Dr Mercy Olufunke Adelegan is a uniquely resourceful educationist. Apart from being the founder and proprietor of the highly impressive Lafred Schools at Costain, Ebute Metta, Lagos, she is the author of 32 educational books. She is also the current Chairperson of the Lagos Mainland Chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS).

Dr Mercy Olufunke Adelegan was born over 50 years ago in Abeokuta in Ogun State although she hails from Ondo City in Ondo State. She grew up in an academic environment as she had a school teacher as a mother and an administrator cum magistrate as a father.

She had her primary education at St. Clare’s Private School, Oshogbo, and L.A. Primary School, Ondo. She continued her education at the famous Saint Louis Secondary School, Ondo for a Senior School Certificate in 1984. She proceeded to the College of Education, Ikere -Ekiti for an N.C. E (Biology /Chemistry) in 1989, after which she bagged a B.Sc. Ed. in Biology Education from Adeyemi College of Education which is affiliated with Obafemi Awolowo University in 1991. She completed her National Youth Service  (NYSC) in 1992 at Westminster Dredging Nigeria Limited Lagos.

Her unyielding passion for education took her to the prestigious University of Lagos in 1996 for her Master’s in Educational Administration.

She started working as the Personnel Manager at YVIC Airlines, Muritala Mohammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, and was subsequently promoted to the post of Station Manager at the same establishment and transferred to the Akure Airport where she worked from 1992 to 1994.

Not wanting to leave the educational sector, she moved to Soroptimist International School, Lagos where she was the Head Teacher from 1994 to 1998. Having acquired a robust experience and armed with a burning passion for imparting knowledge, she joined the League of Private School Owners by establishing her school – LAFRED Private School Lagos in 1998.

Today, her leadership qualities in this sphere are being widely recognized. She is the current Chairperson of the Lagos Mainland Chapter of the National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools (NAPPS).

Dr. Mercy Adelegan has sacrificed her entire life to give back to society: From awarding scholarships to deserving less privileged/indigent students to providing employment opportunities for the qualified, she has over time contributed her quota to the economy of this nation. She has equally found time in between her tight schedule to author 32 educational books, which are being used in her schools as well as in other schools within and outside Lagos.

Dr. Mercy Adelegan is an ordained minister of God in RCCG, with a PGD in Theology and an honorary Doctorate in Christian education . She takes her walk with God even more seriously than her earthly achievements.

She is a proud mother of an aeronautic engineer and she is a daughter and a sister to many.

Dr. Mercy Adelegan has attended various seminars, programs and workshops both locally and internationally. These have made her visit countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States of America. In 2013, she attended the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 19, held in Warsaw, Poland.

Mummy LAFRED, as she is fondly called by all her numerous children, spends her free time researching, travelling, writing, and having quality time with children  in the church, at home and at work.

It is in recognition of her contribution to national development in the sphere of Development, Management and Delivery of Quality Education that Dr Mercy Olufunke Adelegan was deemed worthy to be conferred with the Woman of Merit Gold Award which is part of the PSR National Awards.