Jaiyeola Aduke Alakija Nigeria

Biography of Jaiyeola Aduke Alakija

Alakija Jaiyeola Aduke
Alakija Jaiyeola Aduke

Alakija Aduke was a prominent Nigerian lawyer and diplomat. Born in Lagos in March 1921, Aduke joined the University of Glasgow to study Medicine in 1939. In 1941, she left Medicine and later went on to study Social Sciences at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences.

Aduke was called to the Bar in 1953. During her lifetime, Aduke held many positions of authority including being a member of the Nigerian delegation to the United Nations (1961-65). She was also Nigeria’s ambassador to Sweden (1984-1987). Aduke was part of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, of which she was a President from 1977-1979.

For more information, see also: "Alakija, Aduke". 2005. In The Palgrave Macmillan Dictionary of Women's Biography, edited by Jennifer S. Uglow, Frances Hinton, and Maggy Hendry. Basingstoke: Macmillan Publishers Ltd.


Jaiyeola Aduke Alakija
Born 29 March 1921.
GU Degree: Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences, 1939-40;
University Link: Student
Occupation categories: ambassadors; lawyers
English snippet: One of the earliest female lawyers in Nigeria
Record last updated: 8th Apr 2022

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Nigeria Nigeria, Lagos
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