Monsurat Olajumoke Sunmonu is a Nigerian politician who is serving as a Senator from Oyo State. She represents the citizens of the Oyo Central Senatorial District, having won the election held on 28 March 2015. Senator Sunmonu is also the Chair of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs. She is the immediate past Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Nigeria. While in the House of Assembly she was the member representing Oyo East and Oyo West local governments. She became the first female Speaker in the history of Oyo State on 10 June 2011
Monsurat Sunmonu was born on 9 April 1959, in Oyo, Oyo State to Alhaji Akeeb Alagbe Sunmonu and Alhaja Amudalat Jadesola Sunmonu (née Afonja). She is of royal descent in Oyo.
Monsurat had her primary school education at Children’s Boarding School, Oshogbo (now the capital of Osun State, Nigeria).
Monsurat attended the Ilora Baptist Grammar School, Ilora, Oyo State, for her secondary school education.
Monsurat later attended the Kwara State College of Technology for her ‘A’ levels.[
Monsurat attended Holborn Law tutors for her LL.B. She then went on to the London School of Accountancy to complete a course to qualify for the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators. She later attended Lewisham College for her Business in Management Studies.
After completing her studies, she briefly worked at the National Westminster Bank (NatWest) before taking up employment with the Government of the United Kingdom. There she worked in the UK Border Agency (UKBA), as a Detained Case Work Manager; a position she held for over 20 years
In May 2012, Sunmonu was voted as the Deputy-Chair of the Conference of Speakers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which consists of the 36 Speakers of each State in the Federation.
She was the first Speaker in Oyo State history to sit on the executive council of the Conference of Speakers.
While in the UK, Sunmonu was a member of the Oyo Descendants Union UK, an organisation which annually sponsored the education of many Oyo indigenes. Aside from this she played a pivotal and important role in the lives of hundreds of Oyo indigenes who emigrated to the UK and various parts of Nigeria.[c