•The Story Of KEHINDE AFOLABI
Dr Taiwo Afolabi is a successful businessman who is the founder of SIFAX Group. He is also the owner of the MARRIOT Hotel in Ikeja GRA, Lagos.
Many do not know he is a twin, who has a twin brother called Kehinde.
Both of them turned 60 in April and only recently hosted a Thanksgiving & Dedication of a new church called Samson Afolabi Anglican Church in Ijebu-Ode.
Kehinde Afolabi is also a businessman with investments in the Hospitality industry. He is the Chairman & CEO, Ken Dallas Hotel & Suites, located in the Idimu area of Lagos. It is a 3-Star Hotel with lodging facilities, a bar and a club.
He was born on April 29, 1962, as a twin of Dr Taiwo Afolabi, a business magnate and Chairman, SIFAX Group, a conglomerate with headquarters in Lagos and with business interests in Aviation, Maritime, Oil & Gas, Logistics, Financial Services and Hospitality.
Kehinde Afolabi had his primary education at Ansar-Ul-Deen Primary School, Yernoja, Ondo and also attended Mushin College, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State. He has been in the Hospitality business since 1990.
He is a recipient of several awards, both in the hospitality industry and beyond. The most recent is the award of MOST INFLUENTIAL TRIUMPHANT MAN (Aare Boroki Alaseyege Lagbaye) by YOMAFA Global Group. He is a member of Lions Club International and Co-Founder of Ajoke Aishat Afolabi Foundation, an NGO named after his mother, which caters for the less privileged, especially indigent women and girls. Hundreds of children are on the NGO’s scholarship. He is a generous man that has supported the career of some of Nigeria’s notable artistes, including Naira Marley, Mega 99 and LAX.
Kehinde Afolabi is a gentleman, but an extrovert that enjoys building relationships across socio-economic cadres. He is married to Yemisi Afolabi and has 3 lovely children – Ayomide (son), Adunola (daughter), and Toluwabori (son).
When he celebrated his birthday a few days back, his wife wrote a lovely tribute to eulogise him.
“You are everything in my life rolled in one: my best friend, my lover, my confidant and my soul mate! God has blessed me so much for you are my dream come true! A wonderful birthday, love! May you achieve your lifelong dreams and be filled with love and care all days of your life. Best Birthday, my husband!”
“We are not perfect, we fight, we argue over little things due to our individual flaws. In spite of these, here we are. We did not take the easy way out. We reconcile, forgive and work things out. I am proud of us, love. Everything that threatened to tear us apart only made us stronger. I am looking forward to 50 more years with you! Happy birthday! I love you to the moon and back. In spite of the daily dose of morning breaths and the occasional explosive farts and loud burps, you decided to stay anyway. There is no backing out now, my love. Thank you for loving the imperfect me. I love you now and forever. For me, you are stronger than Superman, richer than Batman, faster than The Flash and sharper than The Arrow! You are the only superhero I need in my life. Thank you for taking the decision of fighting life’s challenges with me. A wonderful birthday, my husband!
Cheers to 60 years of God’s unfailingly grace in the life of my lovely husband. Glad, you’ve made it this far, it can only be God. Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift … The Lord of host will stand by you and bless you always. Love you forever …..”
His son also wrote a tribute:
“My dad is an example of a Superman who can do all things and solve all challenges in a twinkle of an eye. He takes good care of his children, especially me that have been privileged to school abroad-UK and in Ghana. Though, very tough to approach for finance but my mother is always handy to solicit for me before my request is presented to him. I love my dad and wish him long life in good health and more money”.
His daughter also wrote a tribute: “My dad is my hero; my first boyfriend and my close pally. A disciplinarian and a no-nonsense person that won’t allow you to misbehave around him. He is always encouraging me to behave well as the only daughter in the house and to make him proud. I’m using this opportunity to pledge to him that I, Adunola Afolabi would make him PROUD! Happy birthday, daddy.
Adunola Aishat Afolabi
Another son of his, wrote a lovely tribute to celebrate him.
“I love my dad very much. He is not only a counsellor but also an encourager. He also gives quality attention to his children. I remember how he always encourages me to take my studies seriously so I could get good grades.
I wish you everything good in life as you celebrate your birthday. Best wishes to you, dad!”
Toluwabori Marvellous Afolabi (Son)