The Leadership Team

Mr. Adewale Abiodun Raji Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Adewale Abiodun Raji was appointed the Group Managing Director/CEO of Odu’a Investment Company Limited in May, 2014 having emerged through a thorough, competitive and transparent selection process carried out by KPMG Advisory Services.

Mr. Raji who assumed office as the 8th Group Managing Director on June 2, 2014 is a 1985 History graduate of the University of Jos. He was in the pioneer MBA class of Lagos State University (LASUNBA) and graduated in 1997 with specialization in Marketing. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Logistics Management (FILM) and has attended a number of Executive Management Training Courses at home and abroad, these include Nigerian Institute of Management, Lagos Business School, Poise, University of Lagos, Cranfield University and Manchester University in the United Kingdom. He is a member of the Board of Directors, University of Ibadan School of Business(UISB).

Mr. Raji who has over 28 years working experience, served predominantly with PZ Cussons Nigeria Group where he rose to become the Managing Director – Distribution Services, overseeing the conglomerate’s Strategic Business Unit (SBU) which is responsible for Outbound Logistics and Customer Services.

Mr. Raji, a seasoned technocrat and Administrator started his career with the then PZ Industries Limited as a Management Trainee in January 1987 with various responsibilities in Administration, Factory Services and Procurement. He was elevated to the position of Central Purchasing Department Manager in 1998. In 2003, Mr. Raji had a brief stint with Reckitt Benckiser Nigeria Limited as Planning Procurement & Logistics Manager, but was recalled back by PZ within the same year based on his track record of performance. On return , Mr. Raji rose from Depot Services Controller in November 2003 to become the Director of Distribution Services in June 2005 and was appointed into the Executive Board of PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc. Group in 2006.

Over the span of his career, Mr. Raji has hands-on experience in managing people and factories and extensive customer services to businesses in personal care, home care, food, nutrition and electrical categories. He also has good international exposure having had secondment in the United Kingdom.

Mr. Raji is bringing into the Group, his wealth of experience especially in the area of Human Resources Management, Business Development, Strategic Planning, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, and Problem-Solving skills to bear on the fortunes of the ever rising Conglomerate.

Mr. Raji is a very simple and quiet man but quite assertive, firm and does not hesitate to take difficult decisions when the need arises. He is a philanthropist who is sold out to peoples’ welfare particularly to the less privileged. He visits often the Centre for the Disabled at Moniya in Ibadan, Oyo State and Street Destitute Colony at Ebute Meta in Lagos.

Mr. Adewale Raji’s hobbies include photography, playing Lawn Tennis and Travelling. He is happily married with children.

Mrs. Olayinka Tunji-Ojo  General Manager (Finance & Investment)

Mrs. Yinka Tunji-Ojo, is a qualified, seasoned and experienced professional Chartered Accountant. She attended Ansar-ud-deen Primary School, Oyin Akoko and Ansar-ud-deen Grammar School, Ikare Akoko before attending College of Education Benin-City where she obtained NCE in 1985. She has to her record academic and scholastic award for being the best graduating student in Geography and Economics in 1985. Mrs Tunji-Ojo proceeded to Bayero University Kano in 1988 after teaching for a while with Ondo State Teaching Service Commission. At Bayero University, Kano, she graduated with Second Class Honours Upper Division in Accounting in September 1991. She won the Society for the Women Accountant in Nigeria (SWAN) prize for the best graduating woman Accountant and United Bank for Africa (UBA) prize for the best student in Investment Management in 1991. She obtained a Masters degree in Business Administration from Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko in 2010 and in August 2012, she earned an Advanced Certificate in Project Management ACPMTM from the Business Management Training Council U.K. She served as the Investment officer of Gurara Securities and Finance Company in 1992 before joining Z.O. Osozanya now (HLB Z.O. Ososanya & Co.) Chartered Accountants in February 1993 where she qualified as Chartered Accountant.Mrs Tunji-Ojo joined Sketch Press Limited as Chief Accountant in August 2000 from where she joined the services of Odu’a Investment Company Limited as Manager Audit in August 2001 and rose through the rank to become the Group Internal Auditor on 1st April 2012. She was posted to Finance and Investment on 2nd December, 2014 as the General Manager, Finance and Investment.

Mrs Tunji-Ojo is an Alumnus of Lagos Business School SMP 22 and Fellow, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). She was the District Public Relations Officer, Welfare Officer and later the Honourary Auditor of the Akure and District Society of ICAN; from 1999 to 2011. She has attended Management and Leadership Seminars, Conferences and Courses both locally and overseas.

She is a good team player and is happily married with children.

Dr. Morakinyo ‘Kunle Oloyede Head, Group Human Resources

Dr. Morakinyo ‘Kunle Oloyede was appointed Head, Group Human Resources of Odu’a Investment Company Limited on March 3, 2016 having emerged through a thorough competitive and transparent selection process carried out by KPMG Advisory Services.Dr. Oloyede, 51, who joined ODU’A from First Bank of Nigeria Plc is a seasoned HR practitioner with extensive experience from the hospitality and banking sectors. He had a first degree in Guidance & Counselling, Master in Personnel Psychology and Ph.D in 2016 from the Ogun State University.

His corporate working career in the Human Resources function started at Gateway Hotel before crossing to Gateway Bank Plc. He subsequently moved to Intercontinental Bank Plc during the banking consolidation of 2005 where he served as Regional HR Manager, Head Manpower Resourcing & Talent Management and much later Training Manager & Acting Head Learning & Development. He joined First Bank of Nigeria Plc in December 2009 initially as HR Business partner and later Head, Strategic Recruitment, Head Special Projects and rose to become Snr. HR Business Consultant.

He has attended numerous training courses on all areas of human capital development. He is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPM), Associate Member, Nigeria Institute of Management (AMNIM), Member, Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and Member, Nigeria Institute of Training and Development (NITAD).

Dr. ‘Kunle Oloyede’s hobbies include reading, playing football and listening to soft music. He is happily married with children.

Mrs. Abiola Olufunke Ajayi Company Secretary/ Head of Legal

Mrs. Abiola Olufunke Ajayi attended Federal Government Girls College, New Bussa, Niger State for O’ Levels and The Polytechnic, Ibadan for A’ Levels. She graduated from the University of Ibadan where she obtained the Bachelor of Law LLB (Honors) degree in 1988. She was called to bar as Solicitor and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1989. She obtained masters in African Law in 2002 and a Masters in Law in 2005 from the University of Ibadan. She started her career in the legal firm of Adegboyega Adeleke & Co 1989-1992. She joined the services of The Polytechnic, Ibadan as an Administrative Officer (Legal) in 1993 and rose to the position of Senior Assistant Registrar (Legal). She thereafter worked with a firm of legal practitioners before joining the services of Odu’a in 2003 as Legal Manager. She rose through the rank to become the Company Secretary/ Head of Legal in 2008.
She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.
She is happily married with children.

Mr. Abiodun Adedeji  Managing Director (Ire Bricks)

mr-adedejiAbiodun Adedeji, Author – Publisher, Lecturer, Entrepreneur, Consultant, Chartered Accountant and an alumnus of Lagos Business School of Pan African University was educated at The Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Lagos State Polytechnic for National and Higher National Diploma in Business Administration and Management respectively. He proceeded to Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye for Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and University of Ibadan for Master’s Degree in Business Administration. He qualified as a chartered Accountant in 2001 and was admitted as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accounts of Nigeria in 2012. He was a member of SMP24 of Lagos Business School.Biodun Began his working Career in 1995 as a lecturer with Universal College of Technology, Ile-Ife (now The Polytechnic, Ile-Ife) before moving to the Wemabod Estates Limited, (A member of Odu’a Group) in 1996 as a Senior Accounting Officer, moved within Odu’a Group to West African Pictures Limited as Head, Finance and Administration between 2001 and 2002; Redeployed to Odu’a Group headquarters in Ibadan as Operations Manager, promoted in 2003, 2004 and in 2005 as Senior Manager, Investment and re-designated in 2006 as Senior Manager Business Development. He was later appointed as New Business Development Manager, the first to hold such office, promoted to Principal Manager in 2010 and Assistant General Manager in 2012.

As part of his Portfolio in Odu’a Group whose responsibilities among others to develop business plan for New and existing businesses of which 13 Business Plans were prepared by the team led by Biodun which included: E&O equipment Power and leasing Co Ltd, Repositioning of Cocoa Industries Ltd, Epe Plywood Industries Ltd, Askar Paints Ltd and Ire Clay Products Ltd among others.

On November 3, 2008 the shareholders of Ire Clay Products Ltd, Ire-Ekiti appointed him as the Project Manager to rehabilitate a multi-million naira moribund Ire Bricks Factory – Ire Ekiti which he completed by God’s grace on June 16, 2015. He was thus appointed as Managing Director/CEO of Ire Clay Products Ltd effective from July 1, 2015 to implement the second phase of the company’s survival towards Profitability and Growth. Biodun has authored high ranking books which is in public domain, notable amongst them are The Nigerian Managers 1999, forwarded by The President Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Dr. Rotimi Oladele; Modakeke Celebrities 1996 forwarded by the Ogusua of Modakeke, Oba Francis Adedoyin, Ode Omu Celebrities 2001 and 2011 forwarded by the Alaafin of Oyo, His Imperial majesty Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, The Bridge Builder (2007) forwarded by Retired Justice of Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Bola Babalakin and host of others.

He is on the Board of Epe Plywood Industries Ltd, Askar Paints Ltd, E&O Equipments and Power Leasing Ltd and Ire Clay Products Limited. On the professional level, he has served ICAN on Membership and ICT Committees of the Council. He was a member of ICAN South West Planning Committee 2010 – 2015, appointed as Rappoteur- General, ICAN South West Conference held in Oyo in 2015 and is still holding the office till date.
Biodun is happily married and blessed with children.

Dr. Mrs Olufunto Alonge Head, Corporate Affairs and Client Services

dr_mrs Dr Olufunto Alonge is a Human Resources Practitioner by profession. She had her first degree in 1987, Masters Degree in 1990 and PH.D Degree in 2002 from the Department of Physical and Health Education, University of Ibadan in Sports Administration, she studied Policy Development, Planning and Administration at Postgraduate Level(PGD) at the University of Ibadan. She started her career as a teacher with the Ondo State Teaching Service Commission in 1991 and later moved to the Ministry of Education. Upon the creation of Ekiti State in 1996 she moved over as one of the pioneer Staff of the Ministry of Education where she was till 2000. She joined Odu’a Investment Company Limited as Assistant Manager Training and Development from where she was posted to Odu’a Telecoms (O’net) a Subsidiary of Odu’a Investment Company Limited as the Human Resources Manager. She is presently the Head Corporate Affairs and Client Services. Dr Olufunto Alonge is an Alumnus of Senior Management Programme (SMP) alumnus of the Lagos Business School and also a Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria.
Dr Olufunto Alonge’s hobbies are cooking and attending to children. She is happily married and blessed with Children.

Engineer Olusoji Sangobiyi  Project Evaluation Manager

mr_sangobiyi Engr. Olusoji Omoniyi Sangobiyi joined the services of Odu’a Investment Company Limited in 1997 as Assistant Manager (Operations) reviewing monthly, quarterly operating plans of subsidiary companies and discussing areas of attention with Management. He was later transferred in 1999 to Premier Hotel, Mokola Hill, Ibadan, a subsidiary of Odu’a Investment Company Limited as Maintenance Engineer. He worked as the Hotel Engineer for six years, 1999-2005 to manage man, machine and materials input in day to day maintenance of the Hotel assets before being re-deployed back to the Group Headquarters as Corporate Planning Manager. As Planning Manager, Engr. Sangobiyi was saddled with the responsibility of monitoring collaborations and partnerships and conducting environmental scanning for planning process. He also served as the Ag. Chief Executive Officer of Odu’a Printing & Publishing Company Limited between 2007 and 2011 carrying out oversight functions until he was promoted in 2013 to Principal Manager Cadre as Project Evaluation Manager.
An Alumni of Senior Management Programme Class 33 of Pan Atlantic University(Lagos Business School), Engr. Sangobiyi is a Corporate Member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers and Project Management Institute (PMI).He is a graduate of University of Ibadan, 1994 in Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Agricultural Engineering, Second Class Upper Division. He is a Deacon of the Nigerian Baptist Convention; Paul Harris Fellow & Past Assistant Governor of Rotary International, District 9125, Nigeria.
He is happily married with Children and has interests in reading, writing and playing table tennis.

Mr. Babajide Oyebola Principal Assistant on Strategy and Sustainability to the Group Managing Director(PASS/GMD)

mr_oyebola1 Mr. Babajide Oyebola is an experienced I.T professional and consultant. He attended Baptist Boys High School, Abeokuta and Maryland Comprehensive Secondary School, Ikeja, Lagos. He obtained a Bachelors of Science degree from the University of Jos in 1986 and subsequently a Masters degree from the University of Lagos in 1990.
He worked in the Pharmaceutical/food industry as a microbiologist in the early 1990s before proceeding to the United Kingdom and had a successful career change to the field of Information Technology. Mr. Oyebola began his I.T career in the United Kingdom as a visual basic developer.

In the course of career span of over twenty years, Mr Oyebola has worked in various capacities as an I.T consultant, Test Manager, Project Test Manager and Project Executive in blue chip companies such as the BBC, Virgin Media, Virgin Atlantic Airways and the Allianz group. Mr. Oyebola has United Kingdom banking sector experience payments and messages, SWIFT, SEPA, COPESTAR, and MIRS managing testing for deployments to banking customers like Bank of England, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Chartered Bank, US Bank to name a few.
He brings with him his I.T consultancy as well as project management experience covering both public and private project domains. Over the course of his I.T career, Mr Oyebola has attended various professional management and I.T courses and is Prince 2 certified project manager.

Mr Oyebola is a Distinguished Fellow of the Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON)
Mr Oyebola returned to Nigeria in 2014 and worked briefly as an independent I.T consultant before joining Odua Investment Company Ltd as the Principal Assistant to the Group Managing Director with responsibility for Strategy and Sustainability.
Mr Oyebola currently manages the group Business Development Unit.

He is a member of the British Computing Society and in his spare time, Mr Oyebola is a publisher/developer on the Google Android platform with some of his apps on the Google Playstore.
Mr Oyebola Is happily married with children.

Mr. Bamidele Alausa Head, Group Internal Audit

mr alausa Bamidele Alausa is a young and amiable man. He started his working career with Western Hotels (Nig.) Ltd (Owners of Premier & Lafia Hotels), a subsidiary of Odu’a Investment Company Limited in February 1990 as Audit Assistant. He had worked in various sections/units of both the Finance and Audit Department of the Hotel including stores. He was promoted to Senior Staff Cadre of the Hotel in 1996 and served as the Unit Accountant for Lafia Hotel. He was later moved to Premier Hotel as the Internal Auditor in charge of the activities of the Internal Audit Department of the two units of the Hotel between 1997-1998. He was transferred to the Group Headquarter in 1998 and joined the Group Internal Audit Department as Assistant Manager (Audit).
He was later transferred to Askar Paints (Nig.) Limited in late 1998 as the Internal Auditor before he was swapped to the Finance Department of the Company as the Company Secretary /Accountant between 2003 -2006.He was transferred back to the Group Headquarter in November 2006 as an Audit Manager in the Group Internal Audit Department where he worked with professionalism, thoroughness and painstakingly on all Audit assignments/jobs given to him by the management which earned him the overall Best staff of the year 2008 at the Group Headquarter. He was thereafter transferred to Premier Hotel in November 2009 as the Head of Finance / Company Secretary and elevated to the Group Senior Managerial cadre in April 2012 as the Controller of Finance/Company Secretary. He was on this assignment till October 2015 when he was asked to report back to the Group Headquarter as the Head of Audit with effect from November 2015.Mr. Bamidele Alausa completed his secondary school education at Loyola College, Ibadan and proceeded to the Polytechnic, Ibadan where he studied Accountancy and graduated with Lower Credit division at Higher Diploma level in 1994.“B .B” as fondly called by his colleagues and staff is a team player and an Associate Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).
He is happily married and blessed with children.
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