Funmilayo Olayinka

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Olufunmilayo Aduni Olayinka
Former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State
In office
15 October 2010 – 6 April 2013 (died in office)
Governor Kayode Fayemi
Preceded by Dr. Sikiru Tae Lawal
Succeeded by Professor Modupe Adelabu
Personal details
Born (1960-06-20) 20 June 1960 (age 57)
Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria
Died 6 April 2013
Lagos, Nigeria
Political party Action Congress of Nigeria
Alma mater Central State University

Olufunmilayo Aduni Olayinka, née Famuagun (20 June 1960 – 6 April 2013), was a Nigerian banker and politician who served as the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State.[1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Olayinka was born in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State.[4] She attended Holy Trinity Grammar School Ibadan where she obtained her first school leaving certificate with distinction. She subsequently proceeded to Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo State, Nigeria where she obtained her Higher School Certificate (HSC).[5] She held a master's degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Business Administration [Marketing] from Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma, United States in 1981 and 1983 respectively.[citation needed] She was three times winner of the Dean’s Honour roll.[5]


A Marketing Analyst & Strategist who started her career in Banking with First Bank of Nigeria Plc in 1986, she later worked as Relationship Manager for Corporate Accounts in Access Bank, the now defunct Merchant Banking Corporation [MBC] and United Bank for Africa Plc.

In August 2002, she started working in Corporate Communications and proceeded to Head the Corporate Affairs Division, United Bank for Africa. She later became Head, Brand Management & Corporate Affairs, thereby leading the Team responsible for delivering a compelling Brand proposition and re-branding of the United Bank for Africa which helped to drive the bank’s business strategy & added value to the total image of the Brand.[citation needed]

She was also the 2nd Vice President of the Association of Corporate Managers of Banks between 2002 and 2004.[citation needed]

She played a strategic role during the Merger process of the erstwhile United Bank for Africa & Standard Trust Bank where she co-chaired the Branding Sub-Committee. She also served as a key member of the Media Relations Sub-Committee.

Until her election as the Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, she was Head of Corporate Services, Ecobank Transatlantic Inc where she was responsible for communicating the bank’s activities to the public, relationship management with the Public and providing feedback to management as it relates to the total image of the Bank. In addition, she also oversaw the General Internal Services Unit with responsibility for overall co-ordination of administrative services for the entire bank.[6]


Following a disputed election process during the 2007 Gubernatorial elections,[7] the candidate of Nigeria's ruling party, Mr Segun Oni was declared as the winner of that election. Whereupon Olayinka in conjunction with Kayode Fayemi headed to court to contest the veracity of the results. On 14 October 2010, after a three and a half year prolonged re-election process and court battle, an Elections Appeal Tribunal sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, Nigeria sacked former Governor Segun Oni of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and declared Dr Kayode Fayemi of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) as the new governor of Ekiti State.[8] Mrs Olufunmilayo Olayinka was subsequently sworn in as the substantive Deputy Governor of Ekiti State by virtue of her existing role as the running mate of Dr Kayode Fayemi during the 2007 Governorship Elections.[9] She is only the Second woman in the history of Ekiti State to occupy the position of Deputy Governor of the State. She was a member of the Action Congress of Nigeria.

Olayinka died in the evening of 6 April 2013 after a long battle with cancer[2] and she was laid to rest in Ado-Ekiti.[10] A devout Christian, she was survived by her aged mother, husband and their three children.[3][11]


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  2. ^ a b Ariyibi, Gbenga (April 26, 2013). "Body of Funmilayo Olayinka, Ekiti Deputy Gov laid to rest". Vanguard. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Deputy Governor of Ekiti State Mrs Funmilayo Olayinka Is dead". 6 April 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Biography of Mrs Funmi Olayinka". Government of Ekiti State. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b The Nation Newspapers 19/08/2010[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ The Sun Newspapers 5 April 2005 Archived 19 April 2005 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ The Nation 3 May 2009 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 3 May 2012. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  8. ^ 234NEXT Newspapers 15 October 2010 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  9. ^ The Sun Newspapers Monday 18 October 2010. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-19. 
  10. ^ Gbenga Ariyibi (April 26, 2013). "Body of Funmilayo Olayinka, Ekiti Deputy Gov laid to rest". The Vanguard. 
  11. ^ Femi Makinde (8 April 2013). "Where is your deputy, Olayinka's mother asks Fayemi". The Punch. Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. 

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