by Mary Oso – Omotoso
Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi, wife of the Governor of Ekiti State, His Excellency, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has, no doubt, distinguished herself as a woman to be reckoned with in matters of leadership. A modest, down-to-earth woman of virtue whose modus-operandi in terms of administration and socio-political life are imbued with honesty, perseverance and commitment to worthwhile course ,Mother General , as she is fondly called, has exhibited high sense of self respect, loyalty and uncommon discipline and commitment to serving humanity.
Erelu Fayemi is a personality whose enigmatic disposition and commitment to the development of Ekiti people has brought about a positive turn around to the entire state. She is a thinker, ardent performer, a visionary leader, a transformational leader, an agent of strategic change, a First Lady per excellence.
For those who may not be in the knowing, as at the time of putting this piece together, there is likely no other incumbent Nigerian first lady that is as actively involved in her state’s governance as Erelu.
Erelu’s act of kindness is immeasurable considering her passion for betterment of the haves-not, especially the women and children .A feminist activist, gender and development specialist, Erelu has brought this unique quality of hers to the fore by making sure that women’s participation in politics is non-negotiable. Her strong belief in the place of women in politics and leadership positions has indeed been yielding positive results.
Ekiti State House of Assembly currently , for the first time, has four women honourable members (the highest in Nigeria) and one in the House of Representatives courtesy the unprecedented and unalloyed support of Erelu.
It is worthy of mentioning that some young women in politics whose political contributions may not ordinarily have been recognized or compensated before are now Local Government Vice Chairmen and Ward Councillors with the influence of Erelu. Also, that Ekiti State has its first female Head of Service was part of the campaign of Her Excellency for women in leadership positions as well as numerous women in government who are running the affairs of the state with His Excellency , Dr Kayode Fayemi.This single attitude of hers has placed her on the pedestal of women in power who also wish other women will attain same.
Erelu Bisi Fayemi has not left anyone in doubt as regards her sharp intellect and the exceptional place she occupies in the hearts of the people of Ekiti. Her love for her people has no limit. She has rescued countless families in hospitals when they couldn’t pay their bills. Countless children have been sponsored in schools by her.
Her Obirinkete Multipurpose Cooperative , a Women Empowerment program that envisioned a prosperous, empowered, productive and engaged Ekiti woman is a platform to empower, inform and build the capacity of Ekiti Women in general ,more importantly ,women living in poverty.
Obinrin Kete Multipurpose Cooperatives targets petty traders across all wards in Ekiti State. Innumerable number of people have been benefiting from this legacy project, which she wants to be continued even after she would have left office.
It is delightful to reveal to the world that this amazing Amazon clocks 58 today and I celebrate the greatness in her . Erelu’s strength and wisdom amaze me; it is second to none. The way she handles situations and issues with so much wisdom is worthy of emulation.
As you celebrate your 58th birthday, may your days be filled with good news.
I pray that the Lord continues to deck you with more wisdom and strength.
Happy 58th birthday.
Mrs Mary Oso-Omotosho
SA Media to Ekiti State Governor