Friday, 20 March 2009

Madam Mary Okezie


Madam Mary Okezie (1906-1999) was the first Ngwa woman to gain Western education, and was teaching at the Anglican Mission School in Umuocham Aba in 1929 when the women's revolt broke out. Although she did not participate in the revolt, Madam Okezie was very sympathetic to the women's cause.

She was the only woman who submitted a memo of grievance to Aba Commission of Inquiry (sent in 1930). Today, the major primary source for studying the revolt is the Report of the Aba Commission of Inquiry. After the revolt, Madam Okezie emerged as a leader of Ngwa women, founding the Ngwa Women's Association, and working for her entire life to support women's rights in Nigeria.

Source: Wiki, West African Review

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