Toyin Ojora-Saraki is a healthcare philanthropist and the Founder-President of Wellbeing Foundation Africa. She is the wife of the Senate president of Nigeria, Senator Bukola Saraki and they have four children.
Toyin Saraki was born on September 6, 1964 into the Ojora and Adele royal families of Lagos, Nigeria to the Yoruba aristocrat Oloye Adekunle Ojora, the Otunba of Lagos. She had her elementary education in Lagos, after which she went to the United Kingdom and attended Roedean School, Brighton. She then obtained her L.L.B degree from the London School of Oriental and African Studies and her L.L.M from King’s College London, both of the University of London. She returned to Nigeria and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1989.
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She is a Nigerian philanthropist with two decades of advocacy covering maternal, newborn and child health, gender-based discrimination and violence, improving education, socio-economic empowerment and community livelihoods in Africa. She is an advocate of Millennium Development Goals 4 and 5 in Nigeria, reducing the rate of maternal and infant mortality.
In 2012, she launched a successful social media campaign through Wellbeing Foundation Africa called #MaternalMonday to raise awareness on key issues in maternal, newborn and child health in Africa. Toyin Saraki contributed largely to the establishment of the Lifestream Charity in 1993 and is a global advocate of the UN’s “Every Woman Every Child” campaign.
She is on the board of the Global Foundation for the Elimination of Domestic Violence and the board of the Africa Justice Foundation. Saraki is the Newborn Champion for Save the Children Nigeria and was the inaugural Global Goodwill Ambassador to the International Confederation of Midwives in 2014