Princess Tejumade Alakija, the first female Head of Oyo State’s civil service is dead. She passed on at the University College Hospital, Ibadan on Friday morning after a brief illness. Her demise has been confirmed by her younger brother, Adelowo Aderemi.
Princess Alakija was born to the late Ooni of Ife Oba Adesoji Aderemi on 17th May, 1925. After her primary education at Aiyetoro Primary School, Ile Ife, she proceeded to Kudeti Girls School, Molete, Ibadan for her secondary education,
She bagged a Bachelor’s degree in History at Westfield College, University of London, England, in 1950 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education at Oxford University in 1951.
She joined the Nigerian Civil Service as a graduate teacher and was posted to Queen’s School, Ede, and later to the new Government Girls’ Secondary Grammar School where she taught between 1951 and 1953.
She later became an Assistant Secretary (Finance) at the Ministry of Works and then Training Officer-in Charge of the region’s Public Service Training Programme between 1960 and 1962.
She was the Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industries in the region between 1962 and 1964.
Princess Alakija served as the Deputy Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Health between 1976 and 1978 and as Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, between 1978 and 1979. She also served as the Head of Service in the old Oyo State till she voluntarily retired on September 30, 1983.