Former President Obasanjo, Abdulsalami Abubakar honour Kale, OpenLife Nigeria reports
It was a high octane event the other day at the prestigious Agip Recital hall, The Muson Centre, Lagos as top military brass led by former President, Chief Olusegun Mathew Aremu Okikiolu Obasanjo, GCFR, honoured Nigeria Army’s first-ever female general, Major General Aderonke Kale, Ret’d.
The night was the occasion for the launch of an anthology of tributes written by revered Professor of Oral History, Professor Bolanle Awe to celebrate the impressive track records of General Aderonke Kale, ret’d, the woman who’s holding the record as the first-ever female general and Corps Commander of the Nigerian Army.
Other military top shots who attended the high flying event were General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.) GCFR, the Chief Launcher who was ably represented by one time Oyo State Military Administrator, Major General Oladayo Popoola ret’d, among others.
Also, as one of the guests of honour at the General Kale’s Book Launch was a popular economic policy expert, activist and erstwhile Education Minister, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili who reviewed the book.
In his words, the Chairman of the occasion, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, extolled the virtues of the first female general of the Nigerian Army for her undaunted effort to get to the top, “today, we’re celebrating somebody that’s worthy of being celebrated. I must say that, our society, especially the institution called the Nigerian Army is a male-dominated and chauvinistic environment.
“For General Kale, she didn’t get laid back being a female. She stood the test of time, compete, fought and remained resolute until she got to the top. I think that, in itself, is a great commendation”, Chief Obasanjo said.
The book, Major General Aderonke Kale (retd.) CFR mni-The First Nigerian Female General written by the Professor of Oral History, Prof. Bolanle Awe is on shelves at major bookshops across the country.
Further information on the book, including outright purchase, is available via 08099000753