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Aderonke Kale was a Nigerian army psychiatrist who became the first female major-general in the Nigerian Army. She rose to command the Nigerian Medical Corps.

CareerEdit

Aderonke Kale is a doctor of psychiatry and is a Yoruba.[1][2][3] She was a colonel and deputy commander of the Nigerian Army Medical Corps by 1990. She was later promoted to the rank of brigadier-general and in doing so became the first female general in West Africa.[2]

Kale was promoted to major-general in 1994 and became the first Nigerian woman to achieve that rank.[2][4] She was also the first female major-general in West Africa.[5] Her role was initially as chief phsyciatrist to the army.[2] Kale later became director of the entire Nigerian Medical Corps and was then Chief Medical Officer until 1996.[2][5] She retired in 1997.[6]

Kale had a son in 1975, Yemi Kale, who became statistician-general of Nigeria.[7] She provided land for the founding of the Bodija-Ashi Baptist Church in Ibadan.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Smith, Bonnie G. (2008) (in en). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Oxford University Press. p. 342. ISBN 9780195148909. https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=EFI7tr9XK6EC. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Discover Nigeria: Meet Nigeria's First Woman General". Connect Nigeria. 28 January 2014. http://www.connectnigeria.com/articles/2014/01/discover-nigeria-meet-nigerias-first-woman-general/. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  3. "Celebration Of Achievement Is Not Tribalism" (in en). Nigerian Voice. 14 August 2015. https://www.thenigerianvoice.com/news/188013/celebration-of-achievement-is-not-tribalism.html. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  4. "Metro - Nigeria Army Promotes 27 to Major-general, Woman makes List". Nigerian Bulletin. 13 December 2013. https://www.nigerianbulletin.com/threads/nigeria-army-promotes-27-to-major-general-woman-makes-list.27340/. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Suleiman, Tajudeen (7 September 2013). "The World of Female Soldiers". Tell Nigeria. https://tell.ng/world-female-soldiers/. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  6. "Itunu Hotonu - Nigeria's First Female Rear-Admiral". Global Media News Alert. http://globalmedianewsalert247.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/itunu-hotonu-nigerias-first-female-rear.html. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  7. "PROFILE: Kale, the statistician who broke a 24-year jinx to drag Nigeria closer to Vision 2020". The Cable. 21 October 2016. https://www.thecable.ng/profile-kale-the-statistician-who-broke-a-24-year-jinx-to-drag-nigeria-closer-to-vision-2020. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  8. "Our Church History". Bodija-Ashi Baptist Church. http://babcibadan.org/our-mission/. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 

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