As one of West Africa’s most highly regarded entrepreneurs, philanthropists and scholars, Tunde Folawiyo has served as a constant source of support for his native Nigeria’s economic growth. Supporting the further exploration and expansion of the country’s lucrative petroleum industry, Tunde Folawiyo has consistently led new initiatives in searching for ways to bring forth new business for the region.
Tunde Folawiyo has long held an appreciation for education before going to England to study at the London School of Economics. There, Tunde Folawiyo earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Law from the same institution. With this newfound knowledge, Tunde was inspired to study law and earned a prestigious Masters in Law degree from the London School of Economics in 1985. Ever eager to contribute to Nigeria’s growth, Tunde Folawiyo returned to Africa to begin his career as an attorney with the Messrs Ogunsanya & Ogunsanya law firm. Upon being chosen to assume the role of CEO and Group Director of the Yinka Folawiyo Group of Companies — a dynamic conglomerate with global business interests spanning oil and gas, agriculture and real estate – Tunde Folawiyo resigned his attorney’s position in 1989, and began his withstanding career as CEO and Group Director of one of West Africa’s most vibrant conglomerates.
In addition to many business accomplishments, Tunde Folawiyo was named the 2010 recipient of the African Business Leadership Award. A Goodwill Ambassador, Tunde Folawiyo has utilised these honours as a stepping stone in serving as a dedicated philanthropist focused on empowering today’s youth. As a member of the Global Advisory Board of the prestigious African Leadership Academy, Tunde Folawiyo is a proponent of instilling great skills in tomorrow’s future leaders. He is also a fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh’s World Fellowship, a global network of philanthropists with a focus on empowering and awarding today’s most outstanding youths. Tunde Folawiyo also sits on the board of directors of several academic institutions, including Lagos State University and Crescent University in Abeokuta of which he was awarded an honourary doctorate in Business Administration in 2010.
Tunde Folawiyo has long strived to promote travel and tourism within Africa. As Honourary Consul of Barbados, Tunde continues to strengthen the continent’s relations with other thriving global networks, further cementing his role as one of Africa’s most influential citizens.