Grace Folashade Bent

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Grace Folashade Bent
National Senator for Adamawa South
In office
May 2007 – May 2011
Preceded by Jonathan Zwingina
Succeeded by Ahmed Hassan Barata
Personal details
Born (1960-10-25) 25 October 1960 (age 56)
Political party People's Democratic Party (PDP)
Spouse(s) Jackson Bent
Profession Politician

Grace Folashade Bent (born 25 October 1960) is a Nigerian senator who was elected in April 2007 on the People's Democratic Party platform in the Adamawa South constituency of Adamawa State.[1][2]


Grace Folashade Bent was born in 1960. At the University of Calabar she was a students’ union activistand student union .[3] She received a BA (Hons) in English and Literary Studies in 1998, and an MSc in Political Science and International Relations in 2003. She has a doctorate of Public Administration from Indiana State University, United States. Before entering the senate, Grace Folashade Bent was political adviser to the PDP National Chairman, Audu Ogbeh, Assistance Producer for NTA Kaduna, and Managing Director of Jack Ventures Nigeria.[1] She has published a book titled Women in Inter Ethnic Marriages in Nigeria.[4]

According to some sources, Grace Folashade Bent was involved in obtaining fake degrees.[5][6]


After election in 2007 Grace Folashade Bent became chair of the Senate Committee on Environment. In this role, she was involved in controversy over an extension of permission for gas flaring granted to oil companies by president Umaru Yar'Adua without consultation with the Senate.[7] In March 2009, Senator Bent opposed the establishment of a Desert Control Commission on the basis that this would subsume or duplicate the functions of the national committee on ecological problems. The senate whip, Mahmud Kanti Bello, cautioned her not to drag the public hearing over the proposed commission into "undue arguments".[8]

In April 2009, following a visit to South Africa, Senator Bent sponsored a motion to issue a travel advice to all Nigerians traveling to South Africa to be wary of incessant attacks.[9]

In September 2009, Grace Folashade Bent wrote a formal letter to Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Mohammed Adamu Aliero, protesting the excessive felling of trees for road construction.[10]

Bent competed in the PDP primaries to be the April 2011 candidate for Adamawa South Senator, but lost to Ahmed Hassan Barata. He received 738 votes to her 406 votes.[11] Bent, who was said to have been favored by the PDP party leadership, later claimed that she had won a rerun primary.[12] While the question was being reviewed, a judge ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remove Barata's name from the list of candidates and replace it with Bent.[13] Bent's claim was later rejected by the INEC, by the Federal High Court, Abuja and by the PDP's counsel.[12] She also speaks Yoruba language, including the Ijesa dialect.[2]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sen. Grace Folashade Bent". National Assembly of Nigeria. Archived from the original on June 7, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Senator Grace Bent: Strong advocate of inter-tribal marriage". Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Her Say: 'I dress to suit my husband'". Nigerian Tribune. 24 August 2009. Archived from the original on August 27, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  4. ^ "Bent, An Embodiment of Nigerian Democracy". Leadership Nigeria. 24 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  5. ^ "Iyabo Obasanjo-Bello Wanted in the U.S. for Child Kidnapping". Nigerian Muse. January 24, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  6. ^ "Faces of recipients of fake doctorial degrees". Pointblank News. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  7. ^ "Oil firms in Nigeria lobby for 2010 gas-flaring deadline". Alexander's Oil and Gas Connections. February 15, 2008. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  8. ^ "Senator Opposes Establishment of Desert Control Commission". Daily Trust. 3 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  9. ^ "SA attacks worry senators". afrol News. 25 April. Retrieved 2009-09-15.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ "Senate summons Aliero". Daily Trust. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  11. ^ Joe Nwankwo (7 March 2011). "Adamawa South - Opponent Wants Court to Delist Folasade Bent". Daily Independent. Retrieved 2011-05-06. 
  12. ^ a b KAMARUDEEN OGUNDELE (02/05/2011). "Governors, senators-elect face legal hurdles". The Nation. Retrieved 2011-05-06.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  13. ^ Emmanuel Ogala (February 16, 2011). "Court orders electoral body to endorse three senators". Next. Retrieved 2011-05-06.