Dr. Siju was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1985 and has been in active legal practice since then. She is a Partner in the Law firm of Iluyomade & Iluyomade & Co., Legal Practitioners focusing on Corporate Law, International Trade and Finance and Construction Law, Energy Law, Insolvency Government Relations and International -JointVentures. She has practised Law in several Courts in Nigeria including the Supreme Court of Nigeria and she is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) as well as the International Bar Association (IBA).
In recognition of her contributions to legal education and development, the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Lagos Branch, Nigeria presented her a merit award on June 14, 2017. She has also been a discussant and panellist at several legal forums on issues relating to Sexual Offences, Child Abuse, Child and Maternal Health and she is also a major advocate for the girl child education in Nigeria.
Dr. Siju is on the cutting edge of women’s overall well being and empowerment. She is passionate, purpose-driven, a catalyst for change, a vessel of transformation. She speaks up for the rights of women and believes that gone are the days of voiceless women. Dr. Siju pioneered the Handmaidens Fellowship in 1995 which has now become a popular, purpose-driven and multi-generational fellowship that meets every Wednesday from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM to teach and mentor women from all walks of life. Testimonies abound of how the Handmaidens gathering have helped many to find their purpose in life.
The Handmaidens outreach has donated Eight (8) incubators to the Lagos Island Maternity as well as oxygen gauges, blood pressure machines, diapers, baby clothes, toys etc. In addition, the Handmaidens, in conjunction with the City of David, Charity Ball donated a dialysis machine to the Gbagada General Hospital.
Long known to have nurtured charitable hopes, and determination to help women efficiently thrive in life, Siju institutionalized the Handmaidens Women in Leadership Series (HWILS) to build intentional leaders. The HWILS is a platform to equip professional and career women with critical skills, and invaluable networking resources for growth through shared stories which propel them to become accomplished successful leaders at all levels of decision making – political, economic, and public life.
This platform has in a short span of time attracted considerable support from leading women to come together to make progress towards achieving four pillars of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Developments Goals:
1. Quality Education.
2. Good Health and Well-Being.
3. Decent Work and Economic Growth.
4. Gender Equality.
In addition, Siju instituted the BORN TO INSPIRE AWARDS to honour and inspire succeeding generations of women.
She is the founder of the ARISE WOMEN, a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) and the ARISE WOMEN MOBILE CLINICS taking free medical care to the grassroots and advancing women’s health through health promotion, education and advocacy. She is the convener of the Annual Arise Women’s Conference, a true national landmark programme, which holds every last Saturday of October, for women from every walk of life. The focus and essence of the Conference are encapsulated in its motto “ARISE FOR A WOMAN TODAY” so that the women of influence can take the message of upliftment to the grassroots.
Arise women believe that “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world” and that women have great power and influence because they have the greatest influence over the development of the children and the home.
To create role models and spread the gospel of women empowerment, Siju launched the Arise Ambassadors Award to deserving women. The Arise Ambassadors are all over the nation, using their sphere of influence to accelerate nation building.