Mrs. Toyin Saraki is in the enviable position of marrying the Senate President Bukola Saraki and also from a well heed family.
However, the ‘Third Lady’ had her low moments and one that has propelled her into philanthropy was when she suffered stillbirth in 1992 at the age or 25.
Then she was six-month pregnant with twins and had come to Nigeria for her wedding in hope to return back to the UK on time for delivery when she went into premature labour on the eve of her wedding and lost one of the babies at childbirth, she told BBC of the incident in an interview.
Mrs. Saraki has since turned the page, subsequently giving births to three children.
The untoward incident prompted the 52-year-old to establish the Wellbeing Foundation Africa (WBFA), which works to improve maternal, newborn, and child health across the continent.
Popular among WBFA’s programmes is its ‘Mamacare’ clinics. Held monthly in several hospitals, it provides vital care to expectant mothers and essential training to midwives.
Subjects such as nutrition, domestic violence and savings are discussed too, in line with Mrs Saraki’s hollistic approach to improving healthcare.