Mrs Victoria Nwanyiocha Aguyi-Ironsi (21 November 1923 – 23 August 2021) was the First Lady of Nigeria from January 16, 1966 to July 29, 1966. She reportedly died peacefully in the early hours of Monday, August 23, 2021 at the age of 97.

Mrs Victoria Aguiyi Ironsi was the widow of Major General Johnson Aguiyi-Ironsi, the first Nigerian military head of state who was murdered in cold blood on July, 29, 1966 in Ibadan, during a countercoup led by Murtala Muhammed. He was succeeded by General Yakubu Gowon.

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She was born on November 21, 1923. In 1953, while a student of Holy Rosary Convent School, Okigwe, Imo State; she wedded the late Nigerian military leader. The marriage is blessed with eight children, who after the assassination of their father, were catered for by nuns in Ibadan during the Nigerian civil war.

Victoria Ironsi was the first woman to hold the position of First Lady of Nigeria. She enhanced Nigerian culture while in the office by frequently dressing in national attire at a time when modernity was attached to everything European. Her style was described as “pretty and effortlessly regal”.

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After the death of Samuel Ademulegun and his wife, she moved their children from Kaduna to Lagos and cared for them.


The late wife of Nigerian first military head of state served as Commissioner of Local Government Services Commission in Abia State.

She died on August 23, 2021 at Federal Medical Centre Umuahia, Abia State.


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