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  Officer Cadet Owowoh Oluchukwu made history by becoming Nigeria’s first female officer to graduate from the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, in the United Kingdom. At 24 years old, Oluchukwu joined 134 other officer cadets in London for the Sovereign’s Parade, the culmination of 44 weeks of rigorous training as part of Commissioning Course 232.
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Describing her achievement as a profound honour, Oluchukwu pledged to make a positive difference in the world. Her journey began at the Nigerian Defence Academy in Kaduna State in 2018, where she distinguished herself. From being appointed Cadet Lance Corporal in her second year to assuming the role of Company Senior Under Officer Charlie in her fifth year, she consistently broke barriers. In her fourth year, Oluchukwu excelled academically, earning first-class honours in Biological Sciences. Her graduation as the 190th Nigerian graduate from RMAS is not only a personal triumph but also proof of the ongoing partnership between the UK and Nigeria in defence and security.
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This significant accomplishment adds to the legacy of Nigerian officers at RMAS, which includes notable figures like former Nigerian military Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, and Major General Emmanuel Undiandeye. Oluchukwu’s success also highlights the enduring commitment of the UK to support Nigeria’s military education and training.
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Reflecting on her achievement, Oluchukwu expressed gratitude to her family, mentors, instructors, and countless individuals who believed in her every step of the way. She emphasized that her achievement is not hers alone but a collective effort of support and belief. Looking ahead to the future, she affirmed her commitment to representing Nigeria with pride and making a positive impact on the world.
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This article was first published on 17th April 2024


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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