Nigerian Navy Captain Jamila Malafa was on Monday decorated with her promoted rank of Commodore, equivalent with army rank of Brigadier General, making her the first female of Northern extraction to become a one-star general.
Speaking on her historical elevation at a colourful ceremony at the naval headquarters in the capital, Abuja, the Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), Rear Admiral Henry Babalola, said it is a thing of pride to attained the rank of Commodore in the Navy, adding that there are a few women that have achieved such height.
He said Malafa’s success was as a result of training exposures afforded her by the Nigerian Navy.
Babalola also expressed hope that her historical elevation will serve as an inspiration to women in the folk of the armed forces and ensure that there is no limit to the heights they can achieve in their chosen careers.
Speaking with newsmen at the event, Malafa, who comes from Adamawa, a landlocked state in north-eastern Nigeria, said: “I am the first female of northern extraction to be promoted to the rank of a General in the Nigerian Navy.”
“The promotion will inspire me to be more loyal and dedicated in my duties to the Navy and Nigeria.”
Commodore Jamila Malafa was born in 1965 in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa state.
She joined the Nigerian Navy in 1988 and was Commissioned as midshipman in 1990.