“Many women,” says King Solomon of Ancient Israel, “have done well. You have done excellently.” These are the words that one can only imagine that Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State speaks to his dear wife and First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi.
Like an empress happy to drive her husband’s dreams to manifestation but neglecting none of her own, Erelu Fayemi has really done well since assuming the office of Ekiti First Lady in 2018.
There is likely no other incumbent Nigerian first lady as actively involved in her state’s governance as Erelu. Folks who doubted the validity of such reports saw her exert herself to ensure her people’s health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Using everything in her arsenal, Erelu Fayemi organised a team and immediately set up measures to curb it. It is on record that Ekiti recorded one of the lowest
Nevertheless, it is not the COVID-19 crisis that brought First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi to her people’s attention but her devotion to the ideals of her office and person since coming onboard.
Every native and resident of Ekiti has come to know her as the feminist activist, gender and development specialist, social entrepreneur, policy advocate, communications specialist, and writer that she is.
How many of them have benefitted from her involvement with organisations like Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA), African Women’s Leadership Institute (AWLI), African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), others like them? Many, many people.
Erelu Bisi Fayemi has managed to accomplish in three years—behind the scenes—much more than certain holders of more conspicuous positions.
To serve as the voice of the voiceless, is there a grander achievement? Yet, with Erelu Bisi Fayemi, this is an everyday thing. No wonder the people love her. No wonder her husband sings her praises.