The Federal Government has inducted eight female achievers into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame at the National Center for Women Development for their outstanding performance in their professional fields.
At the induction ceremony, women affairs minister Pauline Tallen commended them for their contribution and exceptional feat.
She urged them to mentor young folks to sustain the tides of women’s development and participation.
Tallen also called on state commissioners for Women Affairs to replicate the structure of the Nigerian women’s hall of fame in their various states to recognise and document the contributions of women at the subnational levels.
“As we recognise and pay tribute to women by women, I believe that many more women are out there whose works and contributions have not been documented.
” I, therefore, call state commissioners of women’s affairs to duplicate such structures, so that the feedback process will be established and activities decentralised,” she said.
Also, Asabe Vilita-Bashir, Director General, NCWD, explained that the hall of fame features records of pre-colonial and contemporary Nigerian women who played leading roles in different aspects of society.
Vilita-Bashir said “The hall of fame also provides role models for younger girls and the society at large on the ultimate potential of women in Nigerian society. The criteria for selection are first women, historic or living to achieve recognition in the field of endeavour or a lifetime of achievement in that field,”
The inductees included the first international president of the Medical Women Association, Eleanor Nwadinobi, the first African woman to invent a wearable technology, Bolarinwa Kemisola, the first female monitor-general in the 44 years of the Nigerians Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, AIG, Aisha Baju among others.