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Nigeria’s First feminine Vice Chancellor, Grace Alele-Williams, has died


The first Nigerian feminine Vice Chancellor, Grace Alele-Williams is late.

Late Alele-Williams who was the first Nigerian woman to obtain a Doctorate, died on Friday, March 25, at the age of 89.

A professor of mathematics, late Alele-Williams made historical past as the first feminine Vice Chancellor on the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Edo State. She was additionally the primary Nigerian woman to obtain a doctorate degree.

Born in Warri, Delta state, Prof Alele-Williams attended Government School, Warri; Queen’s College, Lagos and the University Faculty of Ibadan (now University of Ibadan).

She obtained a master’s degree in arithmetic while teaching at Queen’s College, Ede in Osun State in 1957 and her PhD diploma in mathematics education on the University of Chicago (U.S.) in 1963, thereby making her the primary Nigerian woman to be awarded a doctorate.

Alele-Williams returned to Nigeria for a few years’ postdoctoral work at the University of Ibadan earlier than joining the University of Lagos in 1965.

She was appointed the vice-chancellor of the distinguished University of Benin in 1985. Her tenure witnessed a drastic discount in cultism, a menace in UNIBEN at the time.

Her burial arrangement is to be introduced by the family later.

Rest in Peace ma, Amen.

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