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A book titled Nigerian Women Pioneers and Icons which chronicles the exploits and extra-ordinary achievements of iconic Nigerian women between the 17th and 21st century, was Thursday presented to the public in Lagos.

The author, Prof. Bolanle Awe, a historian and former chairman of the National Women’s Commission said that she was inspired to document the achievements of the 34 great women, herself inclusive, as a way of celebrating them and exposing their historic and heroic contributions to nation building for the benefit of today and future generations.

The book covered women who blazed the trail, starting from the 17th Century till date.

The 34 women that made the list include the legendary Olufunmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Margaret Ekpo, Ladi Kwali, Prof. Grace Alele-Williams, Bola Kuforiji Olubi ,Gambo Sawaba and Professor Jadesola Akande.

Others are Batule Alake, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, Zainab Alkali, Onyeka Onwenu, Aloma Mariam Mukhtar, Aisha Bridget Lemu, Folorunsho Alakija , Chioma Ajunwa and the youngest among them, Chimamanda Adiche.

University Don, Prof Mohammed Yahaya who reviewed the book, described it as history in its proper perspective.

He acknowledged the position of women as national assets. “It’s a vindication of women as national assets…”he said,

The University of Ibadan lecturer, appreciated the language style of the author which he described as simple, lucid and precise.
The Elegant Stallion Onyeka Onwenu who is among the 34 Women honoured in the publication described it as a must read for every Nigerian girl.

Commissioner for Women Affairs, Niger State, Roseline Abara-Sami commended the efforts of Professor Bolanle Awe and pledged that her ministry in the State will ensure that every girl child in Niger State is educationally empowered so that they can reproduce the likes of Ladi Kwali.and the two other women celebrated from the State.

As the nation continues to grapple with gender disparity in education and governance,, Observers are hopeful that the Nigerian Women Pioneers and Icons will play a pivotal role in mentoring the girl child and in spurring Nigerian women into action, to take their place in the leadership of Nigeria


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