The Psalmist admonishes us to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom. This Bible verse is an unmistaken advise that birthday is not just a day of fun and merriments; but a day of stock taking and to appraise our contributions to the cause of humanity. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, the purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. Her Excellency, Mrs Olukemi Olufunmilayo Mimiko could confidently look back and declare that she has indeed served the cause of humanity to the very best of her abilities. She is a known cheerful giver whose philosophy of giving predates the emergence of her husband as the governor of the Sunshine state in February, 2009. After all, we don’t need a greater greater judge once our conscience judges us.
The birthday of Mrs Olukemi Mimiko was indeed a day of manifold blessings to the good people of the Sunshine state. She was born in Lagos some forty-nine years ago into the monogamous family of Mrs and Mrs Isaac Adeniyi from Ondo town. She is the third of seven children and was brought up in a closely knitted Christian home. The young Olukemi had her first taste of western education at the Army Primary school Makola in Ibadan where her mother was a teacher then. She proceeded from there to Saint Louis Grammer School, Ikere-Ekiti in September, 1977 for her post- primary education. She quickly became endeared to her teachers and colleagues because of her good manners and dance artistry. Miss Olukemi did herself and family proud by coming out in flying colours in her final examination in June,1982. Her first work experience was at the Federal University of Technology, Akure as a Library Assistant. She afterwards moved over to Saint Joseph’s College in Ondo where she worked as Laboratory Assistant. Miss Olukemi never allowed monetary gains from her clerical jobs dissuade her from pursuit of higher education. She subsequently secured admission into Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in 1983 where she studied French Education and bagged B.A (Ed) French in 1987. Miss Olukemi had her mandatory one year NYSC programme at Owerri in Imo state.
Olukemi met the kind hearted Dr Olusegun Mimiko in the late 80s who was then the Chief Medical Officer of Mona MediClinic in Ondo town. The two love birds got married in August, 1990 and the marriage has been blessed with four highly promising and well behaved children.
The career of Mrs Olukemi Mimiko began at Jubilee Community Grammar School, Ondo in 1989 as class teacher. She later crossed to the Civil Service at first as an Education Officer in 2000 and worked as an Administrative Officer afterwards.
Mrs Mimiko has left no one in doubt of her solid support for her husband. She has equally proven to be a good wife, pillar of spiritual support that is ever ready to make any sacrifice for the sake of her husband. This was made evident when she quitted the Civil Service in 2002 due to the hostile political atmosphere of the state at the time.
The quietness, humility and unassuming nature of the dark skinned First Lady of the Sunshine state are qualities that have endeared her to so many people. Her husband,Dr Olusegun Mimiko, the Executive Governor of Ondo State has had cause to refer to her even in social gatherings as a God sent wife. Dr Mimiko had further said that his wife is sent purposely to come and pamper him like no other woman could have been able to do. He declared that Mrs Olukemi blends very well with his idiosyncrasies and shortcomings as a politician.
The personality of Mrs Olukemi Mimiko stands out as an amiable and loving personality. She is imbued with the philosophy of genuine care for the less privileges and selfless giving which have over the years given hopes to numerous hopeless individuals. It is noteworthy that Mrs Olukemi Mimiko has cultivated the habitat of giving sacrificially to people around her irrespective of the cost or the inconvenience. She is a model of a loyal and considerate wife. Mrs Mimiko is a rare example of kindness personified mother whose love for the womenfolk and the downtrodden is unparalleled.
Mrs Mimiko is a Christian and a firebrand prayer warrior for that matter. She is a firm believer in God and the efficacy of prayer. Her swansong song over time has always been that no battle is too strong for God to overcome.
Warm birthday wishes are naturally expected to pour in for Her Excellency on this special occasion. However,no birthday wish would have gladden the heart of Her Excellency like the hope she restored to the new born babies with holes in their hearts. These babies had long benefited from the corrective open heart surgery interventions of Mrs Mimiko. No birthday advertisements could have lifted the spirit of Mrs Mimiko compared to the expectant mothers in critical conditions she rescued from untimely death. Excellency debts of gratitude. There is no doubt that no birthday party would ever give Mrs Olukemi Mimiko inner joy and deep satisfaction like the orphans and destitute that she had given hopes of better live. The memory of the aged and womenfolk whose interests had been stoutly defended would remain the best form of birthday gift to Her Excellency on this occasion. Here is an amazon in whose veins kindness and compassion flow.
The good lord that has used you to touch lives and restore hopes shall not abandon you at this stage of your life. The power of God as of old shall not make you have a better yesterday. The collective wish of beneficiaries of your kindness is for you not to get locked indoor on the day of your glory and so shall it be.
Happy 49th birthday to a quintessential mother and wife who living a life of service and daily impacting lives.