Despite been a darling wife to Jubril Adewale Tinubu, a super rich and successful oil tycoon, Mrs. Bola Tinubu has proven to all that money doesn’t always change you. Unlike some of her fellow billionaires’ wives who love flashier lifestyle, Bola lives a fairly quiet life.
Indisputably influential, 51-year-old Bola, rarely seen at most high society parties but her breathtaking philanthropic interest has impacted several lives. A successful corporate lawyer, on her own right, and with a tight schedule, Bola juggles between running her home, attending to her businessman’s hubby’s need and still oversees the need and welfare of her five lovely children.
Yet, Bola is known more as a child advocate as she has developed a strong passion in helping sexually abused children.
In pursuit of this noble quest, she established the first free children’s helpline in Nigeria – Cece Yara Foundation.
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The foundation helps in the prevention of child sexual abuse in Nigeria, and has even opened the Cece Yara Child Advocacy Centre, a state-of-the-art Forensic Suite for children who have experienced sexual abuse, in Lagos.
This great initiative has earned this billionaire’s wife the recognition of being named among BBC’s 100 Women of 2018 – the list which celebrates 100 inspiring and influential women ranging from age 15 to 94 from around the world including leaders, trailblazers and everyday heroes from over 60 countries.
Excited Tinubu wrote on her social media platform: “Special thanks to @bbc100women for including @aminajmohammed, @msabisoye and I in their #100Women List of inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2018. Thank you for such an extraordinary honour that puts a spotlight on the need for children to be protected from sexual abuse, @msabisoye ’s Girls Coding program, and @aminajmohammed’s phenomenal work.
Thank you to the team at @cece_yara for all your hard work! Find out more about these inspirational and influential women from all around the world,” writes Tinubu who was honoured alongside Mrs. Amina Mohammed, United Nations deputy secretary general, and two other Nigerians.
The annual list includes 100 influential and inspirational women around the world including Chelsea Clinton, vice-chair of the Clinton Foundation, and Senegalese-born Fatma Samoura, first female FIFA secretary general.
The other two Nigerians on the prestigious BBC 100 Women list are Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin, a 33-year-old computer programmer and founder of Pearls Africa Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that aids disadvantaged girls in Nigeria to gain tech skills, as well as 27-year old Chidera Eggerue, a best-selling author and blogger at Slumflower who has been featured in many publications including British Vogue, Elle Uk, The NewYork Times.
The Oando CEO’s wife runs her own law firm, Olajide Oyewole LLP.