The ABH Press had an entertaining yet enlightening conversation with the University of Ibadan Association of Dental Students (UADS) presidential candidate who also happens to be the incumbent Vice President of the distinguished association.
Although quite busy to grant a face-to-face interview, the ABH Press was able to steal a few minutes off her pretty busy schedule via Whatsapp to get some information.
During the interview, she spoke about her ambition and gave her views on certain issues, although quite evasive and conservative with her answers. Enjoy!
Can you briefly introduce yourself?
I’m Urenna Karen Emenyonu, a 600 level dental student.
What are your hobbies?
I love singing, reading novels, and watching cartoons.
Why did you decide to contest for the office of the UADS president in the upcoming elections?
I believe I have a lot to offer the association
What values do you feel you have that will help in making UADS a better association?
I have the willingness to serve and make a difference. I have the spirit of teamwork and I respect my colleagues.
What posts do you hold in other organizations? How do you plan on balancing your various responsibilities if you get elected?
I am the current president of the choir in St. Luke’s chaplaincy, a member of UCH sinfonia choir and Benjamin Rush institute. I can’t take more than I can handle and I don’t really see these posts as chores because I love singing.
What is the most difficult part of being a leader?
There is a lot of self sacrificing, you can’t actually just do your thing and go because a lot of people rely on the decisions you make.
What’s the most challenging experience you’ve had as a UADS executive?
Hmmm, I can’t really say.
What experience came to your mind after the question?
None actually, I just think of it as a learning experience rather than a challenge.
What legacy would you love to leave behind after your tenure if elected?
A great legacy that would take a lot of work to follow.
Can you elaborate on it?
Hopefully if things go well, I won’t have to elaborate.
What future political plans do you have in the short and long run?
None at the moment
There seems to be a new trend in UADS, female members appear to be getting more active in leadership and this is leading to a tilt in dominance towards the female side. What do you have to say about this?
It is an interesting development, I am happy that the ladies are stepping up. I don’t think it matters if they are males or females as long as we can deliver.
On a lighter note, do you think your current position and the one you will hold if elected scares/intimidates current or future suitor(s)?
No! Anyone intimidated by me shouldn’t be with me. I’m chilled.
What words of encouragement do you have for capable aspiring female politicians in other associations that are currently male dominated?
If you believe you can do it and you want to do it, why not give it a shot instead of wondering “what if?”
Thank you very much for giving us the time and answering the questions. Good luck in your future endeavours.
You are welcome. Thank you too.