Worldwide Guide to Women in Leadership
The Federal Republic of Nigeria (Female Suffrage 1954, in the North men only until 1977) The former British Colony became independent 1960 and a republic 1963 

Also see Nigeria Heads

1960-63 Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Nigeria and of Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth (01.10-01-10)
Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland since 1952

1979-83/84 Minister of National Planning Chief Adenike Ebun Oyagbola
Ambassador to Mexico and
Central America around 2003.

1979-83 Minister of State of Internal Affairs Chief Janet Akinrinade

1979-85 Minister of State of Internal Affairs Nwanyidirimkeziah K.A. Asinobi

1982 Minister of State of Education Elizabeth Afadzwana Ivasse
1983-85 Deputy Minister of Education

1993 Minister of Culture Yohanna ...

1993 Minister of Trade Bola Kuforiji-Oluba

1993 Secretary of State for States and Local Government Emily Aig-Imoklurede

1993-95 Minister of Establishment Managemet Service Mobolaji Osmo

1993-95 Minister of State in Charge of Agriculture Ada Adoyu

1995-97 Minister of Women's Affairs and Social Welfare Judith Sefi Attah
Ambassador to UNESCO 1982-86, Permanent Secretary of Science and Technology 1986-87, Director General of the Foreign Ministry 1987-90 and Ambassador to Italy, Greece and Cyprus 1990-95.

1995-97 Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory Mariam T. Clark

1995-97 Minister of State of Education Iyabode Anisulowo

1997 Minister of National Planning Chief Adenike Ekun Oyagbola

1997-99 Minister of Industries Chief M. Onikepo Akande

1997-98 Minister of Women’s Affairs Haju Sani

1998 Minister of State of Education Rose Adunike

1998-99 Minister of Women’s Affairs Dr. Laraba Gambo Abdullahi
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuha from 1999.

1999 Minister of State of Federal Capital Territory Princess A.O. Oguneye

1999 Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Information Grace Enang Archibong (May-July)
Appointed Permanent Secretary and was Acting Minister till the appointment of the new cabinet.

1999 Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Employment, Labour and Productivity I. Asugha (May-July)

1999 Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Transport A. Pepple (May-July)
2003 Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources

1999-2000 Minister of Transport Dr. Kema Chikwe
2000-03 Minister of Aviation

1999-2001 Minister of State of Defence Dupe Adelaja
2001-2002 Minister of State of Defence  for the Navy
2002-03 Minister of Solid Minerals

1999-2000 Minister of State of Solid Minerals Dr. Becky Ketebu-Igwe
2000-01 Minister of Women’s Affairs

1999-03 Minister of State of Science and Technology Pauline Tallen

1999 Appointed Minister of State of Women’s Affairs and Youth Development Haijya Na’ajatu Mohamed
Replaced by Aisha Ismael within days after her appointment

1999 Minister of State of Women’s Affairs and Youth Development Hajiya Aishat Ismael
1999-2000 Minister of Women’s Affairs and Youth
2001-03 Minister of Women’s Affairs
Commissioner of Social Development in the Kano State 1990-92. Born as Hishatu Mohammed Sani (b. 1956-)

1999 Candidate-Minister Joy Emordi
The Senate rejected her and the other candidate-ministers nominated by the newly elected President for various reasons.

1999 Candidate-Minister Salome Audu

1999 Candidate-Minister Dr. Kemafo Nony

1999 Candidate-Minister Hajiya Khairat Abdulrasaq

2000-03 Minister of State of Health Dr. Amina Ndalolo
The senate had turned down her candidature for a ministerial post in 1999.

2001-03 Minister of Culture and Tourism Boma Bromillow Jack

2002-03 Vice-Minister of Water Resources Precious Ngelale

2003 Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Commerce Ammuna L.I. Alli
Permanent Secretary and acted during the transition-period until the new administration was appointed.

2003 Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Justice T.O. Akerele

2003 Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Police Affairs Grace Archibong

2003 Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Salaries and Wages A.M. Rifao

2003 Acting Head of the Service L.N. Asugba
Permanent Secretary to the Office of the Head of the Service, and acted during the transition-period.

2003-06 Minister of Finance Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
2003-06 Head of the Economic Reform Team
2006 Minister of Foreign Affairs
2011- Minister of Finance
and Coordinating Minister of Economy
Former Vice-President of  the World Bank and Corporate Secretary. When she was appointed Foreign Affairs in June 2006, she continued as the  Head of the Economic Reform Team, but resigned from the government after being fired from this post in August.

2003-05 Minister for Women Affairs Rita Akpan 

2003-05 Minister of Housing and Urban Development Chief Mobolaji Osomo 

2003-06 Minister of State of Finance Nenadi Esther Usman
2006-07 Minister of Finance

2003-05 Minister of State for Education Hajia Binta Musa

2003-04 Minister of State for Women's Affairs and Youth Development Princess Olufunke Adedoyin
2004-05 Minister of State of Health
Unmarried and mother of a daughter.

2005-06 Minister of Solid Minerals Obiageli Catherine Ezekwesili
2006-07 Minister of Education
Former Senior Special Assistant to the President on Budget Monitoring and Due Process. Known as "Obi".

2005-06 Minister of Education Chief Chinwe Nora Obaji

2005-06 Minister of State for Education
Maryam Ciroma
2006-07 Minister of Women and Youth

2005 and 2006-07 Minister of State for Health Halima Tayo-Alao
2007-08 Minister of Environment and Housing

2005-06 Minister of State for Health Chief Helen Udoka Esuene
2006-07 Minister of Environment

2005-06 Minister of State for Environment Dr. Grace Ogwuche
2006-06 Minister of State for Education
2006-07 Minister of
Inter-governmental Affairs, Special Duties and Youth Development

2006-07 Minister of State for Water Resources Chief Salome Jakanda

2006 Minister-Designate Prof. Elsie Opara
Mentioned as a new minister in the 2006-reshuffle, but was apparently not sworn in.

2006-07 Minister of Foreign Affairs Joy Ogwu
Ambassador to the United Nations from 2008.

2007 Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources Ama Pepple
The Permanent Secretary, she acted until the new administration took office after the presidential elections. The Permanent Secretary for Water Project in the Ministry is E.O. Okeke

2007 Acting Chief Executive of the Ministry of Environment and Housing Ammuna Lawan-Ali
L
ater Permanent Secretary of Information.

2007 Acting Minister of Mines and Steel Development G.T. Nwachukwu

2007 Acting Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Dr. Safiya Mohammed
Permanent Secretary of Environmet until. 2009.

2007-08 Minister of Science and Technology Grace Ekpiwhre
2008 Acting Minister of Women Affairs
2008-10 Minister of State for Works and Housing

2007-08 Minister of Transportation Diezani K. Alison-Madueke
2008-11 Minister of Mine and Steel Development
2010-  Minister of Petroleum Resources


2007-08 Minister of Women Affairs Saudatu Usman Bungudu

2007-08 Minister of Health Adenike Grange

2007-08 Minister of State for Defence Fidelia Akuabata Njeze
2008-09 Minister of State of
Agriculture and Water Resources
2009-10 Minister of State of Works
2010-11 Minister of Aviation

2007-08 Minister of State of Energy in charge of Power Fatimah Balaraba Ibrahim

2007-10 Minister of State for Education Aishatu Jibril Dukku

2008-11 Minister of Information and Communications Dora Akunyili

2008-10 Minister of Women Affairs S.H. Sulaiman

2010 Acting Minister of Interior Dr. Dere Josephine Ajorisedere Awosika

2010 Acting Minister of Transport E.A. Abebe

2010 Acting Minister of Petroleum Elizabeth B. Emuren

2010 Acting Minister of Youth Development Anne Ene-Ita

2010 Acting Minister of Women Affairs  I.A. Kuta

2010-13 Minister of Education Prof. Ruqayyatu A. Rufa'i

2010-11 Minister of Women Affairs Josephine Anenih. 

2010-11 Minister of State of Commerce and Industry Josephine Tapgun 

2011 Designate Minister Lady Ada Okwuanu
Deputy Governor of the Imo State 2007-11

2011- Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development Zainab Maina
(b. 1948-)

2011-14 Minister of Aviation Stella Oduah-Ogiemwonyi

2011-13 Minister of Land and Urban Development Ama Pepple

2011-13 Minister of Environment Hadiza Mailafia

2011-14 First Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Viola Adaku Onwuliri
2013-14 Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs
2014- Minister of State of Education
Appointed Acting Foreign Minister after the former minister was removed from office. Professor and Deputy Gubernational Candidate in the Imo State (b. 1957-)

2011-13 Minister of State Defence Olusola Obada


2011-12 Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs Zainab Ibrahim-Kuchi
2012-13 Minister of State for Power

2011- Minister of State of the Federal Capital Territory Olajumoke Akinjide

 

 

Last update 24.11.14