Mrs. Oyefunso Orenuga is a Registered Nurse/Midwife with a second class upper division (21) in Bachelor of Nursing Education specializing in Maternal and Child Health. She holds a Masters degree in Public Health with emphasis on Population and Reproductive Health Education, all from the prestigious University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan and Nigeria's Premier University- University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State. In her final year in the School of Nursing, she was awarded a silver medal as one of the outstanding Students in her set while also obtaining a distinction in Obstetric and Gyneacology.
Oyefunso started her career as a Nursing Officer at the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN) from 1986 to 1990. Oyefunso delved into the development world in September 1990 as a Programme Officer for the Inter Africa Committee (IAC-Nigeria). IAC-Nigeria is one of the 28 National Committee of an African Regional non- governmental organization with the headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethopia, and a liaison office in Geneva, Switzerland. The aim of the organization is the elimination o harmful traditional practices affecting the health of women and children especially The Girl Child in Africa.
During Oyefunso's time at IAC, which spanned 21 years and saw her rise from a programme Officer to an Executive Director, Oyefunso worked to uplift the health and general well-being of women and children through the elimination of harmful traditional practice. She was instrumental in establishing IAC-Nigeria chapters in 28 states of the Federation and worked in these states carrying out trainings, capacity building, advocacy visits and sensitization activities. The advocacy visits and activities resulted in 10 states legislating against FGM and some other harmful tradition practices such as maltreatment of widows and child abuse.
Oyefunso attended various capacity building courses; one of such was a Project Management course at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, USA. She was a Ford Foundation Scholar at a 12week Certificate Course in "Management Participatory Development" at the International Development Department, School of Public Policy, university of Birmingham, United Kingdom. She also obtained a Certificate on "Skills for Multi-Sectorial Population Development Integrated" at the Faculty of Community and Development Studies, Applied Population Sciences Training and Research (APSTAR) Center in collaboration with UNFPA at University of Kwazulu Natal, Durban, South Africa. She has a diploma certificate on Train the Trainers (TOT) Course from the International Labour Organization (ILO) Turin Center in Italy.
She also attended many Seminars, Conferences and Workshop in related field both in and outside the Country.
Oyefunso at various times consulted for WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, Federal Ministry of Health and the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development on Gender Issues. She was part of the Team that developed the National Policy and Development of Protocols on the Elimination and Case Management of Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria. She was the Secretary to the Technical Working Group who conducted the first National Baseline Survey on Beneficial and Harmful Tradition Practices in Nigeria from 1996 to 1998 sponsored by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
She was a National Consultant to the in-country support Technical Appraisals for DFID FGM/C Social Change Campaign in 2014.
Oyefunso was part of the Team that worked to incorporate FGM/C and other harmful traditional practices into the curricula of all Health Institutions in Nigeria by the Federal Ministry of Health.
She was also a part-time counsellor at the prestigious The Bridge Clinic an infertility clinic with specialty in Assisted Reproductive Therapy (ART).
She was the Coordinator of the Lagos State School of Nursing Complex, Igando in the position of the Deputy Director for three tour of 2years each and worked to re-establish the School from its moribund state from Awolowo Road from March 1st 2013. Her roles and functions in this position included administrative functions and policy formulation for the training of Nurses in Lagos State. She worked to obtain a provisional accreditation from the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria in October 2013.
Based on her performance in the School working towards the government signing the bill establishing the School into a Law on February 2019, the Lagos State Government approved her appointment as the Pioneer Provost of the Lagos State College of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing now Lagos State College of Nursing, Igando for a one term of 5years.
Oyefunso is a resource person with the Mandatory Continuing Professional Development Programme (MCPDP) for Nurses in Lagos as initiated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, the regulatory body of the profession.
In 2015, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, Lagos State Ministry of Health Unit gave Mrs Orenuga an award for Exemplary Leadership for her role in bringing the Association into recognition.
Her hobbies include Dancing, Travelling, Political Discussions (arm chair politician), Counselling, Facilitating, Research and Giving Motivational Talks. She had appeared on various Television Talk Shows and Radio Programmes to discuss Gender issues.