The beautiful picture you are seeing here is neither that of “Miss World” nor that of the “Most Beautiful Lady” in Nigeria, but that of the most hardworking, accomplished and result oriented Director General of the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD), Ntunkae (Barr) Mrs Mary Ekpere-Etta.

The Centre is charged with the mandate for Gender Training and Capacity Building, Research, and Documentation in addition to addressing the concerns of Nigerian Women.

As the premier centre for women development in the African continent, the Centre is equally charged with the following:
i) The responsibility of stimulating consciousness towards the attainment of higher levels of development and activity for Nigerian Women.
ii) It serves as a data bank on women and development in Nigeria.
iii) Facilitates the formulation of policies as well as provides training in skill development and income generating activities.
iv) It also provides forum for guidance and counseling and the mobilization of women in both urban and rural areas.
v) Liaises with National, Regional and International agencies involved in Gender development programmes amongst others.

Barr Mary Ekpere studied Business Development from the Kaduna Polytechnic, Kaduna and graduated with a diploma in 1999.

She also holds a Bachelor of Law, LLB (Hons) degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state. In 2009, she became a member of the Nigerian Bar.

Mrs. Ekpere-Eta also has a Post Graduate Diploma(PGD) in Corporate Management Law obtained from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. In 2013, she became a fellow of the Chattered Institute of Taxation.

In April 2017, she was appointed as DG, National Centre for Women Development (NCWD). Since then, she has been deeply involved in the initiation of projects that are oriented towards creating significant positive impact in the lives of rural and urban Nigerian women.

She is a Cross Riverian who has made us proud thus far in the discharge of her responsibilities and functions as DG, NCWD in a record time.

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