Olusegun Obasanjo Basic Information
|Olusegun Matthew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo
|Date Of Birth/Age:
|5 March 1937 (86) Years Old
|Place of Birth:
|Ibogun-Olaogun, Ogun State, Nigeria
|Mons Officer Cadet School
Royal College of Defence Studies
National Open University of Nigeria
Olusegun Obasanjo Biography
On March 5, 1937, in Abeokuta, Ogun State, South Western Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Matthew Okikiola Ogunboye Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR, was born. He graduated from the Baptist Boys High School in Abeokuta and worked as a teacher until entering the Nigerian Army in 1958. Olusegun Obasanjo presided over Nigeria, the most populous African country, from 1999 to 2007. He was in charge of the first democratic transfer of power in his nation and administrative changes that sped up economic expansion.
Mr. Obasanjo was instrumental in revitalizing and repositioning the African Union, contributing to the African Peer Review Mechanism and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) (APRM). Through the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Co-Prosperity Alliance Zone, which consists of Benin, Ghana, Nigeria, and Togo, he has continuously backed the strengthening and expansion of regional cooperation. He has held the positions of Group of 77, Commonwealth Heads of Government, and NEPAD Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee chairman.
Olusegun Obasanjo is ranked as the fourth richest politician in Nigeria, with a net worth of $1.6 billion. Nevertheless, most of his fortune came from his work as a politician before and after he became president. However, the majority of it is thought to originate from his farming operation. He owns farms in Ogun State, Benue State, and Ota. Thirty-four million Naira per day is reportedly made at his Ota farm.
Nearby to his former house, Mr. Obasanjo currently stays in a private apartment inside the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library. The Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, which Chief Olusegun Obasanjo owns, is a historical, educational, and tourism destination created as a national archive for preserving the president’s papers and other possessions from his time as president of Nigeria. The library is situated in Nigeria’s Ogun State at Oke Mosan Abeokuta.
The First Lady of Nigeria from 1999 until her death was Stella Obasanjo, born on November 14, 1945. Although she wasn’t the First Lady in 1976 when Olusegun Obasanjo was the head of the military government, she was Olusegun Obasanjo’s wife. On October 23, 2005, she passed away while receiving elective liposuction abroad. She had a son named Olumuyiwa Obasanjo in 1977 after marrying General Obasanjo. She supported causes including women’s freedom, developing the next generation of leaders, and rebuilding a war-torn Nigeria as a political activist in her own right.
Chief Obasanjo’s children include Iyabo, Busola, Segun, Gbenga, Deboye, Bola, Kofo, Biyi, Seun, Bisoye, Olu, Dare, Funke, Damilola, Jonwo, Dayo, Funso, Toyosi, Bukola, and Kunle Obasanjo, according to the former president’s autobiography.
In his contentious “My Watch” memoir, the former military leader stated that his 20 children, of which 19 are biological and one was adopted, are quite successful in their various endeavors, with roughly eight of them holding Ph. D.s in related professions. However, only a few of Mr. Obasanjo’s children are well-known to the general public. This is because they want a simple existence free from controversies.
Nevertheless, while leading peaceful lives, most still made public appearances, often for controversial reasons. While many of the kids have chosen their career paths, quite a few have joined their father in making significant contributions to politics and the military.
Olusegun Obasanjo served as the President of Nigeria and the Federal Minister of Petroleum Resources from 1999 to 2007. He served as the President and Defense Minister during his military rule from 1976 to 1979. He also served as the Federal Minister of Works and Housing in 1975.
In addition to being a former head of state, politician, and retired army officer, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is also a prosperous farmer. He is the owner of Ota Farm, popularly known as Obasanjo Farms. A week after Obasanjo officially ceded control to a civilian administration on October 1, 1979, the sizable farm was formally inaugurated on October 8. The farm was founded as Temperance Enterprises Limited (Farming Venture). Later, it changed its name to Obasanjo Farms Nigeria Limited.
The farm started with two layer barns holding 100,000 birds each, five broiler barns holding 12,000 birds each, and two feed mills with an hourly capacity of three tons. Four bulldozer operators built the enormous farm, which now employs up to 7,000 people. Obasanjo currently earns up to 34 million Naira daily from Ota Farm, which has locations in Ibadan and Igbo-Ora, Oyo State.
State Of Origin
The former President of Nigeria hails from Ogun State, Nigeria. Southwest Nigeria’s Ogun State was established from the former Western State on February 3, 1976. Ogun State is bordered to the south by Lagos State, the north by Oyo and Osun States, the east by Ondo State, and the west by the Republic of Benin. Ogun State’s capital and largest city is Abeokuta.