Priscilla Ekwere Eleje Is The First Woman To Have Her Signature On Nigerian Currency

Priscilla Ekwere Eleje has just become the first Nigerian woman to ever have her signature on the 1000 naira note.

New naira notes will now bear her signature as well as that Godwin Emefiele, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

This groundbreaking moment occurs 59 years after the Nigerian currency was created.

Brief Profile

Mrs. Eleje is a woman of many firsts. She is the first female director of currency at CBN.

She is also the new Substantive Director of CBN. This new appointment explains why her signature is now on Naira notes.

Prior to this, she was an Acting Director of Currency and Operations at CBN. Her new role as Substantive Director was confirmed on Thursday, August 30, 2018.

She has just succeeded in breaking two different CBN records at the same time – becoming the first female director of currency and having her signature on a Naira note.

Educational background

Mrs. Eleje is a psychology graduate of the University of Jos (UNIJOS), Nigeria. 

She holds a Banking and Management degree at Boston University, Massachusetts, USA and is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA).

She is also an alumnus of the prestigious Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship programme, which is “brings young and mid-career professionals from designated countries to the United States for a year of non-degree graduate-level study, leadership development, and professional collaboration with U.S. counterparts.”

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