Prince Adetoyi Olabode: An Ekiti-born Entrepreneur Cum Philanthropist

A nobleman from the royal lineage of Ile-Titun, Oke Afin Street in Otun-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Prince Adetoyi Ezekiel Olabode is an Agric Entrepreneur with endless capacity in grooming talents to change the narratives of Entrepreneurship in Ekiti State and Nigeria through his numerous programmes on; Skills Acquisition, Mentorship/Capacity Building Programmes, Job Creation, and Corporate Social Responsibility projects (a very impactful philanthropic gesture).

One of his notable strides in Infrastructural Development in Ekiti State is the acquisition of more than 200 plots of land at Otun Aiyetoro road for the development of Housing and Industrial Park.

The illustrious son of Otun-Ekiti, Prince Olabode, understanding the importance of culture and celebrating his root, has successfully sponsored seven editions of Otun-Ekiti Day.

In Ekiti State, Olabode has been a diligent crusader of agricultural development, Social Investment, and capacity building for youths. He is on the Board of Fountain Holdings Limited (an investment arm of Ekiti State Government), a lead aggregator for Ekiti School Feeding Programme. He is also the 1st Vice-Chairman Board of Trustees, Youth in Commercial Agricultural Development in Ekiti state (YCAD).

Speaking of a man who prides in philanthropic deeds and meeting the needs of the people through Corporate Social Responsibility, Prince Olabode has been a good Ambassador of Otun-Ekiti within and outside Nigeria.

Through his annual CSR programmes, student-indigenes of Otun-Ekiti are offered Industrial Attachment opportunities nationwide. Leading by example, he appointed an Otun-Ekiti indigene as the Head, Information and Technology Department of Hi NUTRIENTS International Limited, while employing additional four as staff. Over 30 Otun and Moba-Ekiti youths have been registered for the Youth in Commercial Agriculture (YCAD) programme.

Many youths of Otun-Ekiti has benefitted from the generosity of the nobleman through grants and scholarships for tertiary education. Over 200 jamb forms have also been distributed to scholars in Otun, Moba, Ilejemeje and Ido-Osi communities.

He instituted Bursary and Scholarship Awards for Otun and Moba indigenes, a programme that has been running since 2014 to date with extension to Ekiti North and Ikole LGA. Over 400 youths in the same locations have been trained on Entrepreneurship.

As an author of international repute, in Chapter Two of his book ‘The Entrepreneur’ (an Autobiography), Prince Olabode showcased his root, Otun-Ekiti to the world.

Other numerous projects carried out by Prince Olabode are; the installation of borehole water systems in Amututu junction and Ogbon Isan at old Adebayo Hospital road, Oke Afin.

Following his strides in human capital development across Nigeria, Prince Olabode was appointed Commissioner for Agriculture in Ekiti State by Governor Kayode Fayemi to consolidate the government’s effort in Agriculture and Rural Development ( a major Pillar of the JKF Administration).

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