First generation Universities have been renowned for making the best of Nigerian students, being aluta hotbeds and of course their glorious pasts. One of their thumbs up that is less noticed is that they have also churned out some real business brains.
Obafemi Awolowo University, living up to its contemporaries has also tutored some real moguls who have gone on to be trailblazers, CEOs and billionaires. From the diversified business moguls to the oil magnates and even to personalities in the banking sector, Ogbafemi can boast of being the grooming ground for some of Africa’s richest men.
This list will be addressing some of the richest people OAU has produced and their networths;
Femi Otedola is a businessman and philanthropist who has interests across Petroleum, businesses, shipping, real estate and finance sectors.
The son of a former Governor of Lagos State, Sir Michael Otedola has houses across the country and abroad including in the most expensive estate in West Africa, Banana island in addition to his collection of luxury rides. He is the father of Tolani,a musician, Florence Otedola (DJ Cuppy),Temi Otedola who just starred in a Netflix movie shot on OAU soil and Fewa, the only male.
In 2016, Forbes reported that the OAU alumnus has an estimated net worth of $1.8 billion. He has since increased his wealth and is one of Africa’s richest men.
Jimoh Ibrahim (born 24th February 1967) is a Nigeria lawyer, politician, businessman and philanthropist. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of Global Fleet Group, a diversified conglomerate based in Nigeria, with business interests and subsidiaries in neighboring West African countries.
He is reported to have a net worth of about $1.1 Billion. This is as reported by one of the biggest media outfit in the world, Forbes Magazine. This might not be accurate, but should be almost correct.
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye
Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye is the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Born in Ifewara, a town near Ife, he actually attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka(UNN) but had to complete his first degree at the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University due to the Nigerian civil war.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Ife, had his PhD in Applied mathematics at the University of Lagos and is still a Professor at the University.
In 2017, Forbes estimated the net worth of the Christian leader to be around $39-65 million, he owns a $30million Private jet and is believed to receive an estimated $2million a year from the Church’s tithes.
Femi Falana is a Nigerian lawyer, human rights activist and politician. He is an alumnus of OAU where he finished from the faculty of Law. He was born on the 20th day of May,1958. He is married to a renowned activist and lawyer; Funmi Falana. He is also father to the popular Nigerian rapper, singer, online comedian and actor; Falz. He is estimated to be worth $45 million.
Sarah Alade was the acting governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria during the suspension of Lamido Sanusi until his tenure ended. She was appointed to the post by President Goodluck Jonathan on 20th February 2014. Alade was appointed acting governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 20 February 2014 until the appointment of Godwin Emefiele. Prior to this time, she had served as deputy governor (Economic Policy), Central Bank of Nigeria from 26th March 2007.
When wealthy persons in Nigeria are being named, Sarah Alade can never be found wanting. She has a net worth of $25M as reported by XYZ.
Born Bilikisu Abiodun Motunrayo Omobolanle Adekola on December 24th,1962, the OAU alumnus was appointed Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria in 2015, being the first woman to attain the First bank top spot in the process.
She also established a furniture manufacturing company, Quebees limited now SOKOA Chair centre.
Mrs. Awosika who is also an author recently featured in a Netflix movie, Citation, mainly shot at the Obafemi Awolowo University campus, 360dopes.com believes she is worth around $18.6 million.
Femi Adesina is a journalist and a special adviser on media and publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He has worked with Radio Lagos, Vanguard newspapers, National Concord, The Sun and was once a President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.
Isnetworth.com believes Adesina is worth $10million.
Olufunke Iyabo Osibodu or Funke Osibodu is a Nigerian banker who led Ecobank Nigeria and the Union Bank of Nigeria but left both offices in 2006 and 2012 respectively.
She is presently the CEO at an Electricity Company (BEDC) in Benin-City where her husband is the Managing Director.
Her Net worth is believed to be about $5M.
Akinwunmi Adesina is the current President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) and a former minister of Agriculture and rural development under the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
‘Mr Development’ studied Agricultural economics in OAU and graduated in 1981, he has been an outstanding scholar from his school days as he graduated with a first class degree.
He was the 2013 Forbes African Person of The Year and he has been awarded the Commander of the Order of the Niger(CON) by the Nigerian government.
Richupdates.com believes Adesina is worth between $2-5 million.
Oscar N Onyema
Oscar Onyema is the current CEO of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) among many other executive posts he holds.
He was born on August 19,1968 and was invested with the Order of the Niger(OON) in 2014 for his immense efforts in the Nigeria Stock Exchange.
The 2012 Thisday man of the year studied Computer Engineering in OAU.
Celebsagewiki.com believes he is worth between $1-5million.
Olajumoke Adenowo is the daughter of Professors in History and Criminology, she enrolled in OAU at age 14 and graduated at age 19. She has a Bsc with Honours in Architecture and subsequently masters with distinction in same course in 1991 at the Obafemi Awolowo University.
She has the likes of the Federal government, Coca cola, L’Oreal, NSE, Access bank and GT banks as top clients.
She founded her boutique architecture and interior design firm, AD consulting at age 25 and has been involved in over 70 projects. The Bauhaus architect, Arieh Sharon inspired Great Ife alumnus is one of 100 most influential Nigerians and also one of 10 most powerful African women in business by AFK business.
The philanthropist who has a vision to raise 1,000 leaders by 2030 is worth between $1-5million according to Celebsagewiki.com.
Born 28th September 1970 in Ibadan, Adebayo Adelabu is a first class graduate of the department of Accounting in OAU.
He has worked with Standard chartered bank, First Atlantic bank and First bank Nigeria plc before being appointed Deputy Governor(Operations) of CBN in 2014 by President Goodluck Jonathan, he later resigned from the post to contest for the Oyo state governorship seat but lost to current Governor, Seyi Makinde.
Celebsagewiki.com believes Adelabu is worth between $1million- $5million.
Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, (born 21st July 1956) is a Nigerian politician and lawyer who is currently the Governor of Ondo State, in office since February 24, 2017. He is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) who became president of the Nigerian Bar Association in 2008.
His net worth has been growing significantly in 2018-19. So, how much is Rotimi Akeredolu worth at the age of 64? Rotimi Akeredolu’s income source is mostly from being a successful politician. His net worth is estimated to be between $1M – $5M
Abike Dabiri-Erewa was born in Jos, Plateau State. She is a Nigerian politician, Chairman/CEO of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCom) and former member of the Nigeria Federal House of Representatives, representing Ikorodu Constituency in Lagos State. She was the Chairman of the House Committee on Media & Publicity.
At the age of fifty eight, the politician has a net worth of about 100,000 – $1M. This roughly translates to 100,000 – $1M euros or 100,000 – $1M pounds. The net worth estimates vary because it’s difficult to forecast spending habits over the years. Abike Dabiri Erewa’s wealth comes mostly from being a successful Politician.
Oluremi Tinubu is a renowned politician and a graduate from the department of Botany and Zoology in OAU who also has interests in the service of God. She was born on the 21st of September,1960. She is married to one of top politicians in Nigeria; Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the marriage is blessed with children. Her net worth is not known as at the time of collating this but she’s believed to be very wealthy.
So if you a vision of being a billionaire and you want a University with a good track record of producing successful businessmen/women,we present to you Obafemi Awolowo University.