About Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s marriage, wife, kids

Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his wife.

Who is Babajide Sanwo-Olu?

Babajide Sanwo-Olu is a Nigerian politician and a former banker. He has been the Governor of Lagos State since 2019. Sanwo-Olu is currently serving his second term in office under the All Progressive Congress (APC) political party.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s full name is Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu. He was born to his parents on June 25, 1965, in Lagos State. Governor Sanwo-Olu is 58 years old as of May 2024. 

Sanwo-Olu obtained a degree in Surveying from the University of Lagos. The Governor is also a graduate of the London Business School and John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was the CEO of the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation under the administration of his predecessor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

Sanwo-Olu and Akinwunmi Ambode.

About Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s parents

According to reports, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is the son of Pa Simon Sanwo-Olu (father) and Madam Omotunde Sanwo-Olu (mother). However, information about Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s parents is scarce in the media as of the time of writing.

About Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s siblings

Babajide Sanwo-Olu has an older brother – Adebayo Sanwo-Olu. A pressure group within the APC rejected the inclusion of Adebayo as a member of their primary election committee in 2022 because his brother Sanwo-Olu was a governorship candidate.

In 2019, a viral video showed a man spraying naira notes, with many hailing him as Governor Sanwo-Olu’s younger brother. However, these claims remain unconfirmed.

Further details of Babajide’s siblings are currently scarce in the media. In fact, it is unclear whether the governor has other siblings.

About Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s marriage and wedding

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is married to his wife, Dr. Ibijoke Claudiana Sanwo-Olu. The couple has been married for over three decades and their union is blessed with four children.

According to an unofficial source, Governor Sanwo-Olu and Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu wedded in 1993.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu have been married for over three decades.

Who is Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s wife – Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu?

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, is a medical doctor and an administrator. However, she is popularly known as the wife of the Governor of Lagos State and the first lady of the state.

Dr. Ibijoke was born on January 8, 1967, in Popo Aguda, a neighborhood of Lagos Island. She is 57 years old as of May 2024. Her family, the Paulinus Olusegun Carrena, has Brazilian ancestry.

Sanwo-Olu’s wife holds an MBBS and a master’s degree in Business Administration. With over two decades of service to the Lagos State Government, she has held various roles.

Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu served as the Chief Medical Director and CEO at Harvey Road Comprehensive Health Centre in Yaba and later at the General Hospital in Somolu, Lagos State.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s wife, Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, is a medical doctor.

About Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s marriage to Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu

The exact timeline of Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s marriage to Ibijoke remains unclear because the couple keeps their relationship private.

According to an interview shared by SocietyNow, Governor Sanwo-Olu revealed that he met his wife at a freshmen party during their university days. Babajide also reportedly stated that he was the school’s DJ at the time, while his wife was a “jambite”.

Sanwo-Olu and his wife, Dr. Ibijoke, reportedly dated for about 8 to 9 years before tying the knot. Although the couple is discreet about their marital journey, the governor never ceases to sing praises of his wife in the media.

Governor Sanwo-Olu allegedly hooked up with Grace Moses and socialite Diiadem.

List of Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s past relationships and girlfriends

In December 2022, Grace Moses, a woman from Delta State, alleged that she hooked up with Governor Sanwo-Olu between 1994 and 1995, which resulted in the birth of their son, Emmanuel.

In February 2024, blogger Cutie Juls also alleged that Governor Sanwo-Olu and Adeola Diiadem, a popular Nigerian businesswoman, were secretly dating. But Diiadem soon came out to debunk the rumors, claiming she had never met the Lagos State Governor.

However, these allegations remain unconfirmed as Babajide Sanwo-Olu has kept his love life private.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his wife Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, and their kids pictured at the Governor’s inauguration in 2019.

About Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s children

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has four children, two sons and two daughters, with his wife Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu. However, his kids’ full details are currently unknown.

DNB Stories Africa gathered that one of Sanwo-Olu’s daughters, Modupeoreoluwa, married her husband, Adebayo Oladele Johnson on April 6, 2024. The wedding ceremony took place at the Cathedral Church of Christ in Lagos. Several dignitaries, including Nigeria’s First Lady, Senator Remi Tinubu, and former Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, graced the occasion.

Sanwo-Olu’s daughter’s wedding.

About Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s alleged son – Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu

In December 2022, a 27-year-old man from Delta State, Emmanuel Sanwo-Olu, alleged that Governor Sanwo-Olu was his father. The man said his mother, Grace Moses, had told him he was the Lagos State Governor’s son.

He would later file a lawsuit against the governor in the Delta State High Court, Effurun, and request a DNA test to confirm his claims. However, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, through his lawyers, invoked the immunity clause to prevent him from submitting to a DNA test. 

Emmanuel had presented a 19-paragraph statement to the court. The statement read that Babajide was an employee of a company operating in Delta State between 1994 and 1995. It also alleged that the governor had impregnated his mother in 1994. He said his mum had lost contact with the governor after he relocated from Warri. However, no update on the case has been released to the public as of the time of writing.

Emmanuel, a Delta State man, alleges he is Sanwo-Olu’s son.
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