Lucy Selina Lameck Somi was born in 1934 near to Mount
Kilimanjaro. She was a Tanzanian politician and the first woman to hold a ministerial
post in the government. Born into a politically active farming, she trained as
a nurse in 1950, before becoming involved in politics. She first entered the
Tanganyika National Assembly in 1960, before being elected to the Tanzania
National Assembly in 1965, a seat she would hold until 1992.
Lucy studied Politics at Ruskin on a scholarship from the Trades Union Congress.