April 06, 2017

Meet Nigeria's First Female Major General, Aderonke Kale; +her inspiring story

There are women in all the arms of the gallant Nigerian Armed Forces and today, we are taking a look at the first Nigerian woman to ever become a Major-General (two-star general) in the Army and in any of the three wings of the Nigerian Armed Forces (including the Navy and Air Force).

Her record remains unbroken till date in the Nigerian Army but has been equalled by Rear Admiral Itunu Hotonu of the Nigerian Navy.

MAJOR-GENERAL (Dr.) Mrs. ADERONKE KALE.

EDUCATION & MEDICAL CAREER
Major-General Ronke Kale (rtd) trained as medical practitioner before she decided to enlist in the Nigerian Army as an officer. It is quite interesting to know that she did so when even fewer women were donning the uniform of the military (it was not even until November 2011 that the first female hostel in the Nigeria Defence Academy, NDA, Kaduna was commissioned, for how many female students? 20). And as for the curious medical professionals, Major-General Kale’s area of specialty is psychiatry. She was inspired to join psychiatry by the late medical giant, Professor Thomas Adeoye Lambo. Africa’s first professor of psychiatry.

JOINING THE ARMY & AS A MAJOR-GENERAL
As a colonel and medical commandant (Commanding Officer) in the Nigerian Army, she attended the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, (NIPSS SEC12), Kuru, Plateau State in the year 1990 (she was of the same set with retired Lt. Gen. Victor Samuel Leonard Malu who was to later become the Chief of Army Staff). Upon graduation from Kuru (she received her graduation certificate in 1990 as a colonel from General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who was the military president), she returned to the Military Hospital, Benin, Edo State and resumed duties as the Commanding Officer. While in the army, she was a close associate of IBB’s chief of intelligence, Colonel Halilu Akilu.

From there, she was later moved to Lagos State where she served as the Deputy Commandant of the Nigerian Army Medical Corps , Ojo where she was later promoted to the rank of a Brigadier General, thus becoming the first woman in Nigeria to become a one-star general (but please note that the first woman to be commissioned an officer in the Nigerian Army is Risquat Finni, who later retired as a Lieutenant Colonel).

17 comments:

godwin progragrammer said...

am inspired!

Rosemary Ezeji said...

Such an inspiring story

Austine Gabriel said...

Seen

Ay360 said...

Dats a good one

Nasiru Adoke said...

wow! reaping it big time..congrats to her fir she surely deserves it

I. C Bruno said...

Congrats to her

inumidun said...

Interesting piece..

Anonymous said...

Part of the reason I always read your blog. A break from the norm.....educative and inspiring!

Onifade Joseph said...

She has made a name for herself, a role model to many, with determination, the difficult can be done at once, while the impossible will only take a while. God bless her real good.
#Believe

Sunshow said...

Big congrat ma

Hassan Aderemi said...

Congratulations.

Oladimeji Seun said...

What an archievement, congrat ma.

Anurika Onwu said...

I salute you ma for your hard work

abdulrasaq abdulrafii said...

Congrats madam

Queen Abiodun Ogunnika said...

Congrats mam

Rasheed Lawal said...

Big congratulations madam

okorochas justin said...

Wow...

Kudos to her...

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