The National Centre for Women Development (NCWD) has inducted the wife of late Chief MKO Abiola, Alhaja Kudirat Abiola, Dr Stella Adadevoh, and wife of Nigerian President, Aisha Buhari, into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame. The Director-General of the Centre, Mrs Mary Ekpere-Eta, spoke in Abuja during the induction ceremony of 22 female icons into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.
Ekpere-Eta added that the late Kudirat Abiola, who was brutally murdered at the peak of the struggle for June 12th, Dr. Adadevoh, who died while saving the country from the widespread of the deadly Ebola Virus, topped the list of the 22 inductees.
She said there was a need to celebrate the achievements of Nigerian women considering various barriers which limited them from attaining success, adding that such women had paved way for the success of today’s women.
”The hall of fame features a comprehensive display of records of women from the pre-colonial days, who played legendary roles in trade and commerce, politics, inter-tribal wars etc, but since 2007, no woman has made it to the hall.
“The Hall of Fame provides role models for younger girls and the society at large on the unlimited potential of women in Nigerian society,” Ekpere-Eta said.
She assured Nigerians that the induction would be held every four years to ensure that women were adequately captured in the Hall of Fame.
The Director-General noted the selection was done on merit with documented proofs and assured that modalities, which included the quest for excellence, integrity and other positive attributes were the ingredients considered for the selection.
Other inductees included Hajiya Maryam Sanusi Dantata for Women and Youths empowerment, Flt. Lt. Blessing Liman, first female military pilot, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, first female judge of the appeal court, Wife of APC National Leader, Madam Oluremi Tinubu among others.