The name Hon Dame Blessing Nwagba is one among the few names that pronto attract attention and deep respect wherever and whenever called across the length and breadth of Abia State and Nigeria in general.
Without mincing words, this priceless virtue was earned over the years as a result of the painstaking, diligent, selfless and beneficial service she rendered to her constituents in all capacities she has served.
As this great woman of this generation celebrates her birthday today, 27th July 2022, people who have met, heard or had personal experiences with her testify to her sense of dedication and determination to always make an outstanding difference in whatever responsibility she was called upon to takes on.
A thorough view of the credentials of Hon. Dame Blessing Nwagba, reveals a woman who over the years, through hard work, selflessness, humility, accountability and commitment, has built for herself an expansive channel of reaching out to her constituents at the grassroots without hindrances.
Her constituents and numerous supporters of her political ideology see her as a woman of courage and strong moral standard, a stickler for integrity and a widely respected and trusted philanthropist and a legislator par excellence.
Some others see Hon. Dame Blessing Nwagba as a well-focused, quiet and silent achiever with the qualities associated with good leadership that is needed more to bring governance closer to the people who feel there is no more hope in government.
“She a woman every young woman who wants to serve should emulate. She’s a fantastic example of wisdom and motherhood in leadership. A complete example of a leader with foresight and an accurate role model for all women seeking to make an impact in the political arena, family and life in general.
“From the Local Government to the State legislative chamber, Hon Blessing Nwagba has been able to write her name in gold and as far as we’re concerned, we’ll support her to make a better impact in the Senate next year. As she celebrates her birthday today, as a living witness of her uncommon benevolence, I celebrate with her and wish her well,” Mrs Ngozi Okoro, one of her constituents said.
Dr Stanley Nduagu, an on-air radio personality described Dame Blessing Nwagba as a mother for all and a leader who truly understands the true needs of her constituents.
“She’s a woman I know. Highly educated, humane, intelligent and a mother to all. It is a thing of joy to see her celebrate her birthday once again and I know that her next birthday will be celebrated in the Red Chambers when she would have emerged as the Senator representing Abia South Senatorial Zone.
“So, I’m wishing her the best of luck, I’m wishing her long life and success during the election. I wish her every good thing because she really means everything to me and my family,” Nduagu said.
Ernest Elemchukwu in his birthday wishes described Hon Dame Blessing Nwagba as a leader endowed with unquantifiable intellectual qualities, excellent human relations and effective management of human resources which over the years have endeared her to individuals, organizations, government and society in general.
“Everyone in Abia State is aware that Hon Dame Blessing Nwagba represents good governance and sound leadership qualities at all levels of government. She is one of those rare political leaders who recognizes and accepts that integrity is the nerve centre of leadership values. As a result, she is today one of the trustworthy and selfless political leaders this state can boast of.
“I do not doubt that she’s more conscious of the need to do well in the senate among all other contestants because she already has a reputable name to protect. She is academically armed to the teeth to play a leading role in the senate as her voice will never be found wanting on issues that’ll benefit her people and on matters of national interest.
“As God pleases, she’s celebrating her birthday today. I wish her well and pray that God will hear the cries of poor people of this state and this Senatorial Zone and use Hon Dame Blessing Nwagba to heal their broken hearts after several decades of embarrassing representation in the senate.
“We all saw how she, as a state lawmaker changed the narratives in terms of representation by giving the Aba North State Constituency a quality and transformational representation in her two terms in office. She touched too many lives.”
Hon. Dame Blessing Nwagba is a politician and an award-winning sociologist and a lifelong public servant. She was born to the family of Venerable J.U Ufomba in Mbutu Umuojima Ogbu, Osisioma LGA., Abia State and married to Pharmacist Israel (Iszy ) U. Nwagba of Osusu Aba, in Aba North LGA of the same Abia state.
Her marriage is blessed with four children, all Engineers who are currently doing well in their fields. She is a strong believer in the power of competent and accountable leadership to bring about lasting change in Nigerian society.
This disposition was manifested when she served as an eight-year (two terms) legislator in the Abia State House of Assembly while representing the Aba North State Constituency.
She is passionate about youth and women empowerment and because of her desire to impact meaningfully the lives of her people; she contested the 2019 Governorship election as the Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
She is currently the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Abia South Senatorial District. She is also a Knight of Saint Mary (KSM) of the Anglican Diocese.
Blessing Nwagba attended St. Clement’s School Mbutu Umuojima Ogbu, Abia State 1965-1973 First School Leaving Certificate (Merit). For her secondary school education, she attended the Federal Government College, Odogbolu from 1973 to 1977 and got her West African School Certificate (Grade One).
She equally attended the Federal Government College, Ikot-Ekpene from 1977 to 1979 where she made her HSC/GCE A-Level with 4 papers and was the Head Girl of the school. She later got admission into the University of Lagos and bagged a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Sociology from 1981 to 1983.
She did her Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) at the University of Port Harcourt from 1985–1987. Blessing Nwagba got her MSc in Sociology (Industrial Sociology) at the University of Port Harcourt between 1984-1986. She got her PhD in Sociology (Industrial Relations and Personnel Management) at the University of Port-Harcourt between 2006 -2014.
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