The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the football community in Nigeria have been thrown into mourning following the death of women’s football administrator Henrietta Ukaigwe who passed on Tuesday, July 14, 2020.
Ukaigwe, a leading women's football promoter, administrator and journalist, died after a brief illness.
“The death of Henrietta Ukaigwe is a devastating blow to the game of women’s football in Nigeria,” NFF General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, said in a statement.
“We are still in rude shock at her premature departure, but we collectively take solace in the fact that she left her formidable footprints in the sands of time. We pray that God will give her eternal rest and also grant those she has left behind the fortitude to bear the big loss,”
The Imo State-born journalist was a fierce advocate for women’s football in Nigeria. She was a member of the board of the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL).
Ukaigwe was at the head of a corp of women’s football-passionate reporters and stakeholders who birthed the Female Football Interest Group, comprising several individuals who actively promoted and energetically projected the women’s game and made it an item of consequence in the media and public space across the nation from the nineties.
Ukaigwe worked at the Vanguard Newspapers, MINAJ Broadcasting Service, Super Screen television and a couple of other media houses before serving as Co-ordinator of the Senior Women National Team, Super Falcons.