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Fayemi mourns Jibowu, Nigeria’s first female science graduate


Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has commiserated with the family of the late Lady Deborah Jibowu and the Fasanmade family of Ido-Ile Ekiti on the passing of their matriarch.

Jibowu who passed away at 95, was the first Nigerian female science graduate, having graduated from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom in 1947 and was a recipient of Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1962 and Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) in 1965.

She was a member, Local Government Service Commission, Western Region from 1959-1971; Commissioner at the National Population Commission (NPC) 1981-1983 and Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council, University of Calabar from 1993-1997.

The governor described Jibowu as an illustrious daughter of the land and a patriot who served her fatherland diligently and made Ekiti proud through numerous achievements.

He said: “For us in Ekiti, this is a huge loss. Mama Jibowu was an exemplar. She made great impact in almost every aspect of life after setting the record as the first Nigerian female University graduate in the sciences in 1947.  She remained a source of pride and inspiration to generations after her.”

A condolence register for the deceased has been opened by the state government in Jibowu Hall, Government House, Ado-Ekiti.

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