One of Nigeria’s most celebrated matriachs and educationists, Dr Abiodun Laja is dead. She died last Sunday, 26 May, in a highbrow hospital in the United States. She was aged 69.
The ELITES gathered that Laja died after a back surgery operation. The operation, though was successful, she gave up the ghost after five days, after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Laja was the founder and Executive Director of the Lekki British School, Lekki, Lagos. She started a private school at 27 and recently celebrated her 42nd anniversary in the education sector.
To Laja, education had always been her passion especially the British Curriculum in which she was trained. After running her school for 25 years, she took a bigger challenge to own a secondary school at the highbrow area of Lagos State. Her vision was to stop Nigerians from going abroad at an early age to school as they tend to lose the culture which a lot of parents were not too happy about.
In the beautiful estate of Lekki Penninsula, the school site is the biggest allocated by the Government and this gave birth to LEKKI BRITISH SCHOOL which started with a secondary school in 2001. The Primary and Pre-School known as the Junior School kicked off two years after and it has become thickly populated. The result of the IGCSE over the years has been outstanding
Survived by two sons and many grandchildren, Laja was the younger sister of Chief (Mrs.) Kofo Olugbesan, a former top official in the Custom, prominent lawyer and businesswoman. She was also the elder sister of Chief (Mrs.) Olukemi Nelson, prominent politician and National Woman Leader (South West) of the All Progressives Congress, APC.