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First Lady Celebrates First Nigerian Female Graduate of UK Military Academy

First Lady Celebrates First Nigerian Female Graduate of UK Military Academy 

First Lady Oluremi Tinubu hosted 2nd Lt. Oluchukwu Owowoh, the first female Nigerian alumna of the United Kingdom’s Sandhurst Military Academy, on Monday.

At the age of 24, Owowoh participated in the Sovereign’s Parade in London with 134 other Officer Cadets, capping 44 weeks of intense training as a member of Commissioning Course 232. This information was first revealed by PUNCH in April.

According to a statement released on Monday and signed by Kukoyi Busola, the First Lady’s Senior Special Assistant on Media, Mrs. Tinubu praised Owowoh for her exceptional performance and perseverance during her training, calling her a role model for young Nigerians.

The statement quoted the First Lady as saying, “Your determination and resilience are quite remarkable, and you are an inspiration to the youth of this country. As a woman, the first who has made a mark in a male-dominated field, I salute you.

“This is just the beginning. You are now a reference point for all Nigerian youths. If you remain focused and positive, you will reach your goal in life.”

The First Lady was also said to have requested the presence of the wife of the Vice President, the wife of the Speaker, wives of ministers, wives of Service Chiefs and members of the Armed Forces of Nigeria to give a standing ovation to 2nd Lt. Owowoh.

According to Maj. Gen. OJ Ochai, the Commandant of the Nigerian Defence Academy, “Owowoh was the best of the 200 selected cadets from the NDA,” according to the release.

He said that academics, military disciplines, and physical fitness were her three strong points.

“Upon her return to the country, she was assigned to the Nigerian Military Intelligence Unit,” the statement added. 

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