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Profile of Dr (Mrs) Mary Adewumi Odedare

Mary Adewumi was born on 12th April, 1969. She was born to Mr Ibraheem Dende and Sikirat Abake Dende of Atufata compound, Asipa, in Isale Oyo of Oyo State. She was initially named Mariam Dende being a Muslim by birth, but as God would have it she got converted to Christian through her uncle (Mr Ajibade J. O) whom she lived with when she was young, although her father was late but her mother is still alive. Mary Adewumi is the third child of her parent.

 Education History

Mary Adewumi had her primary Education at Aatan Baptist primary School I, Koso, Oyo between 1976 and 1982 after which she proceeded to Isale Oyo Community Grammar School, Oke Oroki, Oyo for her secondary Education between 1982 and 1987. Immediately after her secondary Education, she got admitted to the then St. Andrews College of Education now Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, for her Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) where she studied Guidance and Counseling with Political Science between 1988 and 1991

Later she got admitted to the Premier University, University of Ibadan, for her first degree (B.Ed) and second degree (M.Ed). By the year 2015,  she bagged her Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) from the same University of Ibadan with specialization in Education Psychology and School Counseling.

In the course of her academic pursuit, Mary Adewumi had written some dissertations which include:

  • Effects of marital problems on Academic performance of St. Andrew College of Education students. Oyo.
  • Influence of Marital problems on Academic performance of Married students in Federal college of Education (Special) Akinmorin, Oyo.
  • An investigative study on the Determinants of Academic performance of students in selected secondary schools. In Atiba Local Government Area, of Oyo State.
  • Psycho-social factors as correlates of bulling among in-school adolescents in South-Western Nigeria and a host of others.
  • She also has articles in learned journals.
Work Experience

Mary Adewumi has worked in several places as sales girl of which was her first experience. Also she has worked in some private schools as class teacher and principal. Her work experience as a teacher ran through Nursery, Primary, Secondary and University where she worked as an adhoc and part-time lecturer


Administratively, Mary Adewumi is an Administrator per excellence, because of her vast experience in the field of administration which has afforded her the opportunity to head several places in the capacity of head of department, principal, and now a proprietress of her own school, Ambassadors Nursery,  Primary and Ambassadors Academy as the Secondary arm of the school.

 Extra-curricular Activities

Mary Adewumi engages in other activities outside her main business:

  • She is the chairperson School Governing Board for Isale Oyo Community Grammar School, Oke Oroki, Oyo, since 2017 till date.
  • Also, she is a lecturer in Theology and Demonology at Victory Bible College of Ministries, Christian Race Pentecostal Assembly, Oyo.
  • At the same time she is a Cadet Marshal of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education.
  • She is a member and treasurer of Rotary Club International, District 9125 of Oyo Metropolis club, Oyo State with RI Number: 10513648
  • Mary Adewumi being a proprietress of Ambassadors Academy has served at different levels in National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools. (NAPPS)
She has served in the following capacities:
  • Oyo NAPPS Zonal Treasurer 2007 -2009.
  • Oyo west NAPPS Treasurer 2009 – 2011.
  • Atiba Local Government NAPPS Chairperson 2015 – 2017.
  • She was Oyo State NAPPS Vice President I (2017 – 2021) and there are attestations to her positive contributions to the growth of NAPPS at each level she has served.
  • Currently, she is the Chairperson Oyo State NAPPS from July 13th, 2021 till date.
She has the following wards to her recognition:
  1. Recognition Award: National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Oyo Zone, 2012.
  2. Recognition Award as Chairperson: National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools, Atiba local Government, Oyo State, 2017.
  3. Meritorious Services Award: As CADET Marshal 2019.
  4. Recognition Award: As a Facilitator at PERIDOT Global Line Consult for the year 2019.
Marital Life

Mary Adewunmi married to her heart throb, Pastor, Doctor, Surveyor Kayode Oyeniyi Odedare almost three decades ago and blessed with children.


Mary Adewumi likes reading, writing, teaching and traveling.

From the Office of the Napps State Chairperson

While we celebrate the achievements of our past leaders, of which the present leadership of NAPPS, Oyo State actually played a strategic role in its achievements.

Please let us note that the fact that some of us, are not faithful to our Association in terms of attendance of meetings, participation in Association activities and prompt payment of membership dues, despite enjoying the fruits of our Association labour; do not erode the fact of the many enviable achievements of the present leadership of NAPPS.

Kindly permit me to set the record straight and for the sake of our new members, to highlight the following achievements among many, of the State leadership of NAPPS, building upon the foundation laid by our past leaders.

  1. Successful pursuit of the amendment to exclude all Private Schools from payment of 1% of every fee paid to Private Schools by students to the State Education Tax fund.
  2. Restriction of the Enforcement of Land Use Charge exorbitant rate served on Private Schools.
  3. Stood against payment of excessive Personal Income Tax in millions of Naira served on Proprietors and securing waiver on restriction barring their Schools from presenting Students for WAEC and other External Examination.
  4. Removal of Private Schools from paying humongous company Income tax bills served on them by Federal Inland Revenue Service.
  5. Sustenance of same Renewal and levy rate payable by Private Schools from 2016 till date. Bringing high rate of Signage levy to a flat rate of #3000 for College and #2000 for Primary.
  6. Facilitation of Scholarship to study Educational Management and Administration at the Lead City University, through our Patron; to build members Capacity.
  7. Acquisition of 2 Acres of land for building of NAPPS Secretariat and Conference Center, with Architectural drawing and structural engineering plan Approval, secured from the State Bureau of Urban and Physical Planning.Borehole on Site and foundation work ongoing.
  8. Acquisition of a new Model of Sienna Space Bus for Secretariat runs.
  9. Organization of Annual Statewide Pry School Leaving Unified Testimonial Examination,to curb Children in lower-class going to Secondary School and providing objective assessment for teachers and Pupils as well as Curriculum effectiveness.
  10. Advocacy and sustained pressure on the Government for reopening of Schools and training of members that culminated in Oyo State being the only State, out of 36 States in Nigeria to reopen Schools with friendly guidelines and coming out with clear Academic Calendar, despite stiff opposition from the Federal Government and other Contending forces.
  11. Ongoing engagement with the Speaker and leader of the House of Assembly, SA to the Governor on Community Relations, Government Educational Consultant, Commissioner for Education, Secretary to the State Government and the Executive Governor of our dear State for COVID 19 palliatives, interest-free loans and tax waivers for school owners.
  12. Resisting undue exploitation of School owners by officers from Government ministries, departments and agencies, especially Environment Officers imposing unrealistic charges on Schools for fumigation.
  13. Sustained advocacy and fight against negative public image and narratives about Private Schools and Owners through press releases and interviews on different Communication platforms and media.


In closing, let us note that the task of taking NAPPS to an enviable height requires the collaborative effort of all our members, hence there is need for us to desist from spewing out falsehood and instigating outbursts occasioned by the pressure of the pandemic to sabotage progressive efforts of our Association in fighting for her members. The pandemic already shows clearly that is nowhere we can find the true support and esprit de corp than from our Association. My prayer for all members is that this phase will end in praise for all of us. Many thanks.