The Nigerian Navy on Monday decorated Navy Captain Jamila Malafa with her promoted rank of Commodore, equivalent with army rank of Brigadier General, making her the first female of Northern extraction to become a one-star general.
The Chief of Policy and Plans (COPP), Navy Headquarters Abuja, Rear Admiral Henry Babalola said it is a thing of pride to attained the rank of Commodore in the Navy, adding that there are a few women that have achieved such height. He noted that going by her resume the Nigerian Navy exposed her to a lot of courses and training during her career, capping it up with the prestigious MNI. He said her elevation should serve as an inspiration to women folk in the Armed Forces, adding that there is no limit to what they can achieve.
Commodore Malafa noted that she is the first female of northern extraction to be promoted to the rank of general in the Navy. She said the promotion inspires her to be more loyal and dedicated in her duties to the Navy and Nigeria.
Commodore Jamila Malafa was born in 1965 in Gombi Local Government Area of Adamawa state. She joined the Nigerian Navy in 1988 and was Commissioned as midshipman in 1990. A nurse by profession, she attended Yola School of Nursing and Midwifery for her national certificate. In 2004, she attended the University of Lagos for a Masters Degree in Constitution and Criminal Law, then proceeded to Malta for another Masters Degree in International Maritime Law in 2009.