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RIP Maryam Babangida

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The social Networking sites are increasingly becoming medium of getting breaking news.

Late Maryam Babangida (Courtesry BLF)

I get to know of some important breaking news from them nowadays more than I get from the mainstream media.

I was shocked to read from one of my friends post on Facebook that our amiable former first lady Maryam Babangida has passed away.

I first of all though it to be another myth, as there have been many rumours before about her passing away, but always turned out to be false.

Checking further, I realised that indeed this time around it is the bitter truth.

She died in a hospital in the United states.

Maryam in brief

According to a press statement from the Babangida family, “Maryam passed on early this morning at the age of 61, after a protracted illness.”

“The former chairperson of the Better Life for Rural Women during her husband’s years in office had been hospitalised at University of California Los Angele’s (UCLA) Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Centre in Los Angeles, United States.” The statement added.”

“Born on November 1, 1948, she had fairly humble beginnings in her hometown of Asaba where she received part of her early education before moving up North to Queen Amina College, Kaduna for her Secondary education. She went on to graduate as a Secretary at the Federal Training Centre, Kaduna and later obtained a diploma in secretaryship from Laselle University, Chicago, USA as well as a Certificate in Computer Science from the NCR Institute, Lagos.”

“On September 6, 1969, two months before her 21st Birthday, she got married to Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (then a Major). Their marriage has been blessed with four children: 2 boys, Mohammed and Aminu and two girls, Aisha and Halima.”

In a radio profile of her I compiled for the BBC Hausa, I wrote that Maryam was the first First Lady that nurtured and developed the office of First Lady in Nigeria.

She brought glamour and relevance to the office. A style icon and champion of women especially those in the rural area.

Rest in peace Maryam.

Written by danmakaranta

December 27, 2009 at 1:45 am

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