Aloma Mariam Mukhtar was appointed as the Chief Justice of Nigeria in July 2013. On that day, she made history as the first ever female Chief Justice in Nigeria.
Aloma Mariam’s story is particularly inspiring. Making history as first female Chief Justice is just one of the amazing things about her. Let’s look at three others.
She is a woman of many firsts
She holds a distinction of being the first female at different stages of her career
• She was the first female lawyer in the North
• The female judge of the High Court in Kano State judiciary (at 32, she was the youngest female judge in the country)
• The first female justice of the Court of Appeal of Nigeria
• The first female justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and
• Finally, the first female Chief Justice of Nigeria
She almost lost the position but she stood her
Few months before she was appointed as the Chief Justice in Nigeria, she was nominated by the Nigerian Government, on the advice of the National Judicial Council, for secondment to The Gambia. She was supposed to become that country’s Chief Justice. It is reported that she turned it down because she realized she would lose the opportunity to make history as Nigeria’s first female Chief Justice. She got what she wanted.
She is Independent and strong-willed
In a country where women are just beginning to stand tall in different facets of the economy, Justice Aloma was hailed by her colleagues as been independent and strong-willed. It is these attributes of hers that properly position her to pull her weight in reforming the judiciary.
Even when during her climb she was denied promotion and was bypassed several times for junior male colleagues, she never let herself get broken. According to her “I took it in my stride and continued to work”
Justice Aloma Mariam Mukhtar retired in 2014 when she reached the mandatory retirement age of 70.