2018 Ibadan 60 Most Influential Personalities (Who made it)

Every community, town, city and country is defined by its people.

Ibadan has an undisputable reputable for leading the pack in South-West Nigeria. proof of African authenticity and a City of manyFIRST stalk of being how to the first ever Nigerian University (University of Ibadan), first ever Television station in Africa (NTA Ibadan), first stadium to be built in Africa (Liberty Stadium), first skyscraper in Nigeria (Cocoa House), the first to dualised road in Nigeria (The Queen Elizabeth road, from Mokola to Agodi Secretariat), also the popular University College Hospital (U.C.H).

It is equally important to remember the first Rediffusion in Nigeria; the one channel Radio Station, the Agodi Government Secretariat being the first in Nigeria and the first Modern Parliament that housed the Regional House of Assembly and the House of Chiefs.

The first Housing Estate in Nigeria the Bodija Housing Estate, Ibadan became the home of the first set of Research and Training Institutes in Nigeria; The Forestry Research Institute (1930), the Idi-Ayunre Cocoa Research Institute (CRIN), The Nigerian Cereal Research Institute Moor Plantation (NCRI), the NIHORT (Nigerian Institute of Horticultural Research), the NISER (Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research), IAR&T (Institute of Agriculture, Research and Training), amongst several others.

For a long time however, it remained just somewhere on the list in terms of development and innovations.Today, the narrative is changing and this ancient city, well known for its signature brown roof has witnessed breathtaking milestones. It is beginning to run shoulders with the acclaimed southwest giant, Lagos.

Investors and Entrepreneurs alike have started to maximize the avalanche of opportunities that reside in this city, even technology is taking firm root. In all of this, one thing is clear, Ibadan is no longer a city where you can merely retire to enjoy your wealth but one where gold can be found.

This transformation could not have happened by chance and while we acknowledge that there are several WHYs, it would not have been possible without the people of Ibadan; residents and settlers alike.

Like we do every other year, Ibadan Media is once again saying a big Thank You to all the advocates and creators of a New Ibadan City. We admit that thousands of people deserve this Thank You personally but today we take time to celebrate only 60.

Our criteria for selecting these people:

These are people who have struggled to make a name for themselves despite having little or no supportsystem. There are others who have strategically organized several events that placed Ibadan on the roadmap to success and limelight and some who provide supportor taking their time out to participate in one event or the other in other to encourage the organizer. Also, there are others business owner so to say who are providing mentorship, free training for those that cannot afford the training fee, also those who has their business(es) established in Ibadanemployed people from city to reduce unemployment in the State and those who are adding values in one way or the other to residence life.

We might have chosen 60, but there are hundreds more working to put Ibadan on the world map, to everyone making things happen in Ibadan, Oyo State and Nigeria at large, please let’s continue and the Lord almighty will continue to strenghten us !!!

On this note, Ibadan Media present to you 2018 Ibadan 60 Most Influential Personalities. The new face of Ibadan has your imprint somewhere on it and this is how best we can say Thank You

NB: The list is arranged in no order of giving some people more reference than others.

1. Erelu Funmi Rotiba (Erelu ASA of Nigeria)

CEO Special Travel & Tour Limited

2. Olayiwola Lamas

CEO Lamas Clothing’s

3. Khadijah Adeola Ayoade

Nollywood Actress

4. Engr. Morakinyo Goodness

Founder Valencia College

5. Favour Essang

CEO Dexterity Plus

6. Paul Alasiri

Social Media Influential

7. Amb. Romoke Ayinde

CEO Kayromlee Fitness & Gym centre

8. Edmond Obilo

Investigative Journalist

9. Mrs. Atinuke Smith

CEO Datina Designs

10. Ronke Giwa Onafuwa


11. Dr. (Mrs) Theodora Omisande

CEO D’Ril Spa

12. Ademiloye Adeshola Oluwatosin

CEO Arcade Dynasty

13. Demo Pumpin


14. Oluwasegunfunmi Adedeji

CEO Exclusive iCare Media

15. Gavar Popoola (DJ GavPop)

CEO DJ Gavpop Entertainment Studio

16. Babatunde Ojekunle

Chief Publisher, Inside Oyo

17. Oyenike Abiodun Adeleke

Convener, Ibadan Entrepreneur Network

18. Yemi Lawal


19. Abisola Asabi

CEO Posh by Asabi

20. Mrs. Ronke Olubanjo

Principal Instructor Ibadancity Fashion College

21. Kunle Odugbesan

CEO WhatsUpIbadan

22. Tolumi Abiola O.

CEO Fabrics by Tolumi

23. Lanre Onasanya

Founder, Aunty Lanre Initiative

24. Leye Fabusoro

CEO Rare Edge Media

25. Lawal Sherifat Oluwatoyin

CEO/Founder Omotanwami Skin Care

26. LayKay Sax


27. Wole Sawe

CEO Xquisit Ushers

28. Segun Ogundipe (Lafup)


29. Hammed Olajuwon

CEO HSO Global

30. Oluwajare Fola-Bolumole


31. Tope Adedeji

CEO Club De Rock

32. Ayo Olaniyi (Iyanda Ibadan)

CEO Ringin Club & Bar)

33. Tolu Oluwo

CEO Trog World

34. Olanrewaju Agiri


35. Olawale Hamzat (Top Striker)

Sports Broadcaster

36. Olanrewaju Bolaji (Big B)

Gospel Artist

37. Olaniran Kunle

Manager, Mauve 21 Event Centre

38. Ajanaku Amos

Founder, Ibadan City Polytechnic

39. Omobolanle Valentine (Oshisko Twins)

Adebisi Yewande Oyedele (Oshisko Twins)


40. Adeyeba Adebola (Lizzy Jay) Omo’Ibadan


41. Akintola Ayinde

CEO Blingz Events

42. Hon. Dapo Lam-Adesina

Hon. Member federal republic of Nigeria.

43. Muyiwa Babalola


44. Alh. Taye Adebisi Akande Currency (Apesin)

Fuji Icon

45. Bamiro Babalola Oluwaseun

CEO Y-North

46. Gbagaun Muncher


47. Hon. Rotimi Ajanaku

CEO/Founder Dino Group

48. Lanre Omole

CEO Darols Support Initiative (DSi)

49. Ayo Ajewole (WoliAgba)

General Overseer IPM worldwide

Mide Oladimeji (Dele Omowoli)

Choir Master, IPM Worldwide

50. Sekinat Kola-Balogun

CEO Thread Vogue

51. Ayodeji Ismail Karim

Business Man $ Politician

52. Femi Solar

CEO FS7 Music Entertainment

53. Adebola Ishola

CEO Ibadan Slayer

54. Biodun-Bello Bisola

CEO ABH and Xcell Wears & Collections.

55. MC Remote


56. Animashaun Aminat Aderayo

CEO De’Rayo Vocational Limited

57. Babatunmise

Gospel Artist

58. Rotimi Ige

CEO Roy Media & Roy Gang

59. Chineye Nzom

CEO Ibadan Volunteer Hub

60. Koleosho Ololade

CEO MLPro Beauty

Award presentation is set to hold this afternoon at Plat’num Lounge and Bar by 5pm

If you were not on this list, it doesn’t mean you’re not doing fine or your little effort is not appreciated, but we want you know that everybody cannot be listed.

Check some of the awards presentation event pictures