By Kunle Adedoyin
A woman’s signature now adorns the Nigerian currency, the Naira as Priscilla Ekwere Eleje, becomes the substantive Director of Currency and Operations at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), a position that entitles her o co-sign the Naira note with Mr. Godwin Emefiele, the Governor of CBN.
Eleje, whose appointment confirmed in August 2018 made her the first female Director of Currency in the almost 60-year history of the bank, has her signature appended on the new Naira notes minted since late last year.
This feat has been made possible through the new opportunities given to women by the CBN management in recent times.
Sarah Alade, who retired from CBN on March 22, 2017 is one of such trail-blazing women. She rose to be a deputy governor of the CBN after first been appointed the Head, Fiscal Analysis division of the CBN. At a time, she was also the very first female governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), even though in an acting capacity.
Before Eleje’s recent feat, every naira note in the country’s history — save the N20 note — has had the face, name, and signature of a man, up until now. The N20 Naira note is braced by the portrait of Ladi Kwali, Nigeria’s foremost potter, the only woman so honoured. den0 \