Nigeria has come a long way since the days of the British rule and it goes without saying that the past 55 years have been quite a bumpy ride. Although the respective heads of state managed to put on a brave face, they most probably wouldn’t have been able to do so without the background yet remarkable influence of their phenomenal wives. This is our pick of Nigeria’s First Ladies whose influence transcended the obligatory duties and pet projects assigned to them.

Flora Azikiwe (featured image)

The elegant wife of Nigeria’s first post independence ceremonial head of state is mostly remembered for her involvement in the Home Science Association (HSA) which was founded in 1961 by a group of passionate women educationists with an interest in home economics. This association was committed to the betterment of family life particularly the holistic upbringing of children. Countless women benefited from the skills and knowledge they acquired through participating in the various home economics courses provided by the association. Beyond her undeniable glamour, the first Mrs Azikiwe was never shy when it came to speaking for the rights of women and their socio-economic improvement.