From being an efficient wife and mother to running many advocacy campaigns for women, launching many initiatives, and many more, Erelu Bisi Fayemi has many proven achievements as one of the greatest women that ever lived.
Today is International Women’s Day which is observed to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. Every year, the day is observed on March 8 with the purpose to support a platform that helps forge positive change for women. I am bold to say therefore that the First Lady of Ekiti, Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi deserves to be celebrated.
To many women, she is a savior, and when it comes to listing inspirational women, she will be counted amongst the first rows. Erelu has inspired many and motivates many younger ladies to live up to their billings and become persons who can ‘choose to challenge’ the world.
Erelu Bisi Fayemi is a living example of a woman who has greatly impacted the world around her and made a huge difference in philanthropic work. She is no doubt one of the many women who have challenged the world and stood against all the odds to prove their potential.
In line with the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day celebrations: Women in leadership:
Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world: It is good to say that Erelu Bisi Fayemi is one of the women that stand at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. As the wife of Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Erelu as an articulate organizer, mobilized food items and several cash gifts as palliatives to thousands of vulnerable people across all the sixteen local government areas of Ekiti State during the covid-19 lockdown.
As a foremost and exemplary leader in the face of the covid-19 crisis, she also provided cash backing to support hundreds of women whose businesses were badly affected due to the pandemic. Erelu regularly spends a fortune on women’s health care and well-being. During her 57th birthday last year, which fell within the heat of the covid-19 lockdown, Erelu visited the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital where she paid millions of naira as hospital bills on behalf of patients who could not afford their hospital bills. She also distributed hundreds of gift items to nursing mothers within and outside the hospitals across Ekiti State.
Her prompt leadership roles in bringing relief to many households, aged people, and individuals during the covid-19 pandemic know no bounds. No doubt, Erelu is the salt of the earth and the brimming light around the world of women. There is therefore no better day to celebrate an icon such as this than on this occasion of International Women’s Day.
Adl, a development Journalist, writes from Ado Ekiti