Daisy Danjuma: Biography, Education, Career, Marriage, Net Worth, Achievements and Controversies

By Balogun Kamilu Lekan

Biography

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Daisy Ukpomwan Ehanire Danjuma is a businesswoman and a politician who was the first female senator in Edo State.

She was born on the 6th of August 1952 to  Ighodaro Ehanire and Marry Ehanire in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria.

Daisy is 70 years old as of 2022.

She currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of May & Baker Nigeria Plc and vice chairman of South Atlantic Petroleum (SAPETRO),  a Nigerian oil and gas exploration and production company founded by her husband, TY Danjuma.

Education

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Daisy attended Government Secondary School, Benin city, Edo state for her secondary education before heading to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where she obtained a BA in Law in 1976. 

She was however called to bar in 1977.

She is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School

Career

After graduation, Daisy observed her one-year mandatory national youth service with the Ministry of Justice of Lagos State as a State Counsel. She also served as a legal counsel to the Legal Aid Council of Nigeria.

From 1977 to 1978, she worked with Nigerian Acceptances Limited (NAL) as an Executive Assistant.

She also worked as Company Secretary/Legal Adviser with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) from 1982 to 1992.

From 1999-2003, she was the Chairman of South Atlantic Petroleum Limited

In 2003, Daisy was elected Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria representing Edo South.

While in office as a senator, Daisy oversees the Senate Committee on Women Affairs and Youth Development and the Women and Child Rights Committee of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS Parliament). 

She was also a member of the Senate Committees on Health, Education, Finance and Land Transport of the National Assembly

While in that capacity, she also served as a member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)

Daisy however lost her reelection in 2007

She currently serves as the Chairman of May & Baker Nigeria Plc and the Chairman of the Lagos Public Interest Law Partnership.

Mrs Danjuma is also a director of South Atlantic Petroleum Ltd. and the Hid Awolowo Foundation, as well as a member of the International Bar Association and the International Federation of Women Lawyers.

In 2017, Daisy reportedly retired from politics to give her business ample attention.

Marriage

Daisy is married to the former Nigerian Army General and one-time Nigeria’s minister of defence, Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma (TY Danjuma) who is also the founder of the oil exploration company, South Atlantic Petroleum.

She is married with five children.

Net worth

An online source valued her net worth to be $1.5 million; but this cannot be independently verified.

Achievements

A member of the International Bar Association (IBA), The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA).

Below are some of her current positions  

  • May & Baker Nigeria plc – Chairman
  • Lagos Public Interest Law Partnership – Chairman
  • South Atlantic Petroleum Ltd. Executive – Vice Chairman
  • Hid Awolowo Foundation – Trustee
  • International Bar Association – Member
  • International Federation of Women Lawyers – Member

Senator Danjuma has been at the forefront of the campaign against female genital mutilation in Edo & some other parts of Nigeria & West Africa.

Through the TY Danjuma Foundation, Daisy has also helped with the provision of glasses and cataract surgeries for affected persons

Also in her capacity, she has provided Micro (macro) Finance and ran ‘Skills Acquisition Training Programs’ for women in Edo South

Controversy

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While in office as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the then president of the federation, President Olusegun Obasanjo opted to extend his stay in office beyond the two terms stated in the constitution. This move needed to pass a vote of confidence at the senate which Daisy was a member

It was however reported that Mrs Danjuma’s husband, General TY Danjuma (rtd) threatened to throw her out of his house if she vote in favour of the unconstitutional move.


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