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18 facts you didn’t know about Bridget Aisha Lemu

1. Bridget Aisha Lemu, a British-born author and religious educator, was born in Poole, Dorset,United Kingdom on 14th October 1940 as Bridget Anne Honey.

2. At the age of thirteen, she began to question her faith and began exploring other religions including Hinduism and Chinese Buddhism.

3.She attended Uplands School, Parkstone, Doorset between 1950 and 1955 and proceeded for a year course at Oxford Technical College 1955 — 56.

4. She studied at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), majoring in Chinese history, language and culture.

5. She got converted to Islam in 1961,having met Muslims at the Islamic centre who gave her Islamic literature to read during her first year of study, picking up the arabic name, “Aisha”.

6. She helped in founding the Islamic Society at SOAS becoming its first secretary and assisted in the formation of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies.

7. Bridget Aisha Lemu had her postgraduate studies in Postgraduate Certificate in Education, qualifying to teach English as a foreign language teacher.

8. She met Sheikh Ahmed Lemu,who would later become her future husband,at the University of London where he had been studying at another college and was involved in the Islamic activities around the institution.

9.She moved to Kano in Nigeria in August 1966 to teach at the School for Arabic Studies while her husband worked as headmaster.

10. Bridget Aisha Lemu got married in April 1968 to Sheikh Ahmed Lemu, becoming his second wife.

11. She later became the principal of the Government Girls College, having moved to Sokoto.

12.Sheikh Ahmed Lemu became the Grand Qadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal of the State of Niger when it was founded in 1976 while Aisha became the principal of the Women’s Teachers College in Minna from then until 1978.

13. Bridget Aisha Lemu, along with her husband ,later founded the Islamic Education Trust. She remained its director-general till 2018 when Alhaji Arzika Rimau was installed.

14. She was a member of the Islamic Studies Panel, set up by the Nigerian Educational Research Council, with the mandate of revising the national Islamic curriculum for different school levels.

15.She founded the Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) with other Muslim women and was elected as its first national Amirah for four years In 1985.

16. She founded the Alimajiri Literacy Initiative (ALI) helping hundreds of almajiri children in Niger State become literate.

17.She was awarded the Member of the Order of Niger’ (M.O.N) national honour presented by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2000.

18. She died on 5 January 2019 in Minna, Nigeria leaving behind her husband, Sheik Ahmed Lemu, children: Nuruddeen and Maryam Lemu and grandchildren.


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