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Kemi Nelson turns 60, disappoints friends

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‘I’m tired of parties’

Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson, the South West Women Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC) and one of the heartbeats of social life in Lagos metropolis is 60 today, Tuesday, February 9, 2016.

That you will say is good news. The bad news is that the toast of social parties in Lagos metropolis is not throwing any big party to mark her diamond jubilee.

The ageless socialite cum politician said she will be going to church (Archbishop Vining Memorial Church, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos) for a thanksgiving at 7am after which everybody will disperse to their various homes.

ENCOMIUM Weekly gathered that friends and well wishers expected at the thanksgiving have been informed through SMS.

ENCOMIUM Weekly spoke with Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson on why she did not want to celebrate her 60th birthday in a big way.


1-Kemi-Nelson-2We gathered that you are 60 today, Tuesday, February 9, 2016.


We will appreciate it ma, if you will grant us an interview for this special occasion?

I don’t want to do interview.

Turning 60 is not a mean achievement?

I have told you what I am going to do. I am just going to church at 7am. Those who are my friends should join me to take holy communion, that’s all.

Which church is that?

Archbishop Vining Memorial Church.

What will happen after the church service?

Nothing. Everybody should go back to their homes.

There will not be any reception?

No. I am not hosting any reception. I will only host children and that will be on Sunday, February 14, 2016. It is for children who are below 12. If you are above 12, please don’t come.

Where are you going to do this?

Lekki, Big Fish. That is the way I want to celebrate my 60th birthday. I am tired of all these partying, partying. For a change, let us do something different. We are in for a change now.


Chief (Mrs.) Nelson was born in Lagos 60 years ago to a Lagos born mother and Ijebu father. She had her secondary school education at Anglican Girls Grammar School, Ijebu-Ode and her tertiary education at University Teaching Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, where she trained as a nurse and mid-wife.

She attended Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo, where she had a diploma in law and Masters degree in Business Administration.

Her work career started with UCH, Ibadan, as a nurse and mid-wife. Upon her graduation, she left UCH, Ibadan to become the medical representative of Beecham Ltd, in Lagos. She later opened the first business centre on Allen Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos.

Her foray into politics started in the 80s during General Babangida’s regime when she joined the defunct National Republican Convention (NRC). She was NRC senatorial candidate for Lagos West Senatorial district in 1992 and was defeated by Bola Ahmed Tinubu in that year’s National Assembly election.

Again, during Abacha’s regime, she was a member UNCP, the political platform she contested for Ikeja Federal Constituent in 1998 and won before the death of Abacha truncated her dream of becoming a member of House Representatives.

In 1999, she joined Alliance for Democracy (AD) and later became a member of Bola Tinubu’s cabinet first as Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Job Creation and later Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, the position she held till 2003.

Today, aside being the women leader, South West and Lagos State for All Progressives Congress (APC), she is one of the deciding factors in Ikeja politics.

Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson is married to Mr. Adeyemi Nelson, a retired director of Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs. Their love affair started during their secondary school days when she was just in form two at Anglican Girls Grammar School, Ijebu-Ode and Adeyemi was in form four at Birch Freeman High School, Surulere, Lagos. They got married in 1987 and had three children two of whom are already parents themselves.

Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Nelson is well known in social circle for her low cut hair style, her unique head-gear and her dancing prowess.


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