BREAKING: Tears as Nigeria’s 1st Female Senator Franca Afegbua Dies

BREAKING: Tears as Nigeria’s 1st Female Senator Franca Afegbua Dies

  • It's a national loss for Nigeria as Senator Franca Afegbua died in the early hours of Sunday, March 12
  • Afegbua whose death was announced by her family is the first female senator in the most populous country in Africa
  • The funeral details of the deceased former lawmaker will soon be made public, according to her family

Edo state - Franca Afegbua, the first female senator in Nigeria, has died, according to a statement released b the Afegbua family on Sunday, March 12.

Afegbua, 79, was a native of Okpella, a town in Etsako-east LGA of old Bendel state (now split into Edo and Delta states).

Senator Franca Afegbua/Nigeria's First Female Senator
Franca Afegbua, the first female senator in Nigeria, has died. Photo credits: @PLACNG, @thecableng
Source: Twitter
“The Afegbua family of Edo state has confirmed the demise of the first woman senator in Nigeria, Senator Franca Afegbua, whose sad event occurred this morning, Sunday, March 12, 2023. She combined beauty and brain during her service to Nigeria. Funeral details will be announced by the family soon,” TheCable quoted the family as saying.

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Who is Franca Afegbua? gathers that Franca Afegbua was elected the senator representing Bendel-north in October 1983 under the National Party of Nigeria (NPN) in Nigeria’s Second Republic.

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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.

Speaking on how she was able to clinch her senatorial seat at a time the Nigerian political space was largely dominated by men, Afegbua said in a 2022 interview.

Senator Patrick Osakwe dies at 73 in London hospital

In another report, a former senator who represented Delta North senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Patrick Osakwe, died in 2022.

Ossai Ovie Success, a media aide to Delta state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa announced the death of Osakwe on his Facebook page on Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

“We just lost Senator Patrick Osakwe. My condolence to his family and Ndokwa nation. Senator Osakwe died at London hospital this evening at the age of 73. Patrick Enebeli Osakwe was a Nigerian senator who represented Delta North Senatorial District in Delta state," he wrote.


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