Mary Noel Berje is the first female Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor of Niger State, and an advocate of women’s emancipation, youths empowerment as well as good governance.
Married to Mr. Noel-Berje Shekwolo, the Union is blessed with three lovely children.
Born and raised in Minna, Niger State, North Central Region of Nigeria to the Gbagyi tribe known for Agricultural prowess, Mary Noel-Berje began her primary education in the then Central Primary school, Minna which is now known as IBB Primary School, and her Secondary education at the Federal Government Girls College Benin.
She is an alumnus of two great Universities, haven bagged a Diploma in Mass Communication and B.Sc in political science from the Universities of Jos and Abuja respectively.
Mary Noel-Berje, strengthened her career in the world of communication when she joined the famous Nigerian Television Authority NTA Africa’s largest Television Network in 1998 to contribute to an enduring profession in the broadcast industry.
Out of her desire to cater to less privileged and vulnerable women and children in society, she founded the AYEWOSAI Foundation; an NGO that has been providing financial, moral, social, and educational support to thousands of women, youths, and children irrespective of their religious and cultural backgrounds.
Her philanthropic lifestyle has earned her several awards by Youth Associations, Social, cultural and religious groups as well as International NGOs
Mary Noel Berje is the immediate past Chairperson of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists NAWOJ, Niger State Chapter which during her administration, the Association recorded tremendous support.
Mary Noel Berje through her leadership was able to galvanise governmental and non-governmental support for the Association to be able to carry out laudable projects. One of which was the construction of a standard Secretariat for the Association. This was said to be the first of its in the entire country.
Her leadership also organised and hosted the NAWOJ Triennial National Delegate Conference in Minna the Niger State Capital which is adjudged the best so far in the history of NAWOJ.
Mary Noel Berje has been an advocate of women’s emancipation, youth empowerment as well as good governance.
Serving humanity has been her passion even in her present position, She has not relented hence we believe, if given a higher position, she will deploy all her wealth of experience to provide the needed leadership and good governance in Niger State.
Also in recognition of her sterling leadership style, dedication and commitment to make the society a better place, she has been honoured and presented with awards of excellence by national and international organisations among which are an “International Peace Advocate by the UN-POLAC Foundation; Legacy of true leadership award by Leadership News Magazine in Dubai; Icon Gender Advocate award by Campaign for Democracy, Human Rights Advocacy, Civil Society.
Icon and Grand Commander of Nigeria Students by the National Association of Polytechnic Students was conferred on her. The Nigerian Youth Organisation for Leadership and Right Activation also bestowed on her Chief Doyen of Nigerian Youth.
She was honoured as a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria, based on her outstanding Prowess in Administration Matters.
Even her tribe, the Gbagyi Students Association of Nigeria, Niger State Chapter, recognised her contribution to Nation building and presented an award of excellence to her.