Maj-Gen. Aderonke Kale’s (retd.) passing was lamented by Chief of Army Staff Lt. Gen. Taoreed Lagbaja as a significant loss to the Nigerian Army and the armed forces.
In the Nigerian Army and the West African Army, Kale became the first female officer to be elevated to the rank of Major General. In Nigeria, she was also the first female commander of a military hospital.
On November 8, 2023, Kale passed away.
In a statement on Saturday, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig. Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu said Kale served in the military diligently and her loyalty was unquestionable.
The statement read in part, “The Nigerian Army has received with heavy heart, but in absolute submission to the divine will of Almighty God, the news of the passing to glory of Major General Aderonke Kale (retd).
“The shining veteran of the Nigerian Army exuded unequalled commitment, diligence and unquestionable loyalty which paved the way, as she steadily rose through the ranks to become the first female officer of the Nigerian Army to attain the enviable height of Major General.
“The Chief of Army Staff while expressing his commiserations on behalf of Officers, Soldiers and Civilian staff of the Nigerian Army, to the family, relations and friends of the deceased Senior Officer, described her demise as a great loss to the Nigerian Army and the military community as a whole.
“Her legacies in her selfless service to Nigeria and humanity will remain indelible in the hearts of many. Kale was renowned for reshaping the face of women and gender mainstreaming in the Nigerian military.”