Alele-Williams, Nigeria’s first female university vice-chancellor, dies at 89

Nigeria’s first female university vice chancellor and first woman to earn a Ph.D., Grace Alele-Williams, has died. PREMIUM TIMES reported that the retired math education teacher died on Friday. Although there is still no official confirmation from the family of the deceased or the University of BeninEdo state, where she served as vice-chancellor, officer of Queen’s College, one of 104 unity colleges in Nigeria where she was an alumnus, broke the news. School sources, who asked not to be named because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, confirmed the development. Neither the calls nor the messages to the UNIBEN spokesperson, Benedicta Ehanire, on Friday night were answered at the time of the presentation of this report. But one of the messages shared on Queen’s College WhatsApp platforms says in part; “Today we lost an elderly lady from Great Queen’s College. An Amazon and a legend: Professor Grace Alele-Williams, the first Vice-Chancellor of a university in Nigeria (UNIBEN)”. an educator Mrs. Alele-Williams, educator, was born on December 16, 1932 in Warri, in the present state of Delta. The deceased made history when she became the first vice-chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), in the state of Edo. She was also the first Nigerian woman to receive a Ph.D. Ms. Alele-Williams attended the School of Government, Warri; Queen’s College, Lagos and University College, Ibadan, now the University of Ibadan. She returned to her alma mater in 1957 to receive a master’s degree in mathematics and her doctorate in mathematics education from the University of Chicago (USA) in 1963, making her the first Nigerian woman to earn a Ph.D. Ms. Alele-Williams returned to Nigeria for a couple of years postdoctoral work at the University of Ibadan before joining the University of Lagos in 1965. In 1985 she was appointed vice-rector of UNIBEN and held the position until 1992. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Alele-Williams, Nigeria’s first female university vice-chancellor, dies at 89