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(+234) 907 937 6182
Lagos House, Ikeja-Lagos
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About the Executive Secretary

Ayisat Olabimpe Agbaje-Okunade is a young and dynamic advocate for social equality. She is committed to finding sustainable solutions to social inequalities through economic development and social inclusion. 


Executive Secretary
  • es_ayisat@ljla.academy
  • +234 903 084 3055
  • Babajide Sanwo-Olu's Place, Chalet D - Governor's office, Lagos House, Ikeja-Lagos

She began her career in 2014 as a legal and administrative assistant at Kimberly Wayne and Diamond Solicitors in London. In 2015, she joined the Hyde Group in London as a project officer. Then was the Outreach Associate for Inclusion at NCS The Challenge in Waterloo, London creating successful, long-term relationships with local authorities and community organisations.             

Ayisat is an advocate for social change. She believes that it is even more crucial for changes to happen from within institutions rather than through constant external pressure, thereby ensuring there are individuals within the system who represent those ideals. This has driven her to pursue a career in public service. In 2019, Ayisat became the Special Assistant to the Governor of Kaduna State, located in Northern Nigeria.

During her tenure, she made significant contributions to improving the well-being of the state ‘ s residents. One of her initiatives was playing a pioneering role in the development of Kurmin Kaduna, a community of over 15,000 marginalized people who lack basic infrastructure, such as clean water and healthcare. She collaborated with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by constructing a primary healthcare center, providing clean water through boreholes, renovating and furnishing primary schools for the community, and establishing a senior secondary school, among other initiatives.

Ayisat also created and initiated the Kaduna Marathon, and she served as a director and co-lead. She is an alumna of the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship. Ayisat previously held the position of Senior Special Assistant for Development Partnerships and Economic Planning to the Governor of Lagos State.

Ayisat has once again proven that she is committed to embodying the change she wishes to see. She has made significant contributions to Lagos State, which is home to over 27 million Nigerians and is also the fourth-largest economy in Africa. One of Ayisat’ s many achievements in this role is the creation of a fellowship program called the Lateef Jakande Leadership Academy. This program offers mentorship to the next generation of young Nigerian leaders.

The Lateef Jakande Leadership Academy is a program that aims to develop skills, increase awareness, and cultivate a nuanced perspective among young people to address challenges in various fields, including the public sector. The program offers participants firsthand experience in the process of governing at the state government level. Ayisat serves on the board of this program. She also played a key role in the creation of the 30-year Lagos State Development Plan for 2022-2052.

She has earned a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree, a postgraduate degree in International Relations and Democratic Politics, and professional certifications in Government from Harvard Extension School, Scholarly Research from Transcontinental University, Circular Economy and Sustainability Strategies from the University of Cambridge, and Policy and Strategic Studies from NIPPS, among other prestigious institutions.

In 2015, she was named one of the young beneficiaries of the Prince ‘ s Trust Enterprise Grant, Mentoring, and Support program, which was led by King Charles. Ayisat’ s research on the role of women in modern radicalization has been studied and discussed at prestigious institutions, including the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She authored the viral article titled “Nigeria ‘ s Laws are Skewed Against Women, ” which illuminates the regressive laws that Nigerian women face daily. The article urges lawmakers to take necessary measures to ensure gender equality. This article was published on platforms such as EqualityNow, Bellanaija, and SustyVibes. She is also a co-author of the book titled “Grooming Effective Public Servants: A Tambari Perspective.” The book highlights the current challenges facing the Nigerian public service and provides effective strategies for overcoming and managing them to achieve success.

Ayisat enjoys contributing to the community by volunteering. She volunteered with the John Wilson Pantry as a meal server for homeless individuals. She founded and currently manages the AA Initiative, a non-profit organization that focuses on supporting and reintegrating orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) throughout Nigeria. To date, the non-profit organization has provided assistance to over 5,000 orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs). She is driven by the quote, “I come as one but I represent ten thousand.” She believes that when she walks into a room, she is not just representing herself, but also those who have fought the good fight before her, those who are currently fighting alongside her, and those who will come after her. She represents a generation.

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