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  Victoria Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire was born on September 29th, 1959. Popularly known as a Nigerian politician. She was the former Deputy-Governor of Lagos State from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, she was the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation from 2003 to 2011. 
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She attended Salvation Army Primary School, Agege, Lagos (1965–1971), and she finished her secondary school education at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Mangoro, situated in Ikeja Local Government Area of Lagos State. She is an alumna of Lagos State University (LASU) and was awarded an honorary degree by the university. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a diploma in social work.

Personal life

Princess Orelope was born into the royal lineage of Prince Kareem-Laka of Akeja Oniyanru and Amore Ruling House of Lagos State. She is the first girl and the third born out of 13 children. Orelope-Adefuire is popularly called ‘Iya Alanu’ which means ‘cheerful giver’. She worked as the Front Office Executive at PZ Industries, Nigeria PLC.
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On July 9, 2016, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefuire staged a beautiful wedding for her daughter Esther Olaleye Olawepo. Which took place at the Archbishop Vining Memorial Cathedral, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.

Career and Appointments

She is an administrator, social worker, politician and princess from a royal family. By the start of her pursuit in politics, she was elected into the Lagos State House of Assembly to represent Alimosho Constituency I, where she creditably gained the respect of her fellow colleagues and was subsequently elected as the Chairman of the House Service Committee. In the year 2002, she was appointed as the Electoral Commissioner at the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commissioner. From 2003 to 2007, she was appointed Lagos State Commissioner for Women Affairs and was subsequently appointed to the same position between 2007 and 2011. By 2011, she was elected the Deputy Governor of Lagos State and occupied the position till the end of the administration of His Excellency, Babatunde Raji Fashola in 2015. President Muhammadu Buhari appointed, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, as his Senior Special Assistant on Sustainable Development Goals.
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Some of her previous appointments include Secretary, Francis Chambers, Ikeja (1980 – 1985); Secretary, Paterson Zochonis Industries Plc, Lagos (1985 – 1991); Managing Director/C.E.O., Adejoke Nigeria Enterprises, Lagos (1994 – 2002); Electoral Commissioner, Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (2002 – 2003).


Princess Adejoke Orelope Adefulire was conferred the award of The International Public Servant of the year in 2007 by the UK-based Non-governmental Organization, The Scottish Widows. She got the Daisey George Award in 2010. In 201, she was recognized for her efforts in empowering and advocating the rights of women and children. The former Lagos State deputy governor is also a recipient of the Guinness World Records for the most children reading aloud with an adult at a single location, which she achieved while reading with 4,222 school children in 2011.


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This article was first published on 24th May 2022 and updated on May 28th, 2022 at 5:09 pm


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