Naijablazer of the Week: Meet rare gem Josephine Odedina, Nigeria’s first female Bank Manager!


#TrailblazingTuesday today brings you an illustrious woman who blazed the trail for women to go for the tip in the field of banking in Nigeria – Princess Josephine Odedina!

Princess Josephine Odedina is a rare gem. A woman whose choice of profession at a time was mainly for the opposite sex, but with dogged determination, she did not only survived but also rose to become the first before the rest. Inspired by her father, Chief Koshebinu Agbaje, of a blessed memory; a pure stock from a family of achievers. She indeed varies in endeavor, banking, pharmacy stock broker and politics.

Naijablazers #TrailblazingTuesday today presents to you the trailblazing experience of Princess Josephine Kolapo Odedina, the first female bank Manger in Nigeria.

Born on the 4th September 1941 to the Agbaje’s family in Lagos as the first daughter of a legendary pioneer Banker. Sir. Julius Koshebinu Agbaje was the first Nigerian Bank Director in First Bank.

Josephine Odedina attended the Prestigious Holy Child College in Ikoyi, Lagos. Her stint with the banking world began in 1960 and retired in 1996 as the Directing General Manager (DGM) of First Bank. Within this period, she had a 2 years breather to study Banking in the University of London in U.k. 

Princess Josephine Odedina was the past District Governor (District 18) of ZONTA INTERNATIONAL, which covers the whole of Africa, with a membership of 67 countries. It is also pertinent to note that, she is still fond of her father, Sir. Julius Koshebinu Agbaje, in spite of her mother’s demise at a very young age. Princess Odedina got married on the 29th September 1963, to Prince Michael Adegoke Odedina, a man of great impact in the history of Nigerian Stock Exchange, which he founded.

Both, are blessed with five lovely children. They are fondly referred to as the “five Jewels”, who are now great men with each, functioning on every capacity in their chosen careers, both home and abroad. Worthy of note, is that one of her sons, as a Prince, was appointed by the school authority in the U.K to escort the Crown Prince of England on a tour of the university he was studying.


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