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Dr. Steve Olusegun Ogidan, fma, FIMC, FNIM, MNIPR

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Leader in Microfinance and Agriculture Development

PROFILE OF DR. STEVE OLUSEGUN OGIDAN,

Dr Steve Olusegun OGIDAN is an employer of labour, a self-motivated and hard-working strategy expert and development planner, with experience in agriculture, rural development and microfinance, as well as human resources development. A goal-directed, results-oriented individual with a strong and varied background and education in poverty management, capacity building, HR Solutions, Micro-insurance, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Strategy for organizational development. 

Dr Ogidan has a BA Education Degree from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria, Masters Degree from the University of Lagos Nigeria and PhD in Business Development from the Trinity College and University, Spain. He was also trained at the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization, ITC/ILO, Turin, Italy, Vaikuth Mehta National Institute, Pune, India and the NEGEV Institute of Strategies in Beer Sheva, Israel.

He is presently the National Coordinating Consultant to NIRSAL Plc Project Monitoring Reporting and Remediation Offices nationwide to the Nigeria Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending (NIRSAL), which is an innovative mechanism, targeted at de-risking lending to the agricultural sector. It is designed to provide the singular transformational and one bullet solution to break the seeming jinx in Nigeria’s agricultural lending and development and also Team Leader on the IFAD/VCDP Strengthening Farmers Organisation Project in Ogun State.

Dr Ogidan is an able and effective team leader, an efficient and effective strategic planner, researcher, excellent trainer and communicator at all levels within and outside organizations with good problem solving and analytical skills. Specific interests include business development, strategy formulation, HR Solutions, training and participatory research. Proven leadership skills including managing and motivating others to achieve objectives, strategic planning, change management and process re-engineering and analytical skills. He is very fluent with information technology.

He was the Team Leader for unprecedented three terms for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd FGN/IFAD-RUFIN Supervision Missions for Nigeria between 2010 and 2013. He was a consultant to the UNDP and the Central Bank of Nigeria on Microfinance Development Strategy. He was part of the team that designed the Microfinance Certification Programme for Nigeria. He was also a Strategy Consultant to the Supreme Court of Nigeria 2011-2014 and the UNDP Nigeria and Africa Regional Office on Facility for Inclusive Market and many others.

Dr Ogidan is an accredited OPTMA Trainer, Trainer by Centre for Management Development, Nigeria and the Institute of Management Consultants, Nigeria. He is an accredited trainer by the International Labour Organization ILO/ITC to deliver its programme on Making Microfinance Work, MMW in Africa.  He is also an accredited Trainer of the Women’s World Banking WWB to deliver Microfinance Management Development Trainings of the Centre for Microfinance Leadership (CML). He is also accredited by PrOpCom (Promoting Pro-poor Opportunities in Commodity and Service Markets) a DFID initiative, as a training consultant and service provider. He is a capacity building Consultant to International Fertilizer Development Centre, IFDC, USA and worked on Rice, Sorghum, Maize, Ginger, Groundnut and Soybean in Kaduna, Kano and Katsina States of Nigeria; project sponsored by Strategic Alliance for Agricultural Development in Africa (SAADA), funded by the Directorate of General International Cooperation (DGIS) of the Netherlands; He is also currently a consultant with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) ENABLE programme assisting in building Business Membership Organizations (BMO’s) capacity for advocacy. He is a member of the ITC/ILO International Team developing Training Curriculum and Manuals on Access to Finance for African Workers and Trade Unions in Africa 2010- 2012.

In partnership with Making Cents International, Dr Ogidan is certified to deliver the Youth-Inclusive Financial Services, YFSanother product to deepen the outreach of Microfinance in developing world. Implementing Sound Practices in Youth-Inclusive Financial Services provides microfinance practitioners and youth enterprise and livelihoods practitioners’ critical overview of today’s relevance of financial services to youth in the developing world and how to design and implement interventions to expand youth-inclusive financial services. He served as a Strategy Consultant to the Central Bank of Liberia and facilitated the transformation of Microfinance Unit of the CBL to Inclusive Finance Department, project sponsored by the UNCDF.

Dr Ogidan has also completed the European Union Project as a Master Trainer on the Water Supply and Sanitation Sector Reform (WSSSR) programme aims at providing support to institutional and policy reform and demonstrating innovative approaches to service delivery, including implementation of water supply and sanitation projects co-financed with the government. Dr Ogidan was recruited by PricewaterhouseCoopers Nigeria and handled the Training and HR components of the project implemented by PricewaterhouseCoopers in a Consortium of 3 firms namely:  ITAD Limited, UK – Consortium Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria, Mott MacDonald, UK

He was also the BDS/Grant Management Specialist on the World Bank Rice Value Chain Project in Kaduna in 2008-2010: a World Bank/FGN Programme under the leadership of Dr Rama Rao Vellanki. He is currently the Kaduna State Coordinator of the World Bank State-Level Private Sector Policy And Institutional-Mapping (SPPIM) project. Dr Ogidan was a consultant to UNDP Nigeria on Microfinance as part of the National Experts on Microfinance Baseline Survey Team and the Development of New Microfinance Development Strategy, NMDS for Nigeria. He was a Consultant to the Central Bank of Nigeria and the GTZ on Microfinance Curriculum Development and Training. He is an accredited CBN Microfinance Training Service Provider (MTSP) training Microfinance Bankers in Northern Nigeria.

A Commonwealth Scholar at the National Institute of Cooperative Management, Pune, India (1994), a MASHAV (Government of Israel) Scholar at the NEGEV Institute for Strategies of Peace and Development (NISPED), Beer Sheva, Israel (2006) and a MasterCard Foundation Scholar at the School of Applied Microfinance, Kenya, 2008. He is also member of the Institute of Management Consultants IMC. Dr Ogidan is a Faculty Member in the School of Applied Microfinance, Mombasa, Kenya and The Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan African University, (Lagos Business School) and a Strategy Development Expert for EDS in Cuttington University, Monrovia, Liberia.

His passion for agriculture and microfinance led him to make  incursions into several African countries as he led the team on the establishment of Togo Incentive-based Risk Sharing System for Agricultural Lending, International Consultant and Strategy Expert to the Central Bank of Liberia on Inclusive Finance, 2012. He was the Team Leader Rest of Africa Engagement, NIRSAL Plc to Togo, Rwanda, Sudan and Morocco

He is also the lead consultant facilitating the establishment of a nation-wide microfinance bank midwife by NIRSAL Plc – NIRSAL Microfinance Bank which recently commenced operations across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

Dr Ogidan who is the MD/CEO of Successory Nigeria Ltd, Beresh Consulting and Chairman, Global Knowledge Group also chairs the Board of Directors of a Microfinance Bank while providing management assistance to a number of Microfinance Banks and Businesses across Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Liberia, the Gambia, South Africa and the Royal Kingdom of Morocco. He is also a Fellow of the Microfinance Association of the United Kingdom. He is married with children.

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Aremo Olusiji Balogun

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Aremo Olusiji Balogun

A Phenomenon at 50

Hitting the age of 50 is a landmark and a milestone to be celebrated. Fifty years and still counting, Aremo Olusiji Balogun, is a phenomenon and a case study in humanity.

He is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in Nigeria among others. He is the Founder of Ase Youth Association and several other organisations.

His company Promec Innovative Concepts was a child of necessity when his attempt to register Prince Royal Media Concept (Promec) at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) met a brick wall.

Olusiji Balogun is a media guru and an organizational growth and business development expert with adaptable skills. He is able to use own initiative or work as part of a team. An efficient and effective Human Resources Manager, community worker, excellent communicator at all levels within and outside organizations; he has good problem solving and analytical skills with pioneering spirit.

Olusij’s specific interests include teaching and learning for new product development, business development, participatory social activities, keen insight into the needs of others and with high energy, initiative and focus, proven leadership skills including managing and motivating others to achieve objectives.

An effective community and social worker, he is fluent with information technology and capable of handling executive assignments and leadership. His other qualities include being positive with potential ideas, he has the ability to work with anyone under any condition or situation and contribute greatly to achieving the best goals of the establishment.

Oluwasijibomi Gideon Balogun was born on the 8th September, 1972 in Ondo town to the family of Samuel Olusegun Balogun and Mrs Grace Remilekun Balogun of Ase Akoko in Akoko North West Local Government Area of Ondo State. Both parents are retired Civil Servants. Olusiji was raised up with strong Christian virtue.

He had his early education at St. Luke’s Primary School, Akure but finished at Muslim Primary School, Ikaram Akoko, all in Ondo State, where he obtained the First School Leaving Certificate. He subsequently earned his West African Senior School Certificate in 1990 after attending Omoluorogbo Grammar School, Akure before proceeding to Ala Community Comprehensive High School, Ala-Elefosan, Idanre Local Government Area of Ondo State.

He also attended the Institute of Journalism and Nigerian Institute of Journalism, (NIJ), Akure Campus for his Diploma in Journalism and Public Relations, after a sojourn at Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) briefly in the Institute of Science Laboratory Technology. He also went to Akwa-Ibom State Polytechnic, for his Higher National Diploma in Business Administration.

He later proceeded to the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State for his Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration.

He is a Member of various professional bodies.

After leaving school, Olusiji started working as a freelance Journalist and Printer. He started Eminent Leaders Magazine in 1996 and registered Prince Royal Media Concepts with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), in 1999 which he upgraded to Eminent Leaders World Communications Limited publisher of Eminent Leaders magazine.

He worked with several organisations where he left indelible footprints of punctuality, hard work and professionalism. He worked with Mentors Communications, Abuja in different capacities. At Mentors Communications, he was the pioneer Editor of Rootswatch Magazine. He was Technical Assistant to the Managing Director of Quarry Managers Company in Abuja, headed by the late Abdulhakeem Amao. He was Special Event Manager with ITAD/MotMacdonald/PWC in Calabar and Water Supply and Sanitation Reform Programme (WSSRP) in Abuja. Both projects under the Integrated Water Resource Management European Commission.
He also had a stint with Hatlab Delight as a Business Development Manager and Head of Administration, O.T. Otis Engineering Limited. He resigned his appointment with Successory Nigeria Limited, Abuja, as Head of Project Management, in year 2019 to move his outfit forward.

Olusiji Balogun experience in politics is vast. His team helped installed Olusegun Agagu and Olusegun Mimiko as Ondo State Governors. He was the nucleus of Olusegun Mimiko Campaign Organisation for his second term when he was Editor of Grassroots Vanguard Newspaper of Grassroots Network.

He attempted to contest for the coveted seat of Ondo State Governor in 2020.

His experience in administration is versed as he is an Associate Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM), Full Member Institute of Professional Administrators and Managers (IPMA) and many other professional bodies. He is a partner in many companies and Chief Executive Officer of Promec Innovative Entrepreneurship and Science Academy (PIESA) and several other firms.

He currently has his hand in farming as he started Ase Farms Nigeria Limited, asefarms.com.ng.

His hobby includes travelling, reading, surfing the internet and adventures.

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Nigerian Attains American Diplomatic Status In Brazil

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Ambassador Bayo Lawal Appointed American Diplomatic Representative in Brazil Ambassador Bayo Lawal, is truly a chip off the block. Born in Osogbo, Osun State of Nigeria, into the royal house of Olumodi Oyipiloye and Asuni Compound (Maternal) Osogbo. Bayo Lawal has become the first Nigerian to receive an American diplomatic status in Brazil. At a diplomatic ceremony held on the 17th of December, 2021 in the executive auditorium of the State Legislative Council, Saopaulo , Brazil, the American Government, through its Diplomatic Mission of International Relations (ADMIR) sworn In Ambassador Bayo Lukman Lawal as one of its appointed diplomatic representatives of the American diplomatic mission in Brazil. The humanitarian and diplomatic mission , which for the first time, included a Nigerian living in Brazil, inaugurated other important personalties in Brazil as members of its humanitarian project scheduled for Africa and Europe in the year 2022. Bayo Lawal is from a royal and polygamous house where hardwork is the hallmark. Though born by a successful business man popularly known as “Were Nise Oluwa”, Bayo Lawal has been a focused, hard-working and persevering youngman. His stint with the Osun State Board of Internal Revenue after his days at The Federal Polytechnic, Offa, set him in a progress pedestal. At the Board of Internal Revenue, his hardworking nature, made him a darling of all. Ambassador Bayo Lawal, before leaving the shores of Nigeria, originated the idea of honouring women in Nigerian society in 1999, tagged “Women Entrepreneur Merit Award” organised by Spotlight Media Ventures. He was then the PRO and Reporter for the firm. Ambassador Bayo Lawal and other personalities like the notable former Brazilian football captain, Capitão Cafu , the Saopaulo State First Lady, Mrs. Bia Doria, the Director of Federal Police, the Honorable speaker of the House of Assembly in Saopaulo , Representatives from several African and European countries witnessed the event. According to the President of the mission in Brazil, Dr. Fernando Navarro, the principal function of the American diplomatic mission of International relations is simple, it is humanitarian, it is helping to make the world a better place to live, he said the mission is to combat hunger and help the needy. Ambassador Bayo Lawal, who has lived in Brazil for over twenty years has worked in different functions in the international relations, he is an administrator who has led his team of excellent professionals within and outside Brazil. He is the presently the CEO of Mab Consulting Services, an International Trade and Business Development company with spread in the South America, Africa, China, USA, Europe and UAE. Bayo Lawal, who served as a Business Consultant at Grupo Empresarial Costa Negocios, taught courses in several English Schools in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He was Business English Teacher For Executives between 1999 – 2014. He worked at the Costa Negocios Group, FGV Projetos, Bimex Comercial Ltda., and many others. In his interview with Heritage news, Ambassador Lawal said “I am dedicating my achievements in Brazil to the Almighty God and also to my late parents, Prince Yekeen Lawal and Mrs. Bolanle Lawal. I also owe this success to my family in Brazil , my friends and colleagues who are always by me.” Ambassador Bayo Lawal said he is ready to work with all humanitarian organizations in Nigeria and overseas, using his office as an ambassador to help better the standards of every Nigerian, African immigrants in Brazil and around the world. He promised to lead projects of housing estates to Osogbo and other necessary locals in Nigeria.Ambassador Bayo Lawal is married to an Italian descendant Brazilian, Mrs. Sara Guerino Lawal and blessed with three children; Nathalie Mariam Oyenike Lawal, Derick Afeez Oyewale Lawal and Allan Khalil Babatunde Lawal.

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DR TOLULOLA OLAJIBIKE BAYODE OPENS THE BIGGEST HOME FOR THE LESS PRIVILEGED IN AFRICA

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Iyalaje Tolulola Olajibike Bayode was born in Akure and hails from Oba-Ile. She’s the daughter of Chief Joseph Bayode and Pastor Mrs Bayode.

Tolulola Olajibike Bayode, RN, BSN, MD, is a trained medical professional but with an unusual passion for the well-being of the less privileged. Having travelled far and wide,Tolulola share an uncanny obsession of giving abandoned children and widows another shot at life,employing both her professional training and God given resources in assisting the less privileged at will leading her to initiating Dorian Home for Displaced Children & Mothers Initiative.

Vice President of Nigeria and Iyalaje Tolulola Olajibike Bayode

The African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council appointed this Akure born philanthropist Dr. Tolulola Bayode as Head, Social Affairs and Health Cluster Committee. The job description entails implementing the overall goals of the Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development portfolio in line with the AU Agenda 2063, Sets annual performance targets for the Health, Humanitarian Affairs and Social Development portfolio and report on annual progress to Specialized Technical Committees and AU Policy Organs.

In 2009, Dr.Bayode established Dorian Home for Charity and Social Development as a Non-governmental Organization (NGO). She’s the CEO/ President. Her personal encounter and experience in the course of discharging her professional duties, most especially in the Internally Displaced People’s (IDP) Camps, Community/Rural Medical Outreach programs, just to mention a few, afforded her a first-hand and comprehensive understanding of the plethora of unsavoury plights of women and children in our society.

Governor of Ondo state with Iyalaje Tolulola Olajibike Bayode

Dorian Home is the biggest orphanage home in Africa, consisting of 700 homes for children,500-capacity skill acquisition centre for women, large hall for events, modern clinic and a worship centre. Dorian Home for Charity and Social Development is situated at Akure, the Ondo State capital.

Described as the biggest orphanage home in Africa, the ultramodern facility worth $5million and was finally commissioned on the 14th of October 2021.

Dorian Home is not limited to taking care of just abandoned babies and widows but also focused on research, training, empowerment and mobilize women towards self-emancipation. A glamorous persona imbued with the philosophy of giving hope to the hopeless, creating a better living condition for the abandoned, Tolulola is in the forefront of Safe Haven Law in Nigeria – the leaving of unharmed infants with statutorily designated private persons so that the child becomes a ward of the state with proper upbringing.

At the commissioning of the home, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Vice-President of Nigeria, called for the provision of adequate welfare for vulnerable children and women in the society. The vice president commended Bayode for making provision of the basic needs of homeless children and women her passion. He said that about nine per cent of Nigerian children were homeless; a figure Osinbajo said seems to be growing rapidly. The vice president, however, called on well meaning Nigerians to join hands with the government to provide adequate care for the homeless children, saying that government alone could not do it. Osinbajo described the laudable project as one that would stand the test of time for the less privileged and empowerment for women in society.

During her speech, the Founder and President of Dorian Home, Dr Tolulola Bayode, said that vision of the project was about leaving a legacy of hope for the orphaned children, widows and less privileged women in the society. According to Bayode, reality dawned on her after the shocking demise of her elder brother, the purpose of man on earth is to touch life and uplift humanity. Bayode said the covenant she had with God to have the home was based on her love for humanity, widow, indigent and displaced children to live a better life. She also appealed to the government to provide adequate security checkpoints along Akure/Idanre Road, adding that the future of any child should not be toiled with. She emphasised that not that she has the resources but has a heart of giving.

Represented at the ocassion, was the governor of Ondo State represented by his Deputy, Mr Lucky Ayadatiwa, who said that the project compliment the administration’s REDEEM agenda of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu. He commended the Founder of the home for her initiative. Akeredolu described the project as unique because it focus on the neglected section of the society. Akeredolu said the project would receive the support and patronage of the state government. He said the state government would continue to support the social initiative programmes of the Dorian Home.

Also, speaking at the ocassion, Senator Tayo Alasoadura, the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, urged people to emulate the kind gesture that counts for the good of humanity by trying to make the society a better place for humanity. Alasoadura said that Nigeria would be a better place, if everyone tried to provide a home like heaven on Earth, especially for the displaced and indigent children, just as the orphanage.

Tolulola Olajibike Bayode, as a natural social and talented care giver has continually provided training, education and health consultations in the non-profit entrepreneurial sector to youths in different parts of the world and has successfully maneuvered the delicate balance between dedication to mission in a wide range of settings. Aside her passion for the creating a better living for commoners, she has years of extensive managerial experience in the non-profit sector, with outstanding records in getting initiatives off the ground and flourishing.

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