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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.


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]


  1. Smith, Bonnie G. (2008) (in en). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Women in World History. Oxford University Press. p. 342. ISBN 9780195148909. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "Discover Nigeria: Meet Nigeria's First Woman General". Connect Nigeria. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  3. "Celebration Of Achievement Is Not Tribalism" (in en). Nigerian Voice. 14 August 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  4. "Metro - Nigeria Army Promotes 27 to Major-general, Woman makes List". Nigerian Bulletin. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Suleiman, Tajudeen (7 September 2013). "The World of Female Soldiers". Tell Nigeria. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  6. "Itunu Hotonu - Nigeria's First Female Rear-Admiral". Global Media News Alert. 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. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 
  8. "Our Church History". Bodija-Ashi Baptist Church. Retrieved 29 November 2017. 

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