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Babajide Sanwo-Olu was born on 25th June 1965 to his Parents in Lagos state, Nigeria. Sanwo-Olu is a Nigerian politician and also the current Governor of Lagos State. He won governorship election under the party of the All-Progressives Congress (APC) after contesting and unexpectedly winning the gubernatorial primaries under the All-Progressives Congress against incumbent Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State in October 2019. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos, He also obtained Corticates from London Business School, Lagos Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Before his political ambition, he was the managing director and CEO of Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC). Sanwo-Olu is currently re-running for 2023 governorship election.
|All-Progressives Congress (APC)
|June 25, 1965
|Place of Birth:
|Lagos State, Nigeria
|6 feet 1 inches
|Wife • Spouse:
|Zodiac sign: Cancer
2009 Best in Human Capital Development award from the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).
Merit award from the Association of National Accountants of Nigeria.
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.
Media Nite-Out Award for Best Governor of the Year (2020).
Early Life & Education
Babajide Sanwo-Olu was born on 25th June 1965 to his Parents in Lagos state, Nigeria. Sanwo-Olu attended the following schools: Government Demonstration School, Gbaja Surulere, Ijebu-Ife Grammar School, and then completed his secondary school education at Ogun State. He holds a BSc in Surveying and an MBA from the University of Lagos. He is an alumnus of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the London Business School and the Lagos Business School.
He is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM) and fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).
He is married to Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-olu and they are blessed with four children. There is not much personal life about Sanwo-Olu at the moment.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu was the treasurer at former Lead Merchant Bank from 1994 to 1997 before moving to the United Bank for Africa as the head of foreign money market. He then proceeded to First Inland Bank, Plc followed by (First City Monument Bank) as a deputy general manager and divisional head. He was the chairman of Baywatch Group Limited and First Class Group Limited.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu started his political career in 2003, when he was appointed a Special Adviser on Corporate Matters to the then deputy governor of Lagos State, Femi Pedro. He was later made the acting Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget until 2007, when he was appointed as the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry by then Governor, Bola Tinubu. After the General Elections of 2007, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu was appointed Commissioner for Establishments, Training and Pensions by Governor Babatunde Fashola. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu was made Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC) by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode in 2016.
Some of his known achievements include the supervision of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) privatization projects. He set up and was the Pioneer Board Chairman of Lagos Security Trust Fund. The LAGBUS System and the Control & Command Centre in Alausa Ikeja were subsequently established under his directives.
On 16 September 2018, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu officially declared his intention to run for the office of the governor of Lagos State under the party of the All Progressives Congress (APC) making him a major contender to the incumbent governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
His declaration attracted endorsements from 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, which led to withdrawal of Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, a governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress APC in Lagos from the gubernatorial race.
On 2 October 2018, he won the Lagos gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC). At the APC flag-off campaign rally held on 8 January 2019, Governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, and 63 political parties lent their support for the candidacy of Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu. In a landslide victory over his opponent, Jimi Agbaje, Sanwo-Olu was elected to the Office of Governor of Lagos State at the 2019 General elections for Lagos State which took place on 9th March 2019. He was sworn in as the 15th Governor of Lagos State at the Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) Lagos Island on Wednesday May 29, 2019.
He has been working on different development activities, one of which is road construction across major areas in Lagos state. Recently, Sanwo-olu asked that the statue of Fela Kuti that was erected by Akinwunmi Ambode be removed from Allen Avenue in Ikeja as he to ease the situation of traffic in that area. However, the statue is said to be relocated to a more convenient area in Lagos state. The Governor commissioned the Oshodi – Abule-Egba BRT Lane amongst other projects in 2020.
Sanwo-Olu is currently re-running for 2023 office of the governor of Lagos State under the party of the All-Progressives Congress (APC).
Babajide Sanwo-Olu has worked as a civil servant and politician. he has accumulated a satisfactory fortune from politics. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has an astonished net worth of $9 million.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu has some social media platforms where he can be connected.
- @Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jideSanwoOlu) is his Instagram handle.
- @Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jideSanwoOlu) is his Twitter handle.