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Nigeria’s first female VC, Alele-Williams passes on

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First Nigerian female Vice-Chancellor, Grace Alele-Williams, has been reported dead.

Alele-Williams was Nigeria’s first woman to obtain a doctorate degree in Mathematics education in 1963.

She died at the age of 89.

The professor of Mathematics gained prominence when appointed the vice-chancellor of the prestigious University of Benin in 1985.

Her tenure witnessed a drastic reduction in cultism, a menace in UNIBEN at the time.

President Muhammadu Buhari had felicitated with her in December, 2021, on her 89th birthday.

Buhari’s spokesperson, Femi Adesina, had said in a statement on the occasion that “President Buhari congratulates the educationist on her achievements over many years, inspired by vision and hard work, becoming the first woman to earn a Ph.D in Nigeria (1963), and using her resources to create opportunities for other women, particularly in getting education.”

Circumstances surrounding her passage had yet to be known as of the time of filing this report.

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