One of the greatest women in the contemporary Nigerian politics, Princess Aderenle Adeniran Ogunsanya recently turned 70. The unassuming humble, humane and largely unsung patrotic deliberately stayed away from Nigeria and public glare in order to avoid the usual jamboree that attends such events given the state affairs in the country.
However despite her absence, family, friends and several members of her political group thronged her Victoria-Island and Ikorodu, Lagos home to pay homage to her in her absentia and promising that whenever she returns home she would be properly celebrated.
Such is the aura of this personable woman of substance who comes from the biggest Nigerian political families, being the daughter of one of the formidable and renowned leaders of Zikist Movement, National Council of Nigeria and the Cameroons (NCNC), and Nigeria Peoples Party (NPP). Chief Adeniran Ogunsanya, like her daughter was the doyen of politics in his time.
Princess Adeniran has aptly demonstrated that, even as a woman, her father ‘s shoes has not been too large to fit for her, having distinguished herself not just as a politician of note but as a diligent, professionally and highly technocrat. Princess Ogunsanya who was Secretary to Lagos State Government SSG from 2007 to 2011 during the regime of Babatunde Fashola was well respected and loved by civil servants and politicians alike, hence the adulation and adoration she continues to enjoy from both sectors long after she left the office.