The University of Benin, Edo State on Saturday, gave a directive to fly the institution’s flag at half-mast to mourn the death of Professor Grace Alele-Williams, the first female Vice-Chancellor in Nigeria.
Alele-Williams, who died on Friday in Lagos at the age of 89 years was appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin in 1985.
Prof. Alele-Williams, Nigeria’s first female professor of Mathematics Education was born on December 16, 1932, in Delta to an Itsekiri mother and Owan father from Sobe, Edo State.
According to NAN, the University of Benin’s spokesperson, Dr Benedicta Ehanire, in a statement said the current Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof Lilian Salami, mourned the passing of her predecessor, on behalf of the university community.
Salami, the second female vice-chancellor in the institution after Alele-Williams, defined the late former and first female vice-chancellor as an iconic giant for breaking the glass ceiling for other women to blossom.
She expressed solace in the fact that the late professor was being celebrated rather than mourned.
“The Vice-Chancellor, University of Benin, Prof. Lilian Salami, on behalf of the Governing Council, Management, Staff, Alumni, and Students, mourns the passing of her predecessor, Prof. Grace Alele- Williams.
“Prof. Salami described the late former and first female vice-chancellor of the University of Benin as an iconic giant who broke the glass ceiling for other women to blossom,’’ Dr Ehanire stated.