Chief Mrs Gloria Laraba Shoda, (National President, NCWS, 2016 to date)
Dr. Amb. (Mrs.) Gloria Laraba Shoda, mni was born in Kawo, Kaduna State. She had her primary education at Saint Peter's Demonstration School, Kawo-Kaduna from 1962-1968 and her secondary education at Saint Faith College (now Government Girls Secondary School), Kawo from 1969 to 1972. She later attended United Missionary College, lbadan for her teacher's training and obtained Teachers Grade ll certificate in 1978.
In furtherance of her education, she attended the Ogun State College of Education (now Tai Solarin College of Education) and obtained her National Certificate of Education (NCE). She then enrolled for her Bachelor of Education Degree (B.Ed) at the University of Benin (Uni-Ben) in 1989 and graduated with Second Class Upper. She later proceeded to University of lbadan where she obtained Masters Degree in Education, M.Ed (PhD Grade) in Community Development, 2005. She attended the Senior Executive Course 36 at the prestigious National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru-Jos in 2014 and bagged the title Member of the National Institute (mni). She also did an on-line Distance Education Doctorate Degree programme in Peace and Conflict Management at the Theological Seminary College, lbadan, 2012 — 2014.
A great disciplinarian and renowned educationist who has strong belief in the dignity of labour, Mrs. Gloria Laraba Shoda started her working career as a clerical officer with the Ministry of Health, Maiduguri in 1974. Her teaching career started at Army Children School and later Command Children School both in lkeja Military Cantonment, lkeja, between 1978 and 1979. As a Youth Corp, she taught Home Economics and Integrated Science at Government Day Secondary School, Jaji, Kaduna State between 1982 and 1984 and at different times, she taught at Government Day Secondary School, Kowa Kaduna, lkenne Community High School, lkenne, Remo Secondary School, Sagamu from where she voluntarily quit the teaching profession in 1991. Gloria Shoda's interest in the development of the education sector was responsible for her decision to set up Glomma Hostel ~ a private hostel for secondary school students within and outside Sagamu, Ogun State. ln 1993, she established Great Scholars International School, a nursery and primary school of distinction. Two years later, she founded Great Scholars International Comprehensive High School which has remained a model and reference point till date.
Dr. Amb. (Mrs.) Gloria Laraba Shoda, mni is the first female Chairman of Governing Council of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta. A business woman of no mean repute, her business interest cut across the globe. She is the Chief Executive of Silver Rock Global Investment Services Limited. Chief Mrs. Shoda was President of Remo Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture, and Ogun State Chamber of commerce, Mines and Agriculture, 2000 - 2004 and 2004 - 2008 respectively.
In recognition of her contributions to humanity, the multiple award winner has had the honour of presiding over many great organizations. At different times, she was the president of Home Economics Teachers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter; President, Lioness Club (now Lions Club), District 404 Nigeria, Sagamu Chapter; President, National Grassroots Association (NGAN) Ogun State (NCWS) Affiliate Chapter; Proprietor Remo Queens United Football Club and Proprietor/Founder, Laraba Shoda Babes Football Club. She was also the Secretary — Nigeria Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), Jaji (NCWS Affiliate), the Chairman Education Committee, National Council of Women's Societies - Remo Local Government Area, Sagamu (NCWS), the 1“ Assistant Secretary - National Council of Women's Societies, Ogun State Chapter (NCWS).
President/Founder of Gateway Women and Children Foundation (NCWS Affiliate), 1“ National Vice President, National Council of Women's Societies, Nigeria (NCWS). National President, National Council of Women's Societies (NCWS) Nigeria 2016. Among the numerous awards bestowed on this silent achiever are: Honourary Doctorate Degree in Humanity (LHD) by the Theological Seminary College, lbadan; African International Merit Award for Effective Proprietorship of School in Nigeria; Queen Amina Leadership Award (2009); Mother of Hope by West African Students Union (2009); City People Recognition Award (2009); Most Innovative ICT Personality Award Nigeria Computer Society and Distinguished Alumnus Award by the University of Benin Alumni Association. The Traditional institution also rrecognizes her inestimable contribution to national development. Among her numerous chieftaincy title are: Yeye Moye of Remoland, Yeye Apesin of lperu, Aremo of ldarika-Iperu, aand Yeye Oba of Ilaye - Sagamu. She was given an Ambassador for Peace by Universal Peace Federation 2016, in recognition of the outstanding innovative leadership and contribution to National Peace in Nigeria. A renowned educationist, a philanthropist par excellence, a great achiever, the hope of the hopeless, a multiple award winner, a symbol of motherhood and an ambassador of peace and unity in Nigeria. Chief Mrs. Shoda is a fellow of the following professional bodies: Chartered Administrators and Researchers of Nigeria, Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies and Institute of Public Administration, Ghana.
Mrs. Nkechi Mba (National President, NCWS, 2011-2016)
Nkechi Mba hails from Imo State and attended St. Catherine’s Secondary School before heading to Westminster College, as well as Dublin, for her HND and returned to Nigeria in 1994.
Mrs. Mba has worked as an Air Hostess, a businesswoman, and a councilor both at home and abroad, as well as championed many charities and NGOs, notable among them, the WOTCLEF project of Titi Abubabkar, wife of the former Vice President. She joined NCWS eighteen years ago, before rising in the ranks to become National President.
Hajiya Ramatu Usman (National President, NCWS, 2006-2011)
Hon. Dr. Bolere Ketebu Nwokeafor (National President, NCWS, 2001-2006)
Mrs. Amina Esther Sambo (National President, NCWS, 1995-1997)
Born on April 13, 1943 to average parents, Amina Esther Sambo hails from Plateau State and attended Gindiri Boarding School, Gindiri between 1956 and 1959, after which she attended the Nurses Preliminary Training School, and was granted a Student Nurse Certificate. She put her nursing career on pause by taking up a number of jobs in broadcasting as well as finance.
Like her predecessor, Mrs. Amina was a member of Jamiy’yar Matan Arewa, earning a reputation for herself, and before long, found herself serving as the Secretary of the Kano branch of the J.M.A, and then launching herself unto the forefront of the NCWS, while holding a number of public service offices. She later became the Vice President of the Kano branch and in 1995, was elected as National President.
Hajiya Laila Dogonyaro (National President, NCWS, 1993-1995)
Laila Dogonyaro was born on December 10, 1944 in modern day Jigawa State to Rashid Swaheed and Binta Abubakar, both successful business people. Despite her Muslim upbringing, she attended St. Louis Primary School, Kano. She joined the Jamiy’yar Matan Arewa (or Northern Women’s Association) and subsequently represented the JMA at the NCWS.
Hajiya Laila was a staunch fighter for women’s equality and voting rights, a shrewd business woman, and an impressive strategist. She was the JMA General Secretary as well as the president of NCWS, Kaduna branch. She became the first Northern woman to become the National President of the Council after winning the election in1993.
Mrs. Emily Aig-Imuokhuede (National President, NCWS, 1988-1993)
Emily Aig-Imuokhuede was born in Edo state on October 27, 1941 to a grass root family with a modern upbringing. She attended St. Anne’s, an all-female missionary secondary school in Ibadan between 1954 and 1958. In ’59, she gained admission into the Nigerian college of Arts Science and Technology, before going on to the University College Ibadan, and graduating with honors in History.
She joined a number of activist and advocacy groups in school, which caught the eye of NCWS stalwarts like Opral Benson, who proposed the creation of the NCWS youth wing among younger women. She served on several committees, as well as Vice President and later, was elected National President in 1988.
Mrs. Hilda Adefarasin (National President, NCWS, 1984-1988)
Hilda Adefarasin was born on January 9, 1925 in Lagos to Mr. and Mrs. W.E Petgrave, who were originally from the West Indies and migrated to Nigeria at the turn of the century. She attended a private school at the Quarters where she lived, before proceeding to C.M.S Girl’s School Lagos from 1937 to 1940.
Mrs. Hilda became a registered Nurse in 1948 from the Nottingham General Hospital Nursing School, Nottingham, England after years of professional detours in her career trajectory. She married the late J.A Adefarasin in 1951, and took a break to focus on family till 1958 when she returned to nursing; her membership to the Professional Association of Trained Nurses saw her elected to represent the association at the National Council for Women’s Societies. She served on the Health Committee of the NCWS and also served as a treasurer for the organization, before going on to be elected Vice President under Justice Ifeyinwa. 1984 saw her run for and win the election to the post of National President of NCWS.
Justice (Mrs.) Ifeyinwa C. Nzeako (National President, NCWS, 1980 -1984)
Ifeyinwa Ezeako, though hailing from Anambra state, was born on October 23, 1936 in the present day Imo state. She attended Orafite Central School. Her sojourn out of the east began when her brother, Prof. Nwokolo took her with him to Ibadan after her primary education in 1950. There she was enrolled in St. Theresa’s College, after which she attended the Women’s Training College, Umuahia in 1956 for a brief period of five months.
For the next three years, Justice Ifeyinwa attended the College of Arts, Science and Technology and started to actively advocate for fellow young women, graduating in 1959, and gaining admission to study Law at the University of Ghana, Legon, from where she closely monitored the emergence of the little known group called NCWS. She would then return to be a full member, and attain the post of Vice President to then National President – Chief Mrs. Ronke Doherty after which she was elected to the position of National President.
Chief Mrs. Ronke Doherty (National President, NCWS, 1976-1980)
Ronke ‘Queenie’ Doherty was born on August 2, 1916 to Nathaniel and Eudora Williams in Lagos. She, like most of her contemporaries, attended the C.M.S Girls’ School, after which she attended Queens College. From there, she travelled to England in 1934 to attend the Southlands College, Wimbledon, and also did a diploma course at King’s College, London while concurrently undergoing a course in phonetics at the University of London. She returned to Nigeria and took up a job at her alma mater – C.M.S Girls’ School from 1939-1940. That same year, she married the late Richard Adeeyo Doherty, and moved with him to Ibadan. It was there her activism was birthed.
Mrs. Doherty joined a number of groups and associations upon arrival to Ibadan, some of which include the YWCA, the British Empire Leprosy Relief Association (BERLA), she then joined the NCWS and contested for and won the Ibadan branch presidency. Her hard work and ardor saw her attain the National Presidency in 1976.
Chief Mrs. Kofoworola Abeni Pratt (National President, NCWS, 1971-1976)
Like her namesake and predecessor, Kofoworola Abeni Pratt was born in 1913 to the late Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Scott. She attended Girls’ Secondary School (later CMS Girls’ School), Lagos, and attained a Teacher’s Diploma from UMC Teachers Training School, Ibadan. She then returned to CMS School as a teacher between 1936 and 1940.
In 1949, Mrs. Pratt went to the Nightingale School of Nursing, St. Thomas Hospital, London, received an Honors Certificate , then went on to receive other Nursing and Midwifery certifications from a number of reputable colleges. She returned to Nigeria in 1954, whereupon she worked at the University College Hospital, Ibadan taking up various posts until 1973 when she was appointed to the position of Commissioner for Health in the cabinet of the Lagos State Government. By now already an NCWS member, her fearlessness saw her head a team of NCWS volunteers who risked their lives at the Biafran front to tend to the wounded during the Civil War. Her tenaciousness saw her attain the post of National President while still holding various other positions and roles in various groups, associations, and organizations.
Dr. Mrs. Abimbola Awoliyi (National President, NCWS, 1964-1971)
Abimbola Awoliyi was born in Lagos, and gained her primary and secondary certificates from the prestigious Queens College, Lagos. Her parents instilled in her the virtues of cleanliness, godliness and compassion; traits that would see her excel in church and school as well as in her extracurricular activities as a Red Cross member and First Aid caregiver.
Mrs. Abimbola would go on to study medicine abroad, where her exposure to literature about great feminists like Helen Keller, Florence Nightingale, and Mary Slessor who overcame great adversity to champion the cause of women, stoked the fires of feminism and women’s empowerment. She returned to Nigeria to take up appointment as the first female gynecologist at the then Massey Street Hospital. This would be the stepping stone to her coming in contact with a lot of women, many of whom will later be NCWS members. When the Council was formed in 1958, Dr. Awoliyi was elected the first ever Lagos chapter president. Her steadfast membership would see her become elected to the National President position in 1964.
Lady Kofo Ademola (First National President, NCWS, 1958-1964)
Born in May 29, 1913 to the late Honorable Eric Moore and Late Mrs. Arabella Moore in Lagos, Lady Kofo started her primary education at the C.M.S School in Lagos, after which she enrolled into Portway College, in Reading, England. She further went to the former Saint Hughes College for girls to prepare for her entrance examination into Oxford University to study English and Education.
Her studies and indeed, her extended stay abroad gave her an insight to the level that women of the western world had attained in their struggle for self determination and freedom, thus largely informing her decision to return to Nigeria in 1935 to take up appointment as a tutor at Queens College, Lagos. From there, Lady Kofo went on to marry Sir Adetokunbo Ademola, whose job posted them to Warri. There, she formed the Warri Literary Circle in 1940. By mid 1940, she moved to Ibadan and with a legion of elite women, formed the NCWS in 1958, and was unanimously elected to the position of the Council’s premier National President.