Bola Tinubu is Nigerian accountant and politician born on 29th March 1952 in Osun State, and his full names are Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu.
He has served his country in different political positions. Tinubu is the former governor of Lagos State. He served for two tenures between May 1999 and May 2007.
Tinubu Educational background
Bola got his primary school education from St John’s Primary School in Aroloya, Lagos. Later on, he transferred to Children’s Home School in Ibadan, South West region of Nigeria. In 1975, Bola Tinub moved to the United States, where he enrolled at Richard J Daley College in Chicago, Illinois.
After high school, he joined Chicago State University for his undergraduate studies. Bola Tinubu graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting in 1979.
Bola Tinubu’s accounting career
He started working for several accounting companies in the United States. Some of them were:
Arthur Anderson Limited liability partnership – An American holding company in Chicago, Illinois. Services offered include accounting, professional services, tax and consultancy. Deloitte, Haskins & Sells – An Anglo-American multinational professional services network. In 1972, it merged with Haskins & Sells to form Deloitte Haskins & Sells. Some of its services include audit, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and legal and GovLab internal think tank. GTE Services Corporation – Formerly known as the General Telephone & Electronics Corporation offering phone services.
After working in the United States for several years, he moved to Nigeria in 1983. Bola Tinubu joined Mobil Oil Nigeria, and soon after, he was appointed as the company’s executive.
Bola Tinubu’s early political career
Bola started his political ambitions in 1992. He joined the Social Democratic Party and was one of the Peoples Front members among other renowned Nigerian politicians. He was elected as the representative of the Lagos West constituency in the Senate during the short-lived Nigerian Third Republic.
After the annulment of the presidential elections on 12th June 1993, he became the founding member of the pro-democracy National Democratic Coalition. The group mobilized support to restore democracy and recognize Moshood Abiola as the winner of the 12th general elections.
After the 1993 Nigerian coup d’état on 17th November, headed by Defence Minister Sani Abacha, he was exiled in 1994. He came back to Nigeria in 1998 after the death of Sani Abacha. In January 1999, he vied for the position of Governor of Lagos State on the AD ticket. He was elected governor of the state.
Bola Tinubu’s achievements as the Governor of Lagos State in Nigeria
The governor assumed office in May 1999. During his first tenure as the governor of Lagos State, he did the following:
He provided 10,000 housing units for the less privileged.
He made significant investments in education in Lagos State.
He reduced the number of schools by returning most of them to former owners.
He initiated the construction of new roads.
In April 2003, he returned to office as the governor alongside a new deputy, Femi Pedro. His tenure came to an end on 29th May 2007. He was succeeded by Babatunde Fashola of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) political party.
The Nigerian political leader holds two chieftaincy titles. He is the Asiwaju of Lagos hence the name Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. He is also the Jagaban of the Borgu Kingdom in Niger State.
Bola Tinubu Children: Who Are Tinubu Children, How many children did Tinubu have?
Bola and Oluremi Tinubu have four children, Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, Oluwaseyi Tinubu, Abibat Tinubu, and the late Jide Tinubu. Bola Tinubu’s children have engaged in politics in one way or another as follows:
Folashade is a highly educated woman with several bachelor’s degrees. She is the wife of Hon. Oyetunde Oladimeji Ojo, a member of the House of Representatives. In October 2013, the Oba of Lagos crowned her as the new Iyaloja General.
Tinubu’s second-born son obtained his education from high-end institutions in Nigeria and abroad. Oluwaseyi was called to the bar in November 2013. He holds the following positions:
Executive Chairman at Loatsad Promo media
Executive Director at Loatsad Global Services LTD
Unlike other Tinubu’s children who are in the limelight, little is known about Abibat. She obtained her education in Boston, Massachusetts, and graduated from Berklee College of Music on 11th May 2013.
The late Jide Tinubu
Not so much is known about the late Bola Tinubu’s son. On 31st October 2017, he suffered a heart attack while in London. Later, he was confirmed dead.