Naija Princess: 24-yr-old Becomes First Nigerian Female Officer Cadet to Graduate from Sandhurst

Twenty-four-year-old Nigerian, Princess Oluchukwu Owowoh wrote her name in the history books as she becomes the first-ever female officer cadet from Nigeria to graduate from the United Kingdom’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS).

Officer Cadet Owowoh was one of the 135 Officer Cadets to graduate during RMAS’ Sovereign’s Parade in London.

The parade marked the completion of 44 weeks of intensive training for the Officer Cadets of Commissioning Course 232. At the ceremony, His Majesty King Charles was represented by the head of the French Army, Général d’armée Pierre SchilI, Chief of the Army Staff.

Announcing her history making feat on their X (formerly Twitter) post, UK in Nigeria described the 24-year-old Officer Cadet as an inspiration to many young women who dream to lead.

“The UK is proud to celebrate this historic occasion with Nigeria and congratulates newly Commissioned Officer Owowoh Princess Oluchukwu on her remarkable achievement.”

It added that since the 1950s, several Nigerian officers including former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) and the Chief of Defence Intelligence, Major-Gen. Emmanuel Undiandeye, have become RMAS alumni.

Speaking on her feat, Owowoh said, “It is a profound honour to be the first Nigerian female officer to commission from the esteemed Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. This achievement is not mine alone, but a testament to the unwavering support of my family, mentors, instructors, and countless individuals who believed in me every step of the way. As I look ahead to the future, I am committed to representing Nigeria with pride, and to making a positive difference in the world.”

The young Officer Cadet joined the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna State in 2018. During her second year at the NDA, she was appointed a Cadet Lance Corporal; a Cadet Sergeant in her fourth year and in her fifth year she was appointed to the role of Company Senior Under Officer Charlie (CSUO C). She held this appointment with two other female counterparts and made history as the first females to assume the position of CSUO in the academy. In her fourth year, she completed the Academics Wing of the commissioning course and achieved first class honours in Biological Sciences.


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