Ex-President Obasanjo’s Adviser, Titi Ajanaku, Dies At 73

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Special Adviser on Women Affairs, Mrs. Titilayo Ajanaku, is dead.

Ajanaku, a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, died in the early hours of Thursday at the age of 73.

The Punch reports that the politician reportedly died after a battle with a terminal illness that had lasted for years.

Until her death, the late Ajanaku was the Otun Iyalode of Egbaland.

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She was the chairman of old Abeokuta Local Government in Ogun State and, indeed, the first woman to be elected as a local government chairman in Nigeria.

Ajanaku, who was born on January 25, 1946 at Ago-Odo Quarters in Abeokuta, Ogun State, was a trained nurse, administrator and women leader.

She was also one of the top politicians arrested in 1995 over a phantom coup and later arraigned before the Patrick Aziza-led military panel.

In 2015, Ajanaku dumped the PDP and joined the Peoples Democratic Movement ahead of that year’s election.

She attended the 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.