IYALODE ALABA OLUWASEUN LAWSON was born on the 18th January 1951 to Papa and Mrs. Emmanuel Abiona Jiboku in Abeokuta.
ALABA had her Primary Education at St. James’s African Primary School, Idi-Ape, Abeokuta, between 1957-1962. From here, she proceeded to Abeokuta Girls’ Grammar School, also known as Anglican Girls’ Grammar School where she obtained the West African School Certificate.
She started her teaching career in 1969 and later left for St. Nicholas Montessori Teachers’ Training College at Prince’s Gate England in 1973 for further studies where she obtained a 1st Class Diploma in Education with distinction. The first African student to be so rated at the institution. A testimonial issued and signed by the co-principals in 1975 attests to this. It reads and I quote:
“MRS LAWSON was outstanding in her ability to master her academic studies. She worked with enthusiasm and intelligence. Therefore, we are sure Mrs. Lawson will make good use of these gifts for the benefits of the Children and Young people in Nigeria. We shall miss her in the College, but we look forward with confidence to hearing about the work she will accomplish”
National President of Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture – NACCIMA
Immediate Past Chairman Board of Governing Council, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ogun State (MAPOLY)
Chairman – ABESTONE MICROFINANCE BANK Abeokuta
Founder & Proprietress Lawson Group of Schools, Abeokuta
Past President – Abeokuta Chamber of Commerce
Past President – Ogun Council of Chambers of Commerce
Past immediate President – Odu’a Chambers of Commerce
Chairperson – NACCIMA Business Women Group – NAWORG
Member – Institute of Directors – IoD
Member – Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry – LCCI
Council Member – Nigeria British Chambers of Commerce – NBCC
Iyalode of Yorubaland conferred on her by H.R.M Oba Lamidi Adeyemi – The Alaafin of Oyo Kingdom.