By Wilfredo Eya

One of the women in Nigeria who had a successful career in banking and politics is Alhaja Sinatu Aderoju Ojikutu, former Lieutenant Governor of Lagos State from January 2, 1992 to November 11, 1993.

Ojikutu was born in Isale Eko, Lagos Island, but her mother sent her to Ekiti State for her primary education. According to Ojikutu in several interviews he gave to the media, her mother feared that she would become a ‘city girl’ if she let her grow up in Lagos, but by a twist of fate, that unique experience of going to Ekiti put her in the spotlight. road. to become who she is today.

He attended Our Lady of Apostle High School, Ijebu Ode in Ogun State. Being a missionary school, Ojikutu was raised under strict rules and regulations by the Reverend Sisters; and from there, she moved to Ilesha Grammar School where she completed her secondary education. She studied Economics at the University of Lagos and then transferred to Long Island University in New York, where she also studied Finance and Business Administration.

Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu joined the banking industry and rose to the position of Executive Director at the Bank of Commerce and Industry of Nigeria. Her appointment to that post was the first time a female banker had risen to that enviable role. She also served as the Secretary of the Lagos State Transport Corporation.

His journey into politics was dramatic and historic. She was nominated as the running mate of Sir Michael Otedola, the Republican National Convention gubernatorial candidate in Lagos state in 1991, a time when women were not considered for that political office. They won the elections and she became the first elected Lieutenant Governor of Lagos. The administration was short-lived after a military coup in 1993.

Since leaving office, Ojikutu has been active in advocating for women’s rights and mentoring young women. She served on the Federal Character Commission, contributing to national development.

As a founding member of the Peoples’ Democratic Party in Lagos State, Alhaja Ojikutu attempted to return to mainstream politics in 2007 when he indicated his intention to run for the governorship of Lagos. Her ambition was cut short when she and a few others were suspended by the party for protesting irregularities in the party’s primary elections.

Initially, in the current Democratic dispensation, she was Vice President and National Vice President (Southwest) of the United People’s Party, which eventually collapsed into the People’s Democratic Party. For her contributions to the economic and political development of the country, the editorial board of The Sun selected Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu as the winner of The Sun Life Time Achievement Award for 2022.