Amosun was born on 25 January 1958 to a Muslim family. He attended primary School at African Church Primary school in Abeokuta (1965–1970), and then African Church Grammar School, Abeokuta (1971–1977). He then went to Ogun State Polytechnic, graduating with a Higher National Diploma (HND) in 1983. Amosun gained an Associate membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) in 1990. He became a Fellow of the Institute in 1996. He also became an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (1998).
Amosun began his career as an audit trainee with Lanre Aremu & Co. (Chartered Accountants) 1984. Later he joined XtraEdge Consulting as a managing consultant. From 1990 he was Principal partner of Ibikunle Amosun & Co. (Chartered Accountants) in Lagos. Amosun went to the University of Westminster in London, United Kingdom, where he acquired a Master of Arts in International Finance in the year 2000.
In April 2003, Ibikunle Amosun was elected to the senatorial seat of Ogun Central Senatorial District. Running on the platform of All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) in April 2007 to become the Governor of Ogun State, he was defeated by Gbenga Daniel. He contested the result, but in August 2009 the Ogun State Election Petitions Tribunal dismissed the petition.
Amosun was the candidate of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) for April 2011 Ogun State gubernatorial election. A report in the Nigerian Tribune on 12 February 2011 quoted his media aide as saying he (Amosun) had switched to the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), but this was denied by ACN officials. Amosun won the 26 April election running on the ACN platform with 377,489 votes. Adetunji Olurin of the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) polled 188,698 votes and Gboyega Isiaka of the PPN came third with 137,051 votes.
In 2015 Amosun stood for a second term as Governor and chose Yetunde Onanuga as his running mate. He needed another running mate because his previous Deputy had defected to an opposition party. Amosun chose Onanuga who had been working in the Lagos State Ministry of Environment over three other possible candidates.
Dr (Mrs) Olufunso Amosun
The Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, was born on the 2nd of May, 1966 to the family of (Late) Bishop Ayoade and Elder Christiana Odesanya. She started her primary education at St James Norland School in the United Kingdom and returned home to attend Yejide Girls Grammar School in Ibadan (1977-1982). She earned an A’Level from the Oyo State College of Arts and Science (1983-1985) before gaining admission into University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), where she bagged a BA(Ed) English.
Mrs. Amosun holds a Master Degree in Guidance and Counselling from University of Lagos. The First Lady worked briefly as part of a Loss Adjustment Team in Barclay’s Financial Services and New Prudential Insurance Company both in the United Kingdom in the 1990s, but her main preoccupation over the years has been one of support to her husband in his various philanthropic roles in the society. She has been an unshakable pillar of support to him by assisting in contributing to the welfare of humanity, coordinating scholarship schemes through the SIA (Senator Ibikunle Amosun) Foundation and organising the implementation of empowerment designed to assist the less privileged in the society. As the Wife of the Governor of Ogun State, Olufunso has contributed immensely to the socio-economic development of the less privileged in the State in various capacities.
Mrs. Amosun is best described as a mother with sincere empathy to take care of fellow humans, especially the needy and vulnerable ones. She is a humanitarian par excellence !