Governor Sanwo-Olu at 56: A model for excellence in leadership

June 23, 2021

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Come June 25, 2021, the Lagos “Point-Man” as fondly called by his youthful followers and admirers, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu would have spent fifty-six years out of his sojourn here on earth. He would also have spent seven hundred and fifty eight days in office as the Governor of Lagos State. Such a date is noteworthy for many reasons.


The man, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is a man of many parts. To me, his foremost attribute is his piety (a God-fearing Christian). I guess this is the foundation of most of his other personal traits. He respects individuals in their own capacity, places great value on relationships, allows access to even the distant associate. He values goodwill and loyalty in his relationships.

Mr Sanwo-Olu is meticulous, intelligent and a passionate workaholic, a man of balanced cognate experience in both the private and public sectors and a thoroughbred technocrat. He is so consistent in his drive, yet you will find him as humble as they come.

To the uninitiated, these personal portraitures of Sanwo-Olu may seem too good to be true. Many may even pass them off simply as sycophancy. But I am confident in the true nature of truths – they can only be covered for a while before they emerge as the stubborn mustard seed. I also pen these testimonies to the credit of the stakeholders and the Lagos political class that successfully unearthed this shining diamond from among the array of stars available in the Ehingbeti polity.

An alumnus of the John F. Kennedy School of Leadership, the London Business School, the Lagos Business School and the University of Lagos, Governor Sanwo Olu has brought a new leadership model that has delivered qualitative direction, exhibiting and practicing transparency and accountability as deliberate policies.

A veteran of the system with veritable track records, the Lagos State helmsman who prefers to be addressed simply as Mr Governor rather than the traditional and abused title of “Your Excellency”, has continued to advance the frontiers and promotion of the common good, the uplift of Lagosians and the construction of enduring bridges and platforms of peace and security.

Many citizens are unaware of so many details about the man at the saddle of affairs of such a unique geographic, social-economic and political construct, which is a significant representation of Nigeria at large.

In a very short time, Governor Sanwo-Olu has proven to be a great asset to Lagos and Lagosians from all walks of life. Born on June 25, 1965, Sanwo-Olu holds a B.Sc in Surveying & Geo-Informatics and an MBA from the University of Lagos. He had his early education at Government Demonstration School, Gbaja, Surulere, Lagos and Ijebu-Ife Grammar School, Ogun State.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Nigerian Institute of Directors (IOD) and a Fellow of Nigeria Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).


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