Meet the First Lady of Edo state, the beautiful Ijaw woman behind Governor Godwin Obaseki
Mrs Betsy Obaseki is the first lady and wife of Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State.
Betsy Bene Obaseki comes from Buguma, Kalabari kingdom, Rivers State, where she was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ayibo Amachree. She attended Township Primary Schools at Jos and Port Harcourt. After that, she went on to study at the Benin City Federal Government Girls College. Betsy received her higher education at the University of Lagos, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Accounting.
In addition to that, she also studied International Law and Diplomacy, and she has a Master’s degree to show for it. Betsy is an alumnus of the Kellogg’s School of Business Executive Management Program from the North Western University in Illinois, United States.
She has previously worked at LECON Financial Services Ltd. as the Head of Business Development and Senior Manager. LECON, otherwise known as Leasing Company of Nigeria, is a subsidiary of Bank of Industry Ltd.
After that, she rose through the ranks at the Bank of Industry, where she worked as the Head of Strategy and Corporate Transformation, as well as the Assistant General Manager. Presently, Betsy is the CEO and Managing Director of BOI Investment and Trust Company Ltd., which is another subsidiary of Bank of Industry Ltd.
While working at the Bank of Industry, Betsy had achieved quite a lot. She was the first woman to become Assistant General Manager at the company. When she worked as the Head of Agribusiness Division, her responsibilities lay in the sphere of risk assets of the Agro-allied Sector. During her work as the Head of Strategy, Betsy was responsible for developing the first Customer Service Charter of Bank of Industry. We can list more of her achievements at the Bank, but that might take all day.
In her years, Betsy Obaseki worked as a Merchant Banker, Investment Banker and Development Banker. She worked with International Merchant Bank Nigeria Ltd., IMB Securities Ltd. and Messrs Akintola Williams & Co.
Betsy is a fellow of ICA (Institute of Credit Administrators), member of IOD (Institute of Directors), NIM (Nigeria Institute of Management), and AIPM (Association of Investment and Pension Managers).
Betsy makes use of her position as the governor’s wife and works hard to empower the women in the region. However, she was doing this even before her husband was elected. Mrs. Obaseki was a part of Junior Achievement of Nigeria, whose goal was to educate young people on various social and environmental issues. In addition to that, she also worked with a non-profit organization, Ladies Aware, which empowered young women by providing them with proper education and skills.
See photos of the First Lady of Edo state below.