Following the governorship elections in the country last week, some governors in the South West have secured their seats for a second term. Though they are always in the public glare due to the nature of their jobs, not much is known about their wives. Society Plus takes a look at the returning First Ladies and how they have supported their husbands in positively impacting the lives of their people
The First Lady of Lagos State, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has been quite consistent in support for the women wing of the All Progressives Congress, the platform through which her husband, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, rose to political power.
Born on January 8, 1967, she holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree from the University of Lagos, Lagos State. Also, she holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital and Health Management, Diploma in Anesthesia, Master’s of Public Health, and Master’s in Business Administration.
She is also a member of the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria, Lagos Anesthetic Association, Medical Women Association of Nigeria, and Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, where she is currently serving as the Chairman.
Before she became the First Lady, she had served the Lagos State Government for 25 years, rising through the ranks to become the Chief Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer of Harvey Road Comprehensive Health Centre, Yaba, and later General Hospital, Somolu.
During her emergence as the new Chairman of COWLSO, Sanwo-Olu promised to do her best to move the organisation to the next level.
On the heels of the electoral violence that trailed the general elections, she visited hospitals to commiserate with people attacked by thugs in the state.
After her husband’s re-election, she thanked the people of the state for voting for him. She wrote on Instagram, “Thank you Lagos. The reward for hard work is more work, and Lagosians should expect more work from Mr Governor and his team.”
Tamunominini, the wife of the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, is a beautiful and stylish woman. She has also been very supportive of her husband’s political career over the years.
She is also passionate about the women of the state. One of her pet projects is creating empowerment programmes for women. Speaking about her aim for her empowerment programmes, she had said in 2020, “I want you to know that the present administration has the interest of women at heart, because women play a vital role in the society.”
Tamunominini, who is Ijaw from Rivers State, studied Engineering at the Thomas University, Texas, the United States of America.
The First Lady of Ogun State, Bamidele Abiodun, is one woman who has always thrown her weight behind her husband.
Born on July 16, 1966; her father, Prof Oladipo Oduye, was a former Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Oyo State. In 1998, she bagged a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology from the same university.
On February 6, 2019, Abiodun partnered with First City Monument Bank for the She Ventures programme, an initiative focused on ‘boosting the economic capacity of women by offering both financial and non-financial support to small and medium scale businesses owned by women’.