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Former Minister & First Female ICAN President Bola Kuforiji-Olubi Passes On



Dr. Bola Kuforiji-Olubi

Dr. Bola Kuforiji-Olubi

A former Minister of Commerce and Industry, Dr. Bola Kuforiji-Olubi has died, aged 80.

Kuforiji-Olubi, who was born September 28, 1936, died on Saturday, December 3, 2016 two months after she clocked 80, a statement by the Ogun state government disclosed.

“Yes we will miss her, but we still have to thank God for the impactful and successful life she lived,” Governor Ibikunle Amosun said in the statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant (Media), Adejuwon Soyinka.

He added that the late Kuforiji-Olubi was not only a successful technocrat, “she also impacted and motivated generations of Nigerians, especially women, through her industry and success as a technocrat and an administrator.”

While commiserating with the Kuforiji-Olubi family, the people of Ogun State and indeed all Nigerians over the loss of Kuforiji-Olubi, Governor Amosun said, “for us in Ogun State, she was an icon. She was one of those international icons that made us proud.”

He added that, “her enviable track record includes being the first woman in Sub Saharan Africa to serve as Chairman of a leading financial institution, United Bank for Africa (UBA); the first Chairman of Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority and Vice Chairman, National Conference on Nigerian foreign policy among others. We will particularly miss her words of wisdom at this critical stage in the development of our dear state,” Governor Amosun said.

She was also the first female president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). She graduated from the University of London in 1963.


  1. NENE

    December 4, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    she looked very fragile at her last thanksgiving/birthday. i suspected something was wrong. RIP

    • mujer

      December 6, 2016 at 2:32 am

      This was one of the top women when I was a kid. At least she lived to be 80. Sad.

  2. Dee

    December 4, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    A true woman of substance who has left her footprints on the sands of time. She inspired many. May her soul rest in perfect peace.

  3. Bowl

    December 4, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    Great woman.RIP !


    December 4, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    I remember the June 12 elections and the arrest of MKO, not sure what role she played but students matched to her house chanting and with leaves and she stood her ground and made her case and it seemed to pacify them. Neva forgot that day on TV and her name. Rest in peace ma’am!

  5. alwayshappy

    December 4, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    Rest well, and may all the good in your legacy regenerate for generations now and in the future.

  6. mia

    December 5, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I remember reading her story as an undergraduate and i was inspired by the feats she had achieved in her life. I promised myself that day that I will not just be a statistic. RIP ma’am. You made your impact.

  7. Mrs Oluwole

    December 5, 2016 at 11:14 am

    RIP ma’am. I remember cutting out your picture in the 80s and sticking it on the wall beside my bed, the purpose was just a reminder that education is emancipation. Thank you.

  8. Tosin

    December 5, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Awwwww. RIP Madam. Beauty and Brains.

  9. Shola

    December 9, 2016 at 3:24 am

    I remember I used to look up to her as a young woman back then. Very stylish lady with beauty ànd brains. She has run the race and deserves her well earned rest. History will be kind to here. May her soul rest in perfect. Peace, amen.

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