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Aguiyi Ironsi Wife Death: 8 Things You Should Know About Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi

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The wife of the first Military Head of State, Gen. Thompson Umunnakwe Aguiyi-Ironsi, Lady is dead.

She died Monday morning, less than 24 hours after the wife of the late Premier of the defunct Eastern region, Dr Michael Okpara died.

Here things you should know about Victoria Aguiyi-Ironsi, wife of Nigeria’s first military Head of State


  1. Victoria Nwanyiocha Aguyi-Ironsi was born on 21 November 1923.
  2. She was 97.
  3. She was the second First Lady of Nigeria from 16 January 1966 to 29 July 1966.
  4. She was the widow of General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi who was the first Nigerian military head of state and who was killed in Ibadan in a countercoup led by Murtala Muhammed which led to the installation of Yakubu Gowon.
  5. She married Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi as a student of Holy Rosary Convent School, Okigwe in 1953 aged 16.
  6. She served as a commissioner of the Local Government Services Commission in Umuahia.
  7. died on 23 August 2021 at Federal Medical Centre Umuahia after suffering a stroke.
  8. She had 8 children who were taken away and cared for by nuns in Ibadan under the direction of Adekunle Fajuyi during the Nigerian Civil War.


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