ASIWAJU SOLOMON KAYODE ONAFOWOKAN was born into the families of ONAFOWOKAN AND OGUNFUWA of Oguneko-Ado/Odugboro and Gbesemo Ruling Houses of Makun-Ado/Ijagba in Sagamu-Remo, Ogun State. Three Scores plus seven years ago.
Had his Primary Education at Wesley School, Oko 1, Sagamu (1955), His Secondary Education at National School of Secretaryship and Accountancy, Yaba, Lagos (1956 – 1960). Attended Office Supervision/Management Course at Yaba College of Technology, Yaba, Lagos (1960-61). Proceeded to Kingston Polytechnic, Surrey, UK where he obtained a higher national certificate (HNC) in business studies (majoring in finance) 1966, postgraduate diploma in management studies from same Kingston Poly, Surrey, UK, in 1967 (The same course has since been re-named – “M.B.A” – Master-In-Business Administration. Also, Kingston Polytechnic has since been re-named (“Kingston University”) And Diploma in English Grammar & Composition, School Of Accountancy, Glasgow, (July 1967).
Attended Various Management Courses in Finance, Administration, Industrial Relations and General Business Management between 1968 and 1980 in UK, India & USA i.e – Sundridge Park Management Centre in Kent, Essex, UK, Kishinchand Chellaram College, Bombay, India and Harvard Business School USA, NECA/UNILAG Residential Industrial Relations Management Course.
G.B. OLLIVANT (A Division of UAC Nigeria PLC) 1967 as Personal Asst. to Area Manager), Nigerian Produce Marketing Company as Admin. Officer 1967- Moved to Chellarams Plc (1967) as Personnel Manager/Corporate Affairs Manager. Promoted (1968) General Manager (Admin.) and 1979 as Executive Director/Company Secretary and in 1984 as Group Deputy Chief Executive the position he occupied till retirement on 31st March 2000.
OTHER CORPORATE SERVICES
In 1979 was elected as council member of Lagos Chamber Of Commerce & Industry, 1982 Governing Council member of NECA (Nigerian employers consultative association), past chairman Distributive Trade Group of Lagos Chamber Of Commerce & Industry, past president of Shop/Distributive Employers Association of NECA, Council Member of Apapa Manufacturers’ Association, member of Nigerian Economic Summit Group ( 1996 – 2000 ), president and chairman of Council Of Lagos Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (2007-2009), member of British Institute of Management, member of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, fellow of the British and Nigerian Institute of Directors, fellow of the Faculty of Science, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, fellow of Chartered Institute of Transport. And national vice-president of NASSIMA (National Association Of Chamber Of Commerce, Industry, Mines, And Agriculture)
A Devoted Christian baptized in the year 1951 at Methodist Church, Sagamu and had embarked on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times in 1986, 1987 and 1988. April 1984 was conferred with the Title of Otun Babalaje of Remo Kingdom by His Royal Majesty Oba Moses Awolesi – Erinwole II. Conferred with Otunba Bobadega of Makun – Sagamu in October 1991 by HRH Oba Efunwape Ogunsowo, The Ewusi of Makun-Sagamu Conferred with Bobagunwa of Ijebu Imushin and to cap it all in 1998, he was conferred The Asiwaju Of Remo-Kingdom By His Royal Majesty Oba (Dr.) Micheal Adeniyi Sonariwo, Erinjugbo Ii, Con, Jp., The Akarigbo Of the Remo Kingdom for and on behalf of obas and people of 33 towns of the remo-ogun state.
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA ( NATIONAL AWARD )
He was conferred in the year 2006 with the National Award of OON (Officer of the Order of Niger of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria) by President Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR on behalf of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
CHAIRMAN OF ARTEE INDUSTRIES LTD. (OWNERS OF PARK ‘N’ SHOP AND MANUFACTURERS OF CASCADE WATER BEVERAGES AND MILK).
CHAIRMAN- MILLENIUM INTERNATIONAL LTD, (MANUFACTURERS OF MODERN/INT. FURNITURES).Ag. CHAIRMAN-CHELLARAMS PLC. (MANUFACTURERS/ASSEMBLERS OF PORTABLE DELIVERY VEHICLES, MOTORCYCLES AND DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE INCLUDING FRANCHISE FOR KFC KITCHENS).
CHAIRMAN- YODESONS GROUP (DISTRIBUTIVE TRADE, FORWARDING AND CLEARING AGENTS, HOTEL & TOURISM).
CHAIRMAN- COLEMAN TECHNICAL INDUSTRIES LTD (MANUFACTURES OF COLEMAN WIRES AND CABLES).
CHAIRMAN- ESKAY PETROLEUM CO. LTD. (PETROLEUM MARKETING & MANUFACTURER OF LUBRICANTS).
CHAIRMAN- NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SUPERMARKET OPERATORS OF NIGERIA.
CHAIRMAN- OM LTD (MANUFACTURER OF WATER, OIL SERVICES & CONDUIT PIPES).
CHAIRMAN- DANMAN PLASTICS (MANUFACTURER OF WATER AND CONDUIT PIPES).
CHAIRMAN- TECHNO-AGRIC IND. & COMMERCIAL LTD. (FOR LARGE SCALE FARMING & HUSBANDRY).
CHAIRMAN- RMB PROPERTIES LTD. (INDUSTRIAL/COMMERCIAL/RESIDENCIAL ESTATE DEVELOPERS).
DIRECTOR- AIRLINE SERVICES AND LOGISTICS PLC.
CHAIRMAN- SAGAMU MICROFINANCE BANK LTD, SAGAMU.