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The first woman university graduate in East, Central Africa, Dr. Sarah Nyendwoha has died

Dr Sarah Nyendwoha Ntiro, the first woman graduate in East and Central Africa passed on. (PML Daily PHOTO)

HOIMA– The Hoima-born regional academic icon passed away on Monday evening .

Nyendwoha graduated in 1954, from Oxford University with a Bachelor of Arts (Hon) in History.

In the late 1950s, when it emerged that Uganda would be granted her independence by the British colonialists, Nyendwoha is said to have started civic education sessions in Hoima to discuss democracy and elections.

For a period of three years, she served in the Uganda Legislative Council from 1958 to 1961.

During this time, she tabled a private member’s bill on the registration of marriages.

She was also engaged in women’s organisations, including the Uganda Council of Women and YWCA (U).

Besides serving in the education ministry as secretary to the Teaching Service Committee, Dr. Nyendwoha also worked as a teacher at King’s College Budo.

Later, under Idi Amin’s regime, she joined Makerere University to serve in the office of the university secretary.

Her time at Makerere also saw her work as clerk to the Makerere University Council.

In 1976, she was transferred from the office of the University Secretary to the joint administration of the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Social Sciences, where she worked for two years.

While at Makerere, she was also director of the East African Posts and Telecommunications Corporation.

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