The expression of oneself Ademola Ogunbanjo comes from a long line of Ijebu Aristocracy of Odo Botu, Ijebu-Igbo. He was born on the 12th of July, 1974.As a child, Ademola attended Adeko Memorial Nursery & Primary School, Ijebu-Igbo and Army Children’s School, Yaba.As a student, he worked part time at the LAT Sawmill to enable him pay for his books, school uniforms and other expenses. This resulted in Ademola developing a strong work ethic, sense of responsibility and drive to succeed at a relatively young age.He briefly attended Delta State University, Abraka for less than a semester, and later moved to the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where he graduated with a B.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning.Ademola is a scholar of the Said Business School, University of Oxford and HEC Business School, Paris where he studied Consulting and Coaching for Change. He trained as a consultant at Oxford Management Consulting, UK, and is a member of the Institute of Management Consultants, and a SEC-certified Market Analyst, with an Executive Masters Certificate in Project Management from the PM College, London.
Ademola would go on to join Ocean and Oil Holdings in March 2007 as Manager, Energy Investments. He later co-pioneered the startup of a new subsidiary, Avaizon Consulting Limited, a Strategy, Execution Management and Business Performance Coaching firm he headed as Chief Executive Officer from 2010 to 2013, having previously served as Vice President, Strategy and Execution Management for two years. As a strategy consultant of repute, Ademola has enjoyed a varied and successful career across organizations and industries including Banking, Telecommunications and Oil & Gas, with clients within and outside Nigeria.
Ademola has provided free knowledge resource to NGOs like The Fate Foundation, Incubator Africa, Designing Futures, The Oando Foundation, and Fela Durotoye’s AddVantage Series. He is the Vice Chairman of the Lagos State Vocational and Technical Education Board’s Industry Advisory Team.
As an advocate of the Social Entrepreneurship concept for poverty eradication and economic development, Ademola has worked with the First Bank of Nigeria Plc. and Professor Muhammad Yunus to bring thought leadership in micro-financing as a poverty eradication tool to Nigeria. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx