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Nigeria’s first female Vice Chancellor Alele-Williams dies at 89

Alele-Williams, who was also the first woman to receive a doctorate in Nigeria, died on Friday at an undisclosed hospital in Lagos. She was 89 years old.

The late Professor of Mathematics was appointed the Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin in 1985.

Confirming the death of the respected university administrator and mathematician to our correspondent, a former Commissioner for Higher Education, Delta State, and ex-Head of Department of English, the University of Lagos, Prof. Hope Eghagha, said Alele-Williams died on Friday.

Asked about the circumstances surrounding her death, Eghagha said, “Anything can happen at 89.”

As of the time of filing this report, there’s no official confirmation of her death from the family.

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