Chief Kemi Nelson is dead. She was 66.She died Sunday after a protracted illness.
Chairman All Progressives Congress, APC, Ikeja Chapter and Chairman Conference of the 57 APC Chairmen in Lagos State, Mayegun Dally Adeokun announced her death.with heavy heart but with gratitude to Almighty God, we announce the death this morning of our Ikeja apex leader and state GAC member, Chief Mrs. Kemi Nelson”.
“Our condolences go to her immediate family and the Ikeja political family.”“May her gentle soul rest in perfect peace. “Nelson, famously known as Yeyesewa after her chieftaincy title, was born in Lagos on 9 February 1956 and attended Anglican Girls Grammar School, Ijebu-Ode for her secondary education.For her tertiary education, she attended school of Nursing in the University College Hospital Ibadan where she qualified as a registered Nurse and Midwife.She got an MBA in Financial Management and a Diploma in Law from the Lagos State University Ojo.She began her political journey in 1990, joining the now defunct National Republican Convention (NRC) during the regime of General Ibrahim BabangidaShe was the senatorial candidate for the Lagos West Senatorial district in 1992 and was defeated at the polls by Bola Ahmed Tinubu.In 1998, during the regime of General Abacha, she contested for the Ikeja Federal Constituency in the house of assembly. This time, as a member of UNCP. She won the election but it was truncated by the death of General Abacha.In 1999, she joined Alliance for Democracy (AD) and from 1999 to 2003, she served as the Lagos State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation during the tenure of Bola Ahmed Tinubu and has served as the Women Leader of Lagos State Chapter of The All Progressives Congress (APC) and was later made the South West Women Leader of APC.She is the only female serving member of the Lagos State Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC).Nelson had played several important roles since 1999. She was a commissioner during the tenure of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.She also served as an executive director of the Nigerian Social Investment Trust Fund, during the first term of President Buhari.