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General News of Monday, 13 March 2023


Nigeria’s first female senator Afegbua dies at 79

Senator Franca Afegbua Senator Franca Afegbua

Senator Franca Afegbua, Nigeria's first female senator is dead.

This was confirmed by the Afegbua family in a statement on Sunday, March 12.

“The Afegbua family of Edo State has confirmed the demise of the first woman senator in Nigeria, Senator Franca Afegbua, whose sad event occurred this morning, Sunday, March 12, 2023. She combined beauty and brain during her service to Nigeria. Funeral details will be announced by the family soon,” the family said.

Senator Afegbua was elected to represent Bendel-north in October 1983 under the National Party of Nigeria in Nigeria’s second republic.

Afegbua, 79, was a native of Okpella, a town in Etsako-east LGA of old Bendel state, now split into Edo and Delta states.

Her political journey was, however, cut short as the military coup of December 1983 toppled the civilian government less than three months after she assumed office.