The woman reputed to be the first elected female local government chairman in Nigeria, Chief Mrs Titilayo Ajanaku, is dead.
The Gazelle News can report that the late Ajanaku was elected Chairman of old Abeokuta Local Government in the zero party election beating about ten men in the process.
It was that victory that brought her into national limelight.
This medium can also report that she was a prominent member of the late Major General (rtd) Shehu Musa Yar’Adua political family which have the likes of Atiku Abubakar and Chief Dapo Sarumi as members. She was also a former Special Adviser on Women Affairs to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Ajanaku, a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), died in the early hours of Thursday, 5 December, 2019, at the age of 73.
The Gazelle News learnt that she had been suffering from a cancer ailment before giving up the ghost on Thursday morning.
A trained nurse, administrator and women leader, Ajanaku was born on January 25, 1946 at Ago-Odo Quarters in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
She attended Nawair-Ud-Deen Secondary School, Abeokuta and trained in Nursing at Stobhill General Hospital, Nether-Edge City General Hospital, Sheffield, United Kingdom between 1964 and 1965.
Ajanaku was member of the National Association of Nurses and Midwives of Nigeria.
She came into national limelight when she emerged against all odds as chairman of old Abeokuta Local Government under the zero-party arrangement. She defeated about 10 men lined up as candidates in that election.
Ajanaku was in the vanguard of G-34 which metamorphosed into the PDP in 1998.
In 2015, Ajanaku dumped the PDP and joined the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) ahead of that year’s election.
Until her death, the late Ajanaku was the Otun Iyalode of Egbaland.