First Nigerian female senator, Franca Afegbua is dead

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The family of Afegbua has announced the death of Franca Afegbua, the first woman senator in Nigeria.

The statement read:

“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.”

Afegbua, who died at the age of 79, was a native of Okpella, a town in Etsako-east LGA of old Bendel state, now split into Edo and Delta states.

She was elected the senator representing Bendel-north in October 1983 under the National Party of Nigeria in Nigeria’s second republic.

The military coup of December 1983, however, cut off her political journey less than three months after the assumed office.