Is it her iconic exit? – Sanwo-Olu eulogises Kemi Nelson

Is it her iconic exit? – Sanwo-Olu eulogises Kemi Nelson
Late Chief Mrs Kẹ́mi Nelson

Saturated with emotions, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while delivering his speech at the burial service of the Foremost Lady of SouthWest APC, Chief Mrs Kẹ́mi Nelson, referred to her demise  as iconic.

The Governor was complimenting Nelson’s unique elegance and unwanton excellence with which H.E believed the Woman Leader had not left behind.

Gov Sanwo-Olu eulogizing late Chief Mrs Kẹ́mi Nelson

“We have all come here to celebrate an icon of our time”, Governor Sanwo-Olu eulogises, “this is a day of celebration of life.

“A woman that meant well. That installed men and women across borders. That impacted in the lives of anyone that she ever comes across – Mrs Kẹ́mi Nelson, a.k.a Yeye Ṣẹwà.

And I can see the multitude of Dignitaries that are here. And so for us today, it’s really to take the part of her that will be useful to us.

“This ceremony is not for the dead, but for the living. She indeed played her role. She has won her race.

“Her husband is here, I know her wife had been a worthy partner to him. The children are here and I know she has been an outstanding mom to them. The grandchildren are here, I know they are missing her dearly.

“All of us who truly know her, Mrs Kemi Nelson, means many things to us; is it her smile?, Is it her permanent low hair cut?, Is it her iconic exit?

I think it is for all of us to reflect on our individual life, and ask ourselves, how will I be remembered when the time comes?

“There are nations that are going through trying times. There are nations that can’t meet up. There are challenges everywhere in the world. We have seen the effects of Covid-19 and we are not free from it yet.

“We could see Russia and Ukraine, all of , we know how the war have affected them.

“In Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria, we need to give glory to God who gives us the peace that unite us.

“Let’s stop division. Let’s rebuild our nation, and build ourselves.

“For me, and us as a Government, we will continue to ensure that every power we have will be used to ensure we take a course for the livelihood of the people, so that we can live together, and create greater city, greater state and greater nation.

“There’s a things that is ahead of us – Election. Please, let us work in peace, by coming together and triumph over our challenges. And as a people, state, and nation, we will come out of it stronger, bigger and better.

“Let’s go out there and do good to humanity because that’s what Chief Mrs Kẹ́mi Nelson lived for”, the Lagos State Governor enjoined.

Dignitaries at the service included the DG Campaign Committee of the APC Presidential candidate, Gov Solomon Lalong, former and the incumbent Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and Prince Dapo Abiodun respectively, all Lagos State past Governor’s and political appointees, among others.


Chief Mrs Kẹ́mi Nelson – Yeye Ṣẹwà – was born to the family of Tinubu-Meredith and Laja on February 9, 1956.She attended Anglican Girls’ Primary school Surulere and Anglican Girls Grammar School, Ijebu Ode.

She was a teacher at Corona School Apapa for a short period of time before enrolling in Nursing and Midwifery courses at the University College Hospital Ibadan.

Nelson began her political career during the President Ibrahim Babangida-led military regime in the late 1980s and early 90s when she joined the National Republican Convention (NRC), one of the two parties founded and funded by the government.

During this period, there were not too many female participants in politics and she became exposed to party politics as she was entrusted with big assignments including the chairmanship of the defunct NRC’s electoral committee for the party’s presidential primaries in Osun State.

During the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the governor of Lagos State, Kemi was Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Job Creation, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

She was the party’s Lagos West Senatorial Candidate 1992, Chairman, Republican Electrical Panel (RECA) in Osun State, member, of the National Ways and Means Committee and the National Finance Committee of NRC, and a national delegate to the party’s convention in Port Harcourt 1993.

Chief Mrs Nelson was a close loyalist of the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. She also served as Executive Director of the Nigerian Social Investment Trust Fund during the first term of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Before the news of her demise on July 17, she was the South West Zonal woman leader of APC. She was the only female serving member of the Lagos State Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC).

In recognition of her numerous achievement in Nigeria and women’s politics, Nelson was honoured with several awards including the Distinguished Florence Nightingale Fellow (DFNF) award, Order of Merit by Rotaract Club, Award for Excellence by the National Union of Lagos State Students (NULASS) and other awards that crown her efforts.

When she clocked 65 last year, the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, referred to her as an all-round paragon of fashion, politics, and just courses.

Kemi— married to her childhood sweetheart, Adeyemi Nelson, would have her name engraved in the pages of women who played an active part in politics.

Profile culled from Nations Newspaper.