- Reveals Why She Wants To Represent EKITI Central Fed. Constituency
Lagos female celebrity, Kemi Adewunmi is running for political office. She has joined the House of Reps race for Ekiti Central Federal Constituency. She is in her 50s but she does not look it one bit. She has over the years been blessed with a petite frame.
Many don’t know she is an illustrious daughter of Efon Alaaye in Ekiti State. She is the daughter of late Chief Adebodun O. Adewunmi, the Ajiroba of Efon land, and Baba Ijo of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Idagba, Efon Alaaye. He was called to the English Bar and admitted into the Honourable Society of Lincoln Inn as a Barrister of Law. He was the first Efon Alaaye citizen to qualify as a lawyer and the first Honourary legal adviser for Efon Alaaye. He was elevated to a Federal Honourary Legal Adviser status in 1961. She is the daughter of Mrs. Bola (Yeye) Adewunmi who is in her 80s. She retired as a Federal Civil Servant in the Federal Revenue Court, Lagos.
Kemi Adewunmi is a single mother of 2 beautiful grown up daughters she had for late Air Marshal Ibrahim-Alfa, (the former Chief of Air Staff), who passed away on March 16, 2000. She owns a school. She is the Proprietress of a private school (Aimi School), Surulere, Lagos. She is also the Managing Director of a company that deals with private and governmental procurements and construction in various areas.
She is a likeable personality who exudes a lot of warmth and love towards everyone she comes in contact with. She has been able to touch hearts and lives of the people around her, alleviating poverty for the less privileged, mostly youth and elderly Also her love for children compares to none. She is a woman who takes delight in making sure those who need help are catered for, in her own little way. Very respectful and endowed with impeccable public relations, with friends from across the ethnic, religious, political and ideological boundaries.
Although she is sociable, she is a professional and politician who believe it’s time for Nigerian women to take the front seat in the political equation of Nigeria. That is why she has been working with other female professionals in politics for the improvement of the lot of women in the Nigerian political space. She is a long standing member of PDP.
Kemi Adewunmi has got a great sense of style and fashion, as whatever she wears sits well on her delicate frame. She is got carriage too. She is always the cynosure of all eyes when she walks into a party. She always looks angelic. This rare combination invariably turn heads in her entrance into any party and equally sees photographers clicking away at her sight. She has a beautiful figure which makes whatever she wears to fit her well. She is very chic.
How has she been able to keep her slim figure. She says it is the work of God. I think it is just the gift of God. You may not believe it. I have worn the same size in clothes and shoes for years now. That is to show you that I have hardly changed.”
“I love being myself with everything I wear. Anything I choose to wear, I make sure that I pick accessories to go with it. I don’t have any special colour. I am not attached to any. All I do is to open my wardrobe and pick something that I know suits the occasion I want to attend.”
She has always been a card-carrying member of PDP and a prominent member of the party.
“I am a single mother, and a very responsible one at that. I love my kids and I like being there for them, I also have business meetings to attend. At least, one has to make money to make ends meets. To beat both, I create time to attend parties and other social matters that comes up. And as a politician, there are meetings and get-togethers to attend.
So when she is not politicking or attending to business, what does she do? “I’m more at home like I said. I am very homely. I like spending quality time with my kids and family. I also have a break once in a while, travel out to relax, put on my jeans and T-shirt and take a breath of fresh air.
We also took her up on her political ambition. She says she is ready to represent her people in Ekiti.
Can she let us into her educational background? “Yes of course. I am a graduate of Business Administration from Shiller International University, London, England. A second degree in Business Management from La Verne University, La Verne, California, USA. On her return, she enjoyed her National Youth Service Corp in Lagos, Nigeria.” She has found these degrees highly useful in many areas of her business, politics and day-to-day life.
As a child, she attended Ireti Primary School, Ikoyi, Lagos State, Luba School, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. St. Peer’s Primary School, Faji, Lagos State. Then started her secondary school first year at Aunty Ayo Girls High School, Ikoyi, Lagos. After year one, she left to the UK to start year 7 all over again, at the Hall School, Wincanton, Somerset, England. And later transferred to Hampden House School, Buckinghamshire, England. Did her ‘O’ Levels (GCSE) and ‘A’ levels at North Corner College, Lewis, Sussex, England.
How has she kept her shape? “The truth of the matter is that it is God’s doing. I don’t exercise. I eat a lot. I don’t make any extra effort. It is just a gift from God. And the glory of the Lord. I don’t carry issues on my mind. I don’t go to bed with any issue bothering. I leave it to God to judge. That is why I go to bed with ease.”
“Everybody knows me, I respect people. I treat them with a lot of courtesy. I say sorry at the slightest opportunity. When I offend you, I am quick to apologize. But those I can’t change and convince to change, I keep them at arm’s length. That is also why I pick the parties I go to. I get invited to a lot of parties, but I can’t go to every party. So I choose which ones to go for. And I don’t overstay my limits. I am a workaholic. I work very, very hard and I reach out to people to help them. I also support my friends.”
“I am not a rich person. But I am comfortable. I am content with the little that I have. I am also very prayerful. I like to put anything and everything to God in prayers.”
“I don’t keep to any regimen. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I eat what I like. The only thing is I pick where I go and I try to be myself. Most of the time, I know my limits. I know my limitations and I don’t go beyond it. That’s why I don’t stretch to get what I know I can’t get. I am contented with the little God has blessed me with. I am happy with myself. My mm makes me happy. My 2 daughters make me happy. My siblings and their spouses make me happy. All those around me radiate joy. I am happy with myself. I give God the glory. I have peace of mind. I often don’t carry any heavy issue on my mind not to talk of sleeping with a heavy heart. I pass all my worries to God. And as a Christian I have learnt how to deal with all the issues that come my way”.