The National Coordinator of Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, Comrade Chief Sheriff Mulade, has joined the Itsekiri Nation to mourn the death of the great female mathematician and first female Vice Chancellor in Nigeria, Prof. Grace Alele-Williams. Her death was announced on Friday March 25, 2022, via the WhatsApp platform of Queen's College, Lagos, her Alma Mata.
While consoling the family of the deceased, Chief Mulade said Prof. Grace Alele-Williams was a role model to many people, judging from her academic excellence and good character. He said her dexterity brought pride and respect to the Itsekiri Nation, Delta State and Nigeria in general.
Chief Mulade who is also the Ibe-sorimowei of Gbaramatu Kingdom, Warri South West, LGA, Delta State, said Prof. Grace Alele Williams was a gender barrier breaker in educational development as one of the best mathematicians recorded in history.
Chief Mulade encouraged Nigerians to emulate her good qualities, character, and hospitality. While praying for God’s protection over the family and Itsekiri Nation, Comrade Mulade asked God to grant them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Prof. Grace Alele William was born on December 16, 1932, in Warri Delta State. She attended Government School, Warri; Queen’s College, Lagos and the University College, Ibadan, now the University of Ibadan.
She was a great mathematician and made history by becoming the first female doctoral degree holder in mathematics in Nigeria, and also the first female Vice-chancellor at the prestigious University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin City, Edo State.