Franca Afegbua




She was a beautician and an outstanding leader who joined politics with the agenda of transforming her community. Born on October 1943 in Kano, he was a native of Okpella – a town in Estako-east LGA of the old Bendel state, which is now divided into Edo and Delta states. The Edo-born beautician had her education in Kano, Kaduna, and Lagos states. She was said to own a hair care and massage salon in a shopping centre at Falomo in Ikoyi area of Lagos. She was a strong entrepreneur who won several beauty awards locally and internationally before the second republic. In 1977, she won an international hairstyling competition in London. She was elected the senator representing Bendel-north in October 1983 under the National Party of Nigeria in Nigeria’s second republic to become Nigeria's first female senator. Her political journey was, however, cut short as the military coup of December 1983 toppled the civilian government less than three months after she assumed office. Afegbua was introduced into politics by Joseph Tarka, a Nigerian politician from Benue state who served as a minister for transport and communications under Yakubu Gowon, former military head of state. In 1983, she started politics fully and contested the senatorial position of Bendel north under the National Party of Nigeria. She contested against John Omolu, a formidable politician and a trade unionist. Afegbua remained resolute despite the male dominance and canvassed votes through women and their organisations. She earned a slim victory in the election and defeated Omolu. She was then sworn in as the first elected female senator in Nigeria in October 1983.
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State of Origin: Edo
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March 12, 2023
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