Last Updated on September 8, 2018 by mybiohub
Abike Kafayat Oluwatoyin Dabiri-Erewa is a Nigerian politician and Journalist. A former member of the Nigeria Federal House of Representatives representing Ikorodu Constituency in Lagos State. She was the Chairman of the House Committee on Media & Publicity and also the former Chairman of the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs.
Born on October 10, 1962, in Jos, Plateau State to the family of Alhaji and Alhaja Ashafa Erogbogbo of Ikorodu. Her father, Alhaji Ashafa Erogbogbo is one of the children of late Alh. Sule Erogbogbo of Adegorunsen Compound, Ajina square, Ita – Agbodo, Ikorodu. Her paternal grandmother, Alhaja Alimotu Erobogbo is from Bello Solebo family of Ita – Elewa Square, Ikorodu.
Dabiri-Erewa attended Maryland Private School, Maryland, Ikeja for her primary school education, and St. Teresa’s College, Ibadan for her secondary education. She obtained her first degree in English Language from Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU) Ile – Ife. She obtained a post graduate diploma (PGD) in mass communication and also a master’s degree in mass communication from the University of Lagos, Akoka. She also studied in the United States at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
Prior to her political career, she worked for the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) for fifteen years, anchoring the weekly NTA Newsline programme and taking a particular interest in poverty and social justice issues. She retired from her position at Nigerian Television Authority to stand for election in the House of Representatives, winning with a substantial majority. She stood against the third term bid of former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
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She was the Chairman, House Committee on Media in Federal House of Representative from 2003 to 2007, Honourable Member, Federal House of Representative from 2003 to 2007, Board Member, Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation Vision 2010, Honourable Member, Federal House of Representative from the year 2007 to 2011
While serving in the House of Representatives, Abike Dabiri sponsored a bill for an act to ensure full integration of Nigerians with physical disabilities and to eliminate all forms of discrimination against them. She also sponsored bills on Infant Health Welfare, Nigerian Press, and Journalism Bill, Freedom to practice journalism only after obtaining certain qualifications.
In 2015, She was appointed as the Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora.
In 2007, Abike Dabiri got married to Segun Erewa and they have a son.