In a historic ceremony at the National Centre for Women Development, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the Nigerian First Lady, led the induction of Mrs Ene Ede and six other outstanding women into the prestigious Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.
The event honoured the exceptional contributions of these women in various fields. Notably, Mrs Ene Ede was recognised for her groundbreaking achievements as the first female publisher of the renowned “Women’s Focus” newspaper in Nigeria. Her trailblazing journey in the media industry has inspired numerous aspiring female journalists and writers, breaking gender barriers and empowering women to share their voices and stories.
In her interview with Akweyatv, Ene Ede commended the Committee and government officials for acknowledging her efforts, emphasising the importance of providing adequate publicity for women’s achievements in the region.
Senator Oluremi Tinubu highlighted the significance of celebrating and acknowledging the remarkable accomplishments of women in Nigerian society. She praised Mrs Ede and the other inductees for their resilience, determination, and commitment to excellence, stating that their achievements would inspire future generations of Nigerian women.
The other inductees include Moji Makanjuola (the first female international health correspondent in Africa), Dr Muheeba Farida (first female Executive Chairman of the Federal Character Commission), Engr Prof. Mrs Ongoebi Maureen O. Etebu (first female Professor of Mechanical Engineering), Dr Mrs Oluwatoyin Sakirat Madein (the first female Accountant General of the Federation), Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi (founder of the first Africa-wide grant-making organisation), and Toun Okewale Sonaiya (the first woman to establish a radio station for women).
The Nigerian Women Hall of Fame aims to recognise and preserve the legacies of exceptional women who have made significant strides in various fields, encouraging young women across the nation to pursue their dreams and shatter glass ceilings fearlessly.
Prominent personalities, government officials, activists, and supporters attended the event to honour and celebrate these trailblazing women. The induction ceremony saw the unveiling of the names of inductees inscribed in marble, photo frames, and the signing of the register in the Hall of Fame.
The event also brought back memories of Hon. Mrs Margaret Icheen, the first Benue woman to be inducted into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame in 1999, as the first female Speaker of a State House of Assembly in Nigeria and Africa.