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IWD 2024: 8 exceptional female teachers in Nigeria

In a commendable initiative, Edugist, a prominent media organization, is dedicating this year’s International Women’s Day to profiling, recognizing, and celebrating outstanding female teachers in Nigeria. These educators, beyond imparting knowledge, serve as inspirational figures and catalysts for positive change within their communities, underlining their pivotal roles in shaping the future generations of the nation.
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Female teachers indeed serve as unsung heroes in the educational space, often performing multiple roles beyond their primary duty as educators. 

Firstly, they fulfill the role of teachers by imparting knowledge, nurturing critical thinking skills, and facilitating the academic growth of their students. Through their expertise, dedication, and passion for teaching, they create supportive learning environments where students can thrive and reach their full potential.

However, female teachers also often undertake additional responsibilities that go unrecognized. They serve as mentors, counselors, and even surrogate parents for their students, offering guidance, support, and encouragement both inside and outside the classroom. They play a crucial role in addressing the socio-emotional needs of students, providing a listening ear, offering advice, and fostering a sense of belonging and community.

Furthermore, female teachers often juggle their teaching duties with responsibilities at home, balancing their professional careers with caregiving roles for their own families. Despite these challenges, they continue to demonstrate resilience, determination, and unwavering commitment to their students’ success.

In essence, female teachers are the backbone of the educational system, embodying resilience, compassion, and dedication as they fulfill multiple roles to support the holistic development of their students. Their contributions extend far beyond the curriculum, shaping the future generation and leaving a lasting impact on society as a whole.
Meanwhile, the designated theme for International Women’s Day in 2024 encompasses two distinct focal points. The first, suggested by the IWD website as the campaign theme, is aptly titled #InspireInclusion. Meanwhile, the official theme endorsed by the United Nations for this year is “Invest in women: Accelerate progress.”

Collaboratively, UN Women and the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs release an annual update, Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The Gender Snapshot. The latest edition, covering the year 2023, exposes a disconcerting annual shortfall of $360 billion in expenditure dedicated to gender-equality initiatives. This revelation underscores the imperative for heightened commitment and investment in fostering gender equality on a global scale.

Eight Female Teachers Making Waves in Nigeria

Aishah Emmanuel: French Language Teacher and Inspirational Role Model

Aishah Emmanuel, an esteemed French Language teacher, exemplifies the quintessence of educational influence. Functioning not only as an instructor but as a role model, her impact extends beyond mere academic accomplishments. Aishah forges profound connections with her students, dedicated to their holistic growth both within and beyond the confines of the classroom.

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Aishah Emmanuel

In discharging her role, she becomes a beacon of inspiration and motivation, wielding significant influence in shaping students’ attitudes towards learning and their overall development. Aishah’s ardor for teaching is palpable, creating an infectious enthusiasm that captivates students, rendering the learning experience both engaging and enjoyable.

Aishah’s teaching philosophy transcends theoretical boundaries, as she intricately intertwines classroom lessons with real-life experiences. By elucidating how academic knowledge correlates with the tangible world, she instills a profound appreciation for learning, rendering abstract concepts relatable and meaningful.

Respect forms the bedrock of Aishah’s approach, reciprocated in the mutual regard she cultivates with her students. Fostering trust and respect through positive relationships, she ensures that her students feel valued and understood, catalyzing active participation and a relentless pursuit of success.

Aishah’s commitment extends beyond the academic realm, as she actively contributes to the moral development of her students. Through the teaching of courtesy and leading by example, such as emphasizing the importance of greetings, she instills values that extend beyond the classroom, positively impacting their character.

In the pursuit of a vibrant and engaging learning environment, Aishah injects creativity and playfulness into her lessons. This deliberate infusion of enjoyment not only enhances motivation but also renders her classes enjoyable, creating a conducive atmosphere for effective learning.

Celestinah Akerele: A Paragon of Educational Excellence

Celestinah AKERELE is a highly accomplished educator with a wealth of experience, holding a degree in Yorùbá Language Education from Adekunle Ajasin University. Certified by The Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), she is dedicated to fostering excellence in education.

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Celestinah Akerele

In her relentless pursuit of impacting young minds, Celestinah has enriched her knowledge through various online training programs, including the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Early Trauma and The Intentional Parent Annual Conference. Her commitment to professional development reflects her passion for the teaching-learning process.

Valuing each child as unique and important, Celestinah extends her influence beyond conventional teaching methods. She embraces the philosophy that “Every child is unique and important,” advocating for a personalized approach to education.

Approachable and adept, Celestinah maintains a friendly yet firm rapport with her students. Her dedication to being an in-loco parent ensures a supportive environment, fostering trust and making her a resource for students seeking guidance. Employing the Differentiation Method, she tailors her teaching to address the diverse needs of every learner, refusing to give up on any child.

Recognizing and appreciating the efforts of her students, no matter how seemingly insignificant, has proven pivotal in their continuous improvement. Celestinah’s positive reinforcement has been instrumental in the academic and behavioral transformations of many students under her tutelage.

In her dual role as both an online and on-site Yorùbá language tutor, Celestinah consistently delivers exceptional results. Her teaching methodology not only imparts knowledge but also makes the learning experience enjoyable and fulfilling. Celestinah AKERELE stands as a beacon of excellence in the educational realm, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of her students.

Abigael Taiwo: A Multifaceted Educator with a Heart for Impact

Abigael Taiwo (Nee Ibikunle) is a versatile professional who navigates through various roles with proficiency and grace. Boasting over 8 years of expertise in media and communications, she has honed her skills in public relations communications, content creation, and adept management of social media and blogs.

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Abigeal Taiwo

A distinguished alumna of the University of Lagos, with a degree in mathematics education, Abigael brings a wealth of experience as a practical teacher, amassing an impressive 15 years in the field. Her commitment to education extends beyond traditional boundaries, as she passionately transcends the conventional classroom setting. Abigael’s pedagogical approach aims not only at academic excellence but also at instilling crucial life values in her students. Whether in-person or virtually, she currently imparts knowledge in Lagos, demonstrating her unwavering dedication to nurturing young minds.

In addition to her teaching endeavours, Abigael is deeply involved in philanthropy. Through her foundation, she annually fundraises for the education of ten underprivileged children, showcasing her commitment to making a positive impact on society.

Reflecting on her teaching philosophy, Abigael emphasizes that teaching is a calling that requires a profound understanding of purpose. Her dedication is evident in her belief that every child is a blank canvas, and she sees in them a reflection of her own curiosity and eagerness to learn. Beyond the confines of the classroom, she subscribes to the notion that the entire world serves as an expansive classroom.

Abigael’s commitment to education knows no boundaries; she strives to impart knowledge to anyone she encounters, irrespective of familiarity. Her overarching goal is to effect positive change in the world, one person at a time, embodying a lifelong dedication to the transformative power of education.

Chinedu Ifunanya Ezemba: Deputy Headteacher and Safeguarding Officer

Chinedu Ifunanya Ezemba is a distinguished individual of great substance, exemplifying the epitome of a modern woman. Holding a Master’s degree in Education with a specialization in Russian and French languages, her academic prowess is evident. Her notable career includes valuable contributions at Gideon Comprehensive High School, Isolo; Corona School Victoria Island, and Grange School, Ikeja GRA.

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Chinedu Ifunanya

Currently serving as the Deputy Headteacher at Chrisland Schools, Nigeria’s largest and premier private educational institution, Ms. Ezemba has ascended through the ranks, previously holding positions as a Class Educator and Supervisor. Additionally, she fulfills the crucial role of Safeguarding Officer at the school, a testament to her commitment to creating a secure and nurturing environment for all students, earning her respect as a maternal figure.

Her principled approach and disciplinary measures reflect her dedication to bringing out the best in each individual, fostering an atmosphere of excellence. Ms. Ezemba’s extensive experience in guiding children academically, morally, and socially distinguishes her as an outstanding educator. Known for her willingness to extend a helping hand, coupled with her loving and caring nature, she is a deserving honoree for this year’s International Women’s Day, showcasing her exceptional contributions to the field of education.

Jemima Nnamdi-Iweha: Teacher Coach and Education Advocate

Teacher Coach, Teach for Nigeria

Jemima Nnamdi-Iweha’s narrative unfolds as a chronicle of unwavering dedication, profound passion, and relentless commitment to advancing education in Nigeria and beyond. Accumulating more than a decade of expertise, Jemima has etched an indelible imprint on the lives of numerous students and educators.

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Jemima Nnamdi-Iweha

Commencing her journey in 2008, Jemima devoted herself to supporting secondary school students in Mathematics and Further Mathematics, preparing them meticulously for the senior WASSCE examination. From the outset, her commitment to student success set her apart, earning her a reputation for inspirational teaching and motivational prowess.

In 2012, Jemima’s academic pursuits led her to the University of Lagos, where she earned a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling with first-class honors. Equipped with newfound knowledge, she transitioned to the primary school level, where she passionately guided learners from Year 1 to Year 6.

Jemima’s impact transcended the confines of the classroom. Recognizing the significance of cultivating a love for reading, she established personal mini-class libraries, granting students access to a diverse array of books and resources. Through innovative teaching methods, Jemima instilled in her students a passion for learning that would endure a lifetime.

In her current capacity as a Teacher Coach for public schools, Jemima empowers over seventy proactive teachers to foster excellence in education, particularly in low-income communities. She guides them in developing unit plans and weekly lesson plans that prioritize lifelong learning and holistic student development.

Jemima’s leadership extends far beyond the classroom. Actively engaging stakeholders in the public education sector, she advocates for equal opportunities and access to quality education for every child. Through collaboration and partnership, she endeavors to shape a more inclusive and equitable educational landscape.

Jemima’s narrative stands as a testament to the transformative power of education and the profound impact dedicated educators can wield on the lives of their students and communities. Her unwavering commitment to excellence and equity serves as an inspiration to educators across Nigeria and beyond.

Racheal Taiye-Abiodun: Transformative Force in Education

Racheal Taiye-Abiodun, known as Teacher Racheal, exemplifies a compelling narrative of transitioning from an aspiring Medical Doctor to an influential figure reshaping education.

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Racheal Taiye-Abiodun

As a fervent educator, she utilizes her prominent Facebook platform to transcend traditional teaching methods, fostering a vibrant online community that motivates teachers to strive for excellence. Her mission is to liberate educators from limitations, urging them to embrace their full potential and create enduring impacts on students’ lives.

A distinguishing facet of Racheal’s work is her proficiency as a Handwriting Transformation Specialist.

Through a distinctive programme, she rapidly improves children’s handwriting within weeks, addressing a common concern for parents and bolstering students’ confidence in their academic pursuits. Racheal’s groundbreaking approach to handwriting transformation is reshaping the educational landscape for both educators and families.

Racheal’s amalgamation of teacher empowerment and innovative handwriting programs is revolutionizing education in Nigeria. Her influence extends far beyond the classroom, touching the lives of students, educators, and families nationwide. Her vision for the future of education envisions a norm of excellence, ensuring that every student possesses the necessary tools for success.

Teacher Racheal’s undeniable impact in transforming education through inspiration and innovation positions her as a pivotal figure among the women reshaping the educational landscape in Nigeria. As she continues on this journey of excellence, Teacher Racheal remains a beacon of hope and inspiration for educators and students alike.

Obamoyegun Titilope Roseline: A Delight in Teaching English

Obamoyegun Titilope Roseline, an accomplished educator specializing in English and art-related subjects, has been dedicated to the teaching profession for over a decade.

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Obamoyegun Titilope Roseline

In her role, it is a standard practice for Titilope Roseline to conduct engaging classes with students and pupils, incorporating teachings on the word of God. Post-lesson, students participate in creative activities such as craftwork and painting, enhancing their understanding of the topics covered.

A conscientious aspect of her duties includes meticulously reviewing and ensuring the completeness of students’ notes, a responsibility that has significantly enhanced their academic performance.

Titilope Roseline’s learners not only demonstrate proficiency in English but also exhibit a keen aptitude for learning Mathematics and Computer Science, showcasing a comprehensive and well-rounded educational experience. For further inquiries, she can be contacted at

Olarewaju Christina Oluwayemisi: Focused on Social and Mental Stability

Olarewaju Christina Oluwayemisi
Staff Educator at Usmanu Danfodiyo University Staff School, Sokoto

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Olarewaju Christina Oluwayemisi

Dedicated to fostering social and mental stability in children, my focus within the teaching profession has consistently centered on transforming the unlearned into learners, the seemingly unteachable into individuals capable of learning, and elevating academic performance from average to excellent.

In navigating the challenges of teaching, particularly in northern Nigeria, my proficiency in the multilingual context, with a particular emphasis on Hausa, has significantly facilitated my professional achievements.

My pedagogical approach is characterized by practicality, objective-driven methodologies, and a resolute commitment to achieving set goals. Over the years, I have successfully guided cohorts of students to become graduates in diverse disciplines across Nigeria.

Specializing in English Studies, Social Studies, and Guidance and Counseling Services, my expertise extends to creating an enriching educational environment that nurtures holistic development in students.

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