Behind every successful man is a woman and behind every successful governor is a woman who supports her husband.
They are the first ladies of the states their husbands govern. They are beautiful, classy and hardworking. Apart from their good looks, they have achieved a lot for themselves.
How much do you know about the First Lady of your state? Do you know where they are from, their educational background and how they are helping the society?
NAIJ.com has compiled a list of first ladies from the south west and some important facts about them.
1. Ekiti state: Mrs. Feyisetan Fayose
Mother of four, Mrs. Fayose was born on January 8, 1964, in Ibadan to the Makinde family of Erio – Ekiti. She is the daughter of a retired Chief Superintendent of Police. She is the founder of the Feyi Fayose Trust Foundation (FFTF). The foundation’s aim is to contribute to the meaningful development of women, children, the youths, the aged and the handicapped.
This woman of God is a prayer warrior. Before her husband’s return to the Government House as governor, she served as matron of the National Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) Women Wing.
2. Lagos state: Mrs. Bolanle Ambode
Born into the Odukomaiya family in Epe, Lagos on February 15, 1964, Mrs. Ambode got married to her husband in 1991 and the marriage is blessed with a set of twins, a boy and a girl.
She attended St. Theresa’s College, Ibadan, Oyo state, Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, Lagos where she studied Physics/Mathematics and later bagged a Masters (M Sc) in Public Administration in 1994.
She attended courses in Bakery Technology in Israel, after which she started her confectionery business. She is currently the MD/CEO of Rehoboth Chops and Confectioneries Limited.
She has a pet project called Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative (HOFOWEM). This initiative seeks to impact the lives of underprivileged women, widows and expectant mothers, while also seeking to help rehabilitate vulnerable children and encourage their education.
3. Ogun state: Mrs. Olufunsho Amosun
She was born on May 2, 1966 to the family of (Late) Bishop Ayoade and Elder Christiana Odesanya. She had her primary education at St James Norland school in the United Kingdom. She returned home to attend Yejide Girls Grammar school in Ibadan (1977-1982). From there, she proceeded to Oyo State College of Arts and Science before gaining admission into University of Ife, now known as Obafemi Awolowo University where she bagged a BA.ED in English Education. She holds a master Degree in Guidance and Counseling from University of Lagos.
As the First Lady of Ogun state, she has a foundation called Understanding People’s Limiting & Inhibiting Factors Today (UPLIFT) through which she impacts positively on the lives of the less privileged in the society, particularly women and children. Her empowerment initiatives are aimed at giving to the less privileged and empowering them in order to be self-independent and self-sufficient.
4. Ondo state: Mrs. Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu
She is an indigene of Emeabiam in Owerri LGA of Imo state. She was born on July 20, 1953 to the family of Chief and Mrs. B. Anyanwu. She is a graduate of Zoology from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and also has a master’s in Fisheries (major in Aquaculture) from University of the Philippines. She has her own fish farm known as Aquatek Farms Ventures, in Ibadan, Oyo state.
After she was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 1997, she underwent treatment and eventually survived the deadly disease. After her ordeal, she started a nonprofit organization known as Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN). The organization focuses mainly on awareness of the disease.
Her marriage is blessed with 4 children.
5. Osun state: Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola
Born in 1960, she is a graduate of Catering and Hotel Management from the Lagos State Polytechnic. She established a foundation named Sheri Care Foundation (SCARF). Its activities revolve around care for the aged, the needy, people with physical challenges, widows and the young ones. She also has special interest in the issues of Environmental Conservation especially climate change and environmental sanitation.
6. Oyo state: Mrs. Florence Ajimobi
She was born in Benin city on April 5, 1959, into the renowned Hajaig family of Lebanon. Her early childhood was in Ibadan where the strong values of the Catholic Church was instilled in her by her mother. She attended at Bodija International School, from where she proceeded to Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Ibadan. She studied secretarial studies and management at the Polytechnic Ibadan.
Her pet project, The Access to Basic Medical Care Programme (ABC) was borne out of the need to ensure healthcare for people in the rural areas of the 33 local governments in Oyo State. The initiative is galvanized by the specific need to extend basic health care solutions to the masses, especially, those within significant distance to the town centres.’
She is a mother of five. No doubt, her Lebanese roots contributed to her dazzling beauty.
In the NAIJ.com video below, Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun state showed men how women should be treated as he drove his wife, Funsho, from the cultural centre in Kuto, Abeokuta, to their residence after a march against gender-based violence.