Grace Alele-Williams

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Grace Alele-Williams (born December 16, 1932) made history as the first nigeriann woman to become the head (vice-chancellor) of a Nigerian university, the University of Benin.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Warri, Alele-Williams attended Government School, Warri, and Queen's College, Lagos. She attended the University College (now the University of Ibadan), the University of Vermont (U.S.). and the University of Chicago (U.S.).[2]

Academic career[edit]

Her teaching career started at Queen’s School, Ede Osun State, where she was mathematics master from 1954 until 1957.[4] She left for the University of Vermont to become a graduate assistant and later assistant professor. Between 1963 and '65, Alele-Williams was a post doctoral research fellow, department (and institute) of Education, University of Ibadan from where she was appointed a professor of mathematics at the University of Lagos in 1976.[2]

By serving in various committees and boards, Alele-Williams had made useful contributions in the development of education in Nigeria. She was chairman of the curriculum review committee, former Bendel State 1973-1979.[citation needed] From 1979-1985, she served as chairman of the Lagos State Curriculum Review Committee and Lagos State Examinations Boards.[5]

Alele-Williams was a member of governing council, UNESCO Institute of Education.[citation needed] She is also a consultant to UNESCO and Institute of International Education Planning.[6][7] For a decade (1963–73) she was a member of the African Mathematics Programme, located in Newton, Massachusetts, United States.[2] She was also vice-president of the World Organisation for Early Childhood Education and later president of the Nigerian chapter.[citation needed] Alele-Williams has published a book titled Modern Mathematics Handbook for Teachers. After serving as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Benin, she joined the board of directors of Chevron-Texaco Nigeria. She is also on the board of HIP Asset Management Company Ltd, an Asset Management Company in Lagos, Nigeria.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

She has 5 children and 10 grandchildren.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Nkechi Nwankwo (2006), Women Leadership in Nigeria: Stories of Four Women Role Models, Lagos: Deutchetz Publishers . Review by Theresa Onwughalu in the Daily Sun, July 25, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c d "Biographical sketches of famous African mathematicians: Grace Alele Williams", AMUCHMA Newsletter, African Mathematical Union, Commission on the History of Mathematics in Africa, 12 .
  3. ^ "Prof. Mrs. Grace Alele Williams OFR, HLR". Hallmarks of Labour Foundation. November 28, 2011. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ Larry Riddle, "Grace Alele Williams", Biographies of Women Mathematicians, Agnes Scott College .
  5. ^ "Grace Alele Williams - Black Women in Mathematics". The State University of New York at Buffalo. Retrieved 20 September 2015. 
  6. ^ "Women in Higher Education Management" (pdf). Unesco: 7. Retrieved January 13, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Grace Alele Williams; Black Women in Mathematics". The State University of New York at Buffalo. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 

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