Iyalode Alaba Lawson
National President, NACCIMA
IYALODE ALABA OLUWASEUN LAWSON was born on 18th January 1951 to Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Abiona Jiboku in Abeokuta. Alaba had her Primary Education at St. James’s African Primary School, Idi-Ape, Abeokuta, between 1957 and 1962. From there she proceeded to the Abeokuta 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. During her stay in England, she taught in quite a number of well-known Nursery Schools, including the famous Queen’s Gate Montessori Nursery School and Mill Hill Nursery and Junior School both in UK.
Upon her return to Nigeria, Alaba taught for only one year and in 1977 she established her own school known as LAWSON’S CHILDCARE NURSERY AND PRIMARY SCHOOL, which she started with just three kids. Since then, she has not looked back. The little mustard seed has grown into the LAWSON’S GROUP OF SCHOOLS consisting of: Lawson’s International Private School (1977), Lawson’s Continuing Education Centre (1992); Alaba Lawson Royal College Abeokuta (1995) and Alaba Lawson School of Advanced Studies (2003).
The contributions of Iyalode Alaba Oluwaseun Lawson in the area of Commerce & Industry are no less outstanding. She established a trading / distributing firm known as Capricorn Stores Ltd – 1968- 1996. She ran the business successfully which she combined effectively with the running of Lawson Group of Schools. Iyalode Alaba Lawson had chains of distributing outlets with Nigerian Breweries Ltd. Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd, Guinness Nigeria Ltd, West African Portland Cement Ltd etc. she is a major distributor in Abeokuta and other cities in the SouthWest of Nigeria.
She joined Abeokuta Chamber of Commerce in 1982 and became the President in 1995. It was during her tenure that she secured a permanent building known as the “COMMERCE HOUSE” as secretariat for ABEOKUTA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (ABEOCCIMA) from the Ogun State Government. She became the President of Ogun Council of Chambers of Commerce in year 2000 till 2002.
Immediate Past Chairman Board of Governing Council, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Ogun State (MAPOLY); Chairperson NACCIMA Business Women Group (NAWORG); President, Federation of ECOWAS Business Women Entrepreneur (ECOWAS FEBWE); Fellow, Institute of Directors (FIoD); Member, Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI); Council Member – Nigeria British Chambers of Commerce (NBCC); Past President Odu’a Chambers of Commerce and Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR). She was decorated by the UNDP Country Director as UN Ambassador on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) in 2016.
She has just established a Microfinance Bank known as ABESTONE MICROFINANCE BANK to boost Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Iyalode Alaba Lawson is currently the Chairperson of the Bank.