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Consummate Businessman, Ajayi Odunayo, Joins List of Enterprising Monarchs

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Ace industrialist, Dr. Micheal Odunayo Ajayi, has swelled the ranks of entrepreneurial monarchs in the country, particularly from Yoruba descent.
Ajayi, the new Elerinmo of Erinmo-Ijesha, Osun state, is emulating the feat already achieved by successful entrepreneurs occupying traditional stools, like the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwaje; the Alake of Egba, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo; the Olugbo of Ugbo, Oba Obateru Akinruntan; and a few others.

The new Elerinmo will definitely be faced with the dual challenge of enlarging his business empire and at the same time steering the leadership of his ancestral community. He is also expected to use his wide connections within the business cycle to attract development to the Erinmo community in particular and Osun state in general.
Given his years of experience with different multi-national companies, Ajayi is believed to have requisite global connection to attract industries and drive development to his community.

Business Acumen
Aside being the most influential Nigerian in the Ghanaian business circle, the new Elerinmo for decades worked with UAC Nigeria Plc (then the largest multi- national conglomerate in Nigeria with over 20 operating divisions).
He also worked as Business Development Manager with the Nigerian-German Chemicals Plc (formerly Hoechst), one of Nigeria’s foremost pharmaceutical and industrial chemicals manufacturing companies, and eventually spearheaded the company’s foray into the international market as the head of its international operations division.

He was Managing Director of A. H. Tradelink Ghana Limited where he set up the Pan West African Healthcare Products distribution operation. He also worked as the Sales and Marketing Director and later Vice President of Phyto–Riker Pharmaceuticals Limited (an American-owned large scale manufacturer of high quality generic pharmaceutical products with focus on the prevalent diseases in Africa).

Dr. Ajayi resigned from the service of Riker Pharmaceuticals to establish Vintage Visions Limited with focus on Business Advisory & Facilitation Services across West Africa, International Business Retreat & Conference Management, Healthcare & Management Consulting, Brand Activation etc operating in Ghana & Nigeria.

Wealth of Experience
His business interests also include - Promart Trading & Logistics (with operations in Europe, Nigeria and Ghana engaged in marketing of high quality brands of medical devices).

The new Elerinmo remains a Director/Consultant at NF Branding Solutions (an international company giving wings to the biggest brands in the world); Mainstream Aviation for aircraft charter services in Africa, Tropical Gold Investments, and is the Publisher of a journal called The Eagle.

Setting the Pace
As expected, the new Elerinmo broke many grounds and is still poised to break more even with his new responsibility as a monarch. He is the pioneer president, Forum of Nigerian Professionals in Ghana; pioneer Director General, Ghana – Nigeria Chamber of Commerce & Industry; pioneer Chairman, Institute of Strategic Management, Ghana Chapter.

He also spearheaded the first ever Ghana–Nigeria Business Summit, the first ‘Made in Ghana Solo Exhibition in Nigeria’ and the first Ghana– Togo– Benin–Nigeria Business Summit. He is also well recognised within the social cycle as he holds membership of several international associations.

Deep Roots

The new Elerinmo, a consummate businessman, Business Development & Management Consultant, Author, writer, publisher, social critic, motivational speaker, and socio-economic commentator, hails from the Arowotawaya Royal House.
He was born to late Special Apostle (Dr.) Joseph Olubowale Ajayi (the first Asiwaju of Erinmo–Ijesha in Osun State and Most Senior Mother in Israel (Mrs.) S S Ajayi (an ordained Pastor from the High Chief Sapetu and Ejemu families of Igbara–Oke in Ondo State).

Academic Laurels
The new monarch obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology (with Accounting & Business Administration as minor) from the University of Ilorin at the age of 20 and later obtained an MBA in Marketing Management with First Class Distinction from the Lagos State University.

He was conferred with a honourary Doctorate Degree in Commerce by the CSM College of Theology & Chaplaincy (an affiliate of the International Council for Higher Education, the Global Gospel Council Constituent Bodies, USA (ICMR), the Westminster Chapel School of Theology, London, UK, Association of Independent Christian Colleges & Seminaries, USA, and Harvestime International Network, California, USA).

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 5 Years ago

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