For a woman who has a pioneer and great leadership record in the prestigious Nigerian secondary school, Queen’s College located at Yaba, Lagos, Dr Iphigenia Efunjoke Coker deserves nothing but accolades.
The 95-year-old amazon is a Nigerian foremost educationist and the first indigenous principal of Queen’s College and the 9th principal of the prestigious college.
She is also an old student of the college and the longest-serving principal (1963-1977).
Coker, 95, has been described by old students of the college as hard-working and honest, revered for her selfless service and love.
The president of Queen’s College Old Students Association, Dr Funmi Ajose, described the 95-year-old woman as a role model to her students who emulated her values to attain success in their various careers.
Coker was in 1979 conferred with the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR).
In 2016, Coker clinched the highly exalted 2016 KARIS award. At the awards ceremony, Mike Igbokwe, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), said Coker “transformed Queen’s College, Lagos into that premier school for girls in Nigeria, training the girls to become ladies and installing, with a very firm but loving hand, the values of integrity, hard work, honesty and respect.”
After retirement, Coker has served as a member of the governing council of both the University of Ibadan and the Yolanda Polytechnic.
She also served as president of the Zonta International Club of Lagos, president of the Red Cross Society in Lagos state, and so on.