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Profile: Anike Agbaje-Williams, Nigeria’s first female TV presenter




Who is Anike Agbaje-Williams?

Anike Agbaje-Williams is the first woman in Nigeria to work as a television staff announcer and broadcaster, and the first woman in Africa to work as a television broadcaster.


She was born on October 23, 1936. The pioneer female TV presenter, on October 23, 2023, clocked 87 years old.


From her name she is from the Yoruba tribe, a tribe with dominance in the Southwestern part of Nigeria.

Anike Agbaje-Williams was born in Abeokuta.


She’s the third daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Kuforiji; her father was of Egba heritage.

Mrs Agbaje-Williams also spent considerable years of her childhood with her guardian, Mrs Gbemisola Rosiji, wife of Ayo Rosiji and Bishop and Mrs S.C. Philips.


She had her primary school and junior secondary school education in Lagos state. Agbja-Williams attended CMS Girls School, Lagos.

In 1950, when CMS Girls School was relocated to Ibadan and renamed St Anne’s School, she moved with the school and finished her education in Ibadan.


After completing secondary school education, she was employed by the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) at Ikoyi, Lagos in 1955.

Agbaje-Williams read the information and when the supervisor heard her voice, he was impressed, she was then asked to join the programmes department as a staff announcer.

When a television station was established at Ibadan, she was asked to interview and was subsequently given a job at the station.

Agbaje-Williams was a pioneer staff of WNTV, which was first television station in Nigeria, she was also the first female broadcaster of the station.

She rose to become a producer and director of programmes at the television station before retiring in 1986.


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