FOMWAN founder: What you know about Aisha Lemu

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Abideen Muhammed

Aisha Lemu was born in Poole, Dorset, British in 1940, as Bridget Aisha Honey. She was a religious educator who converted to Islam in 1961 (at 21) and now resided in Nigeria. Before her conversion to Islam, she used to adhere to Chinese Buddhism. She died on Saturday, January 5, 2019 in Minna, Nigeria.

She studied at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), pursuing her interest in Chinese history, language and culture. During her first year in London, she met Muslims who gave her Islamic literatures to read and she converted to Islam at the Islamic Cultural Centre in 1961. This marks the beginning of her success in the history of mankind.

After her conversion, she subsequently helped to found the Islamic Society at SOAS, becoming its first secretary, and also assisted in the formation of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies.

In 1985, Aisha Lemu 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.

After graduating from SOAS, she proceeded for a postgraduate qualification to teach English as a foreign language where she met her Sheikh Ahmed Lemu, who later became her husband. Their marriage took place in April 1968, with Aisha becoming his second wife. She subsequently moved to Sokoto to take up the position of principal of the Government Girls College.

She studied at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), pursuing her interest in Chinese history, language and culture. During her first year in London, she met Muslims who gave her Islamic literatures to read and she converted to Islam at the Islamic Cultural Centre in 1961. This marks the beginning of her success in the history of mankind.

After her conversion, she subsequently helped to found the Islamic Society at SOAS, becoming its first secretary, and also assisted in the formation of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies.

In 1985, Aisha Lemu 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.

After graduating from SOAS, she proceeded for a postgraduate qualification to teach English as a foreign language where she met her Sheikh Ahmed Lemu, who later became her husband. Their marriage took place in April 1968, with Aisha becoming his second wife. She subsequently moved to Sokoto to take up the position of principal of the Government Girls College.

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