Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu

Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu ( b.1953 ) is an aquaculturist , philanthropist , and the First Lady of Ondo State in Nigeria . She is married to Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu . [2] She is the founder of the Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria. [3]

Birth and education

Betty Anyanwu – Akeredolu was born on July 20, 1953, to the family of Chief BUB and Nneoma Dora Anyanwu, in Emeabiam, Owerri-West, in Imo State . [4] Anyanwu-Akeredolu attended the University of Nigeria , Nsukka where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in science degree in 1977. She holds a master of science degree in fisheries, major in aquaculture, from the University of the Philippines , Iloilo. [5]


She began her career as a fisheries expert while working with the Federal Department of Fisheries. She retired in 2005. [6] [7] She is a commercial fish farmer and provides consultancy services through her firm, Aquatek Farms Ventures. [8] In addition, she has made a foray into politics since 2007 and is active in the present (2017) dispensation. [9]

Charity and philanthropy

In 1997, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent treatment and survived. She started the nonprofit organization, Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) [10] to raise awareness of the disease . She has won awards in recognition of her work and commitment in the fight against breast cancer in Nigeria. [7]

She is also a supporter of the Bring Back Our Girls movement. [11]

Personal Life

She is married to Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu , SAN . [11] [7] They have four children and three grandchildren. [12]


  1. Jump up^ “When I put my husband, it was love at first sight – Betty Akeredolu” .
  2. Jump up^ “Akeredolu’s wife pledges to help end female genital mutilation in Ondo – Premium Times Nigeria” . . Retrieved 6 April2017 .
  3. Jump up^ “ABOUT” . 11 May 2012.
  4. Jump up^ “When I put my husband, it was love at first sight – Betty Akeredolu” .
  5. Jump up^ “Rotimi Akeredolu’s Wife-Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu Profile-New Ondo First Lady” .
  6. Jump up^ 2017
  7. ^ Jump up to:c ondoevents (17 June 2017). “Betty Anyanwu – Akeredolu, Compassionate First Lady of Ondo state” .
  8. Jump up^ “Meet Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu Wife of Ondo State Governor Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu Her 4 Children: See Brief Profile & Biography – Daily Media Nigeria” . .
  9. Jump up^– 2017
  10. Jump up^ “How Nigeria can win the fight against cancer – BRECAN Founder, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu” . . February 6, 2017.
  11. ^ Jump up to:b “Why I married Governor Akeredolu – Wife – Nigerian Newspapers” .
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