Alaba Lawson

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Alaba Oluwaseun Lawson is a Nigerian educator and businesswoman who succeeded Bisoye Tejuosho as Iyalode of Egbaland. She is a former president of the Ogun State Chamber of Commerce Industries, Mines and Agriculture and an in-aw of Adeyemi Lawson. Lawson is a leading member of the Ogun State market traders and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture Business Women Group

In 2006, the newly crowned Alake of Egbaland, Gbadebo suspended Lawson from her traditional title as Iyalode and in 2008, she was dismissed from the traditional council. However, her problem with the council started towards the closing stages of Gbadebo's predecessor, more prominently, she had a face-off with the Iyaloja Iyaniwura during the late Alake's 90th birthday.

Life

Lawson was born to the family of Ruth and Emmanuel Jiboku, she was born after a set of twins but one of her elder siblings called Kehinde died. Lawson was baptized in an African church but her parents later switched to the Jehovahs Witness known for their itinerant preaching.

She was educated at St James African Church Primary School, Idi Ape, Abeokuta, Abeokuta Girls Grammar School, and St Nicholas Montessori College, England. While staying in England in preparation for child birth she developed an interest in child education and decided to take courses on the subject.

In 1977, she established a childcare education center in Abeokuta; over the years, her educational ambitions grew as she added more educational facilities including a nursery and primary school in 1979 and 1981 respectively, a continuing education center and the Alaba Lawson Royal College.

Aaprt from education, she also dedicates her time to business, her first major breakthrough was through a distributorship for the West African Breweries owned by her in-law. In the 1990s, she was president of the Abeokuta Chamber of Commerce.

Lawson also acts as a matron of the Nigerian Union of Journalists.