Dr Iphigenia Efunjoke Coker is a Nigerian foremost educationist and the first indigenous principal of Queen's College, Yaba, Lagos. She is the 9th principal of the prestigious college.
She is also an old student of the college and the longest-serving principal (1963-1977).
Coker, 95, has been described by old students of the college as hard-working and honest, revered for her selfless service and love.
The president of Queen’s College Old Students Association, Dr Funmi Ajose, described the 95-year-old woman as a role model to her students who emulated her values to attain success in their various careers.
Coker was in 1979 conferred with the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).
In 2016, Coker clinched the highly exalted 2016 KARIS award. At the awards ceremony, Mike Igbokwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said Coker "transformed Queen’s College, Lagos into that premier school for girls in Nigeria, training the girls to become ladies and installing, with a very firm but loving hand, the values of integrity, hard work, honesty and respect."
"The lessons that she ingrained in her students continue to propel and inspire them. Her impact is visible in their collective success. Some have won both national and international awards. They are are at the forefront of their fields with some becoming household names due to their high profile political positions,” Igbokwe added.
After retirement, Coker has served as a member of the governing council of both the University of Ibadan and the Yolanda Polytechnic.
She also served as president of the Zonta International Club of Lagos, president of the Red Cross Society in Lagos state, and so on.
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The prestigious college was established by King Henry VI in 1440 in Berkshire town and is regarded as "an exclusively royal institution in England built by royalty".
It was"designed to produce pupils for leadership positions" and widely described as "Britain's best known private school".
The school boasts of an impressive list of alumni including Karl Marx, the famous economist and philosopher, David Cameron, former UK prime minister, George Orwell, author of Animal Farm and 1984, and Boris Johnson, the current prime minister of the UK and former mayor of London.
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