Olabowale Toluwatope Ademola was born in London on November 10th, 1957 to the Phillips family of Lagos Island.
She had her Primary Education at Corona School, Yaba and Lagos University Staff School (1962 – 1968), after which she proceeded to Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos where she obtained her West African School Certificate and Higher School Certificate in 1973 and 1975 respectively. Thereafter, she was admitted to the University of Ibadan where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (Second Class Honours – Upper Division) in Economics in 1981. She also holds a Masters in Business Administration from the Lagos Business School (LBS), which she obtained in 1999.
Her working career began with Price Water House & Co. in 1981. Upon qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1984, she joined Guinness Nigeria Plc in 1985 where she commenced as a Management Accountant and rose to the position of Acting Brewery Accountant. She also worked at the First Interstate Merchant Bank (Nig) Ltd. In 1995 she joined the Lagos State Water Corporation and rose to the level of Assistant General Manager (Commercial). In 1999, she came into the mainstream of the Lagos State Civil Service, and was deployed to the State Treasury Office which serves as the parent Ministry for Accounts Officers. Mrs. Ademola is privileged to have worked in various Ministries where she proved her worth. These include the Ministries of Housing; Economic Planning and Budget; Physical Planning & Urban Development; and Education. In 2006, she was redeployed to the State Treasury Office where she rose to the level of Director of Accounts on Grade Level 17.
In June, 2010 she was appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the defunct Debt Management Office.
Until her appointment as the Lagos State Head of Service she was the Permanent Secretary Civil Service Pensions Office.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) she is an articulate team player with a track record of integrity and hard work.
Her hobbies include writing, editing, teaching, reading, playing the piano and solving logic problems. Mrs. Ademola is married with children.