Priscilla Ekwere Eleje was the first woman to have her signature appended on the Nigerian 1000 naira note. She is the first Director of Currency Operations in the Central Bank of Nigeria.
For the first time since the adoption of the Naira by the Nigerian Government, the signature of a woman appeared on the Naira note. Becoming the first female Director of Currency in the history of Nigeria is a great feat for Mrs Eleje. Interestingly, Mrs Eleje broke this record exactly 61 years after the introduction of the Nigerian currency.
Below are some achievements she has experienced in her lifetime:
- Eleje has served as the Acting Director of Currency And Operations at the Central Bank of Nigeria.
- She was confirmed as the substantive director of the apex bank in August 2018.
- Eleje is the first woman to have her signature appended on the Nigerian currency.
- She is a graduate of psychology from the University of Jos (UNIJOS).
- She is an alumnus of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey fellowship program.
- Eleje has completed her degree in Banking and Management at Boston University, Massachusetts, USA.
- More so, Eleje is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
On the other hand, Ladi Kwali (1925 - 1984) the woman on the twenty naira notes was born in the village of Kwali, Gwari region of Northern Nigeria, where pottery was a common occupation among women.
She was so skilled that her work was in Europe, Britain and America. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, her work was displayed in London at the Berkeley Galleries.
She became Nigeria’s best and well known potter, was awarded a decoration and was made MBE (The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) in 1963 despite not having formal education.
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