These women broke barriers to become to first female in their field in a country where female children were often considered second class citizens.
First female professor in Nigeria
Grace Alele-Williams (born December 16th, 1932) is an educator who made history as the first Nigerian woman to become the head (vice-chancellor) of a Nigerian university, the University of Benin. She was also the first Nigerian woman to receive a doctorate degree.She is a professor of mathematics education.
First Female Writer in Nigeria
Flora Nwapa. Florence Nwanzuruahu Nkiru Nwapa (13 January 1931 – 16 October 1993) was a Nigerian author who has been called the mother of modern African literature.
First Female Medical Doctor in Nigeria
Elizabeth Abimbola Awoliyi. Elizabeth Abimbola Awoliyi (née Akerele, 1910–1971) was the first female physician to practice in Nigeria. She was also the first West African woman to earn a license of Royal Surgeon in Dublin.
First Female Pilot in Nigeria
Chinyere Kalu, MFR (née Onyenucheya) is the first Nigerian female commercial pilot. She served as the rector and chief instructor of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology between October 2011 and February 2014.
First Female Judge in Nigeria
Aloma Mariam Mukhtar is the first female lawyer from Northern Nigeria, first female judge of the High Court in Kano State judiciary, the first female justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria, the first female justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.
First Female Governor in Nigeria
Virginia Etiaba has been sworn in as Nigeria’s first female governor after Anambra state legislature impeached Peter Obi for gross misconduct. She had been deputy governor in the south-eastern state and initially refused to take the position.
First Woman to drive a car in Nigeria
Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti was the first woman in the country to drive a car. Ransome-Kuti’s political activism led to her being described as the doyen of female rights in Nigeria, as well as to her being regarded as “The Mother of Africa.”
First Woman to own a car in Nigeria
Madam Efunroye Tinubu was the first Nigerian woman to buy a car, she was also the first Iyalode of the Egba clan. She was born around 1805 in Abeokuta, Nigeria and was once a slave trader who traded with Europeans.
First Nigerian Female Post Colonial Senator
Franca Afegbua is a Nigerian beautician and politician who represented Bendel North in the Nigerian Senate in 1983. Elected as a National Party of Nigeria (NPN) senator, she was the first elected woman senator in Nigeria. Afegbua was born in Okpella, Edo State.
First Female Nigerian Professional Footballer
Perpetua Ijeoma Nkwocha (born 3 January 1976) is a Nigerian female professional footballer, who is the coach of Clemensnäs IF from Swedish Women’s Football Division 2, she previously played for Swedish club Sunnanå SK. She is also a member and the captain of the Nigeria women’s national football team.