Super Falcons Assistant Coach Maureen Madu has made the list of 23 prominent Nigerian Women to be inducted into the Nigerian Women Hall of Fame at a ceremony scheduled to take place in Abuja on June 27.
A list of the inductees showed that Madu was selected for being the first Nigerian female coach to manage a top club in Europe.
She was also listed among the inductees for being the first female Nigerian to make 100 appearances for women’s national team.
Speaking in an interview ahead of the investiture today, Coach Mmadu expressed her delight on the recognition and added that it would spur her to do more for her motherland. She expressed appreciation to the organisers for finding her worthy of the induction and encouraged all women to continue to do their best in their various endeavours because someday, their stars will shy for global recognition.
“I was so happy, and it shows that Nigeria really recognise their legends and our services too. I really thank God over this gesture. I never expected it.
“It means a lot to me and my family and it also shows me that hard work, dedication, and focus is the key, and also made me to know that doing your best without waiting for anyone to push you is the best way on life
“The recognition was based on my being the first African woman to coach a top team in Europe and also my 101 caps in the national team too. And my hard work and focus in what I do in life
“Nigeria women They shouldn’t relent in whatever they are doing, they should continue doing their best, one day, their effort will ring bell in the country and beyond.
“I want to thank the organisers for this wonderful award and recognition, because this will propel others to keep working hard, and I pray that God will continue to bless them and give them wisdom to carry on
“The induction will make us to do and raise the name of the country high and also be good ambassador of our great country wherever we are, and they will also know that Nigeria is watching them and follow their work. I will also advise Nigerians to be good ambassador of this our great country,” she said.
Prominent Nigerian women on the list are Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, first female to win senatorial seat in three consecutive parliaments and Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa who is the first female president of court of appeal.
Others are Mrs Folorunsho Alakija, the richest female of African descent; Flight Lt. Blessing Liman, first female Nigerian Military Pilot, and Prof. Adenike Osofisan, first woman to obtain Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science.
Dr Stella Adadevoh, Physician who curbed a wider spread of Ebola virus by quarantining a Liberian, Patrick Sawyer, in spite pressure, also made the list.
Adadevoh lost her life in the process.
The Nigerian Women Hall of Fame was established as a national repository to document and celebrate every success that has been or achieved by Nigerian women and young girls, considering the difficulties they encountered to attain their status.
Late Prof. Dora Akunyili and former Minister of Finance Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala are among notable Nigerian women etched in marble at the NCWD. (NAN)