Bola Abimbola was born in Lagos, Nigeria on 27th April 1969. She hails from Ijebu-jesa, Oriade local government of Osun State, the daughter of the late Lashe Abimbola (1932-1980) and Mrs S. Oluremi Abimbola (ECOWAS Secretariat). She attended Fountain Primary School and Adrao International School, Victoria Island Lagos. Her secondary school education was at Girls Grammar School Ikoyi, Lagos and her GCE Advanced Levels at Queens College Yaba, Lagos. She commenced Medicine at University of Ibadan, but due to repeated university strikes, proceeded to the United Kingdom to continue her studies.
She completed a BSc Psychology at Birkbeck College, University of London and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University Business School (OUSBA). A member of the British Psychological Society, UK, she currently works with families of disabled children/adults, empowering them to deal with individual and family challenges within their homes and their communities.
Over the last 20 years, Bola Abimbola has worked in health care in the United Kingdom at community, primary, secondary and national levels. She has managed community and primary health care services, including co-ordinating the setting up of community health centres from scratch. She was the first Community Health Centre/ GP Practice Manager at Broadwater Farm Community Health Centre/Medical Practice, the first community health care centre developed in partnership with the local community. After 5 years, Bola moved on to become Business Manager of West Middlesex Hospital in Twickenham, UK. She then took up the role of National Programme Manager, Action on Programme with the Department of Health, UK. She had responsibility for supervising national pilot projects in service redesign and re engineering, developing new ways of working and rolling out achievements to various hospitals across the UK. She has extensive experience working with professionals across health and medical fields, encouraging new ways of working and sustaining good governance via training sessions, conferences and professional publications.
Bola’s roots lie in promoting, managing community involvement/ user participation. One of her earlier roles in community participation was as Health Link Worker in North London raising awareness in the community about health services and the need for informed individual responsibility. In this role, she was sponsored by UK government as part of a Regional Health team to document user participation in Baragwanath Hospital in South Africa. Bola is active in the Nigerian UK social and political community, currently the Social Secretary of Ijebu-jesa Descendants Union UK & Ireland, Financial Secretary of Osun State Union UK & Ireland and Treasurer, Ijesa Day UK. She is the National Welfare Officer of Action Congress of Nigeria, (UK Chapter). In 2010, Bola became actively involved in the setting up of Ijesa Youth Development Centre for youths in Ijesaland, Osun State, Nigeria.
A counsellor, health and community development consultant, project manager, community leader, politician, social and business entrepreneur, Bola’s main passion lies in empowering youths and women to take responsibility for their lives and make a difference in their communities.
to take responsibility for their lives and make a difference in their communities.