Meet Aderonke Kale, The First Female Major-General In The Nigerian Army


Aderonke Kale is a Nigerian army psychiatrist who became the first female major-general in the Nigerian Army. She rose to command the Nigerian Medical Corps.


Aderonke Kale is a doctor of psychiatry and is a Yoruba. She was a colonel and deputy commander of the Nigerian Army Medical Corps by 1990. She was later promoted to the rank of brigadier-general and in doing so became the first female general in West Africa.

Kale was promoted to major-general in 1994 and became the first Nigerian woman to achieve that rank. She was also the first female major-general in West Africa. Her role was initially as chief phsyciatrist to the army. Kale later became director of the entire Nigerian Medical Corps and was then Chief Medical Officer until 1996. She retired in 1997.

Kale had a son in 1975, Yemi Kale, who became statistician-general of Nigeria. She provided land for the founding of the Bodija-Ashi Baptist Church in Ibadan.

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