Professor Grace Alele-Williams dies @ 89.
Grace Alele-Williams (16 December 1932 – 25 March 2022) was a professor of mathematics education,who made history as the first Nigerianfemale vice-chancellor at the University of Benin and first Nigerian woman to receive a doctorate.
Early life and Education
Alele-Williams was born in Warri, Delta State, Nigeria. She attended Government School, Warri, Queen’s College, Lagosand the University College of Ibadan(now University of Ibadan). She obtained a master’s degree in mathematics while teaching at Queen’s School, Ede in Osun State in 1957 and her PhD degree in mathematics education at the University of Chicago (U.S.) in 1963, thereby making her the first Nigerian woman to be awarded a doctorate. She returned to Nigeria for a couple of years’ postdoctoral work at the University of Ibadan before joining the University of Lagos in 1965