Grace Alele-Williams, Nigeria’s first female vice chancellor is dead. Alele-Williams, professor of mathematics was vice chancellor of the University of Benin between 1985 and 1992, and she administered the university with uncommon firmness. During her tenure, the menace of cultism in that university was reduced to the barest minimum.
She was not just the country’s first female vice chancellor, she was also the first woman to receive a doctorate degree in the country. That degree was awarded to her in 1963. She reportedly died on Friday.
Alele-Williams was born on December 16, 1932 in the oil city of Warri, Delta State.
She studied at the Universities of Ibadan, Chicago and Vermont.