Senator Oluremi Tinubu: Biography, Education, Career, Marriage, Net Worth, Achievements and Controversy

By Balogun Kamilu Lekan

Biography

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Oluremi Tinubu is an academician, pastor, philanthropist, and politician.

She was born on September 21st, 1960. Oluremi Tinubu is 62 years old as of 2022.

She is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), serving as the incumbent Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District at the Nigerian National Assembly and formerly served as the first lady of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007.

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Oluremi Tinubu is also an ordained pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

Education

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Oluremi attended Our Lady of the Apostles College for her secondary education before proceeding to Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, to obtain a National Certificate in Education (NCE).

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She then headed to the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, to acquire a degree in Biology Education.

Oluremi holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Theology(PGD) from the Redeemed Bible College, Ogun State.

Career

Oluremi started as a high school teacher before venturing fully into politics.

When her husband, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was the governor of Lagos state between 1999 to 2007, Oluremi was the first lady. She held the office with astute charisma and initiated life-touching programs, especially for children and women. One is the New Era Foundation, which is responsible for the “all-round development of young ones and promotes public awareness of environmental health and community service.”

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She was elected into the National assembly in 2011 in a controversial election challenged at the Legislative House Election Petition Tribunal. She got cleared and the election was upheld in 2012.

She has since established herself as one of the most charismatic senators in the national assembly.

Oluremi sits as one of the few women on the floor of the distinguished senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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She currently serves as a third-timer in the senate.

Oluremi is an advocate for the creation of state police to tackle insecurity in the country.

In 2021, Oluremi proposed a bill to revitalise the Nigerian Postal Service (NIPOST) to revive its viability.

Marriage

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She is married to the former Governor of Lagos State and the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress(APC) for the 2023 general election, Senator Bola Tinubu.

Their marriage is blessed with three children. 

Net worth

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An online source reported that her net worth is valued at an estimated $2 million. However, NewsWireNGR cannot independently verify this at the moment.

Achievements

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Below is a glimpse of some of her awards.

  • Officer of the Order of the Niger [OON]
  • Ghana Noble International Award for Leadership
  • Gambian Diamond Award for Immense Contribution to the Emancipation of People from Poverty 
  • Most impactful female Senator, by The Guardian 
  • Eko Excellence Awards in 2019.

She also sits as the Grand Matron of the Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO)

Controversy

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In a video that went viral on the internet in 2019, Senator Oluremi was seen making a statement in Yoruba about evicting Igbos living in Lagos State and inheriting their wealth. 

Furthermore, she also said the deities of the land would be invoked to chase the Igbos out of Lagos.

Translating her utterances, she said, “We will invoke all the deities of Lagos to chase Igbo people out.

“Igbos who refuse to learn our language.

“Igbos who didn’t marry Yoruba, we will inherit them.

“Given how much we love Igbo, you now want to spoil everything.

“You are not the only tribe in this place.

“Hausas are here; we accommodate them.

“Calabars are here, we accommodate them.

“But Igbo are proving difficult.

“We will inherit you.

“We will invoke Lagos deities to chase away the Igbos who refused to learn our language.

“Those that insist not to marry the Yorubas, we will inherit their belongings.

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In 2016, Senator Oluremi was involved in a kerfuffle with a fellow senator, Senator Dino Melaye, at a closed-door meeting. It was reported that Senator Dino Melaye had threatened to beat her up and impregnate her.

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