I met my state governor yesterday. Not the governor of Lagos State (where I mostly live), but of Ekiti State (where I am from - defined in Nigeria as where my father, his father, etc are from.)
The occasion was the Emerging Leaders Symposium organized by the awesome team at The Future Awards. I caught up with some old friends, met some bloggers I admire, listened to a lot of funny UK/American-Nigerian accents, watched a bit of theater (the protester and the dyed-in-the-wool politician), even drank and danced for a sec. I took notes only once: Competence. Character. Empathy. Empowering people (to improve their own lives) - aspiring political officeholders should have these qualities. That's what the guv, Dr. Kayode Fayemi said. And for a moment I thought, if the current leadership is so competent (?), then I can relax and not seek further involvement in government. He has that effect on people.