Monsurat Sunmonu Biography, Age, Career, Education, Networth, Spouse.

Who is Monsurat Sunmonu?

Monsurat Sunmonu is a Nigerian politician who served as a Senator from Oyo State. She represented Oyo Central Senatorial District, having won the election held on 28 March 2015. Senator Sunmonu was the Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. Prior to becoming a Senator, she was the Speaker of the Oyo State House of AssemblyNigeria. While in the House of Assembly she was the member representing Oyo East and Oyo West Local Governments. She became the first female Speaker in the history of Oyo State on 10 June 2011.

Senator (Rt. Hon.)
Monsurat Sunmonu
Nigerian Senator for Oyo State
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oyo
In office
9 June 2015 – 10 June 2019
Preceded by Sen. Ayoade Ademola Adeseun
Succeeded by Sen. Teslim Folarin
Constituency Oyo Central Senatorial District
Chairperson, Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs
In office
9 June 2015 – 10 June 2019
SpeakerOyo State House of Assembly
In office
10 June 2011 – 8 June 2015
Deputy Babatunde D. Olaniyan
Preceded by Moroof O. Atilola
Succeeded by Michael A. Adeyemo
Oyo State House of Assembly Member Representing Oyo East & Oyo West
In office
10 June 2011 – 8 June 2015
Preceded by Moroof O. Atilola
Succeeded by Muideen Olagunju
Deputy-Chair, Conference of Speakers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria
In office
7 May 2012 – 8 June 2015
Succeeded by Michael A. Adeyemo
Personal details
Monsurat Olajumoke Sunmonu

9 April 1959 (age 63)
Oyo, Western Region, Nigeria
(now Oyo, Oyo State, Nigeria)

Political party African Democratic Congress (ADC)
Occupation Politician
Known for Politics; philanthropy; social activism


How Old is Monsurat Sunmonu?

9 April 1959 

Early life

Monsurat Sunmonu was born on 9 April 1959, in Oyo, Oyo State to Alhaji Akeeb Alagbe Sunmonu and Alhaja (Princess) Amudalat Jadesola Sunmonu (née Afonja) and is of royal descent in Oyo Kingdom.

Monsurat had her primary school education at Children’s Boarding School, Oshogbo- now the capital of Osun State, Nigeria.

Monsurat attended the Ilora Baptist Grammar School, Ilora, Oyo State, for the early part of her secondary school education before transferring to Olivet Baptist High School, Oyo State.

Monsurat later attended the Kwara State College of Technology for her ‘A’ levels.

Monsurat briefly worked at the Accounts Department of the Property Development Corporation of Oyo State (now Housing Corporation) in Bodija Ibadan, Oyo State before traveling to the UK in 1979.


Sunmonu attended Holborn Law tutors for her LL.B. She then went on to the London School of Accountancy to undertake a course to qualify for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. She later attended Lewisham College for her Business in Management Studies.

After completing her studies, she briefly worked at the National Westminster Bank (NatWest) before taking up employment with the Government of the United Kingdom. There she worked in the UK Border Agency (UKBA), where she worked for over 20 years.

While at the UKBA, Monsurat attended various managerial and executive courses and was one of the first Nigerians to be given “higher security clearance” by the British Government.

Sunmonu rose through the ranks to be a senior member of the British Government; before leaving in 2011 to contest for a seat in the Oyo State House of Assembly, where she would go on to become Speaker.

Oyo State House of Assembly

On 26 April 2011 Monsurat Sunmonu contested on the platform of the now defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) for the Oyo East and Oyo West seats in the House of Assembly.

Finishing with 25,091 votes, she won the election, winning all 20 available Wards in her constituency ahead of the then People’s Democratic Party (PDP) incumbent Moroof Atilola who scored 10,949 votes; Accord (Nigeria) (Accord) party candidate Muideen Olagunju with 10,636 votes and MPPP candidate Bimbo Aleshinloye 2,274 votes. Other candidates in the election were Saheed Adejare of the CPC who scored 756, Adetokunbo Ajayi of NCP scoring 297, Olaniran Abiodun of Labour Party with 46 and Awesu Tsaiwo of ANPP who scored 43 votes.

Monsurat Sunmonu was then nominated to be the Speaker of the House at its inauguration on 10 June 2011; she became the first female Speaker in the history of the Oyo State House of Assembly. The composition of the Oyo State House of Assembly on inauguration was 13 Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) members, 12 People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and 7 Accord (Nigeria) Party members.

Under Sunmonu’s leadership, the House of Assembly in totem considered 85 Bills in its 4-year tenure: with 8 Bills at the 1st Reading stage, 16 Bills at the 2nd Reading stage, and 61 Bills passed into Law. The House passed both Executive and Private Member Bills to provide a legal framework for Government business and activities. 387 Resolutions were also passed advising the Executive arm on policy.

Sunmonu is the first Speaker in the Oyo State Assembly to use a full and uninterrupted term government as Speaker. Sunmonu was honored as one of the leading women in Nigeria.


While Speaker, Sunmonu led the Oyo state House of Assembly to pass the Nigerian Constitutional amendment providing financial autonomy for State Houses of Assemblies and Local Governments. However, in Nigeria, Constitutional amendments require passage in 2/3 of Nigeria’s 36 State Assemblies followed by Presidential assent. Although the amendments were passed in the required 2/3 of Nigeria’s 36 State Assemblies, they did not receive the Presidential assent of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Conference of Speakers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

In May 2012, Sunmonu was voted as the Deputy-Chair of the Conference of Speakers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which consists of the 36 Speakers of each State in the Federation.

She was the first Speaker in Oyo State history to sit on the executive council of the Conference of Speakers.

National Assembly

On 28 March 2015, Sunmonu contested the Oyo Central Senatorial District seat on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning 105,378 votes, ahead of Luqman O. Ilaka of the Accord (Nigeria) (Accord) with 84,675 votes and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Sen. Ayo Adeseun with 44,045 votes. Other candidates in the election were Elijah Abiala of the Labour Party who scored 27,490, Caleb Oyelese of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) polling 7,362 and Olusegun Ogunyemi of the DPP who polled 1,343.

Sunmonu is the first female Senator to represent Oyo State in the Upper Chambers of the National Assembly.

On 24 July 2018, Sunmonu decamped from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the African Democratic Congress (ADC)

Compulsory Treatment Of Critical Condition Victims

On 15 November 2016, Sunmonu moved a Motion during the Senate Plenary calling on the Federal Government to mandate public hospitals and medical institutions to treat accident and gunshot victims immediately and remove the bureaucracy of paperwork such as police reports and receipts of payment of medical expenses. The Motion was passed and adopted as a Bill, which passed all readings in both the Senate and The House of Representatives and was passed concurrently on 11 July 2017. The Bill was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2017.

Women’s Rights

In the National Assembly, Sunmonu has been very vocal in her calls for equal rights for women in Nigeria. She is noted for her support of the #GenderEqualityBill and has often called for cross-party cooperation to get the Bill passed.


Sunmonu has attended conferences both inside and outside of Nigeria on the issue of corruption and how to tackle it. In her capacity as Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, she has spoken about how she believes that an important way to tackle corruption is by adopting a multilateral approach so that criminals cannot hide proceeds in foreign countries.

Grazing Reserves

Sunmonu has lent her voice in opposition to the controversial #GrazingReserveBill. Sunmonu is quoted in the press as saying that the Bill could adversely affect her constituents and, has argued that being a business, cattle-rearers should purchase land and not be allocated land for free by Government.

Climate Change

Sunmonu is noted for her calls for Nigeria to reduce its carbon footprint and the need to turn to renewable sources of energy. She was part of the delegation that attended the historic #COP21 in Paris, France, where for the first time countries signed a historic pact to reduce CO2 emissions before 2020.


During the presentation of the 2016 Budget, Sunmonu charged the Federal Government to increase its spending on Technical Colleges. She argued against the culture of pushing all students to white-collar academics, instead that adequate investment be made in technical colleges to open a new area of industry and help reduce unemployment. She also called for increased allocation to Technical Colleges within her Senatorial District.


Oyo-Ogbomosho Expressway

Sunmonu has been very vocal on the deterioration and non-completion of the Ibadan-Ilorin expressway, for which a contract was awarded in 1999. The road was split into 3 phases: Ibadan-Oyo, Oyo-Ogbomosho, and Ogbomosho-Ilorin, with only the Oyo-Ogbomosho axis uncompleted. On 4 August 2015, Sunmonu was a co-sponsor of a motion moved by Sen. Dino Melaye on the deplorable condition of a number of Nigerian roads, of which Oyo-Ogbomosho was specifically mentioned. She is reported to have met with the contractor and top government officials in an effort to ensure the completion of the road. The road was included in the 2016 National Budget with 6 Billion Naira budgeted for the resumption of work. Sunmonu flagged off the resumption of work on 22 August 2016, about 1 year after moving the motion on the floor of the Senate with Sen. Kabiru Gaya (Chairman, Senate Committee on Works) being quoted as saying that “Senator Sunmonu was on the neck of the Senate and the committee to ensure that the road is accommodated in the budget”. The resultant pressure caused the Executive to publicly commit to completing the road before the end of the Administration.

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Ibadan-Ife Expressway

Sunmonu visited the Adegbayi axis of the Ibadan-Ife Expressway where the road was badly damaged. She is reported to have immediately called the managing director of the company contracted to execute works and within 1 month, the area of the expressway was repaired.

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