Late Dr Stella Adadevoh, Kudirat Abiola & Others To Be Honoured
The Federal Ministry of Women Affairs recently listed 22 women who would be honored posthumously. They did this through the National Centre for Women Development, Abuja, and the names of late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, and late Dr Stella Adadevoh, are among the names of those to be inducted into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.
The NCWD announced that the women would be inducted by June 10, 2019, two days to Democracy Day. The induction is theme “Celebrating Nigerian Women Icons of Hope”, and they also said the women were selected for their immense contributions to national development.
Adadevoh, was a Nigerian doctor, who died in August 2014, in a bid to curb the spread of the Ebola virus by ensuring that a Liberian patient, Patrick Sawyer, remained quarantined despite pressures from his country.
While Kudirat Abiola was a political heroine who was assassinated on June 9, 1996, during the heat of the June 12 struggle for democratic freedom.
Other women in the list include; Senators Oluremi Tinubu, Binta Garba, Prof Adenike Osofisan, Mrs Folorunso Alakija, and Dr Stella Okoli.
The NCWD Director-General, Mary Ekpere-Eta, said that the selection was based on a comprehensive display of records of legendary women and the leading roles they played in the Nigerian society. She also recalled that over 100 Nigerian women came foe the last induction in 2007.
She said, “Available statistics reveal that Nigerian women have been dynamic and played active roles in all spheres of national development. Yet those achievements are hardly documented. This explains the rationale behind the creation of this edifice, for the enrichment of public understanding and appreciation of the contributions of Nigerian women.
“The Hall of Fame, will provide role models for younger girls and the society at large. The criteria for selection are; first woman, historic or living to achieve recognition in a field of endeavour; a significant statewide contribution to arts, athletics, business, government, philanthropy, humanities, science, and education.”
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