Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa
As Founder-President of The Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), a lawyer and mother with a personal testimony on child mortality, Mrs Toyin Saraki is a Global advocate for women’s and children’s health and empowerment, with two decades of advocacy covering reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH); ending gender-based discrimination and violence; and improving education, socio-economic empowerment, and community livelihoods in sub-Saharan Africa.
Through a multi-layered strategy of research, lobbying, policy development, educational program facilitation, advocacy, as well as the development and international circulation of personal health records, the Wellbeing Foundation Africa is making tangible inroads towards the attainment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals Three, Five and Six.
Toyin was born shortly after Nigeria’s independence, studied law at the University of London and was later called to the Nigerian Bar. Having built a successful career in the realms of law, banking and property development, coupled with her capacity as the First Lady of Kwara State, Nigeria, from 2003 until 2011, Toyin reoriented both her wealth and expertise towards the philanthropic realms of human rights, social welfare, education, arts and culture, citizenship, and democracy.
Mrs Saraki is the inaugural Global Goodwill Ambassador for the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM); the Save the Children Newborn Health Champion for Nigeria; and a Global Champion for the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood. She has recently been conferred Family Planning Champion by UNFPA in Nigeria. Mrs. Toyin Saraki is the recipient of the prestigious “Citizen Engagement & Leadership Award” by SpeakUp Africa during the 2016 UN General Assembly in New York alongside eminent world leaders such as His Excellency, Jakaya Kikwete, former President of Tanzania. She is also the Wife of the President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.