Tolulope who was aged 24, died in a road accident at Nigerian Airforce base in Kaduna after sustaining fatal head injuries. According to the Nigerian Air Force, she was “inadvertently hit by the reversing vehicle of an excited former Air Force secondary school classmate while trying to greet her” . She will be laid to rest with full military honours at the National Military Cemetery in the federal capital Abuja on 23 July 2020.
Asides late Tolupe Arotile who happens to be the Nigerian Airforce first female combat helicopter pilot, there are other women who have achieved great feats in the Military and are the first women to have done so.
Examples are Aderonke Kale of the Nigerian Army and Itunu Hotonu of the Nigerian Navy. Below we are going to take brief looks at their biographies and achievements.
Rear Admiral Itunu Hotonu was born on the 18th of January 1959. She is a Nigerian naval officer and architect who happens to be one of the first women officers in the Nigerian Navy. She is also amongst the first architects in the Nigerian Navy.
She has served as a staff college instructor here in Nigeria and abroad in Liberia. In December 2012, she became the first female admiral in Africa.
Itunu Hotonu is married to architect Abayomi Hotonu and together they have three children. She is a mentor to all naval female officers.
Going further, lets take a look at Aderonke Kale who happens to be in the Nigerian Army.
Aderonke Kale is another woman made history in the Nigerian military. She is a Nigerian Army psychiatrist who became the first female major-general in the Nigerian Army. She rose through the Army ranks to command the Nigerian Army Medical Corps.
Although details of her husband aren't available on social media, Aderonke Kale has a son whom she gave birth to in 1975, his name is Yemi Kale and he went ahead to became statistician-general of Nigeria.
Aderonke Kale is a great woman, she is very humble and is a humanitarian. She is the one who provided land for the founding of the Bodija-Ashi Baptist Church in Ibadan, Oyo state.
The integration of women fully into the Nigerian Military at all levels is a good thing for our ladies and an opportunity for them to prove they're capable of anything they set their hearts on. These women I mentioned above are rare gems who have paved the way for other female military officers to follow.
It is indeed painful to lose one of them in the person of Arotile Tolulope. Our heart felt condolences goes to her Family, we pray God gives them the fortitude to bear this great loss.
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