Priscilla Eleje Breaks CBN’s 59 Year Old Record To Become The First Woman To Sign Nigeria’s Currency

The signature of a woman, Priscilla Ekwere Eleje, has appeared on the Nigerian Naira for the first time in 59-years. Her signature, which was appended to the 1,000 Nairo note, took effect from 16TH April 2019. And this development is because Priscilla was recently confirmed as a Director of Currency. And so, she has set a record as the first female director of currency in the history of the apex bank.

Meet Priscilla Ekwere Eleje

Priscilla broke two different records in the CBN at the same time, becoming the first female Director of Currency at CBN, as well as the first woman to have her signature on the N1,000 note. The new Naira notes will now bear her signature as well as that of Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This ground-breaking moment occurred 59 years after the Nigerian currency was created. Mrs Eleje is a woman of many firsts. She is the first female director of currency at CBN. She is also the new Substantive Director of CBN. This new appointment explains why her signature is now on Naira notes.

Prior to this, she was an Acting Director of Currency and Operations at CBN. Her new role as Substantive Director was confirmed on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

Educational background

Mrs Eleje I s a psychology graduate of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Nigeria. She holds a Banking and Management degree at Boston University, Massachusetts, USA and is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).

She is also an alumnus of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship programme, which “brings young and mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States, for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.” Nothing is known about her personal life.

The history of women and the Nigerian currency

Before Mrs Eleje, there was Sarah Alade, the only woman who has come close to achieving this incredible feat. She was appointed the head, fiscal analysis division of the CBN. She eventually became the deputy governor (Economic Policy).

Following the suspension of Lamido Sanusi Lamido as governor of CBN, she became the acting CBN governor. She is the first and only woman to hold this position.

Mrs Alade was in office from February 20, 2014, to June 3, 2014. She was succeeded by the current CBN governor – Emefiele. There are reports that Emefiele is doing his best to have more women in CBN.

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