Lagos businessman,Tunji Folami is 60. That is the big news. And this is authoritative. For those who still can’t catch the drift,lets quickly tell you that this handsome, ever smiling man is a strategically robust and creative Public Relations, Events management and Brands expert with over 30 years wealth of management experience and a track record of successful practice across industries.
It is not all works for this Lagos dude as he also belongs to the major social clubs in town.Deeply strategic and highly creative, Tunji has been behind several highly successful and award winning marketing and brand initiatives over the years and still waxing strong.
Born 1st February 1964, Folami attended Surulere Baptist School for his primary education in Lagos. He proceeded to Adeola Odutola college, Ijebu ode for his secondary and later Studied Political science.
His late father was a foremost Chartered Accountant who was a senior partner at Akinola Williams and co.He is a member of the prestigious Island club, where he had been management committee member and later Social Secretary for three years. He is also a member of Eko club, where he belongs to the social committee, member, Immaculate club 17, where he was a past vice chairman.
He was a member of the Rotaract club from 1984 to 1989. He has subsequently been very active in humanitarian affairs.
He will be launching an NGO, *Phanso Altruistic Foundation* for the promotion of the less privileged as part of his desire to help the society during his birthday celebration .
He was also the National publicity secretary of Adeola Odutola College old Students Association until last year. He is also the president of his old students set at Adeola Odutola college, Ijebu ode 75/80.
To celebrate this milestone,Folami is set to pull the crowd for a celebration of life at the prestigious Island Club on Sunday 4th February,2024.
The suave gentleman spoke to Celebrityplusnonline on the journey so far. Excerpts.
How do you juggle your normal day to day job with your social life?
This is a question I get asked by a lot of people. They always ask me how I juggle this. The first thing I will say is commitment.By the very nature of my business, social life is a normal thing for me. Most of my services are events related hence I am always at home with social life.
At 60,what is on your mind?
My further resolve is to be committed to the cause of humanity. I pray I should be able to achieve more peace and contentment in all my endeavours.
You are very passionate about Humanitarian affairs, what informed this?
I know what it looks like to have shared support from friends and family. I wish same for the less privileged of the society. That is why I am dedicated to coordinating humanitarian support for the needy.
Let’s delve a bit into your Phanso Altruistic Foundation,what informed this?
It is essentially an NGO founded with commitment for the service of the less privileged. The NGO is a purpose vehicle for the harnessing of the support of my friends and family to support those in need. Everywhere you look,people need something.Altough we don’t necessarily have all that is required to support those in need but we will reach out to others to please be their brothers keeper. Our slogan is “celebrate with purpose”. We will approach our friends to please give to humanity in celebration of their memorable days such as birthdays and anniversaries . Those you help today might be able to help others tomorrow and the world will be a better place to be.
You also seem to command a lot of respect among your friends both young and old within the various social clubs you belong,this is uncommon?
It’s just mutual respect for each other. I value and respect my friends and I am deeply committed to being there for them. That has obviously brought my few friends and I together. I keep detailed information about everyone I know particularly their birthdays. Every midnight I greet my friends in all the clubs, old students association and family for their birthday. That has also endeared me to a lot of them in some way.
What is Tunji’s life philosophy?
Do unto others as you wish done unto you.
Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni: Harmony Gardens Chairman and Wife Inducted into Spiritual Roles
In a momentous occasion of spiritual significance and community recognition, the Chairman of Harmony Gardens and Estates Development LTD, Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa, popularly known as Mr. Ibile, and his wife, Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe, were recently installed with revered titles at an event hosted by the Al-Irshad Islamic Foundation.
Hon Saheed Mosadoluwa Ibile inaugurated a multi-billion naira ultra-modern Central Mosque at Ibeju-Lekki immidiately after he got recognized by the West Africa Islamic Council as the AL Mujaddid in Rabbat, Morocco.
According to popular Muslim tradition, the term refers to an individual who emerges at the turn of each century in the Islamic calendar to rejuvenate Islam, purging it of extraneous elements and restoring it to its original purity. In contemporary times, a mujaddid is regarded as the preeminent Muslim figure of a century.
The concept of Mujaddid is based on a hadith (a saying of Islamic prophet Muhammad), recorded by Abu Dawood, narrated by Abu Hurairah who mentioned that Muhammad said:
Allah will raise Mujaddid for this community at the end of every 100 years the one who will renovate its religion for it.
Recall that in a grand ceremony attended by distinguished personalities and spiritual leaders, Hon Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa, Chairman and CEO of Harmony Gardens and Estates Development LTD, officially commissioned and handed over a state-of-the-art central mosque in Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State, on Friday, January 19th, 2024.
The auspicious event witnessed the presence of esteemed religious leaders, including Sheik Semiu .A. Opeloyeru, The Grand Chief Imam and General President of the League of Imam and Alfa in Ibeju-Lekki L.G.A. The ceremony commenced with the arrival of Sheik Semiu .A. Opeloyeru, setting the tone for a day of spiritual significance and community celebration.
Representing the executive governor of Lagos State, His Excellency Babajide Sanwoolu, was Hon. Ahmed Abdulai Jembe, the Special Adviser on Islamic Affairs to the governor, graced the ceremony. The Onibeju in attendance emphasizing the significance of the event in the cultural and traditional context.
The event saw the attendance of various traditional rulers, highlighting the communal and inclusive nature of the mosque inauguration. Notably, the newly appointed Lagos NURTW Chairman, Mustapha Sego, drew attention as his presence added an extra layer of recognition to the occasion.
However, the prestigious ceremony, held at Monarch Hall in Osapa London Lekki, Lagos State, saw Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa bestowed with the title of Baba Adinni, signifying a revered position within the religious community. His wife, Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe, was similarly honored as Iya Adinni, a title of great respect and responsibility.
The Al-Irshad Islamic Foundation, under the guidance of its founder Sheik Rasheed Adeleke, who is also the owner of Al-Irshad Travel and Tours, organized the event as a Pre-Ramadan lecture, award ceremony, and Turbaning ceremony. The atmosphere was filled with spiritual fervor and communal joy as community members gathered to witness the momentous occasion.
Notably, Abu Abel and other prominent figures, was also present at the event, adding to the significance of the gathering. The ceremony, held on Sunday, February 25th, 2024, brought together individuals from diverse backgrounds to celebrate the exemplary contributions of Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa and his wife to both the community and the Islamic faith.
The Turbaning ceremony, a traditional rite of passage within the Islamic community, symbolizes a deep connection with cultural heritage and spiritual leadership. The titles of Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni carry great responsibilities, signifying the honorees’ commitment to serving the community and upholding the values of the Islamic faith.
As the community celebrates this significant event, the installation of Hon. Dr. Saheed Audullahi Mosadoluwa and Hadjia Aishat Adebimpe as Baba Adinni and Iya Adinni reflects their exemplary leadership and commitment to the principles of Harmony Gardens and Estate Development LTD. The event serves as a beacon of unity, spirituality, and communal recognition within the Osapa London in Lekki community.
Squad Powers OmniPay’s Trade Business to Simplify Payments for FMCG Industry
In a strategic move aimed at furthering its mission to empower African traders with the necessary payment solutions for thriving in the digital era, Squad, a fintech subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Holding Company Plc (GTCO), offering comprehensive payment and e-commerce solutions for businesses, has entered a partnership with OmniPay, a subsidiary of OmniRetail Inc.
This collaboration has currently benefited more than 65,000 stakeholders, which include retailers, distributors, and manufacturers through improved payment and collection methods using Squad’s Virtual Bank Account without incurring any charges. Additionally, they have gained more accessible and affordable working capital to procure goods on credit for their businesses, contributing to the daily transaction volume exceeding N3 billion, and this figure continues to grow.
Adeyemi Atanda, the Chief Marketing Officer, Squad, shared insights on the partnership’s significance, emphasizing, “At Squad, our mission revolves around providing African businesses with the right solutions for effortless payment processes, available at their convenience. We understand the pivotal role small businesses play in our economy. Through strategic alliances like this, we aim to empower even more merchants by granting them access to rapid, user-friendly, and dependable payment solutions that optimize their business operations and, in turn, boost their revenue.”
Deepankar Rustagi, CEO of OmniRetail stated, “As we join forces with Squad, we are driven by our shared vision of transforming the digital payment landscape for African businesses. With OmniPay, businesses will gain improved payment methods with zero transfer fees, while retailers and distributors will have easier access to OmniPay’s BNPL (Buy Now Pay Later) solution. This partnership aims to empower businesses, streamline payment processes, and enhance record-keeping accuracy through automated reconciliation for orders. This partnership reinforces OmniRetail’s commitment to innovation and financial inclusion.”
Squad is a complete payment solution that is reliable, secure, and affordable, making receiving in-person and online payments simple and convenient.
Our goal is to support SMEs, micro-merchants, large corporations, and other fintechs (Tech Stars) with the tools they need to thrive in an evolving digital economy and expand beyond their current market reach.
Squad’s current products and service offerings include SquadPOS, Squad Payment Links, Squad Virtual Accounts, USSD, and E-Commerce Storefront.
Find out more at www.squadco.com.
OmniPay, a subsidiary of OmniRetail Inc., is a company with a mission to simplify payments in Nigeria and provide working capital to trade businesses. OmniPay provides an API-based wallet built to simplify trade payments.
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