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FIRST WOMEN: First Nigerian Woman To Become A Governor


Virginia Ngozi Etiaba made history as the first female Governor of Anambra State.

She was sworn-in after the then-governor, Peter Obi, was impeached by the state legislature for alleged gross misconduct.

Virginia was governor from November 2006 to February 2007, after which she handed over power back to Peter Obi when an appeal court nullified the impeachment.

Born on the 11th of November 1942, Virginia had her primary school education in Kano, before proceeding to Gombe State, for her Teachers Training programme.

She holds qualifications that include the National Certificate of Education, Bachelor of Education (Hon.) and a Certificate in Information Technology.

For 35 years, she worked as a teacher and headed several schools in Kafanchan, Aba, Port Harcourt, and Nnewi.

She retired from the services of the Anambra State Government in 1991 and founded the Bennet Etiaba Memorial Schools, Nnewi. In March 2006, she resigned to assume the position of the Deputy Governor of Anambra State.

Etiaba is the only person who served as deputy governor, governor and then deputy governor again, in the same administration.

She was a member of many associations and a mother of six children.

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