Duchess of the Month; Erelu Abiola Dosumu

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Businesswoman, socialite, and traditional aristocrat Chief Abiola Dosunmu hails from Nigeria. She was the Erelu Kuti IV of Lagos, among many other chieftaincy titles. She is currently known as Yeye Oodua of the Source, Queen Mother of the House of Oduduwa, by acclaimed monarch Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife on July 22, 2022.

On July 29, 1947, Erelu Abiola Dosunmu was born in Kano, Nigeria, into the royal house of Lagos Island’s Olori Adejoke Dosunmu and Omoba Adewunmi.

In London, Dosunmu pursued a business administration degree. The Aso Oke was a vehicle used by Abiola Dosunmu to advance Yoruba culture in Nigeria. Later, she worked at the Nigerian High Commission in London as interior decorator. Additionally, she started a store on London’s Bond Street.

She has won various honors, including the national honor of the Royal Kingdom of Belgium, the Vanguard newspaper’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and an honorary doctorate degree, the D.Cul-Doctor of Culture at Igbinedion University’s Fourth Convocation Ceremony. The Nigerian Institute of International Affairs Award, the Commonwealth Journalists Association Award, the West African Students Union Parliament Award for Exemplary Leadership, and Pan African Exemplary Leadership 2016 Honour/Icon of True Silent Mega Philanthropist in Africa.

She established the pan-Nigeria organization of traditional chiefs and prominent citizens for good governance. In particular, she has dedicated her powerful voice to the advocacy of numerous programs to advance the common good, particularly in the pursuit of achieving gender parity, women’s development, women’s empowerment, and leadership. She had served as chairperson of the Lagos State Tree Planting and Beautification Committee. 

Her influence and value to the Yorubaland and humanity at large is unqualifiable.

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