Nigeria’s first female Major-General, Aderonke Kale dies at age 84 - oguncitynews


Friday 10 November 2023

Nigeria’s first female Major-General, Aderonke Kale dies at age 84

The first female Nigerian Army Major-General, Aderonke Kale has been confirmed dead. Aderonke’s death was confirmed in a statement released on Thursday by E. O. Okafor, the president of the Alumni Association of the National Institute (AANI).

While mourning her departure, Okafor described her demise as an “irreparable loss”, adding that burial arrangements would be announced by her family.

"AANI and indeed the nation will continue to remember the remarkable legacy of the iconic Major General Aderonke Kale (retd) mni, who had been a trailblazer in Nigeria’s medical and military history. May her gentle soul continue to rest in peace, Amen,” the statement issued by Sani Kukasheka Usman, former army spokesperson, reads.

Although the cause of her death is unknown at the time of this report, Kale is said to have died on Wednesday in London, the United Kingdom.

Kale, who was born on July 31, 1939, graduated from the University of Ibadan as a medical doctor before focusing in psychiatry at the University of London.

The former major-general temporarily worked in England before rejoining the Nigerian army in 1972.

By 1990, she had risen through the ranks of the army to become a colonel and deputy commander of the Nigerian army medical corps.

She was promoted to Major-General in 1994 and retired from the army in 1997.

Aderonke was married to Oladele Kale, a professor of preventive and social medicine, and had five kids, including former Nigerian statistician-general, Yemi Kale.

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