The author of many Islamic Studies books, founder of Federation of Muslim Women Associations in Nigeria(FOMWAN) and foremost educationist,Aisha Lemu died at the age of 79.

She joined her ancestors on Saturday in Minna, Niger State capital.

Isa Pantami, the Director-General of NITDA also confirmed her death and prayed for the repose of her gentle soul.

“May the Almighty Allah forgive and be Merciful to Shaykha Hajiya Aisha (The wife of Shaykh Ahmad Lemu)… Furthermore, may He (SWT) forgive our late parents and reward them with Firdaus,” Mr Pantami Isa tweeted.


In 1940,Lemu was born in Poole, Dorset, as Bridget Aisha Honey.She began to question her faith when she was thirteen years old and began to explore religions like Hinduism and Chinese Buddhism. She bagged her first degree in Chinese history,language and culture from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).She became a muslim in 1961 at the Islamic Cultural Centre after reading an Islamic text given to her by some muslims while in her first year of study. She later founded an Islamic Society at SOAS where she was its first secretary, and also helped in the creation of the Federation of Student Islamic Societies.

After her graduation from SOAS, Aisha proceeded to study English as a foreign language for postgraduate qualification and she met her husband, Sheikh Ahmed Lemu(who was studying at another University in London) during her postgraduate education.After her Postgraduate Certificate in Education in 1966, she moved to Kano in Nigeria to take up the position of teaching at the School for Arabic Studies there, where Sheikh Ahmed was the headmaster. She got married to Sheikh Lemu in April 1968 as a second wife. She later moved to Sokoto as the  principal of the Government Girls College.

Sheikh Ahmed,in 1976 was the Grand Qadi of the Sharia Court of Appeal of the State of Niger while Aisha was the principal of the Women’s Teachers College in Minna from 1976 to 1978. They both founded the Islamic Education Trust, now available in many Nigerian states.  Lemu was a member of the Islamic Studies Panel, that was set up to revise the national Islamic curriculum for different school levels by the Nigerian Educational Research Council.

The Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) was founded in 1985 by Aisha Lemu and other Muslim women and was elected as the first national Amirah of the association for four years.

Aisha Lemu died on the 5th of January, 2019 at Minna in Nigeria.

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