Comrade Rosemary Graham-Naingba – Niger Delta Woman of Year 2019

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Rosemary Graham-Naingba is the MD/CEO, Akenbai-Ere Nigeria Limited, and Aweke-Ere Global Enterprise. She is a very compassionate  Ijaw woman, Intelligent, Courageous, Patriotic, Bold And Outspoken. 

Born Into the family of His Royal Highness, Major Graham Pelebimo Naingba (Rtd), Amananaowei of Amassoma Kingdom, in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.

She started her primary education in Amassoma and later, at Army Children School New Cantonment C, NDA, Kaduna State. 

Due to the nature of her father’s job, he was posted to different towns; and this made her change schools at different times. 

She started Secondary School at Government Day Secondary School, Kurmi-Mashi, Kaduna. Later, she changed to Government Girls Secondary School, Maimuna Gwarzo, Tundu-Wada, Kaduna State. Thereafter, she finished her Secondary School at Ajara Grammar School Badagry, Lagos State in 1993. 

In 1995, Rosemary Graham-Naingba took a bold decision and proceeded to join the Nigerian Army and eventually became the first female to join the military in the history of Amassoma Kingdom.

She served gallantly in the Nigerian Army at different states and specialized as an investigator in the Military Police Corp. She attended special courses in the Army and was posted to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), as a member of NIBAT 4. She was later awarded the great United Nations medal award of participation in Military Peace Keeping Operation in 2004. 

Rosemary Graham-Naingba, is a graduate of Sociology from Abia State University, Uturu, with a (Bsc) degree. 

She retired voluntarily from the Nigerian Army after eleven years of meritorious Service for Nigeria. 

Rosemary Graham-Naingba is a woman with the purest of heart, who loves giving her all for humanity.

She is a female Environmental Rights Activist from the oil rich Niger Delta. A seasoned feminist voice advocating for self determination, 100% resource ownership and control in fairness to the land owners and a rejigged Ijaw struggle to liberate the oppressed  and marginalized Coastal Niger Delta people.

She is the President/Founder of Ijaw Women Connect (IWC) Worldwide: a socio-cultural, non-partisan, pressure, Pan Ijaw Women emancipation organization and umbrella body governing the Ijaw women worldwide and the 2019 Winner of GbaramatuVoice Niger Delta Woman of the Year.