Kemi Nelson

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Olukemi "Kemi" Nelson (9 February 1956 – 17 July 2022) was a Nigerian politician and socialite. She was the Executive Director of the Nigerian Insurance Social Trust Fund (NSTIF).


  • “First and foremost, there is nothing that says a woman cannot be a president in Nigeria because we have women who could even perform better than the men but the African culture has really restrained our women, we are just coming out gradually. Men have started accepting the fact that we must have to share this space, that they must have to allow us share this space with them. And that it is a gradual process, I am sure you would be surprised that by the time we would have a female president, it is the men that would nominate them, you would be surprised. It is happening everywhere now.”
    • [1] Interview granted Daily Sun on 07-10-2009.
  • “I know that Lagos State has many skill acquisition centres and that graduates of the centres are empowered with kits and some token. But if you train a woman as a florist, you must equip the woman with necessary kits. A lot of them have been accused of selling their kits. It is true. If I am not trained to be a hair dresser and you give me a kit for hair dresser, I will sell it.”
    • [2] 30 August 2016. Quoted at an empowerment programme organized by the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation for vulnerable women.
  • “In politics, men still believe that women will challenge their authority and so they are scared of competition, that is why they work against women’s interest during the elections.”
    • [3] Speaking at a strategy meeting of the women’s platform for gender equality in Lagos State organized by the Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC) on 04 February 2017.

Quotes about Kemi Nelson

  • “As the only female member of the Lagos State Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Kemi Nelson continued to be part of the governance structure that led to the transformation of Lagos State into the Centre of Excellence it has become”.
    • [4] 18 July 2022. President Muhammadu Buhari condolence message to the government and people of Lagos State.
  • “We shall never forget Yeye Nelson. For her past sacrifice for Lagos and indeed Nigeria, she will be remembered. For her commitment to the womenfolk and the downtrodden, she will be celebrated.”
    • [5] 19 July 2022. The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, expressed sadness over the passing of Chief Kemi Nelson.
  • She” had touched so many lives and affected many lives. She means so many things to so may people. She played her part.”
    • [6] August 27 2022 Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State speaking at the funeral of Chief Kemi Nelson.
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