Adesanya mourns death of first female Senator, Afegbua - The People's Voice


Monday, March 13, 2023

Adesanya mourns death of first female Senator, Afegbua

By Toyin Olotuyemi, Abeokuta

The Zonal South West Women Leader Chief Mrs Yetunde Shakira Adesanya as expressed displeasure over the death of the first elected female Senator, Mrs. Franca Afegbua who died at 80years old.

Adesanya described her as a very straight forward woman, saying her contributions to Nigeria and the womenfolk will never be forgotten.

She said, “I received the shocked news of the demise of Chief Franca Afegbua, Nigeria’s first elected female Senator of the federal republic of Nigeria on Sunday and she died at 80th years old.

“Senator Afegbua made history in October 1983 when she was elected to the Senate to represent the people of Bendel North on the platform of the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), defeating John Umolu of the Unity Party of Nigeria, the then ruling party in the defunct Bendel State.

She described her as a trailblazer and quintessential lawmaker who led the way in showing that women can participate in politics and make meaningful impacts.

“Although her tenure in the Senate was cut short by the return to military rule in December 1983, she spent the rest of her life being an active citizen, advocating adequate representation of women in politics and governance.

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