By Modupe Aderogba
Nigerian Female who have been exceptional in their various sectors have been inducted into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.
The National Centre for Women Development, NCWD in Nigeria inducted twenty-four iconic female into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame.
The Director-General of the Centre, Mrs Mary Ekpere-Eta who spoke in Abuja during the induction ceremony in Abuja said that the selection was done on merit with documented proofs and assured that modalities which included quest for excellence, integrity and other positive attributes.
In her words:“The Nigerian Women Hall of fame currently features a comprehensive display of records of women from pre-colonial days who played legendary roles in trade and commerce, politics, inter-tribal war etc. It also provides role models for younger girls and the society at large on the unlimited potential of women in Nigerian society.”
The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari who was one of the inductees and was represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the office of the wife of the President, Mrs. Hajo Sani urged women in top position to adopt the principle of honesty in their dealings.
“It is the collective responsibility of women to continue to work in their different areas of specialisation toward contributing to nation building. I urge women to continue to operate in transparency, modesty, honesty and integrity which are core values of this administration and to contribute to next generation of women leaders,” she said
An inductee Senator Oluremi Tinubu who won Senatorial seat for three consecutive times noted that the award would encourage upcoming generations.
“This award is different in the sense that it is like raising the bar higher at the younger generation that if God can allow me to achieve this feat, they can do it better. So in a world where you hardly see women getting into elective position, they should not be discourage but keep aspiring and striving until we get there” she stated.
The induction Ceremony which was last held in 2007 also featured five post-humorous women some of which paid the ultimate price for the survival of the country.
Late Alhaja Kudirat Abiola who was murdered at the peak of the struggle for June 12 was represented by her daughter Hafsat Abiola expressed her gratitude for the national recognition.
“We are just happy to be children of people who believe in Nigeria, who sacrifice for Nigeria, who gave their lives for Nigeria and to see the Nigeria that honour them, remembers them acknowledges their efforts, I’m just happy,” he said.
The ceremony which will from hence forth be carried out every four years also featured the Induction of the First Female to win elections from two different states, Senator Binta Garba, the First female Editor of a national Newspaper Hajiya Bilkisu Yusuf who lost her life during the hajj stampede, Dr Stella Adadevoh who lsot her life saving the Country from widespread of the deadly Ebola virus in 2014 among others.