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NDA unveils bust of first Nigerian Army female General Aderonke Kale

The Nigerian Defence Academy(NDA), on Tuesday organised a lecture in honour of the first female Maj.-Gen. in the Nigerian Army, late Maj-Gen Aderonke Kale during which her bust was also unveiled at the premises of the military training institution in Kaduna.

The lecture that was held in honour of Kale held at the academy’s auditorium in Afaka, Kaduna State was attended by cadets of NDA and other senior military officers, serving and retired as well as the management of the institution.

Speaking at the event, the commandant of NDA, Maj.-Gen. John Ochai, in his welcome address said the academy would continue to accord priority to gender equality.

Ochai explained that the Armed Forces of Nigeria have a plethora of set skills that women can equally participate in even in combat operations.

He assured that the NDA would continue to guarantee equality and inclusiveness to all Nigerians, irrespective of gender, race or religion.

Also speaking, Maj.-Gen. Abimbola Amusu, who was the second female Maj.-Gen. in the Nigerian Army, described Kale as a trailblazer who broke the jinx against all odds.

The full bust of Kale unveiled at NDA

Amusu, who was the Special Guest of Honour, advised female cadets and officers to remain committed, resolute and leverage on the available opportunities and training for their career progression.

The high point of the event was a lecture presentation by Navy Captain Feyisara Solebo on “Impact of Traditional Roles on Women’s Participation in the Armed Forces: Exploring Gender Stereotypes and Cultural Barriers”.

The bust of Kale was unveiled in her memory at the female cadets’ lines of NDA

Kale was the first female Nigerian to attain the rank of a Maj.-Gen. in the Army and the pioneer female Medical Corps Commander in the Nigerian Army.

She died in November 2023 at the age of 83 in London.

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