Every Nigerian born in the 1980’s and below will remember the beautiful first lady Stella Obasanjo. She was born on 14 November 1945 to Dr. Christopher Abebe and Therasa. She hails from Iruekpen, Esan West, Edo State. Stella Abebe began her education at Our Lady of the Apostles Primary School. She enrolled at St. Theresa’s College, where she obtained her West African School Certificate in 1964 with grade one. Two years later she obtained the higher school certificate. She was admitted to the University of Ife now (Obafemi Awolwo University), Ile-Ife, for a bachelor’s degree in English, attending from 1967 to 1969. In 1969 she transferred to the UK to complete her studies, this time round, in insurance, in London and Edinburgh, Scotland, from 1970 to 1974.
She completed her education with a certificate as confidential secretary from the Pitman College in 1976. She returned to Nigeria in 1976 and soon after married General Obasanjo, who had become Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces, following the assassination of General Murtala Mohammed. When she became Nigeria’s First Lady in 1999, following the election of her husband as president, Obasanjo established Child Care Trust, for the care of underprivileged and/or disabled children. Stella was first lady of Nigeria with her husband former president Olusegun Obasanjo but unfortunately she died on 23 October 2005 from complications of cosmetic surgery at a private health clinic in Puerto Banús, Marbella, Spain.
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