Bola Tinubu is a Nigerian politician that served as the Democratic Governor of Lagos State from 1999 until 2007, upon the completion of his second term tenure. He is also the national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, a political party in Nigeria established in 2013 from the merger of several opposition fragments. He holds the titles of Asiwaju of Lagos State and the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom of Niger State. He is married to Oluremi Tinubu, a serving Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial district in the Nigerian National Assembly.
This is all you need to know about Oluremi Tinubu:
Early Life and Education
Oluremi Tinubu is a native of Ogun State-born on September 21, 1960. Last, of twelve children, Oluremi spent her childhood in her Ogun State, where she received elementary and secondary school education. After acquiring her First School Leaving Certificate, FSLC, upon completion of her basic education, Oluremi proceeded to obtain West African Senior Senior Certificate Examination from Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State in 1979. Thereafter, Oluremi received a National Certificate of Education in Botany and Zoology from the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo City, Ondo State in 1982. With the desire for developing her human capital, Oluremi went on to acquire a Bachelor’s degree in Biology Education from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Osun State. In 2010, Oluremi earned a Post Graduate Diploma in Theology from the Redeemed Christian Bible College in Ogun State. In 2018, eight years after her Post-Graduate Diploma from the Redeemed Christian Bible College, Oluremi was ordained as a Pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Marriage and Family Life
Bola Tinubu had rapport with the family of Oluremi, as he was a friend to her elder sister. This elder sister was instrumental to the relationship of Oluremi and Bola Tinubu because of her matchmaking skills of introducing the two to each other. In 1987, Oluremi and Bola Tinubu got married. The union has produced three children; Folashade, Seyi, and Abibat.
Armed with a degree in Education, Oluremi Tinubu worked as a secondary school teacher for a short period until her husband, Bola Tinubu was democratically elected as Governor of Lagos State in 1999. As the wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Oluremi Tinubu was involved in social activism within Lagos State. In 2000, Oluremi Tinubu established New Era Foundation with the organization’s objectives geared towards the development of women, children and youth; promotion of public awareness and sensitization on environmental health and protection issues, among other set goals. The New Era Foundation set up by Oluremi Tinubu is notable for the organization of several programmes such as Spelling Bee, Council of One Day Governors, Wheelchair Tennis Championship, New Era Youth Camp, NEYOCA, and others. These programmes were designed to foster mental, intellectual and physical competition among the young ones and develop a culture of healthy rivalry for better performance.
Oluremi Tinubu occupied the position of Matron of Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials, COWOLSO, a community-based gender organization working to complement the efforts of the Lagos State Government on pertinent issues relating to child healthcare, women empowerment, and environmental protection. For the eight years as First Lady of Lagos State, Oluremi Tinubu made indispensable impacts from her various quasi-official roles.
In 2011, Oluremi Tinubu tested the waters of politics as she contested for the position of Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial district under the umbrella of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN. She was successful at the polls, and that marked her foray into national politics. With support from her constituency, Lagos Central, Oluremi Tinubu ran for a second term under the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2015, where she was yet successful at the pools. For over eight years, Oluremi Tinubu has made indelible impacts at the Upper Chamber of the bicameral legislature, the National Assembly of Nigeria. Some of her contributions in the National Assembly include Oluremi Tinubu’s push for reform of the Nigerian Postal Service in March 2021, NIPOST, and the campaign for the creation of State Police in 2020. Oluremi Tinubu occupies the position of Chairman, Senate Committee on Communications.
The wife of the APC Chieftain is an accomplished businesswoman, and also a Pastor with the Redeemed Christian Church of God.