As a teacher, she had moulded thousands of lives. As former First Lady of Lagos, she was formally inducted into politics to play behind the scene roles. Yet, in that capacity, she was not idle as the founder of the trail-blazing New Era Foundation. Now, as politician, she is learning the ropes and making an impressive mark. Behind the successful political megastar, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is her delectable and colourful wife, Senator Oluremi.
As the Jagaban Borgu rolls out drums for his 60th birthday this week, the Senator from Lagos Central District is the chief hostess. In both periods of peace and war, she has been the shield of the politically exposed family. Like her husband, Oluremi’s quest for service is legendary. The couple shares the same virtue with the late Chief Moshood Abiola and his wife, Simbiat, which is extending a duty of care to a neighbour.
As a public figure, Oluremi affects, and she is also affected by the inevitable forces of socio-political pressure. Perhaps, this is her greatest asset and contribution to the political family. Asiwaju is a clever politician and it is gratifying that he is not detracted by the burden of any troublesome wife, because Oluremi has led a life devoid of scandals.
There is a lot to learn from the lives of the female Senator in a world that is perpetually full of ups and downs. On her lips are tales of victories, successes and sometimes, drawbacks. But Oluremi had learned to convert difficulties into challenges. As a moral teacher, role model, initiator and cultivator of values, and exemplary leader, her experience can be recorded for posterity.