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Nigeria’s first female VC and first female PhD holder clocks 89

Nigeria’s first female PhD holder, Professor Grace Alele-Williams has clocked the age of 89 years old on the 16th of December 2021.

Professor Grace Alele-Williams is a Professor of Mathematics Education whose scholarly achievements saw her become the first female Vice-Chancellor in Nigeria and also the first female PhD holder in the country.

She bagged her PhD at the University of Chicago in 1963 and was appointed as Professor of Mathematics by the University of Lagos in 1976. Prof. Grace Alele Williams rose through the ranks and was appointed the first female vice-chancellor of a Nigerian university at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) in 1985.

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Celebrating her new age, the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari congratulated the educationist on her achievements over many years. In his congratulatory message, he described Prof. Grace Alele-Williams as an inspiration who used her resources to create opportunities for other women, particularly in getting education.

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President Buhari joins family members, friends and academia in celebrating with the former Vice-Chancellor, whose honours include, Fellow of the Mathematical Association of Nigeria, Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Education, merit award winner of old Bendel State in Nigeria, regional Vice-President for Africa of the Third World Organization for Women in Science, Chairman of the African Mathematical Union Commission for Women in Mathematics and first President of the African Mathematical Union Commission on Women in Mathematics.

The President prays for good health and strength for the renowned scholar, consultant, publisher and administrator.

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