H.E Oluremi Tinubu: An Epitome of Bravery and Strength

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Celebrating H.E Oluremi Tinubu on her 63rd birthday.

Oluremi Tinubu CON OON was born on September 21, 1960. She is from the Ogun State family of Ikusebiala. Oluremi is a politician and the current first lady of Nigeria. When her husband was governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007, she served as the state’s first lady. From 2011 until 2023, she served as the senator for the Lagos Central Senatorial District in the Nigerian National Assembly.

In 1979, Oluremi earned her West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Exam (WASSCE) at Our Lady of Apostles Secondary School in Ijebu-Ode. In 2010, she earned a PGD from The Redeemed Christian Bible College. She graduated with a B.S. in education from the University of Ife and an Adeyemi College of Education National Certificate of Education in Botany and Zoology.

While serving as the first lady of Lagos State, she founded the New Era Foundation, which is committed to developing centres for “all-around development of young ones and promote public awareness on environmental health and community service.”

She was elected to a third term as a senator for Lagos Central after successfully defending her seat in the general elections of 2019.

She has won a number of honours and awards, including the Officer of the Order of the Niger [OON] national award, member of the Kings University Board of Trustees, Ode-Omu; the Ghana Noble International Award for Leadership (2004); and the Gambian Diamond Award for Immense Contribution to the Emancipation of People from Poverty (2005).

She was included on the nomination list for the 2019 Eko Excellence Awards together with Tony Elumelu, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and other well-known individuals. At the International Women’s Day Summit 2021, which was organised by The Guardian, she was also given the prize for the most influential female senator. She advocated for the establishment of state police in 2020 as a means of combating the nation’s increasing levels of insecurity.

Her Youth Empowerment and Skill Acquiration Scheme, which she co-founded with the Good Boys and Girls Empowerment Scheme (GBGES), has created 1’172 beneficiaries. She is a strong proponent of investing in society’s human capital. A total of 164 youngsters received training in a variety of skills along with start-up kits and money totaling roughly N40,000 each.

Oluremi is married to Bola Tinubu, the president of Nigeria, and the couple has three children. His three children from prior relationships, Olajide Tinubu (dead), Folashade Tinubu, and Oluwaseyi Tinubu, have her as their stepmother. Oluremi is a pastor at the Redeemed Christian Church of God. She was ordained in 2018 at the church’s 66th annual convention with the theme “Dominion” at the Old Arena of the RCCG on the Lagos/Ibadan Motorway. She also serves as Grand Matron of the COWLSO, which is comprised of the wives of Lagos State officials.

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