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From the Executive Director: In Memoriam

November 8, 2010

I am saddened to report the passing of one of the alumni of IRIS’s Nigerian Women in Leadership group. Rachael Adanchin of Bokkos in Plateau State, Nigeria, passed away last week in her home.


Rachael Adanchin, 1952 - 2010

Rachael Adanchin, 1952 - 2010

Rachael was part of a group of adults who traveled to Iowa in October and November of 2008 and witnessed the presidential elections here. She was chosen as part of the Women in Leadership group because of her role as one of the few female village chiefs (town mayor) in her state.

While she initially received the title of village chief after the passing of her husband, Rachael always saw herself as much more than just another political official. She felt that she was the official mother of the community and therefore responsible for the care and well-being of everyone in her village.

She never stopped trying to improve herself and she knew the value of a good education. In 2002, at the age of 50, she received her Masters Degree in Public Administration. She pushed for all of her children to continue their education as far as they could.

She was a perfect fit for a guest to Iowa, as we learned when she listed her three hobbies: farming, football and assisting the less privileged. She loved learning about agriculture in Iowa, gardening and all the many social services available to those in need in the state.  She took in everything and was very anxious to return home with the knowledge she learned here.

Rachael leaves behind four children (two boys and two girls) and the admiration of her entire village as well as those of us in Iowa who had the privilege to know her. We will miss her wonderful laugh and her infectious smile. She will be missed in both of the countries she touched.  Rest in peace, my friend.

Rachael Michael Adanchin
1952 – 2010


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3 Comments leave one →
  1. RAHAB BALA permalink
    November 23, 2010 9:59 AM

    Mummy we love you but God loves you best. Rest in peace!

  2. dora adanchin permalink
    June 6, 2011 7:19 AM

    You were very smart and brave.I love how heled people that could not help themselves.God bless u

  3. FABONG HOPE-Adanchin permalink
    May 2, 2012 10:37 PM

    Rachel Adanchin was a woman of noble charactera,humble and above all generous to a fault. Your memory will always remain fresh in our mind. I love you and will always do

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