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As the race for the 2023 General Elections gathers momentum, all eyes are on the Presidential Candidates, and their running mates. Little or nothing is said or known about their prospective spouse, those who will appear beside them at some special functions.
Since the beginning of this political dispensation, the Office of the First Lady, (though not constitutionally recognized) has been occupied by interesting characters.
From the flamboyant late Stella Obasanjo, the Charismatic Hajiya Turai Umar Musa Yar’Adua and never forgetting the garrulous Mama Peace Jonathan and the incumbent Hajia Aisha Buhari, Nigeria has been blessed with colorful First Ladies.
Who takes over from the incumbent Aisha in 2023, The Matrix profiles some of the leading contenders. Please note that this list is not exhaustive!
Bola Tinubu’s wife, Oluremi Tinubu was born on September 21, 1960, in Ogun State, Nigeria. She is a former first lady of Lagos State and a Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District at the National Assembly. Like her husband, she is a member of the All-Progressive Congress (APC).
Oluremi started her education at Our Lady of Apostles Secondary school Ijebu Ode, where she obtained her West Africa Senior School Certificate Exam(WASSCE) IN 1979. She received B.Ed. in Education from the University of Ife, and a National Certificate of Education in Botany and Zoology from Adeyemi College of Education.
Oluremi was one of over 100 senators re-elected from the 7th assembly to the 8th assembly in 2015. At the 2019 general elections, she retained her senatorial seat representing Lagos Central, making it her third tenure in office.
Tinubu has sponsored bills in the House, including a bill to reform the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) to make it a more viable entity. She had also called for the creation of state police as a way of tackling the rising spate of insecurity in the country.
She received the award for the most impactful female senator at The Guardian-organised International Women’s Day Summit 2021. She was listed alongside Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Tony Elumelu and other Nigerians for the Eko Excellence Awards in 2019.
Amina Titilayo Atiku-Abubakar
Titi Abubakar was born to the Albert family in Ilesa Osun State on June 6, 1949. She is former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s wife.
She had her primary education in Lafiaji, Lagos then proceeded to St. Mary’s Iwo, Osun State for her secondary education up until 1969.
In 1971, she got married to Atiku Abubakar, who was at the time a young customs officer. She then proceeded to further her education at the Kaduna State Polytechnic. Apart from English, she speaks Yoruba and Hausa languages fluently.
She is an advocate of women and child rights, the founder of the Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF) and the initiator of the private bill that led to the establishment of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Margaret was the First Lady of Anambra State when her husband, Peter Obi was governor of the state from 2006 to 2014. Magret Obi nee Usen, from Akwa-Ibom State, got married to the Labour Party’s flag bearers in 1992.
During her husband’s tenure as governor, she partnered with the State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development (MWASD) to institutionalise Anambra State Annual Mothers’ Summit, a program targeted at gender equity. She also partnered National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Person (NAPTIP) to rehabilitate female victims of human trafficking.
Opeyemi is a Nigerian-American. She holds a BA from the State University of New York, Binghamton in 1995 and an MBA from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester in 1997. She is the Vice President, Head of Consumer engagement at Teladoc Health. She worked as an executive at American Express, Citigroup and Delta Airlines.
Salamatu Rabiu Musa
Salamatu is the former First Lady of Kano State. She attended Government Girls College (GGC) Kabo. She is rarely seen in the media.
Queen Lillian Adebayo
Queen Lillian Adebayo, wife of Barrister Adewole Adebayo, Presidential Candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) is a woman of timber and caliber.
She was recently named “Yoruba Woman of the Year” by the Yoruba Heritage Group.
The Award was presented to her on Thursday, 30th of September, 2021, at the Adegbemile Cultural Centre Hall in Akure.
She is renowned for her philanthropy through the” Queen Lillian Adebayo Foundation’s initiative in Ondo State”.
Queen Lillian Adebayo, a Delta State native, founded the Queen Lillian Adebayo Foundation (QLAF). She has successfully supported many disadvantaged students in primary, secondary, and tertiary schools across the country and beyond through this Foundation.
QLAF is also addressing the country’s diversity gaps, youth empowerment, and the empowerment of underprivileged women.
Victoria Arafat Ossom Abiola
Victoria Arafat Ossom got married to Kola Abiola in 1992. The daughter of a Delta High Priest, Victoria also maintains a low-profile. However, if her husband manages to win the 2023 Election like his father did many years ago, you can be sure that she will be thrusted to the limelight as the first lady.
Adama Indimi Ado-Ibrahim
Adama is the wife of Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim, the presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party, YPP.
She is also the daughter of Borno billionaire Mohammed Indimi. She is half Nigerian and half Swiss-Chadian. She is a model and runs a travel agency, Kauna Solutions. Her mother is half Swiss and half Chadian. Adama studied at Lynn University Florida, USA.
If her husband wins, she will definitely bring a lot of glamour and class to the Office of the First Lady.