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Grace Oyelude

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Name  Grace Oyelude
Titles  Miss Nigeria

Full Name  Grace Atinuke Oyelude
Born  November 16, 1931 (age 84) Kano, Nigeria (1931-11-16)
Occupation  Registered nurse , Midwife, Hospital administrator

Major competition(s)  Miss Nigeria 1957

Grace Atinuke (born November 16, 1931) is known to be the first Miss Nigeria from the year 1957.


Grace Oyelude Living icon Miss Nigeria 1957 Mrs Grace Tinuke Oyelude

Early life

Oyelude was born in Kano to James Adeleye Olude and Marthan Dantu of Isanlu from Kogi State, and was raised in Northern Nigeria. She had her primary and secondary education between 1940 and 1952 in Kano.

Miss Nigeria

Grace Oyelude Grace TinukeOyelude The First Miss Nigeria

Miss Nigeria commenced in 1957 as a photo contest. Contestants posted photographs of themselves to the Daily Times headquarters in Lagos where finalists were shortlisted. Successful finalists were afterwards invited to compete in the live final at the Lagos Island Club. At that time, the Miss Nigeria contest did not include a swimsuit competition. Oyelude was working at UAC when she represented the then Northern region. After winning the contest, she travelled to England where she studied Nursing. Within months of gaining admission to the School of Nursing in Ashford, she was crowned Miss Nigeria.

Nursing career

Grace Oyelude Grace AtinukeOyelude First quotMiss Nigeriaquot Beauty Queen

Oyelude became a State Registered Nurse in 1961 and became qualified as a state registered midwife SCM (NRM) in 1962 after training at St. Thomas' Hospital, London. She moved on to the Royal College of Nursing, England in 1971 and obtained a diploma in Nursing and Hospital administration (DNHA). At the Ghana Institute of Management and Personnel Administration, she completed studies for another diploma.

Grace Oyelude First Miss Nigeria Grace Atinuke Oyelude In 1957 Nubian

In the United Kingdom, Oyelude worked in several hospitals including Paddington General Hospital, one of the former local hospitals of St Mary's Hospital, London. After returning to Nigeria, she worked in Kaduna General Hospital between 1964 and 1965. She worked as a senior nursing sister-in-charge of the former Kaduna Nursing home (now Barau Dike specialist hospital, Kaduna) from 1965-1977. When the Nigerian Civil War started in 1967, she moved to Markurdi General Hospital. Oyelude led a team from the Northern region; the group that helped hospitals get ready to treat casualties of war. In the early 1970s she worked as a senior matron and director of nursing services at the Ahmadu Bello University’s teaching hospital, after joining the Institute of Health, Ahmadu Bello University. She voluntarily retired from that post in 1985. She was also an external examiner of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria. She chaired the Kwara State Health Management Board from 1980 to 1983.

Personal life

Oyelude holds the chieftaincy titles Iyaolu of Isaluland and Iyalode of Okunland. She has many grandchildren.


Grace Oyelude Wikipedia

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