Meet Khadija Okunnu-Lamidi

“My standing before you today is to prove the resilience of our youth, our belief in, and our hope in Nigeria. Today, we face acute problems, of hunger, poverty, fear, insecurity, ignorance, and idleness of our youth. The job of the presidency is to identify these issues and to direct our imagination and energies towards solving them. I am not fighting for myself, I am fighting for my children, for your children. Today, with great humility and a deep love for my country, I announce that I seek the nomination of a Political Party, for the office of the President of Nigeria.

So help me God.”

The reason for this was beyond the youthfulness and audacity of the candidate but that she was a woman. Khadijah Okunnu-Lamidi is a 38 years old Lagosian and media Entrepreneur born in Lagos state to former Federal Commissioner for Works; Lateef Olufemi Okunnu(SAN) and Arinola Omololu; a businesswoman from Ago-Owu. Her father is currently the President of Isele-Eko descendants Union. She is the only child born by her parent’s in their marriage, although she has step-siblings.

She attended the University of Lagos Staff School and Childville School Yaba from 1985 to 1994 and attended Atlantic Hall School Maryland from 1994-2000 where she received her West African Senior School Certificate Examination(WASSCE).

Khadijah gained admission to the University of Abuja to study Industrial Chemistry. A goal that was not achieved due to the famous ASUU strikes. She later moved to Dubai and earned her degree in Business Management(Hons) at the University of Bolton RAK Campus, and got her Master’s degree at Heriot-Watt University Dubai in Strategic Project Management(SPM).

WORK-LIFE AND CAREER.

At the age of 16, Khadijah secured her first job working at an Orphanage home(The Motherless babies home Lekki) where she was introduced to community influencing. While working at the Orphanage home, she used her privileged position in ensuring the home did not lack essential things in caring for the children in their care. After receiving her Master’s degree, she enrolled in the NYSC program where she got a teaching job as a Secondary School Physics and Chemistry teacher in a Government school. Shortly after, she began working at Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency(LASAA) where she worked and served for Four(4) years until her resignation from the post of Head, Client Services/Corporate Affairs.  She is the Founder and CEO of Slice Media Solutions, a pioneering brand, and innovation solutions company, and a member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON) and has been mentioned as one of the Top 50 Women in Marketing & Communication in Nigeria. Khadijah is the founder of Slice Media Solutions

PROJECTS.

Water Relief NG  is a not-for-profit social scheme created by Khadijah Okunnu-Lamidi which strives to provide clean and drinkable water to lacking communities.
Water Relief NG currently provides water to 17 communities and is in the move to provide an independent water distribution infrastructure. This intervention is the first of its kind in Nigeria.

HELP OUR YOUTHS(HOY)

Help our youth is also another initiative started by KOL. It is a platform that encourages the Nigerian Youth, whilst also supporting them in their participation in Electoral processes. The initiative is solely backed by the thinking that a progressive country is built with the participation of its youth in its election and electoral process.

PROJECT BRIDGE THE GAP

Khadijah is a Strategic Adviser at Project bridge the gap. It is a digital and soft skill campaign that caters to the needs of young boys between the ages of 11 and 19 who are in correctional facilities and prepare them for integrating with society and living independently.

TO BETTER NIGERIA

To Better Nigeria is a group that provides resources for and supports the building of democratic and progressive political platforms in Nigeria through civic education, social activism, and political collaboration.

MARRIAGE AND RELATIONSHIP

Khadijah is married to Adeshola Lamidi. A financial analyst & risk management professional.

So is Nigeria ready for a female president?

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Akinboyo Jesuseyitan is a student of English language at the University of Ilorin and a feminist who is passionate about gender advocacy.

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