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NDA honours first female Nigerian Army general


The Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), on Tuesday unveiled the monument of the first female general in the Nigerian Army, late Maj.-Gen. Aderonke Kale.

The Commandant of NDA, Maj.-Gen. John Ochai, said the academy would continue to prioritise gender equality.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that a lecture was held in honour of Kale at the academy’s auditorium in Afaka, Kaduna State.

Ochai said the Armed Forces of Nigeria have a plethora of set skills that women can equally participate even in combat operations.

He assured that the academy would continue to guarantee equality and inclusiveness to all Nigerians, irrespective of gender, race or religion.

Cross section of cadets of NDA during a lecture in honour of the first female Maj.-Gen. in the Nigerian Army, late Maj-Gen Aderonke Kale, on Tuesday in Kaduna.

Also speaking, Maj.-Gen. Abimbola Amusu, who was the second female general in the Nigerian Army, described Kale as a trailblazer who broke the jinx against all odds.

Amusu advised female cad
ets and officers to remain committed, resolute and leverage on the available opportunities and training for their career progression.

High point of the event was a lecture presentation by Navy Capt. Feyisara Solebo, entiled: ‘Impact of Traditional Roles on Women’s Participation in the Armed Forces: Exploring Gender Stereotypes and Cultural Barriers’.

NAN reports that monument of the Kale was unveiled in her memory at the female cadets’ lines of academy.

Kale was the first female Nigerian to attain the rank of a Major General in the army, and the pioneer female Medical Corps Commander in the Nigerian Army.

She died in November 2023 at the age of 83 in London.

Source: News Agency of Nigeria