Tinubu was born on 29 March 1952 in Osun State, Nigeria. His mother, Abibatu Mogaji, was a trader that later became the Iyaloja of Lagos..
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Biography
Bola Tinubu is a Nigerian politician who once served as the 12th Governor of Lagos State (1999 – 2007). He was once a member of the house of Senate representing the Lagos West Senatorial district (1993). Tinubu is an advocate of Democracy, True Federalism, and Nationalism.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Age
Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu was born on the 29th of March 1952 in Lagos State, Nigeria. His mother – Chief Abibatu Mogaji, was the Iyaloja of Lagos State. Tinubu is the Asiwaju of Lagos and the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom, Niger State, Nigeria.
Tinubu had his primary and secondary education at St. John’s Primary School, Aroloya, Lagos and Children’s Home School in Ibadan, Nigeria respectively. He is married to Oluremi Tinubu, the current Senator of the Lagos Central Constituency, and they are blessed with children.
Tinubu’s Trip To The United States Of America
Bola Ahmed always had the desire to travel abroad but never had the opportunity, until the day life served him the opportunity on a platter of gold.
Tinubu and his friends were walking down to church when a sudden shoot out occurred. Although Tinubu enjoyed a narrow escape, the guy beside him was shot. As a result, his family decided it was time for him to leave the country to school abroad. To raise money for his trip, he sold the Volkswagen his uncle gave him, while his mother sold all her trinkets.
Tinubu arrived the United States in 1975. While in the US, he attended Richard J. Daley College, Illinois, Chicago first and later moved to the Chicago State University, graduating in 1979 with a bachelors of science degree in accounting.
While schooling, Tinubu worked as a cab driver, a security man, a door guard, a dishwasher, and room service personnel. Because he had several sources of income, he no longer depended on his family in Nigeria for pocket money.
Tinubu was a very brilliant student, he maintained his position as the best student from the beginning of the academic year until the end. His excellent performance earned him a scholarship and also qualified him to tutor in the accounting department.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Career
Tinubu graduated as the best student in his class. As the best graduating student in his class, he was eligible for several job offers from big accounting firms in the United States. Some of firms were Arthur Andersen, Arthur Young, Ernst and Whinney, Peat Marwick and Mitchell, Deloitte, IBM, Arthur Young, Deloitte, Haskins and Sells, etc.
Tinubu had the option of picking just one company. He would have picked the highest paying job but his professor advised that he choose a company where he would learn and be relevant to his country. This made him choose Deloitte and Touche because their clients are in the oil and gas sector since Nigeria is an oil-producing country.
Tinubu’s Career At Mobil Nigeria
After a successful career at Deloitte and Touche, he went on to work with General Telephone and Electronics (GTE). While at GTE, he experienced first-hand racism and discrimination, so he resigned and went on to work at Mobil, United Kingdom.
In 1983, Tinubu relocated back to Nigeria and resumed work with Mobil Nigeria where he started off as an auditor. In no time, he rose to the position of treasurer. Tinubu spearheaded the construction of the Mobile Nigeria House.
Bola Tinubu Political Career
Bola Tinubu ventured into politics in 1992, under the Social Democratic Party of Nigeria (SDP). He belonged to a faction of the party called the Peoples Front. The faction was led by Shehu Musa Yar’Adua. Other members of the People’s Front were Dapo Sarumi, Abdullahi Aliyu Sumaila, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Yomi Edu.
In 1993, Tinubu was elected to the Nigerian Senate, to represent the Lagos West constituency. As a senator, Bola Tinubu was the chairman of Appropriation, Finance, and Banking committee.
After the annulment of the June 12, 1993, elections, Tinubu, alongside other pro-democratic politicians founded the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO). NADECO was established to restore democracy and to ensure that the June 12 election result was reinstated.
Bola Tinubu On Exile
The activities of NADECO were not pleasing to the military dictator at the time (Sani Abacha). For fear of his life, Tinubu had to go on a compulsory exile, first to Benin republic, then to the UK, in 1994.
Eventually, Sani Abacha died in 1998. Abacha’s death, however, ushered in the transition to civilian rule. Thereafter, General Abdulsalami Abubakar was announced as the new Head of State. It was General Abubakar who asked Bola Tinubu and other politicians on exile to return to the country.
Bola Tinubu As The Governor Of Lagos State
Bola Ahmed Tinubu contested for the office of the executive governor of Lagos State under the Alliance for Democracy party (ADP). He won the election and became the governor of Lagos State in May 1999.
As governor, Tinubu promised he would provide 10,000 housing units for the poor. Also, he made large investments towards education, initiated road constructions to meet the needs of the fast-growing population of Lagos State.
Bola Tinubu’s tenure as the Governor of Lagos State came to an end on the 29th of May 2007. He was succeeded by his chief of staff, Babatunde Fashola.
The Nation Newspaper
Bola Tinubu founded The Nation Newspaper on the 31st of July 2006 in Lagos State. The paper is published daily in Lagos, Nigeria.
The paper focuses on business and economy, public policies, the democratic process and institutions of democracy, sports, arts and culture, fashion, lifestyle, world affairs, education, health, law, and commentaries.
The Nation paper was the first paper to be circulated across the 36 states of Nigeria within its first two years of operation.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Awards And Recognitions
- Thinkers Magazine Man of the Year Award – 2015
- Silverbird Man of the Year Award – 2015
- Pillar of Culture in Africa at the AFRIMA Awards – 2105
- Champion of Democracy Award at the Global Village
- Extra Seminar and Awards Night, United States of America – 2016
- Grand Commander Worthy Leader of the Order of Niger (GCWLON) by the Osun Concerned Women Forum (GCWF) – 2018
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Quotes
“We look backwards to recognize the sacrifices and valour of our heroes past. And we also look forward with hope for the future of our Nation and Democracy.”
“No matter the political differences, let us remember we are of one land, and of the same national family.”
“We must make concerted efforts to banish poverty from Nigeria. To rid Nigeria of poverty is indeed a task that must be done.”
“The future is uncertain until we enter it…”
“The hallmark of every nation is the wellbeing of its citizens…”
“We don’t have reasons to be poor in this country, because we are blessed. Take a helicopter and fly to Kwara, Kogi, Abuja, Kaduna, etc. you will see vast green land. We have enough land for food.”
“Education is the greatest weapon against poverty, we cannot innovate without education, we need a leader that is a thinker and a doer.”
“When you take away the right of citizens to fair hearing in any democracy, you have committed a crime, and you have set the nation on the path of instability, and destruction.”
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Net Worth/Properties
According to constative.com These are the purported choice properties said to belong to the chieftain of APC and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Adekunle Tinubu.
- The 1,000 hectares of land valued at about N75Billion located at Lakowe near Abijo at Ibeju-Lekki Local Government and given to Lekki concession company [LCC] which is partly-owned by Tinubu and Fashola and being developed as golf course and housing estate by Assets and Resource Management Ltd [ARM] as ADIVA project.
- The prime land of 157 hectares with 2.5km of Atlantic beachfront valued at about N10Billion.
- He paid $20Million [N4.4Billion] to Ibukun Fakeye to commence the project in late 2006. Fashola was said to have released additional funding for this project when he was in power as Lagos State Governor.
- The 14 hectares Parkview Ikoyi Estate foreshore land reclaimed by Lagos State Government is also believed to be owned by Ahmed Bola Tinubu and its valued at N3Billion.
- The Annex of the Lagos State Guest House in Asokoro, Abuja bought by the State Government in 2006 for N450Million to protect the main house from security breach. Shortly after he left office, the property was transferred to him under the Lagos State pension plan as part of his pension as former governor of Lagos State.
- 4, Oyinkan Abayomi [formerly Queens] Drive, Ikoyi; A 5- bedroom detached house on one acre of land which was originally the Lagos State Governor’s guest house since 1979 was acquired by Ahmed Bola Tinubu. The property valued at N450Million was signed and released to him by Fashola in 2007 shortly after Fashola assumed office.
- Tinubu’s residence at 26Bourdillon Road, Ikoyi is said to worth over N1.5 Billion which is also part of his net worth.
- The 250-hectares of land valued at about N35Billion and strategically located at the Ajah junction on Lekki Road which was initially meant for a General Hospital for the people of Eti-Osa is now the property of Tinubu currently in the control of Trojan Estate Ltd, a company owned by Tinubu. The property has been developed as Royal Garden Housing Estate and now worth over 200Billion.
- Tinubu also owns some first class luxury cars, one of them is G-Wagon said to worth N600 Million and built with bullet proof and bomb detector apparatus as well as surveillance cameras.
- He also acquired for himself sophisticated private jet worth $60Million.
- The choice property at Lekki- Epe road on which he built the multi- billion naira Oriental Hotel and the extension of a multi storey car park beside it is said to worth N120Billion together with the hotel.
- A Multi-level recreation center by Mobil in Oniru Estate on Lekki-Epe Expressway jointly owned with ARM and Tunji Olowofe is said to worth N25Billion.
- Another 3.8 hectare of land at the Lagos State Fisheries Office in Victoria Island valued N3Billion is also his property.
- The Fishery Landing jetty at Badore [where the Ilubirin fishermen were to be relocated] valued at N500Million is another choice property of Mr Tinubu.
- The entire Ogudu foreshore scheme valued at N5Billion. Adding to the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Net Worth.
- The Ilubinrin housing estate [which used to house Lagos State civil servants and judges up till 2007. This housing estate is worth N2.5Billion has been since acquired by Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
- The former Julius Berger yard at Oko Orisan, Epe valued at N450Million.
- Tinbu’s wife, Remi Tinubu, built the massive New Era foundation youth camp at the junction of Eleko, off the Lekki-Epe express road which is also part of Tinubu’s wealth.
- TVC Radio Continental is owned by Bola Ahmed Tinubu as part of his media investments. These two media outfits is valued at N2.6Billion.
- Oando Oil which is manged by his younger brother, Wale Tinubu is in reality owned by Bola Ahmed Tinubu himself. This oil and gas company with revenue of ₦449.8 Billion and total equity of ₦162 Billion is the largest indigenous oil company in Nigeria.
With shares and interest in hundreds of other businesses and interests, Bola Ahmed Tinubu Net Worth is estimated to be N10Trillion making him probably the richest politician in Nigeria after General Ibrahim Babangida.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Daughter/Son
Influential politician and former governor of Lagos, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, lost his first son Jide, but not many not know that the 65-year-old former Governor of Lagos State has five other children.
The children of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are;
- Folashade Tinubu-Ojo (Iyaloja General of Nigeria)
- Oluwaseyi Tinubu (Chief Executive Officer/Chairman, Loatsad Promomedia)
- Zainab Tinubu
- Habibat Tinubu
- Olayinka Tinubu
- Jide Tinubu (who just died few days ago).
Life Lesson Learnt From Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu
- Be courageous, and do not give up in the fight for what you believe in. It might take a while, and you might suffer persecution, but in the end, if you are fighting for the right cause, it would be achieved.
- Give yourself a goal or goals, and be determined to achieve them against all odds.
- Work hard and leave no room for laxity in whatever you do.
Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu Son
According to Dailypost, Tinubu lost his first son, Mr. Jide Tinubu to the cold hands of death after the later slumped and died of a heart attack on Nov 1, 2017