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The First Lady of Nigeria, Mrs. Flora Azikiwe and Alhaji Sule Kolo, Schipol Airport – April, 1965.

About Mrs. Flora Azikiwe:-

Flora Ogbenyeanu Ogoegbunam Azikiwe (7 August 1917 – August 1983) was the first wife of Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria. She served as the first First Lady of Nigeria from 1 October 1963 to 16 January 1966.

Ogoegbunam was born in Onitsha, a city in present-day Anambra State to Chief Ogoegbunam, the Adazia of Onitsha (Ndichie Chief) from Ogboli Agbor Onitsha. She met Nnamdi Azikiwe there in 1934, and the two were married on 4 April 1936. Their wedding was held in James Town, Accra, Gold Coast (present-day Ghana) where her husband was working as the editor of African Morning Post at the time.

Ogoegbunam was a member of the Eastern Working Committee of the National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC). She was the first Patron of the Home Science Association (HSA), formerly known as Federal Home Science Association.On August 1983, she died. She and her husband had one daughter and three sons

About Alhaji Sule Kolo:-

Alhaji Sule Kolo was born in Jos of the old plateau on the 11th of August 1926. After his primary and secondary education, Sule Dede Kolo joined the League of Northern pioneers to receive full university education. He read and graduated with a Bsc. Degree from London School of Economics and Political Science U.K.

On his return to Nigeria, he joined the Civil Service and rose through the ranks until he became Permanent Secretary in the federal Ministry of Defence. Within 1963 and 1966, he was moved to the Federal Ministry of Trade in the same capacity and served there during the Nigerian crises period. During this period, Alhaji Sule Kolo was drafted into the Foreign Service and was appointed Nigerian Permanent Representative to the European office of the United Nations in Geneva in 1966. In the same period, he was appointed Ambassador to Switzerland and accredited to Austria and Turkey between 1966 and 1974.The tested and reliable diplomat was moved to London as Nigerian High Commissioner to the U.K. and Ambassador to Ireland from 1970 – 1975. He also served as the chairman, General Agreement of Tariffs and Trade (GATT); Director International Atomic Energy Association (LAEA) in 1969, and Fellow, Royal Society of Arts(RSA).

Back home and after retirement, Alhaji Sule Kolo became the president of Plateau State Chambers of Commerce.

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