Chief Folake Solanke, SAN, OON, CON
Chief Olufolake Solanke SAN became the first female lawyer appointed as senior advocate of Nigeria in March 1981. Educated at the Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn in London, Chief Solanke SAN has earned an internationally respected reputation.
She has held many positions in various institutions and associations covering a wide spectrum of activities. In 1972, she was appointed commissioner, Western State of Nigeria. Chairman, Western Government broadcasting corporation television and radio network service. On the international scene, Chief Folake Solanke became a source of pride not only for Nigeria and the Nigerian woman but also for Africa and the black world as a whole. On July 21st 1994 she became the 42nd president of Zonta International. This made her the first non – Caucasian to be elected and to hold the position of Zonta International President since Zonta was founded in 1919.