Babajide Sanwo-Olu Basic Information
|Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu
|Politician, Civil Servant, and Businessman
|Date Of Birth/Age:
|25 June 1965(58) Years Old
|Place of Birth:
|5 ft 11 in
Babajide Sanwo-Olu Biography
His Excellency Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu (born 25 June 1968) is the current Governor of Lagos State in Nigeria. He was born in Lagos State, Nigeria.
Sanwo-Olu graduated from the University of Lagos with a BSc in Surveying and an MBA. He attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government, London Business School, and Lagos Business School. He is a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Training and Development(NITAD) and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).
He was elected Governor on the platform of the All Progressives Congress after contesting and unexpectedly winning the All Progressives Congress gubernatorial primaries against incumbent Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in October 2019. He holds degrees from the University of Lagos, the London Business School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Before running for Governor, he was the managing director and CEO of the Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC)
He was born into a Christian home of Mr. and Mrs. Sanwo-Olu. Much information isn’t known about his family as it’s common among most prominent personalities to keep their family life away from the eyes of the prying Public.
As earlier stated, information about his family, including his parents, is scarce on the internet as he prefers them to stay under the radar and lead their simple lives without continuous harassment from the media and the Public.
It is not on record which his siblings are as the family all respect his office and the fact that he is a high-profile personality, and as a result, they’re kept out of the news.
Sanwo-Olu and his wife have four children. During His 2015 inauguration, Sanwo-Olu was seen standing with his two sons and two daughters.
In an interview, Sanwo-Olu stated that his children inspired him to run for Governor. He remarked that his children called his attention to the fact that he was a seasoned administrator with around 17 years of service in government, during which he said he served in several positions that exposed him to the complexities of administration and economic policy-making.
He was recently involved in a paternity dispute in which a Delta State woman claimed he was her son’s father, “Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu.”
Babajide Sanwo-Olu is married to Dr. Claudiana Carrena Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu and has four children. Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu is both a doctor and an administrator. She is of Brazilian Descent.
She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), as well as a Master of Business Administration degree (MBA).
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu was the treasurer at the erstwhile Lead Merchant Bank from 1994 to 1997, following which he became the head of the foreign money market at the United Bank for Africa. After that, he became a deputy general manager and divisional director for First Inland Bank, Plc (now First City Monument Bank). In addition, he was the chairman of Baywatch Group Limited and First Class Group Limited.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu began his political career in 2003 when he was appointed Special Advisor on Business Affairs to Femi Pedro, the then-Deputy Governor of Lagos State. He served as the interim Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget until 2007, when he was appointed Commissioner for Trade and Industry by then-Governor Bola Tinubu. Following the 2007 General Elections, Governor Babatunde Fashola named Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu Commissioner for Establishments, Training, and Pensions. In 2016, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode appointed Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu as Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos State Development and Property Company (LSDPC).
He publicly stated his desire to run for Lagos State governor on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform on 16 September 2018, making him a significant competitor to incumbent governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
His declaration was supported by major stakeholders in Lagos State politics, including the Governor’s Advisory Council of the Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress and members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, prompting Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC in Lagos, to withdraw from the gubernatorial race.
On 2 October 2018, he won Lagos’s All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial primary. At the APC flag-off campaign rally on 8 January 2019, Lagos Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and 63 others endorsed Mr. Babajide Sanwo-candidacy. As a result, Olu’s Sanwo-Olu was elected Governor of Lagos State by a landslide victory over his opponent, Jimi Agbaje, in the 2019 Lagos State General Elections held on 9 March 2019. On Wednesday, 29 May 2019, he was sworn in as the 15th Governor of Lagos State at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) on Lagos Island.
He has been involved in several development efforts, including road reconstruction in essential parts of Lagos state. Sanwo-Olu recently requested that the Fela Kuti statue erected by Akinwunmi Ambode be removed from Allen Avenue in Ikeja to alleviate traffic congestion. The figure, however, is reported to have been relocated to a more convenient location in Lagos state. In 2020, the Governor inaugurated the Oshodi – Abule-Egba BRT Lane, among other projects.
His noteworthy public-sector accomplishments include overseeing privatization efforts for the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE). In addition, he founded and served as the Pioneer Board Chairman of the Lagos Security Trust Fund. Under his orders, the LAGBUS System and the Control & Command Centre in Alausa Ikeja were constructed.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has received numerous awards throughout his career, including the Platinum award from the Lagos State Public Service Club, 2009 Best in Human Capital Development award from the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), a Merit award from the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, another Merit award from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in Nigeria (CIPMN), Merit Award from the Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria (APWEN), LSDPC Impactful Leadership and Recognition Award, and a Media Nite-Out Award for Best Governor of the Year (2020).
He is estimated to be worth over $9 Milion
As the Governor of one of the wealthiest states in the country, he has access to state-of-the-art Automobiles, and his security is also essential as his comfort. Most of the cars in his convoy included bullet-proof SUVs and
He is a wealthy man who can own several affordable homes though he currently occupies the Lagos State Government House with his family. The Lagos State Government House features two Governor’s homes, one on Lagos Island at Marina and another on the mainland at Ikeja. Both properties are used for official and personal reasons.
State Of Origin
He hails from Lagos State.
Sanwo-Olu primarily worships at the Lagos State Government House Chapel. Still, it is also on record that he pays visits to other churches in the state to consolidate unity amongst the believers. He visits the RCCG in Lagos often and identifies as a member.
He is Public Figure and a high-profile one. As the Governor of Lagos State, he is active on social media, where he uses the medium to pass information as regards his office or personal standings on issues. And as such, his Phone number may not be made available to anybody, hence its unavailability to the Public.