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Check out the Pictures of our Nigeria First Lady’s from 1963 till Date

Check out the Pictures of our Nigeria First Lady’s from 1963 till Date

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In this article we’ll be seeing the full list of our past first lady of Nigeria from 1963 till present.

Flora Ogbenyeanu Ogoegbunam Azikiwe [1963 – 1966]


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Flora Ogbenyeanu Ogoegbunam Azikiwe 7 August 1917 – August 1983 was the first wife of Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria. She served as the first First Lady of Nigeria from 1 October 1963 to 16 January 1966. Ogoegbunam was born in Onitsha, a city in present-day Anambra State to Chief Ogoegbunam, the Adazia of Onitsha (Ndichie Chief) from Ogboli Agbor Onitsha. She met Nnamdi Azikiwe there in 1934, and the two were married on 4 April 1936. Their wedding was held in James Town, Accra, Gold Coast (present-day Ghana) where her husband was working as the editor of African Morning Post at the time. Ogoegbunam was a member of the Eastern Working Committee of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC). She was the first Patron of the Home Science Association (HSA), formerly known as Federal Home Science Association.

Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi [1966 -1966]


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Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi husband was the former Head of State. JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi was the first military head of state of Nigeria. He was assassinated on 29 July 1966.

Victoria Hansatu Gowon [1966 -1975]


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Dr. Mrs. Victoria Hansatu Gowon, a nurse by profession is the wife of former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), The first lady helped elevate the status of nurses in Nigeria by making the government pay nurses more. She is celebrated as a hero. During Yakubu Gowon’s administration, there was this problem of segregation between nurses pay package and that of the English nurses. The nurses union then agreed that they go on strike. But Gowon’s wife, Victoria, who was in the nursing school at the University of Ibadan that time, got wind of the strike plan and sent a message to the husband to act promptly. He ordered that the pay package of be elevated and demands be met and that was all.

Ajoke Mohammed [1975 – 1976]


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Nigeria’s former First Lady, Her late husband, General Murtala Muhammed was the head of state from 1975 to 1976. She was born on May 23, 1941. Started her professional journey as a Dental Therapist during her early life and is currently the Vice President of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation, an institution set up to tackle policy advocacy, education, human rights, women empowerment, disaster relief and betterment of the lives of Africans. A successful businesswoman pioneer who began importing and trading in laces, which became a lucrative business in the 70s and 80s. She owned the largest retail jeweler store in Nigeria and later worked on extensive real estate projects.

Esther Oluremi Obasanjo[1976 – 1979]


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The first wife of the former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo.

Safinatu Buhari [1983 – 1985]


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Hajiya Safinatu is a native of Mani, Katsina State and was born on 11th December 1952, in Jos, Plateau, to the family of Alhaji Yusuf Mani, and her mother Hajia Hadizatu Mani. She was birthed into a family of many, having about 12 siblings with her making 13, to the same father and mother, according to a report by olumuyiwa olayinka. Safinatu had her Grade II Teachers Certificate in 1971 at Teachers Training College (WTC) in Katsina State.

Maryam Babangida[1985 – 1993]


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Maryam Babangida was the wife of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who was Nigeria’s head of state from 1985 to 1993. Her husband was the target of criticism for rampant corruption during his regime. She was credited with creating the position of First Lady of Nigeria and making it her own. Mrs. Babangida, considered to be one of the greatest women in Africa today, made that significant sacrifice in her staunch belief that the family unit is the most crucial factor in the quality of society and of mankind and that the woman is the central anchor of the unit.

Margaret O. Shonekan[1993 – 1993]


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Margaret O. Shonekan born October 28, 1940 is a Nigerian civil servant. Shonekan spent much of her career with the West African Examinations Council (WAEC). She was appointed as a Federal Civil Service Commissioner from October 1, 1986 until March 31, 1994. She also briefly served as the First Lady of Nigeria from August 26, 1993, until November 17, 1993, during the transitional presidency of her husband, Ernest Shonekan.

Maryam Abacha[1993 -1998]


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Maryam Abacha born 4 March 1945 is the wife of Sani Abacha, Nigeria’s military ruler from 1993 to 1998. In 1999, Maryam Abacha said that her husband acted in the good will of Nigeria; an official of the Nigerian government said that Maryam Abacha said that to convince the government to grant her a reprieve, as the president, Olusegun Obasanjo, had been jailed by Sani Abacha. As of 2000 Maryam Abacha remained in Nigeria. She resides in Kano state, Nigeria. 

Fati Lami Abubakar[1998 – 1999]


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Fati Lami Abubakar born 12 April 1951 is a Nigerian woman who was the First Lady of Nigeria during the term of Abdulsalami Abubakar from June 1998 to May 1999. Fati, a legal practitioner and wife of General Abdulsalami Abubakar, was Nigeria’s first lady. After her stint as first lady, she became Niger state’s first female chief judge in 2013 and retired in 2016.

Stella Obasanjo[1999 – 2005]


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Stella Obasanjo She was with Obasanjo during most of his military regime but she was not the official first lady then. However, Stella became Obasanjo’s first lady when Obasanjo was elected as president in 1999. Unfortunately, she died fromcomplications of a cosmetic surgery in October 2005. Her husband did not pick another first lady throughout his tenure.

Hajiya Turai Umar Musa Yar’Adua[2007 – 2010]


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Hajiya Turai Umar Musa Yar’Adua born 26 July 1957 is the widow of former Nigerian President and former Katsina State Governor Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. She was the First Lady of Nigeria from 2007 until the death of her husband, President Yar’Adua, on May 5, 2010.

Patience Jonathan[2010 – 2015]


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Patience Jonathan was born on 25 October 1957. She is a former First Lady of Nigeria and the wife of former Governor of Bayelsa State and also former President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan. who has an honorary doctorate from the University of Port Harcourt, took over from Turai Yar’Adua and she was first lady from 2010 till 2015. Since her husband left office, Patience has been embroiled in court cases and allegations of fraud.

Aisha Buhari[2015 – present]


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Aisha Halilu born 17 February 1971 is the First Lady of Nigeria and wife of the current President Muhammadu Buhari, who assumed office on 29 May 2015 after defeating the then-incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. Aisha is a cosmetologist, beauty therapist and author.

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