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First Nigerian female officer graduates from UK military academy

Officer Cadet Owowoh Oluchukwu Makes History as First Nigerian Female Graduate from Royal Military Academy Sandhurst

Officer Cadet Owowoh Oluchukwu etched her name in history on Friday by becoming the first Nigerian female officer to graduate from the esteemed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom.

At just 24 years old, Oluchukwu stood among 134 other Officer Cadets in London for the Sovereign’s Parade, marking the culmination of 44 weeks of rigorous training as part of Commissioning Course 232.

This significant milestone was announced in a statement by Atinuke Akande-Alegbe, the Senior Communications and Public Diplomacy Officer of the British High Commission in Abuja, on Friday.

Oluchukwu’s achievement not only enriches the legacy of Nigerian officers at RMAS, joining notable figures like former Nigerian Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, and Major General Emmanuel Undiandeye, but also underscores the enduring commitment of the UK to support Nigeria’s military education and training.

Her journey commenced at the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna State in 2018, where she swiftly distinguished herself. From her appointment as Cadet Lance Corporal in her second year to assuming the prestigious role of Company Senior Under Officer Charlie in her fifth year, Oluchukwu consistently shattered barriers.

In her fourth year, she excelled academically, earning First-class Honours in Biological Sciences, further showcasing her dedication and capability.

Her graduation as the 190th Nigerian graduate from RMAS is not only a personal triumph but also a testament to the ongoing partnership between the UK and Nigeria in defense and security.

Reflecting on her accomplishment, Oluchukwu expressed, “It is a profound honor to be the first Nigerian female officer to commission from the esteemed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This achievement is not mine alone but a testament to the unwavering support of my family, mentors, instructors, and countless individuals who believed in me every step of the way.

As I look ahead to the future, I am committed to representing Nigeria with pride and to making a positive difference in the world.”

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