Alhaja Adenike Shakirat Olajide: The Strong Pillar Behind ‘Odidiomo’s  Success Stories 


In the heart of Oyo state political landscape, a woman’s influence has been making waves, shaping the trajectory of her husband’s political career, and redefining the role of women in politics.

Alhaja Adenike Shakirat Olajide, wife of Hon. Adedeji Dhikrullahi Olajide (Odidiomo), has emerged as a powerhouse, leveraging her intelligence, charisma, and grassroots appeal to keep her husband grounded and focused on his political aspirations.

Born into the prominent, aristocratic family of Late Chief (Sir.) Festus Olapade Adelabu of Malete area of Iseyin, in Oke-Ogun area of Oyo state, Alhaja Adenike Olajide’s upbringing instilled in her the values of leadership, compassion, and public service.

Her father, a distinguished technocrat and respected community leader, recognized her potential and encouraged her to engage in community development initiatives, fostering her passion for public service and instilling in her the value of giving back to society.

Under his guidance, she was exposed to various community development projects, which shaped her understanding of the importance of grassroots engagement and inspired her to make a positive impact on people’s lives.

Alhaja Adenike Shakirat Olajide’s passion for public service and community development was nurtured through her early involvement in various social and charitable initiatives.

Her dedication to making a positive impact on people’s lives led her to pursue a path of continuous learning and capacity building, equipping her with the skills and knowledge to effectively support her husband’s political career and advance her own community development work.”

“Her marriage to Hon. Adedeji Dhikrullahi Olajide (Odidiomo), then a young, upwardly mobile I.T expert and Businessman, who later became a seasoned politician, distinguished political leader, statesman and an accomplished legislator, marked the beginning of a formidable political partnership.”

The couple share a deep understanding of the importance of gender equality, social justice, and inclusive governance.

Strategic insight, unwavering support, and grassroots connectivity across the length and breath of oyo state by the duo have also played a significant role in complementing Odidiomo’s political journey, contributing to his success and reinforcing the power of strategic partnership towards achieving greatness in life.

“Alhaja Olajide’s political acumen, astuteness and influence have been instrumental in shaping Odidiomo’s policy initiatives, particularly those affecting women and youth.”

Her expertise in public administration has helped refine her husband’s governance approach, ensuring that his programmes are inclusive, effective, and sustainable while her strong ties with homes and families across the length and breath of Oyo state is unparalleled.

She has spent years engaging with women, youth, and community groups, listening to their concerns, and advocating for their rights.

Her empathy and understanding of the challenges facing ordinary citizens have earned her a reputation as a champion of the people.

As a driving force behind Odidiomo’s gender-sensitive policies, she has consistently pushed for greater representation of women in politics and decision-making positions while her tireless efforts has led to the establishment of various women-focused initiatives, including skill acquisition programs, microfinance schemes, and healthcare services.

These initiatives has had a profound impact on the political landscape, empowering women and contributing to a more inclusive and equitable society.

As a powerhouse in her own right, she continues to inspire women, youth, and community groups, leaving an indelible mark in the hearts of many.

Alhaja Adenike Shakirat Olajide’s unwavering support, strategic counsel, and grassroots appeal have not only kept Odidiomo grounded and focused on his political journey but have also inspired a class of leadership straddled with core values of inclusivity, empathy, and selfless service the continue to illuminate the path to a brighter future for all, leaving an indelible mark on the political landscape of Oyo state and beyond.