Bolanle Ambode’s Heart of Gold 


Since she became the Lagos State First Lady, Bolanle Ambode, wife of the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has left no one in doubt about her vision and readiness to complement her husband’s efforts to further change the face of Lagos, while also bettering the lives of the indigenes.
The elegant woman, who is known for her simplicity and admirable lifestyle, is endowed with the heart of gold. She is no stranger to charity.  Contrary to the thinking in some quarters, she has been making worthy donations to motherless babies homes in and around the Lagos metropolis, even before her current status.  As part of her humanitarian services, she established the Alfred Debbie Opal Foundation (ADOF) long before her husband contested the number one job in the state.
Spyglass gathered that the beautiful woman’s foundation,  Hope for Women in Nigeria Initiative, (HOFOWEM), last  Tuesday inaugurated the distribution of 50,000 shoes and branded socks to primary one pupils of public schools across the State.
Mrs. Ambode commenced the distribution at the Cherubim and Seraphim Primary School, Lagos Road, Majidun in Ikorodu.

The distribution is the 2018 edition of the “Project Bright Steps,” a pet project of HOFOWEM, to boost the morale of the children and sensitise the society that the welfare of pupils is important, in getting the best of them in their academic pursuits.
In the first edition in February last year, 175,000 shoes and HOFOWEM-branded socks, were distributed to all Primary 1-3 pupils of public primary schools across Lagos State.
Mrs. Ambode said getting the best from education began with proper dressing to school, adding that the foundation had observed with some pain, that many pupils were less than properly dressed to school, as some turned up in bathroom slippers while many others went barefooted

The foundation, it was gathered, was established to cater for the needs of exceptionally brilliant and promising students in Nigeria, faced with an uncertain and bleak future owing to their inability to adequately fund their education.
She obtained her bachelor’s and masters’ degrees from the Lagos State University in 1989 and 1994 , majoring in Physics/Mathematics and Public Administration.
Very cosmopolitan, Mrs. Ambode, who has attended several courses in reputable institutions abroad, had worked with the defunct People’s Bank of Nigeria, Instant Finance Nigeria Limited and Aquagem Consulting Limited before establishing her own business, Rehoboth Chops and Confectioneries