Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, has 21 children and though he listed the names in his recent controversial book, My Watch, he did not
mention their mothers. ENCOMIUM Weekly has however compiled their names and details below:
MRS. OLUREMI OBASANJO, his first wife, who he
married on Saturday, June 22, 1963, at Camberwell Green Registry, South
East London. She was just 21. Mrs. Oluremi Obasanjo is the mother of
six of the 21 children of the former president.
They are Senator Iyabo Obasanjo,
Busola Obasanjo, ; Olusegun Obasanjo,
the first son, ; Olugbenga Obasanjo, Enitan Obasanjo, and Damilola Obasanjo, the last of the woman’s children who was born in
MRS. STELLA OBASANJO, the late former First Lady
died on Sunday, October 23, 2005, in Spain after a failed tummy tuck
surgery. She had only a child, Olumuyiwa Obasanjo, who was born in
1977, for the former president.
GOLD ORUH, a former director at Nigerian Television
Authority (NTA), who met the former president as a reporter during the
civil war in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. She had two children for him.
Her children are Funke and Seun Obasanjo.
MRS. TAIWO OBASANJO, is the twin sister of Mr. Kenny
Martins, the politician and former Chairman of Police Equipment Fund.
She also has two children for the former president. One of her children
is Esther Olubunmi Obasanjo who got married in August 2010.
Mrs. Taiwo Obasanjo has since reverted to her maiden name, Martins.
Since her secret dalliance with late Godwin Daboh became public
knowledge, the former president distanced himself from her.
Late MRS. LYNDA OBASANJO, nee Soares, was another
woman who had children for Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. She was said to
have had two children for him before she was killed on February 14,
1987, in daylight by armed robbers. She was 45. We really don’t know
the names of her two children among the 21 children. Her cousin,
Priscilla Soares was later made MD, Nicon by Obasanjo.
MRS. MABEL OKOSODE OBASANJO is another woman who has children for the
former army general. We, however, don’t know how many children she has
for him and their names.
MRS. TITILAYO OBASANJO, is another woman who has a child or children for the old man.
COL. ADEBOYE OBASANJO, mother’s name is not known.
But according to Mrs. Oluremi Obasanjo in her book, Bitter Sweet My Life
with Obasanjo, she is a mother of two and a divorcee brought to the
former general by one of his aunts who lives in Arigbajo, Ogun State,
when she (Remi) was chased out of their Ikoyi (Lagos) matrimonial home
for challenging his (Obasanjo) philandering.
KOFOWOROLA MOJISOLA OBASANJO, who got married to
Peter Kenneth Blackshire, a British Baptist minister in 2002, shares the
same mother with Tunde Baiyewu, the British singer of Nigerian
descent. Tunde Baiyewu’s mother lost her husband and relocated to
Nigeria with her two children. She met Obasanjo who was still an
officer in the army. Their dalliance produced Kofo Obasanjo.
MRS. BOLA OBASANJO, is the woman that is presently
living with Chief Obasanjo. She also has a child for him called Funsho
Obasanjo. The woman was formerly based in London, but had to relocate
to Nigeria to be his resident wife.
There are other women in Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s life though they did not have children for him.
HIS OTHER WOMEN
MRS. MOWO SOFOWORA, a lace fabric merchant and a married woman started dating him as far back as 1973, when Obasanjo was a Lt. Col. in the army.
Mrs. Oluremi Obasanjo mentioned Mrs. Mowo Sofowora as one of the
women who caused problems in her marriage. She was said to be older
MRS. LABO SALAKO, the wife of late Captain Salako,
who died in 1972, at Argungu in a motor accident. Late Captain Salako
was Obasanjo’s mate in London. After the death of her husband, she
moved in with the Obasanjos at their Ikoyi (Lagos) residence on the
advice of Obasanjo and the wife, Remi, acquiesced with her husband. But
before the wife knew what was going on, Labo was already having a
rollicking affair with her husband.
To make matters worse, she wrote Obasanjo a letter in which she
advised him to divorce his wife, Remi. Remi got hold of the letter and
made several photocopies and sent them to friends and relations. This
was what led to Remi’s departure from her matrimonial home for several
months. The story is in Mrs. Oluremi Obasanjo’s book, Bitter-Sweet.
MRS. LAMIDE ADEGBENRO is the wife of Chief Niyi Adegbenro, the former Commissioner for Agriculture in Ogun State and a kinsman of Chief Obasanjo.
Lamide Adegbenro, who should be in her 60s now was also mentioned by
Mrs. Oluremi Obasanjo in her book as one of the many mistresses of her
Former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku also mentioned her during his
face-off with Obasanjo that she got a gift of a brand new Peugeot 607
and $110,000 that was paid into her NATWEST Bank, UK account in 2003, by
MRS. ALO, a former Vice Principal of Queens College, Yaba, Lagos, was also alleged to be a mistress of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
Mrs. Alo was the Vice Principal of Queens College when Iyabo Obasanjo
was a student there. So, the day Iyabo saw her in a swimming trunk at
her father’s swimming pool in Ota Farm, Ogun State, she nearly assaulted
her if not for her mother’s intervention.
Mrs. Alo, we gathered is still very close to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
as she is a member of the board of directors of Obasanjo’s school, The
THE PRINCESS, A princess of Lagos, who is a lover of
white apparels was also said to have been romantically involved with
the former president immediately after the death of late First Lady,
Mrs. Stella Obasanjo.
In fact, the rumour mill had it that she virtually took over the
president’s private life when the First Lady died and was positioning
herself as the former president’s wife before one of the children, Funke
openly told her she was not welcomed in the family.
It was in order to wave off the influence of the princess in their
father’s life that the children came together to impress on him to marry
It was this pressure that brought about Mama Funsho, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo
relocating from London to Nigeria as his official wife….