ORBITUARY AMBASSADOR ADUKE ALAKIJA OFR

April 20 2016

Jaiyeola-Aduke-Alakija-OFR
Ambassador Jaiyeola Aduke Alakija OFR was born on the 29th of March 1921, in
Lagos to the family of Adeyemo Alakija a brilliant and reputable lawyer, She was
sent to England at barely the age 9years, qualified at the London, School of
Economics (University of London) with a Diploma. in Social Science and decided
to follow her father’s steps into the legal profession, qualified as a Barrister at
law of the Honourable Society of Middle Temple; London in 1952.
SHE HELD THE FOLLOWING POSITIONS
• First Woman Social Welfare Officer in. Nigeria.
• First Woman Executive Secretary Chamber of Commerce and Industry
• First Woman Honorary Secretary, Association of Chambers of Commerce
Industry & Mines of Nigeria.
• First Nigerian Assistant to the General Manager, Mobil Oil Nigeria Ltd in
Legal and Public Relations Department
PREFESSIONAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES
• Trustee and life President of Federal Society for the Blind
• Life member, (President – 1975 -1977) of International’ Federation of
Women Lawyers (FIDA) which she introduced to Nigeria. Honorary Life
President of FIDA International.
• Founder member and trustee of International Women’s Society (IWS) and
Legal Adviser of National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) for five
years.
• Trustee and Member of continuing Legal Education Association of
Nigeria (CLEAN).
OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS IN THE SERVICE OF THE NATION
• Delegate to the International Conference Vassar College USA, 1961
• Nigerian Delegate to the United Nations 1961, 1963, 1964 and 1965
• Nigerian Delegate, Speaker and Chair of Session of International
Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Conferences from 1966 – 1992
HONOURS AND AW ARDS
• Degree of Doctor of Laws (PhD) .Honoris Causa, Columbia University
USA,1964
• Nigerian National Honour of OFR (Officer of the Federal Republic, 2005)
Ambassador Aduke Alakija was a woman of strong character who grew old
gracefully and wisely. Her trademark was to correct bad behaviour, rudeness
and unjustified ignorance on the spot. She was very strict but humane and
generous.
She has directly and indirectly mentored many prominent Nigerian professional
and business, who today caM her “Auntie Aduke”. She was an inspiration to
many lawyers (male and female).
She is survived by ground children and great ground children.