chairman Diaspora affairs from 2007 to 2011, and 2011 till date.
In the 6th National Assembly, she championed the FOI bill and ensured the Bill was passed into law. It is noteworthy to mention some of the other bills she
has sponsored which include- Nigerian Infant Welfare Scheme Bill, Nigeria with Disabilities Bill, Nigeria Press Council Bill, Nigeria Diaspora Commission Bill, An
Act to Eliminate Violence in Private and Public Life and A Bill to Promote the Advancement of Nigerian Women and Girls.
The Diaspora Committee under her dynamic leadership has brought to the fore, the plethora of snags, problems and difficulties encountered by different
Nigerians in several countries of the world. The Committee intervened to rescue 24 Nigerians slated to be executed in Libya, intervened to reduce the
menace of Nigerian prostitutes in Italy , made several interventions in India, China , Czechoslovakia, China, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Cairo and even had
to pay lawyers to assist some; such was the case of a 73 years old Nigerian woman who was behind bars in Brazil ,the committee under her leadership,
encouraged her, paid a lawyer to follow up on her case but eventually she died in a hospital, but the committee was able to get her out of the prison to house
arrest before she eventually passed on in an hospital.
She has been honored with several awards and accolades recognizing her success around the world; some of these are:
- This Day 50 Women At 50 Achievers Award 2012
- Nigerian In Diaspora Organization Globe Awards F.R.N people’s choice Awards 2011
- Congressman Donald M. Payne (US House of Reps) Award and Certificate of special congressional recognition for her unwavering commitment to
humanity and serving as Chairwoman for Nigeria House Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs, 2010.
- OAU @ 50 Ife; Merit Award for Excellence in recognition of her Immense Contribution to Political & Economic Development of the Nation OCT, 17,
2012; Presented by the Faculty of Science
- Award of Excellence in the Pursuit of Social Justice for all, organized by Nigerian institute of Public relations, November 2011
She has participated in several international governmental and non – governmental forums. She was the first non-ethnic Indian invited speak and participate at the annual Indian Diaspora day, in recognition of her performance as the chair of the diaspora committee.
This sterling Amazon and pride of Ikorodu and Lagos State has not only distinguished herself in the House, she has also been able to bring about positive development to her constituency, state and the nation. Her comportment in the House is indeed a quality worthy of emulation by others in position of leadership.