The Deputy governor of Ekiti State, Olufunmilayo Olayinka, has died after a prolonged battle with breast cancer. She was 52.
The Ekiti State Government issued a statement last night confirming Mr. Olayinka’s passing, saying she died Saturday evening “after a tough but courageous battle with cancer”.
“She is survived by her husband and children as well as aged parents and siblings,” the Ekiti State information commissioner, Tayo Ekundayo, said in the statement.
Mr Ekundayo added, “Mrs Olayinka, an accomplished banker and corporate sector player worked in the financial industry for 21 years before heeding the call of service in her home state of Ekiti when she was selected to serve on the ACN Governorship ticket in 2007.
“She demonstrated exemplary courage and dedicated service to Ekiti people both during the struggle to retrieve the stolen mandate and in her position as Deputy Governor.”
Mrs. Olayinka, who became the deputy governor of Ekiti State in October 2010, when she was sworn-in alongside the Governor, Kayode Fayemi, was a banker with a masters degree in public administration and a bachelor of business administration from Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma.
Women across Ekiti State had on March 26 converged on Ado-Ekiti where a prayer session was held for quick recovery of the Deputy Governor who proceeded on sick leave after she fell sick.
The Wife of the Governor, Bisi Fayemi, convened the session, which was also attended by top female officials of the state and appointees, as well as wives of top government functionaries.
Read full profile of the late deputy governor as provided by the Ekiti State government below below.
Olufunmilayo Aduni Olayinka was the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Nigeria until April 6, 2013.
A proven technocrat and seasoned professional banker, Mrs Olufunmilayo Aduni Olayinka (nee Famuagun) was born in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State Nigeria on the 20th of June 1960. She attended Holy Trinity Grammar School Ibadan where she obtained her first school leaving certificate with distinction. She subsequently proceeded to Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo State, Nigeria where she obtained her Higher School Certificate (HSC).
Mrs Olufunmilayo Olayinka got a Masters Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration [Marketing] from Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma, United States in 1981 and 1983 respectively. She was three times winner of the Dean’s Honour roll.
A Marketing Analyst & Strategist who started her career in Banking with First Bank of Nigeria Plc in 1986, she later worked as Relationship Manager for Corporate Accounts in Access Bank, the now defunct Merchant Banking Corporation [MBC] and United Bank for Africa Plc.
In August 2002, She took up a new challenge in Corporate Communications and promptly proceeded to Head the Corporate Affairs Division, United Bank for Africa. She later became Head, Brand Management & Corporate Affairs, thereby leading the Team responsible for delivering a compelling Brand proposition and re-branding of the United Bank for Africa which helped to drive the bank’s business strategy & added value to the total image of the Brand.
She was also the 2nd Vice President of the Association of Corporate Managers of Banks between 2002 and 2004.
She played notable strategic roles during the Merger process of the erstwhile United Bank for Africa & Standard Trust Bank where she co-chaired the Branding Sub-Committee. She also served as a key member of the Media Relations Sub-Committe.
Until her recent election as the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, she was Head of Corporate Services, Ecobank Transatlantic Inc where she was responsible for communicating the bank’s activities to the public, relationship management with the Public and providing feedback to management as it relates to the total image of the Bank . In addition, she also oversaw the General Internal Services Unit with responsibility for overall co-ordination of administrative services for the entire bank.
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