Nigeria’s Sandie Okoro appointed first female chancellor of Birmingham University

A Nigerian, Sandie Okoro, has been appointed as the first female chancellor of Birmingham University in the United Kingdom (UK).

Celebrating Okoro on Thursday, the Labour Party (LP) chieftain, Peter Obi, said he is always thrilled by the remarkable achievements of fellow Nigerians who have continued to distinguish themselves on the global stage.

Obi said these exceptional personalities have continued to rise above their challenges and achieve greatness in different fields of endeavour.

“I would firstly love to celebrate a Nigerian-British lawyer, Sandie Okoro, who has just been appointed the new Chancellor of the University of Birmingham, and the first-ever woman to hold the admirable position,” he wrote on X. “She has, before now, held many highly placed positions, where she has continued to fight against injustice and promote equality in society.”

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Obi also celebrated another “cerebral Nigerian, Maureen Okam Achebe, a renowned novelist, who has just received the Brigham and Women’s Hospital 2024 Faculty Development and Diversity Award, which seeks to acknowledge the exceptional achievements of the awardees in clinical care, research, education, and community service.”

He congratulated both Okoro and Achebe for achieving these feats and for remaining good ambassadors of our dear nation, Nigeria.

“I once again like to celebrate them. As we navigate the present dark moments of our nation into the glorious dawn of a new Nigeria, we remain unwavering in our commitment to building a nation where our youths will, through hard work, excel in life and shine on the global stage. A new Nigeria is indeed possible and within reach,” the former governor of Anambra State added.

Meanwhile, Okoro is a prominent lawyer and equal rights activist who is the eighth chancellor of the University of Birmingham since it was founded in 1900.

“I am truly honoured and delighted to be appointed Chancellor,” Okoro said in a press release. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for me to give a little something back to the amazing University that has given so very much to me and my family.

“The wonderful University of Birmingham is the alma mater to three generations of the Okoros, my mum, me and my son. So my connection to it is very special indeed,” she said in the same press release.

“I have followed the University’s outstanding progress very closely since my days there as a student on a full grant back in the 1980s – its dedication to impactful research, its focus on creating an inclusive environment for talented, minority students and educational excellence are themes very close to my heart.”

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