Politics, Seat of Power

Profile of the women behind nigeria’s topmost contending candidates

PATIENCE JONATHAN

DAME Patience Jonathan, the wife of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, was born on October 25, 1957, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Though we could not get the name of the primary and secondary schools she attended, we gathered she finished her secondary in 1976 and passed her West African School Certificate Examination in 1980.  She was said to have gained admission into the Rivers State College of Art and Science, Port Harcourt, from where she obtained the National Certificate of Education (NCE) in Mathematics and Biology in 1989.

She was also said to have proceeded to the University of Port Harcourt, where she obtained B.Ed in Biology and Psychology.

Mrs. Jonathan started her career as a teacher at the Stella Maris College, Port Harcourt.  She also worked at Sports Institute, Isake.

She was also said to have worked in the banking sector where she served as Marketing Manager of Imiete Community Bank and later Akpo Community Bank, which she personally established.

She left the banking sector for the civil service, when she transferred her service from Rivers State Teaching Service, Port Harcourt to Bayelsa State Civil Service.

She was in the Bayelsa State Ministry of Education until 1999, when her husband became the deputy governors of Bayelsa State.

Mrs. Patience Jonathan is said to have two children for the president.

AISHA BUHARI

7vIsARqYg8CGCZu5demjBqr4MRS. Aisha Buhari, the wife of General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), was born in Adamawa State some 40 something years ago.

She was born into the family of the first Minister of Defense, Alhaji Mohammadu Ribadu.  She attended Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, where she bagged a Bachelors degree in Public Administration.  She also has a diploma in Physiotherapy and Beauty Therapy.

She is also an alumnus of the famous Carlton Institute of London and Academy Esthetique Beauty Institute of France, Dubai, where she earned a post graduate diploma in Cosmetology and Beauty Therapy.

Mrs. Aisha Buhari got married to the General in 1989 barely a year after he divorced his first wife, late Mrs. Safinatu Buhari, who bore him his first five children.

Mrs. Buhari, in the 26 years of her marriage to the General has also given birth to five children.  They are Aisha, Halima, Yusuf, Zarah and Amina.

She is the Managing Director of Hanzy Spa and principal of Hanzy Beauty Institute.

faith2AMINA NAMADI SAMBO

HAJIA Amina Namadi Sambo, the wife of Vice President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Alhaji Namadi Sambo, was born into the family of Mallam Abdu Lukat and Hajia Huwaila Abdu Lukat in Kano some 50 something years ago.  She is the third child of the family of 11 children.

She had her primary school education at Therbow School, Zaria.  Her secondary education was at St. Louis Secondary School, Kano. She was at Bayero University, Kano, where she obtained a Bachelors degree in Political Science.

She also attended Al-Manar International College, Kaduna, where she obtained a diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies.  She was the first lady of Kaduna State until May 2010, when her husband became the Vice President.  Between Hajia Amina Sambo and her husband are six children.

DOLAPO OSINBAJO

7vIsARqYg8CGCZu5demjBqr4-001MRS. Dolapo Oshinbajo, the wife of Professor Olayemi Oluleke Osinbajo, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Vice Presidential candidate, is a grand-daughter of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

Her mother was late Otunba Ayodele Soyode, who died of complications from cancer in 2011.  She was the third child of Chief Obafemi Awolowo and Chief (Mrs.) H.I.D Awolowo.  Her father is Mr. Tayo Soyode, who is still very much alive.

Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, who is the first child of her parents’ three children is said to be in her early 50s.  Her siblings are Mr. Ladipo Soyode and Dr. Femi Soyode.

She, like her late mother and husband, is also a lawyer.  She read Law at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, where she graduated in 1988.

The following year, 1989, she got married to her heartthrob, Mr. Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo, who later became Professor of Law.  They are blessed with three children – two boys and a girl.

She is the leader of the Ladies Fellowship of The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Jesus House Parish, Banana Island, Lagos.  She is also a philanthropist who has been taken care of abandoned children for some years now.

She even wrote her experience with the abandoned children in a book entitled, They Call Me Mama, from the Under Bridge Diaries, which was launched in October 2014.

BOLANLE PATIENCE AMBODE

vpMRS. , the wife of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in Lagos, like her husband, is from Epe Division of Lagos State.  She was born into Odukomaiya family in Epe, Lagos.

She was born on February 15, 1964.  She attended St. Theresa College, Ibadan, for her secondary school and Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos, where she graduated in Physics/Mathe-matics for her first degree in 1989 and later Masters degree in Public Administration in 1994.

She met her husband during her university days at Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos.  The husband, was then working in Ojo Local Government Council, Ojo.  They got married in 1991 and the marriage is blessed with twins – a boy and a girl.

Mrs. Ambode worked in many places before she started her bakery business.

She started as a staffer of defunct People’s Bank of Nigeria before she left to join Instant Finance Nigeria Limited and later Aguagem Consulting.

Before starting her bakery business, she travelled to Israel to attend short courses in bakery technology.

Today, she is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Rehoboth Chops and Confectioneries Limited.

The Rehoboth bread is said to be very popular among Lagosians.

She is also said to be a consummate and cheerful giver who has, for some years now, been donating to many motherless babies homes in and around Lagos metropolis.

ABIOLA AGBAJE

hhMRS. Abiola Agbaje, the wife of Mr. Olujimi Agbaje was born in 1958 to Mr. and Mrs. Bankole. Her father, Mr. Bankole was the first Chief Librarian of University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos.

It was at University of Lagos Staff School, Akoka, that she had her primary and secondary school education.

She later moved to University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile-Ife, Osun State, where she graduated in Law.  It was while at University of Ife, that she met Mr. Jimi Agbaje, who was also a student studying Pharmacy.

The lovebirds courted for eight years before they tied the knot in 1982.

The union which will be 33 years this year is blessed with three children – two males and a female.

One of the children, Jide Abiola Agbaje, who is a lawyer like his mother, got married on December 26, 2013.

Mrs. Agbaje started her career at Federal Mortgage Bank and Mutual Trust Savings and Loans from where she retired some years back.

Presently, Mrs. Abiola Agbaje is the Chairman of Nigerian Society for the Blind.

-TOLANI ABATTI

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