Death: Former First Lady Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi dead at 98

Victoria Nwanyocha Ajiyi Elonsi, wife of the former first lady of Nigeria and former military head of state Johnson Umonaquin Ajiyi Elonsi, has died at the age of 98.

Sad to learn of the passing of the wives of two great Nigerian leaders, Lady Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, wife of former military Head of State (Jan-July 1966) Gen. Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi, and lady Adamma Michael Okpara, wife of former Premier of the Eastern Region Dr. Michael Okpara, both aged 97. May their souls rest in perfect peace. I offer my deep condolences to the Ironsi and Okpara families.These women went through a lot in support of their great husbands. Supportive wives to men in positions of political leadership play important but often unsung roles

Kingsley Moghalu

Former First Lady Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi dies at 98

Ms Ironsi passed away at 5:00 am on Monday, the same day that her elderly partner, a friend and wife of former Prime Minister Adama Okpala of eastern Nigeria, passed away.

She was born on November 21, 1923.

In 1953, when she was only 16 years old, she married Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi (Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi), when she was studying at the Holy Rosary Monastery School in Okigwe, and from January 16, 1966 to 1966 she became the second First Lady of Nigeria on July 29, 2005.

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