27 June 2019

Nigeria: Falcons Coach Madu, Tinubu, 21 Others Make Women Hall of Fame List

Super Falcons Assistant Coach Maureen Madu has made the list of 23 prominent Nigerian Women to be inducted into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame at a ceremony scheduled to take place in Abuja on June 27.

A list of the inductees obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) from National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), organisers of the event, showed that Madu was selected for being the first Nigerian female coach to manage a top club in Europe.

She was also listed among the inductees for being the first female Nigerian to make 100 appearances for women's national team.

Madu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview that it was an honour to be among the inductees.

"I thank Almighty God for the honour; it made me to understand that wherever you are you have to put in your best no matter the circumstance.

"It made me to know that it pays to be hardworking, honest and dedicated in whatever you are doing knowing that it will put you in limelight," she said.

Prominent Nigerian women on the list are Oluremi Tinubu, the first female to win a senatorial seat in three consecutive parliaments and Zainab Bulkachuwa who is the first female president of the court of appeal.

Others are Folorunsho Alakija, the richest female of African descent; Flight Lt. Blessing Liman, first female Nigerian Military Pilot, and Adenike Osofisan, the first woman to obtain Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science.

Stella Adadevoh, a physician who curbed a wider spread of Ebola virus by quarantining a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, in spite of pressure, also made the list.

Ms Adadevoh lost her life in the process.

The Nigerian Women Hall of Fame was established as a national repository to document and celebrate every success that has been or achieved by Nigerian women and young girls, considering the difficulties they encountered to attain their status.

Late Dora Akunyili and former Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are among notable Nigerian women etched in marble at the NCWD.

(NAN)

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