Olusola Babajide Sanwo-Olu(born on June 25, 1965) As of 2019, —a Nigerian politician—has been Lagos State’s governor.
In October 2018, he challenged and unexpectedly defeated incumbent governor Akinwunmi Ambode in the APC gubernatorial primaries. He was elected governor on the All Progressives Congress platform. He holds degrees from the University of Lagos, the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the London Business School, and the Lagos Business School. He served as the managing director and CEO of the Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC) prior to pursuing his bid for governor.
Sanwo Olu’s Date of Birth and Age
He was from Lagos state in Nigeria and was born on June 25, 1965, into a Christian household. By June 25, 2022, he would be 57 years old based on his birthdate.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu Education
Before transferring to Ijebu-Ife Grammar School in Ogun State to finish his secondary school, Sanwo-Olu temporarily attended Government Demonstration School in Gbaja Surulere. He graduated from the University of Lagos with a BSc in Surveying and an MBA. He graduated from the Lagos Business School, the London Business School, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government.
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).
Babajide Sanwo-Olu Career
From 1994 until 1997, Sanwo-Olu served as the treasurer at the erstwhile Lead Merchant Bank before transferring to the United Bank for Africa to serve as the head of the foreign money market. He then moved on to work as a divisional head and deputy general manager at First Inland Bank, Plc (now First City Monument Bank). He served as the First Class Group Limited and Baywatch Group Limited’s chairman.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu Public service
When Femi Pedro, then the deputy governor of Lagos State, hired Sanwo-Olu as a Special Adviser on Corporate Matters in 2003, that was when Sanwo-Olu’s political career officially began. Later, he was appointed as the interim commissioner for economic planning and budget until 2007, when Bola Tinubu, the then-governor, named him as the commissioner for commerce and industry. Sanwo-Olu was chosen by Governor Babatunde Fashola to serve as Commissioner for Establishments, Training, and Pensions following the 2007 general elections. In 2016, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode appointed Sanwo-Olu as Managing Director/CEO of the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC).
His noteworthy accomplishments in the public sector include managing projects for the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) that are being privatized. He established the Lagos Security Trust Fund and served as its first chairman of the board. Subsequently, on his orders, the Control & Command Center in Alausa Ikeja and the LAGBUS System were built.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu Politics
Sanwo-Olu officially stated his desire to run for governor of Lagos State on September 16, 2018, under the banner of the All Progressives Congress (APC), making him a serious challenger to the position’s current governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.
Major players 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, supported his declaration, which forced Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, a candidate for governor running on the platform of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos, to withdraw from the race.
On October 2, 2018, he triumphed in the All Progressives Congress’s primary for governor of Lagos. Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos, and 63 political parties supported Sanwo-Olu’s candidacy at the APC flag-off event on January 8, 2019. At the 2019 Lagos State governor’s election, which was held on March 9, Sanwo-Olu easily defeated his rival Jimi Agbaje to win the position of governor of Lagos State. On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, he took the oath of office as the 15th governor of Lagos State in Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) on Lagos Island.
Road construction in important parts of Lagos State is one of the development projects he has been working on. In order to improve traffic conditions in that region, Sanwo-olu recently requested that the Fela Kuti statue that Akinwunmi Ambode had up on Allen Avenue in Ikeja be taken down. The statue, however, is rumored to have been moved to a more practical location in the State. In addition to other projects, he started the Oshodi-Abule-Egba BRT Lane in 2020.
He was reelected governor under the banner of the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the 2023 Lagos State gubernatorial election held on March 18. He did so by defeating AbdulAzeez Olajide ‘Jandor’ Adediran of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who came second runner up, and Gbadebo Rhodes-Vivour of the Labour Party (LP), who came in first.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu Children
The children that Sanwo-Olu and his wife have are a blessing. Sanwo-Olu was pictured posing with his two sons and two daughters in an inauguration photo that was published in 2015.
In an interview, Sanwo-Olu claimed that his desire to run for governor was inspired by his children. A seasoned administrator with around 17 years of government service, he claimed that his children had called his attention to this fact. During this time, he said, he had worked in a variety of positions that had exposed him to the complexities of governance and economic policy-making.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu Awards
Throughout his career, Sanwo-Olu has won numerous accolades, some of which are shown below:
- Platinum award from the Lagos State Public Service Club.
- 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)
Babajide Sanwo-Olu Net Worth
Sanwo-Olu’s is thought to be worth $27 million.
Babajide Sanwo-Olu Social Media
- Instagram: @Jidesanwoolu
- Twitter: @Jidesanwoolu
Who is Babajide Sanwo Olu?
Nigerian politician Babajide Sanwo-Olu, a member of the All Progressive Congress political party, now serves as Lagos State’s governor.
After succeeding Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, he was sworn in as the 15th governor of Lagos state on May 29, 2019.
Who is Babajide Sanwo Olu’s Wife?
Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu is married to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and together they have four wonderful children. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu also serves as an administrator.
She got a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Lagos (UNILAG), where she also earned her first degree in MBBS.
Who is the deputy governor of Babajide Sanwo-Olu?
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State, and Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, his deputy, turned in their asset declaration forms to the Code of Conduct Bureau on Saturday.
When was Babajide Sanwo-Olu born?
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, a politician from Nigeria and the current governor of Lagos State, was born on June 25, 1965.
Did Babajide Sanwo-Olu work in Warri?
In the 19-paragraph statement of claim attached to the writ, the claimant alleged that from 1994 to 1995, Governor Sanwo-Olu worked for a private company operating in Warri and its surroundings in Delta State. During that time, he allegedly had an illicit relationship with a woman known only as