NAOWA started as Army Wives Association (AWA) in the 1950s under the leadership of Mrs Welby Everald, the wife of the then Army Chief of Staff, when the British officers were in control of the colonial Nigerian Army. On attainment of Nigeria’s Republican Status in 1963, the nomenclature was changed to Nigerian Army Officers’ Wives Association (NAOWA). Since then, NAOWA has had 25 Presidents including the incumbent National President, Mrs Felly Elimibha Minimah.
All wives legally married to serving commissioned officers of the Nigerian Army are automatically eligible for membership.
In furtherance of its aim and objectives, NAOWA undertakes a number of social and philanthropic activities that are targeted at women and children. NAOWA exists in all the over 100 barracks of the Nigerian Army to see to the welfare families.
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