Obada, H.E Erelu Olusola Agbeja – Former Deputy Governor, former Minister of the Federal Republic

Her Excellency, Erelu Olusola Agbeja Obada hails from Ibodi ljesa in the Atakumosa Local Government of Osun State. She has braved gender odds and has had one of the most distinguished careers in both the public service and the private sector.

She was educated at Queens School, Ibadan, where she made a Grade 1 result in the West African School Certificate Examinations (WASCE) and also graduated top of the class in Law at the University of Buckingham, United Kingdom in 1985. She attended the Nigerian Law School in Lagos for her LLB certification and studies for Diploma in Advertising Administration at the Watford College of Technology in Herts, United Kingdom. She was awarded an Honourary D.Sc. Honoris Causa, by the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.

  • Minister of State Defence (2011 – 2013)
  • Acting Minister of Defence Federal Republic of Nigeria
  • Member, Federal Executive Council
  • Member, National Security Council, Armed Forces Council
  • Chairman Army Council
  • Chairman Navy Board
  • Chairman Air force Council
  • Chairman, Governing Council, National Defence College, Abuja
  • Chairman, Governing Council, National Defence Academy, Kaduna
  • Chairman, Governing Council Command and Staff College, Jaji
  • May 29, 2003 – November 27, 2010
  • Two-term democratically elected Deputy Governor of Osun State Duties
  • Chairman, Boundary Committee Osun State
  • Chairman, Emergency Management Agency
  • Chairman, Local Government Economic Empowerment Development Strategy Committee (LEEDS), Osun State
  • Chairman, Cocoa Development Committee, Osun State
  • Chairman, Cassava Development Committee, Osun State

In the private sector, she has been:

  • MD/CEO and Executive Director, Finance & Administration, Materials Management Services Limited
  • MD Irongate Finance & Trust Company Limited (1990 – 1995)
  • Managing Partner Olusola Agbeja & Co. Legal Practitioners (1986 – 1990)
  • Advertising Manager, Nigeria Airways Limited (1976 – 1980) .

She has also served as Assistant Secretary, International Women’s Society; Acting Director General Institute of Directors Nigeria; and Assistant Registrar, Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Akoko Diocese, Ondo state. She was a member of the 2014 National Conference.

She is a member of a number of professional and humanitarian bodies, including:

  • Fellow, Institute of Directors, Nigeria
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Member, Federation of International Women Lawyers (FIDA)
  • Associate Member – Nigerian Institute of Management
  • Member, International Women’s Society
  • Honorary Member, International Inner Wheel (District 913), Ilesa, Osun State
  • Member, Nigerian Red Cross Society

For her outstanding services, she has garnered the following awards:

  • ThisDay Newspaper Distinguished Achievers Award
  • Award of “JEWEL IN OUR CROWN” by PDP National Women Mobilization Committee
  • Woman of the Year Award by the Nigerian Association of Women Journalists
  • Osun Chapter
  • Award for Contribution to National Development and Good Governance by Movement for Political Awareness & Masses Emancipation
  • Award for Contribution to National Development and Good Governance by Movement for Political Awareness & Masses Emancipation


  • National Conference 2014 Delegate –  Elder Statesman
  • Member Board of Trustees Peoples Democratic Party
  • National Matron, National Youth Vanguard Peoples Democratic Party
  • Life Matron, NUJ, Correspondent’s Chapel, Osun State
  • Matron, National Association of Women Journalists, Oyo State
  • Life Matron, Textile Dealers Association of Ijesa-Land
  • Matron, Nigerian Association of Small Scale, Industrialists, (Women’s Wing Osun State)
  • Matron, South-West PDP Youth Wing


  • Erelu of Ijesaland, Osun State.
  • Iyalaje of Arigidiland, Ondo State.
  • Iya-Ewe Ijo, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, ArigidiAkoko, Ondo state.
  • Iya-Ewe Ijo, (Mother of the Youth) Christ Apostolic Church, Imo ArigidiAkoko, Ondo State.
  • Yeye Asiwaju of Ibodi – Ijesa, Osun State.


She speaks and writes French, English and Yoruba.

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