Mrs Toyin Ojora-Saraki is the Founder and Director of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa, a philanthropist and a tireless long term advocate on maternal and child healthcare.
Toyin was born on 6th September 1964 in Nigeria, to the Ojora Royal Family of Lagos with wide-reaching corporate activities in the Ojora Group of companies. She studied law at SOAS and Kings College, University of London and was later called to the Nigerian Bar.
Having built a successful career in the private sector, initially as a lawyer, then as a banker and a property developer, she turned her attention to philanthropic enterprises. Toyin quietly initiated a revolution in the care of children in Nigeria when she started the Lifestream Charity in 1994, to sponsor corrective surgeries for children with heart deformities. She has since involved herself at various levels of humanitarian and development work mainly in the areas of MNCH, education, community development and social welfare.
In her capacity as the First Lady of Kwara State, Nigeria, from 2003 until 2011, Toyin led a movement to enhance the access of every citizen to healthcare and education. Her continuous advocacy for the rights of the child made Kwara State the first to enact a law to protect the rights of children in that part of the country, and the first to implement a community health insurance scheme which guarantees that citizens receive healthcare for only $2 per annum.
- The Residents Doctors Association of the University of Ilorin named Toyin Saraki as Chief Advocate for Maternal and Child Survival in Nigeria.
- In November 2008, she delivered the keynote address at the 33rd Annual Convention of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) in Milan, Italy on the topic “Children Are the Future, What Rights, What Laws”. Her invitation was in recognition of her frontline role in advocacy for the rights of children. She has since been appointed as Chair of the FIDA International Committee on Law Protecting the Rights of Children.
- A patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood, Toyin and The Wellbeing Foundation are members of the Global Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health alongside other global bodies.
- Toyin was named Woman of Valour 2008 by the Nigerian Women Association in Atlanta, Georgia.