Her Excellency, Deaconess Omolewa Ahmed, wife of the governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatai Ahmed is the founder of LEAH Foundation, a non-governmental organization established to raise awareness and spur affirmative action on issues affecting the survival and development of women and children in particular, and humanity in general.
Deaconess Ahmed bagged National Diploma (O N D) in Banking and Finance from Kwara State Polytechnic and Higher National Diploma (H N D) from Kano State Polytechnic; Postgraduate Diploma in Banking and Finance from Bayero University, Kano State. She is also a holder of M B A degree from Anderson University, USA and presently undergoing a Masters course in leadership management at the Trinity Western University, Canada.
Her Excellency, Deaconess Omolewa Ahmed, hit the ground running as First Lady of Kwara State by founding LEAH Foundation as a means to dealing with socio- economic and health issues of the generality of Kwara people. She also embarked on activities anchored on three key areas, using SHE concept: Social Welfare, Health and Education with special focus on women, youth and widows. Through LEAH Foundation, Deaconess Ahmed has touched the lives of many, especially the aged, widows, physically challenged persons, people with health challenges, the poor and vulnerable children. Under the same foundation, there are many other initiatives through which people are benefiting in great terms.
Deaconess Ahmed is a woman leader, a doting mother and mentor. She is a beautiful woman with good character; a woman who strongly believes that one is not being put in a top position just for the sake of being there but to make positive impacts in the lives of people around her. And this is exactly what she has been doing all her life. Even before becoming First Lady, it has been part and parcel of her to help the less privileged.
A good Christian who loves God passionately, a dutiful wife, mother and compassionate woman, Her Excellency, Deaconess Omolewa Ahmed, for these rare qualities, is hereby honoured as Excellence Recognition Awards 2018 FIRST LADY OF THE YEAR.