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Abayomi Awobokun

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Abayomi Awobokun
Born (1978-09-18) 18 September 1978 (age 40)
Nigeria
OccupationBusiness Leader/Entrepreneur/Activist/Philantropist
Alma materUniversity of Ibadan, University of Surrey
Notable awardsArchBishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship in South Africa;[1] Young Global Leaders Award, World Economic Forum, [2]

Abayomi Awobokun (born 1978) is a Nigerian entrepreneur, activist, business leader and motivational speaker. He is the chief executive officer of Enyo Retail and Supply limited[3] and founder of “The September 20 Foundation (TS20F)”, a voluntary donor-funded initiative to support the operations of Internally Displaced Persons camps in Nigeria.[4]

Abayomi joined Oando Plc. in 2005 as a Project Manager in the Strategy & Planning department. He later worked as the Executive Assistant to the Group Chief Executive Officer and the Head Investor-Relations at Oando PLC. Within ten years, he rose to the top management level as he was appointed the chief operating officer of Oando Plc. in 2009, and CEO of Oando Marketing Plc.[5] in January 2012 before his appointment as the CEO of Oando DownStream, Oando PLC in January 2013.[6]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Yomi Awobokun was born into a modest family on 18 September, 1978 in Ibadan, Nigeria’s largest city. He attended the University of Ibadan to study mathematics and graduated with a lower second class degree. Upon graduation, Yomi worked briefly at the Lagos Business School as an administrative staff. Determined to get more qualifications to further develop himself and boost his career advancement chance, he meandered his way into United Kingdom with savings from his LBS admin job. He studied international business at Master’s level in the UK.[7]

Career[edit | edit source]

With a masters degree in International Business and certifications in information technology, Yomi returned to Nigeria and joined Oando Plc on a contract. He was part of the team that implemented Oando’s transition to Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) in 2006/2007.[8]

In 2009, he was appointed the chief operating officer of Oando Supply and Trading Ltd., and CEO of Oando Marketing Plc in 2012.[9] before his appointment as the CEO of Oando DownStream, Oando PLC in January 2013.[10]

Under his leadership, this business achieved annual turnover of over $1bn in 2015, growing its market-share by over 6% to 15% of the private sector supply & distribution of refined products into Nigeria. Other achievements recorded include successfully expanding Oando’s trading division into Southern Africa and Middle Eastern markets and leading the 2016 $250m equity injection into the business by two international investors. This successful deal was one of the largest in the downstream sector in Nigeria in 2016.[11]

Recognition[edit | edit source]

  • 2017: ArchBishop Desmond Tutu Fellowship in South Africa[12]
  • 2016: Young Global Leaders Award, World Economic Forum, a foundation for remarkable leaders under 40, founded to fuel new models of leadership.[13]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Tutu Fellows". alinstitute. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  2. "Abayomi Awobokun". weforum.org. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  3. "Enyo Retail & Supply continues station rollout across Nigeria, graduates first batch MechTech Academy Beneficiaries". brandcrunch.com.ng. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  4. "YOMI AWOBOKUN: A HELPING HAND TO IDPs". thisdaylive.com (Interview). 16 October 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  5. "Oando Plc (OANDO:Lagos Stock Exchange)". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  6. "11 Young Leaders Prepared to Push Africa's Development Agenda". africaexponent.com. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  7. "The Free Conference I.B". hephzybee.com. 22 July 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  8. "From the bottom Straight to the Top: Meet Yomi Awobokun". blog.mipad.org. 2017-11-08. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  9. "Oando Plc (OANDO:Lagos Stock Exchange)". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  10. "11 Young Leaders Prepared to Push Africa's Development Agenda". africaexponent.com. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2019.
  11. "Abayomi Awobokun". weforum.org. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  12. "Tutu Fellows". alinstitute. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  13. "Abayomi Awobokun". weforum.org. Retrieved 2019-04-09.

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