First female Director of Currency Operations at the CBN – Priscillia Eleje. Ever since the institution of the official Nigerian currency, no female signature has ever been on the Naira note until Priscilla Ekwere Eleje broke the record and made history. For the first time in Nigeria’s history, the signature of a woman, goes on the naira note.
Priscilla Ekwere Eleje has become the first Nigerian woman to ever have her signature on the 1000 naira note. The new naira notes will bear her signature and that of Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
This innovative moment occurs 59 years after the Nigerian currency was created. Priscilla Ekwere Eleje was confirmed on August 30, 2018, and currencies printed afterwards would carry her signature.
Whereas Ladi Kwali, Nigeria’s foremost potter, is the only woman on the Naira, taking a spot at the back of the N20 note.
Sarah Alade was the closest woman to this accomplishment by becoming the deputy governor of the CBN after as she was selected as the head of fiscal analysis division of the CBN at the turn of the millennium.
Sarah Alade, who was though the acting governor at that time, became the very first female governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and retired on March 22, 2017. Aishah Ahmed was made to replace Sarah Alade in 2018