Meet Nigeria’s first female Ph.D holder and vice chancellor

Ever wondered who the first female Ph.D holder and first female Vice chancellor was in Nigeria?

Well, meet Professor Grace Alele Williams. She was the first woman in Nigeria to get a Ph.D and Nigeria’s first female Vice chancellor.

Professor Grace Williams is a distinguished Emeritus Professor of Mathematics.

Former Nigeria’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural development and the President of African development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina described the woman in such a great manner. See his post below:

“So glad to see Professor Grace Alele Williams: first Nigerian woman to get a PhD. Nigeria’s first female Vice Chancellor. A distinguished Emeritus Professor of Mathematics! She broke all barriers, all the concrete ceilings. A great role model for girls, boys, women and men! 💕👍”

People were very happy to finally see her and as such commented. See comments below:


“What we require seriously is to find people of high pedigree and showcase them for the younger generation to emulate. Our society is in dire need of positive role models. It is a subject of national emeregency.”

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“Yea yea… She is also a product of Queen’s College Yaba Lagos. she is indeed a Queen all round 👐”


“Sad to ve always read about Prof Alele Williams from my childhood but never knew what she looked like. Thanks for giving us this CLASSIC PICTURE sir. Nigerian history/schools can do better. Mama is one of our best treasure, & hope d govt can celebrate her more while she is ere”


“Professor Grace Alele-Williams’ signature is on my Bachelor of Science degree award from the University of Benin. Happy to see that she is alive and thriving. We hold her in very high esteem. Best wishes to Professor Grace Alele-Williams”

2 thoughts on “Meet Nigeria’s first female Ph.D holder and vice chancellor

  1. I hope ladies of nowadays would imbibe Professor Alele Grace exemplary principles and be whatever they want to be irrespective of the negative constraint that arises even as a feminine figure in the nation.
    All thanks to loaded information for these piece.

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