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14 Jun

Profiling Biodun Christine Olujimi, Deputy Minority Whip Of The Senate

Biodun Christine Olujimi, Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate was born to a Photographer father and Seamstress mother on the 25th of December, 1958. She hails from Omuo-Ekiti in Ekiti East Local Government Area of Ekiti State Nigeria.

Senator Olujimi had her early education at our Lady of Apostles, Ibadan, Oyo State. She went ahead to obtain a Diploma in Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism. She preceded further to get a degree in Political Science and a postgraduate degree in Public Relations and Marketing from the University of Abuja. She also holds a certificate in IT with emphasis on web Development from the Michigan State University and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Abuja.

She came up the hard way, out of a hard-working lower class family in a Nigeria that did not create opportunities for kids like her. She has made it her life’s work fighting for lower class families.

This fight started while working as a broadcaster and journalist, Senator Olujimi was able to relate with a multitude of families on issues that have hindered their progress. These issues range from basic healthcare to security. Today, as much as Nigeria has grown leaps and bounds, Senator Olujimi realizes that the “fight” continues. Her story is that of grass to grace, she worked hard to get to the top.

Senator Olujimi got her first job at the young age of fourteen, a shop assistant in a fabric shop in Lagos. She started saving to return to school as well as assist her parents with the school bills for seven (7) siblings. Senator Olujimi worked at different times with the Nigerian Tribune, Nigerian Posts and Telecommunication, Nigerian Television Authority, the Delta Steel Company Ovwian Aladja, Reflex Concept and DBN Television.

She began her Political career in 1997 as the National Publicity Secretary of the now defunct National Centre Party of Nigeria (NCPN). Upon the dissolution of NCPN, She joined the All Nigerian Peoples Party and eventually became the National Publicity Secretary.

She later joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2002, She was appointed Special Assistant to the Executive Governor of Ekiti State in 2003 and was later elected to the Federal House of Representatives. In 2005, she became the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State under Governor Ayodele Fayose. She later became Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure in Ekiti State under Governor Segun Oni as well as Director of Women Affairs. Senator Biodun Christine Olujimi, was nominated on to the Board of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) by His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in late 2011.

In the 2015 elections, she contested for the Ekiti South Senatorial District and won the elections under the Platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. She is presently the Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate.

Senator Olujimi and her husband Chief Ariyo Olujimi, have been married for 32 years and their marriage is blessed with Children and Grand-children.

She holds several traditional titles including the Eyekuajo of Omuo-land, Gobaniyi of Igbara Odo Ekiti, Yeye Oge of Emure-land, Erelu of Ijan Ekiti, Olohideba of Iuleha and the Suada of Ajanagboju, Ikija.

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