Virtually two years after he launched his autobiography, The Making of Me – My Odyssey in Enterprise, Chief (Dr) Oladele Fajemirokun has more and more grow to be a driving pressure for a lot of younger individuals throughout the county. And it’s straightforward to see why. His guide not solely endears you to the inspiring story of one among Africa’s most profitable entrepreneurs: it teaches the weird beliefs of constructing a enterprise empire in a rigorous ecosystem like Nigeria.
The writer particulars every little thing right here, holding nothing again. From how he took over his father’s indebted firm and turned issues round to relentlessly pursuing and ultimately changing into AIICO’s second-largest shareholder, after American Insurance coverage Group.
We don’t see this fairly often – Jacks of many trades who’re precise masters of every little thing. The guide proves he’s one among such outliers. Somebody with first-hand expertise in virtually each enterprise you’ll be able to title. An acute businessman who has “as soon as escaped into mercantilism, pioneered in produce, meandered into export of wooden, held founders shares in delivery, strayed into industrial manufacturing, dabbled in merchandising, quick meals and poultry farming, engaged in oil prospecting, toyed with banking and ultimately moved to insurance coverage and monetary companies.”
Entrepreneurs normally have it exhausting on this facet of the divide. Only some handle to interrupt by means of these limitations, whatever the sector. As somebody who has succeeded in working companies in a number of sectors, Dr. Oladele’s autobiography serves as a thicker lens, a mannequin even, for a way enterprise house owners view and method new and struggling enterprises.
Lots of people have referred to him as a businessman whose hand turns each enterprise to gold. However there’s at all times greater than meets the attention. And that is what he delicately narrates to readers, exhibiting how he has needed to navigate big roadblocks, together with boardroom politics and unfavorable market situations, in addition to public misconceptions of him being born into wealth.
He clarifies this in his guide, narrating his private struggles which, opposite to common opinion, he wasn’t born with a silver spoon. Earlier than coming into the company world, he had solely been a tally clerk and sweeper at his father’s warehouse and with no information or expertise of easy methods to run a thriving enterprise.
He attributes his eventual success to refusing to step in his father’s sneakers. As a substitute, he pushed them apart and took up a positively deviant way of living, and by extension, enterprise. For the reader, that is an affirmation that desires could be achieved regardless of obvious hindrances.
Many autobiographies gloat however, this one teaches. Chief (Dr) Oladele Fajemirokun focuses on easy methods to succeed the place others don’t. In consequence, it’s the good recipe for younger entrepreneurs, who’re additionally making an attempt to carve a path and construct empires of their very own.
Since its launch, the guide has been out there throughout completely different bookstores in Lagos together with Laterna, Quintessence, Glendora, and Roving Heights. Hardcover copies can now even be bought on-line from wherever on the earth on Amazon.