Naira bears first female signature

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The signature of a woman, Priscilla Ekwere Eleje, has appeared on the naira, for the first time since Nigeria got her independence 59 years ago.

Eleje, who has been acting director of currency and operations at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has been confirmed substantive director.

She is the first female director of currency in the history of the bank, and her signature has been appended on the naira — breaking another glass ceiling.

Ladi Kwali, Nigeria’s foremost potter, is the only woman on the naira, taking a spot at the back of the N20 note.

Every naira note in the country’s history has the face, name and signature of a man, up until now.

Insiders at CBN told TheCable that the Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the bank, has been working to ensure more women come to the table.

TheCable also learnt that she was confirmed on August 30, 2018, and currencies printed afterwards would carry her signature.

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– Apr. 16, 2019 @ 05:05 GMT |

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