Celebrating Powerful African Women: Dr. Bunmi Oyinsan


As part of our women’s feature for this month, this week we’re celebrating a woman who is not only known for her literary, film and theatre expertise but also renowned for her passion for education, this is a woman who is determined to ensure that every child in Nigeria gets access to education. I’m talking about the talented and success-driven Nigerian film producer, Dr Bunmi Oyinsan.

She is an author, educator, a creative writer, TV and film producer- Dr Oyinsan has certainly made her mark both in her native country and internationally. After pursuing a Masters degree in Literature and Women’s Studies and a PhD in Film and Gender studies in Canada, Dr Oyinsan moved back to Nigeria to fulfil her dream of making education accessible to every child.

Dr Bunmi is the proud co-founder of the Lekki Peninsula College, a school giving Nigerian children quality education in a safe, clean and decent environment. Their mission is to provide quality and low cost education for pupils in Nigeria in order to empower them to lead socially responsible and economically productive lives.
“I am infinitely proud of the students who have passed through our doors. One came in the other day, he’s studying accountancy. He’s in the running for a first class degree. His sister is studying medicine. One of our secondary school teachers is a former pupil. These are the moments I live for, the moments that push me forward each day,” explains the proud novelist, She Inspires Her reports.

She worked for over 15years in the non-profit sector with young people and women in Nigeria. She was responsible for co-coordinating, designing and executing various development projects. Her work in the non-profit sector covered economic empowerment, capacity building, advocacy for children’s rights and women’s empowerment.

Dr Oyinsan has also published three novels, one book for young people (which was on the NECO literature reading list at the junior secondary level for a number of years), several short stories in anthologies and literary journals, edited a collection of short stories for the Association of Nigerian Authors. She has also written stage plays, radio plays, written and produced television dramas and serials.

We salute you for the role you are playing in bringing education to the doorstep of every child in Nigeria, for making a difference in their lives and giving them hope for the future.