History Made As Priscilla Ekwere Eleje Becomes The First Woman To Have Her Signature On The Naira Note

For the first time ever in Nigeria’s 59-year history, the signature of a Nigerian woman has been added on the Naira notes. Priscilla Ekwere Eleje made history by becoming the first woman to have her signature appended on the Naira notes, starting from the N1000.

This comes after Mrs Eleje who had been the acting director of currency and operations at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), was confirmed as the substantive director of the apex bank.

Interestingly, Mrs Eleje is also the first female director of currency in the history of Central Bank of Nigeria. She was reportedly confirmed Substantive Director of CBN on August 30, 2018.

A recently printed 1000 Naira note was shared online and it shows the signature of Mrs Priscilla Ekwere Eleje.

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Ladi Kwali, Nigeria’s renowned potter, has been the only woman on the N20 note in Nigeria’s history but Priscilla’s latest feat is another history made.

Before now, every Naira note in the country’s history has the face, name and signature of a man.

Insiders at CBN told TheCable that the governor of the bank, Godwin Emefiele, has been working to ensure more women come to the table.

So who is Priscilla Ekwere Eleje?

  • She is 1st Nigerian woman to have her signature on the Nigerian currency.
  • She is the first female Director of currency in the history of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
  • She is a psychology graduate of the University of Jos, Nigeria.
  • Mrs. Eleje is an alumna of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship programme in Banking and Management at Boston University, Massachusetts, USA.
  •  She is also a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).

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Big congratulations to this pacesetter!

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