Ilawe-Ekiti is one of the fastest growing towns in Ekiti state. As a matter of fact, it has become a hub for both foreign and local investors with new infrastructures being put in place. The transformation has been spearheaded by the Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti himself, HRM Oba Adebanji Alabi.
In this report, City People’s Brands Editor, DAMILARE SALAMI 08155134152 takes a look at 10 prominent Ilawe-Ekiti indigenes who have done well and how they have been impacting Ilawe-Ekiti, as well as their different walks of life, enjoy.
HRM OBA ADEBANJI AJIBADE ALABI
Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi is a first class Oba in Ekiti State. He was a former diplomat. But beyond that, he is a visionary leader who has completely transformed the face of traditional leadership in Ekiti State and Nigeria as a whole. He hails from Iro Quarters, Ilawe – Ekiti and took over from Oba Joseph Ademileka.
Let’s quickly tell you that Oba Adebanji Alabi has re-written the history of Ilawe-Ekiti. He is the first Alawe of Ilawe-Ekiti to be named the Chairman of Ekiti South-West Traditional Council as well as the Chairman of Ekiti State Traditional Council. His two-year reign has been blissful and full of innovations.
ERELU BISI FAYEMI
Her Excellency, Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi the wife of the Ekiti Governor is a Feminist Activist, Gender and Development Specialist, Policy Advocate, Social Sector expert and Writer. She has a BA (1984) and MA (1988) in History from the University of Ife. Nigeria (now Obafemi Awolowo University), She also received an MA in Gender and Society (1992) from Middlesex University, UK. She has a PhD (Honoris Causa) in Sociology from the Tai Solarin University of Education (2014).
FEMI FALANA (SAN)
The name Femi Falana reverbrates. It is not new because he is very popular for his activism against government oppression of the masses. Barr. Falana was born in 1958 in the town of Ilawe, Ekiti State. He is a Nigerian lawyer and human rights activist. He is well known for opposing oppression, from successive military authorities and always trying to show sympathy towards people.
He was a student of St. Michael’s School from 1963 to 1968. After finishing this school, Femi Falana attended Sacred Heart Catholic Seminary from 1971–1975. He began his legal practice in 1982. After finishing his law practice in 2012, Femi Falana became a Senior Advocate in Nigeria he graduated from the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife Osun State. He is a Principal Partner at Falana&Falana Chambers which he runs with Funmi Falana, his wife. He contested and lost the governorship election of Ekiti State in 2007 on the platform of the National Conscience Party, a party he served as National Chairman in 2011.
CHIEF OLABODE THOMAS OLATUNDE
Chief Olabode Thomas Olatunde (JP) was born in Ilawe Ekiti over (sixty) 60 years ago to the family of Pa Thomas Ajayi Olatunde of Adin quarters Ilawe Ekiti. He attended St Patrick Anglican Primary School, Ijebu-Owo and the famous Emmanuel Primary School, Ado Ekiti for his primary school education. He later proceeded to Owo High School, Owo for his secondary school education.
Prof. Asubiojo was born at Ilawe Ekiti in 1949. He had his primary education at St. John’s Primary School. Ilawe. his secondary education was at Annunciation School. Ikere, while he had his undergraduate education at the University of Ife and Postgraduate education at Stanford University California, USA respectively.
For about 50 years. Prof. Asubiojo, a Professor of Chemistry has taught generations of undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Ife/Obafemi Awolowo University and some other Universities. He has also held visiting appointments to various Universities in Nigeria and abroad. He is currently a Professor on Contract and Dean, Faculty of Basic and Applied Sciences, Elizade University, Ilara -Mokin.
CP ABIODUN ALABI
Lagos Commissioner of Police, Alabi Abiodun was born on 31st December 1964. After his primary and secondary school education. he gained admission into the University of Lagos where he studied Sociology, Abiodun is a well organized and detailed -oriented personality with a taste for high standard performance, Commissioner Alabi’s quest for excellence and thirst for more knowledge motivated him to enrol into Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife in 1988 where he obtained his master’s degree in 1989, Soon after, he got enlisted into the Nigeria Police Force as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police on 3rd March.1990 at the Kano Police Academy, At the completion of his training. he was posted to Abia State where he started his professional career at Central Police Station Aba as Patrol and Guard Officer,
MADAM IBIYEMI ASAOLU OLUYEMI
Ibiyemi Asaolu manages 3 units of the Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company (SNEPCo) namely the integrated delivery, Wells, Reservoir and Facility and the Technology unit of the Company. In her role, she is responsible for the company’s short- and long-term strategic planning, performance management of the company promises, management of the efficiency of our reservoir and facility health and the deployment of new technology for efficient operations and cost reduction.
She is an illustrious daughter of Ilawe-Ekiti who has used her good office to help in developing the community and improving the lives of some of the youths of Ilawe-Ekiti.
Prof Ifedayo Timothy Akomolede is an erudite scholar of international repute. As a prolific writer, he has contributed to many national and international scholarly journals and books especially in the areas of Consumer and commercial transactions, E-Commerce, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Corporate Law and Corporate Governance. He is a Legal consultant to a number of organisations nationally and internationally. He has published 3 textbooks to date on Company Law, Jurisprudence and Business Law. He is a member of many professional bodies including the International Bar Association and the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators both in Nigeria and London.
He recently won an award as a distinguished son of Ilawe-Ekiti alongside several other top Nigerians too. His contribution to Ilawe-Ekiti and Nigeria at large stands him out from the crowd.
Yemi Adaramodu is an alumnus of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. At 29, became the Chairman of Ekiti South West Local Government area. He started as an illustrator at the Gideon Associates. an Architectural firm in Ibadan. Later, he joined the Nigerian Tribune Newspapers, Ibadan in 1987. He rose to be Assistant Editor, Deputy Editor and Corporate Affairs Manager of the African Newspapers of Nigeria Plc.
Hon. Yemi Adaramodu popularly known as Agbaman or ljinle, due to his deep understanding of local politics. He got his political baptism from the University variously as a Students Representatives Council Member. He joined the Alliance for Democracy, the Action Congress which later metamorphosed to the All Progressives Congress. Adaramodu was the Director of Communications at the Dr John Kayode Fayemi Campaign Organization
in 2010. He became the Chief of Staff to Governor Kayode Fayemi. He held this position until 2014. At the expiration of the first term of Governor Fayemi, he consequently became a Director of the Federal Housing Authority, Abuja.
BARR. OLU DARAMOLA SAN
From Ilawe Ekiti, Barr. Olu Daramola was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1993. Thereafter, he joined the Afe Babalola & Co Chamber in November 1994 after a brief stint with Tayo Oyetibo & Co. His areas of specialisation include commercial law, maritime law, intellectual property, banking, taxation and aviation. He holds a Master’s Degree in Law from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Osun State. He is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (U.K.) and the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Nigeria. He was admitted into the Inner Bar in 2008. He is the Deputy Managing Partner and he is of the Lagos office of the Law Firm.