Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu , the first Medical Practitioner to become the First Lady of Lagos State is that of exceptional combination of beauty and intellect. And more importantly, she has been passionately consistent with her abiding faith in the aphorism that the true essence of life is to make every effort for the world to be a better place.
She was born on January 8, 1967, to the family of Paulinus Olusegun Carrena of Popoaguda, Brazilian descendant area of Lagos Island, Ibijoke holds Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (M.B.B.S) from the prestigious University of Lagos, Akoka. She also has in her academic kitty a Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital and Health Management (PGDHM); Diploma in Anesthesia (DA); Masters of Public Health (MPH) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
A thoroughbred medical practitioner who represents the league of the brightest minds and pride of the profession, Ibijoke is an active member of Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), Lagos Anesthetic Association (LAA), Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN) and Committee of Wives of Lagos State Officials (COWLSO) where she is currently serving as the Chairman.
Prior to becoming the First Lady, Ibijoke served Lagos State Government meritoriously for 25 years rising through the ranks to become the Chief Medical Director and Chief Executive Officer of Harvey Road Comprehensive Health Centre, Yaba; and later General Hospital, Somolu.
While taking the reins of leadership of COWLSO from the immediate past Chairman, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, Ibijoke declared emphatically and I quote: “I will do my best, God helping me, to move COWLSO to the next level.”
True to her words, Ibijoke, within a short period of time in the saddle, has carried on with commendable zestfulness, passion, courage and unwavering determination to promote the ideals of COWLSO which is a community-based gender organization established principally to complement the efforts of the Lagos State Government in bringing about exponential development and growth and generally improving the welfare of Lagosians.
COWLSO is a platform through which wives of the officials of the State Government promote child healthcare, empower women to discover their hidden treasures and protect the environment, among others.