Hijri 1385-Present (AH); Common Era 1965-Present (CE)
Gbemisola Ruqayyah Saraki is the current senator representing Kwara Central Senatorial District of Kwara State in North West Nigeria. She earned a B.A. in Economics from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and did her required national service at the Nigeria Bank for Commerce and Industry, Lagos. First working for the Societe Generale Bank (Nigeria) as Head of Money Markets and then as Head of Domiciliary Accounts, from 1994 to 1999 she served as Executive Director of Ashmount Insurance Brokers, Lagos. Her father, Abubakar Olusola Saraki, was the Senate leader during the Nigerian Second Republic from 1979 to 1983, and her brother, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, currently governor of Kwara State. Gbemisola R. Saraki was initially elected as a member of the House of Representatives in 1999, as Senator for the Central Senatorial District of Kwara State in 2003, and re-elected in 2007. In this time she has sponsored and co-sponsored about eight bills, with her involvement in the Senate praised as brilliant and deeply engaging. A philanthropist, Gbemisola actively supports many non-governmental organizations both within and outside Kwara State, including the Jackson-Fife Foundation (woks for children with disabilities in Nigeria) and Hope & Vision for Ilorin Emirate (H.A.V.E.) Foundation, which focuses on the Ilorin Emirate with prominence on women's issues. She is a key member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), receives vast grassroots support throughout Kwara State and beyond. Currently running for Governor of Dwara State in the 2011 gubernatorial elections, she may be the first female governor in Nigeria.