• Montse DomínguezMunllonch

Changemakers: Maryam Babangida.⁠

Changemarkers. Maryam Babangida.⁠

Maryam Babangida (1 November 1948 – 27 December 2009) was the wife of General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, who was Nigeria's head of state from 1985 to 1993.Her husband was the target of criticism for rampant corruption during his regime.She was credited with creating the position of First Lady of Nigeria and making it her own.[

As first lady, she launched many programmes to improve the life of women. The "Maryam Phenomenon" became a celebrity and "an icon of beauty, fashion and style", a position she retained after her husband's fall from power.⁠

⁠As First Lady of Nigeria between 1985 and 1993, she turned the ceremonial post into a champion for women's rural development. ⁠

She founded the Better Life Programme for Rural Women in 1987 which launched many co-operatives, cottage industries, farms and gardens, shops and markets, women’s centres and social welfare programs. The Maryam Babangida National Centre for Women's Development was established in 1993 for research, training, and to mobilize women towards self-emancipation.⁠


Thanks to Mrs Babangida for “initiating the National Women Commission as the first institutionalized machinery for women’s development in Nigeria, which led to the concept of women in development becoming a permanent feature in development planning.”



Know more about the extraordinari works of Maryam in the following video.




⁠Curator @munllonch ⁠

Pic by Maryam Babangida.⁠


  1. Iyobosa Uwugiaren (November 16, 2009). "I'm Alive - Maryam Babangida". Leadership (Abuja). Retrieved November 22, 2009.

  2. "OKOWA: Remember Maryam Babangida". Vanguard News. March 29, 2020. Retrieved August 1, 2021.

  3. https://www.betterlife-africa.org/


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