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Let’s Learn From Fela Durotoye’s Biography

The Early Years:

Wednesday, the 12th of May 1971 was a particularly remarkable day for Sisi Addy and Bros Toks as they welcomed the newest member of their family in Ibadan South West Nigeria.

They named their third child and second son, Oluwafeolami; meaning (God has enlarged my territory).

Together with his brother Pade and sister, Jibike, the family moved to the university town of Ile-Ife, also in South West Nigeria in 1972; where Fela grew into one of the liveliest kids on the campus’ staff quarters. Ile-Ife would come to hold a special place in Fela’s life as he was thoroughly educated there. First at the Staff Children’s School (1974-1981) where he was a member of the Boys Scouts, School Band and played the lead role in the “Tragedy of Meggini” and then on, to Moremi High School (1981-1986) where he became the lead singer and keyboardist of the youth band, “The Midwaves”, who regularly featured on TV.

The College Years:

Fela moved onto the University for his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science & Economics (1986-1991). The entrepreneur, during his Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) (1995-1997), Fela started “The Pool Bar”, which was the number one Hang-Out on the campus.

Interestingly, during this period, he had a 4-day one-on-one encounter with GOD in April 1997. It was during this experience that Fela became born again and life took on a whole new meaning.

Having obtained his MBA and spurred on by his new found relationship with Jesus, Fela moved on from Ventures & Trusts to Phillips Consulting in 1998, where he rose to head the Customer Service Group until 2000 when he returned to acquire an M.Phil in Strategic Management at, yes you guessed it, OAU, Ife.

Marriage            

He got married to Tara on his 30th birthday and their marriage is blessed with three fantastic sons, Mobolurin, Demilade & Morolaoluwa.

Proffessional Experience


In 1998, he brought his experience to Philips Consulting, a management consulting and training outfit based in Lagos, where he rose in an unprecedented career path and excelled to head the Customer Service Group.  In this role, Fela designed and facilitated several customer service and personal mastery training programmes and retreats. Based on his unconventional approach to facilitating, Fela became a household name in many organizations, including Diamond bank, Chartered Bank, Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria, where he managed streams of Customer Service Management training programmes and retreats on behalf of Phillips Consulting.

The Executive Chairman of Phillips Consulting, Mr. Folusho Phillips, declared that “I saw Fela preach the gospel of Customer Service, according to Saint Fela Durotoye and I watched in amazement as he converted all the souls of his listeners involved”.

In 2005, Fela Durotoye was invited by Mr. Phillips to return to Phillips Consulting to speak to all the staff on the topic, “Becoming a Successful Consultant”.

Today, Fela Durotoye is the Chief Executive Officer of Visible Impact; a social enterprise set up to tackle social and environmental challenges and limitations with the aim to build people into super-achievers and responsible leaders, build corporate organizations into global market leaders and responsible corporate citizens, as well as assist governments in developing blueprints and programs that create a desirable environment for their people to do great things.

He is widely regarded as a nation builder, corporate strategist and unarguably, Nigeria’s most sought after prolific business strategist and corporate activator.

Few Out of Fela’s Numerous Projects

  1. Eden

Eden is a Christian Lifestyle + Entertainment Ministry set out to facilitate a vibrant Christian lifestyle established by Fela Durotoye on 30th September, 2000 at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife. Presentlys, Eden is fully operational in some other institutions of higher learning in Nigeria which includes University of Ibadan, University of Port-Harcourt, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Olabisi Onabanjo University, University of Benin and the University of Lagos e.t.c.

  1. VISIBLE IMPACT

VISIBLE IMPACT is a social enterprise set up to tackle social and environmental challenges and limitations with the aim to build people into super-achievers and responsible leaders, build corporate organizations into global market leaders and responsible corporate citizens, as well as assist governments in developing blueprints and programs that create a desirable environment for their people to do great things.

A budding business conglomerate, Visible Impact is divided into 5 groups:

  • Consulting
  • Project Management
  • Multimedia
  • Investment Holding
  • Foundation
  1. Project RAISE  

RAISE is an acronym for Revive Academic excellence In Schools & Educational institutions).

In November 2006, Project RAISE was unveiled to the Nigerian media.

Using Fela Durotoye’s book, ‘The 17 Secrets of High Flying Students’ as a tool that delivers to students, principles that make them super achievers, while the entire RAISE plan guarantees an educational system that is believed will make Nigeria the worlds’ centre for academic excellence by December 31, 2025.

The project received the endorsement of the Honourable Minister for Education, now World Bank Vice President, Mrs. Obiageli Ezekwesilli.

  1. Gemstone 2025

GEMSTONE is an acronym for a Generation that is Empowered, Motivated & Stirred To Operate with Natural Excellence.

Background

“2.10PM Tuesday November 23, 2004, VICTORIA GARDEN CITY, LAGOS, NIGERIA. Fela Durotoye experienced a divine visitation. During this encounter, he received a mandate from God:

“Go and build me the people that will build Nigeria into the world’s most desirable nation to live in by December 31, 2025.”

Over time, Fela received a structured model for building a Generation that will be Empowered, Motivated & Stirred To Operate with Natural Excellence (GEMSTONE).

Thus, GEMSTONE is a structured model that can be replicated in any other African country. Upon the implementation of the GEMSTONE model & platform by African nations, Africa is poised to become the world’s most desirable continent to live in.

The Vision:

“By December 31, 2025, Nigeria will be, undoubtedly, the world’s most desirable nation to live in”

The Mission:

“Build the people that will build the nation.

  1. Speaker’s Corner

SPEAKERS’ CORNER is an incredible platform established to empower, motivate, network and mentor upcoming speakers to realise their dreams of becoming the world’s most sought after speakers who will influence their nation positively. This is the platform for aspiring and established motivational/inspirational speakers to network and learn from one another as well as a means of discovering many of the hidden motivational speaking gifts in them.

The facilitators have included Niyi Adesanya (CEO, 5th Gear Consulting), Lanre Kupoluyi (DFID Consultant to the Ministry of Education, Federal Republic of Nigeria), (Richie Dayo Johnson – UK based Internationally Renowned Toastmaster), Prof. Pat Utomi (Director, Lagos Business School), Otunba Gadaffi (CEO, DMT Toilets Ltd.), Mr. Folusho Phillips (Executive Chairman, Phillips Consulting), Tara Fela-Durotoye (CEO, House of Tara), Rev. Sam Adeyemi (Senior Pastor, Daystar) and the host, Fela Durotoye.

These individuals have endorsed SPEAKERS’ CORNER as an incredible platform to mentor, guide and give direction to many Nigerians.

This nation building effort is provided FREE OF CHARGE to the participants.

  1. 24/7

24/7 is a reality TV show that will reveal how we all can join hands to build and refurbish schools nationwide.

The program will show how six schools from each of the nation’s geo-political zones are transformed.

Each school will be rebuilt in exactly 7 days with about 1,200 workmen working 24 hours non-stop in shifts; while the students, teachers, administrators and parents go through a mental transformation session called the Future Leader Academy within the same 7 days.

  1. The Future Leader Program

The FUTURE LEADER program is a mentoring project aimed at attaching young people who aspire to be great in any field with someone who is already legitimately doing great things in that field. According to Fela Durotoye, amazing things will happen in our nation if you as an individual will decide to:

1. Make a positive impact on everyone you meet and everywhere you go;

2. Be a solution to problems and never a problem to solutions;

3. Be a role model worthy of emulation;

4. Be the best in all that you do, particularly the things that you are naturally good at;

5. Do the right things at all times, regardless of who is doing the wrong thing;

6. Value time and make the best of it;

7. Care and show that you care through your words and actions;

8. Consciously build a great legacy starting today and every day;

9. Live a life of integrity; and

10. Make your family, your nation and your God proud.

  1. YES!

The YES project is aimed at facilitating Youth Economic Summits nationwide and raising a generation of global-minded entrepreneurs from the shores of our nation

  1.  True Nigerian Project

The True Nigerian project is aimed at infusing our nation with 10 PATRIOTIC values

1. Make a positive impact on everyone you meet and everywhere you go;

2. Be a solution to problems and never a problem to solutions;

3. Be a role model worthy of emulation;

4. Be the best in all that you do, particularly the things that you are naturally good at;

5. Do the right things at all times, regardless of who is doing the wrong thing;

6. Value time and make the best of it;

7. Care and show that you care through your words and actions;

8. Consciously build a great legacy starting today and every day;

9. Live a life of integrity; and

10. Make your family, your nation and your God proud.

10.  SUPERSPEAKER

The SUPERSPEAKER is a reality TV show aimed at inspiring an entire nation to greatness as we search for Nigeria’s next most talented inspirational speaker.

 

Lessons From Fela’s Teaching

Fela’s message to the youth has always said that there is no better place to be than Nigeria and there is no better time to have been born than now. In his own estimation, Nigeria is currently loaded with problems, which are simply opportunities to create value, make wealth and become a celebrity. “Anyone, especially believers that can find and provide a viable and excellent solution to any of our problems will make unbelievable wealth legitimately even as they bring glory to God through their good works”. Whatever you do, just do it excellently well and you will be a star in this country.

Fela cites many examples of young people doing awesome things in Nigeria, including his wonderful wife Tara, acclaimed to be Nigerian’s pioneer bridal make-up arti’st and an award-winning beauty entrepreneur. He passionately speaks of people like Funke Bucknor-Obruthe and Ibidun Ighodalo in events planning, the Okunoren Twins in fashion, TY Bello in photography and Cobhams Asuquo in music. “Young people are doing extraordinary things here in Nigeria and around the world if they can, so can you” says Fela Durotoye.

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13 responses

  1. youthblastng

    Reblogged this on youthblastng's Blog.

    April 21, 2014 at 3:32 pm

  2. Ogunmadeko Opeyemi oluwafemi

    I really do apriciate the fantastic work being done here.. I want to know more and also be part of SPEAKER AND SUPERSPEAKER PROGRAMS… Thanks

    August 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm

  3. Fantastic

    December 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm

  4. Douseifa Gumus

    Please i need directives on how to get seventeen laws of high flying students. Can’t find the book here in bayelsa state

    March 2, 2015 at 5:29 pm

  5. Godwin Excel

    Wow! I am happy to know that there is somebody like Mr Fela Durotoye who believed so much in Nigeria. I am one of those who also believed so much in Nigeria and since 2011 started seminars in almost all the secondary schools/ youths in my locality on personal Leadership/Development programs for free . I hope to meet with you soon sir. Great Nigeria. God bless Nigeria.

    August 19, 2015 at 6:27 am

  6. Pretty much very inspiring… Life is beautiful, for those who can turn their scars into great works of ART!!!

    May 8, 2016 at 4:44 pm

  7. vision prince nwachukwu. (VPN)

    the beautiful once are not yet born they say. but the mind blowing once intellectually are the beautiful once our nation is looking for. they have been given birth to. fela and i vision is here. why look too far…..

    May 19, 2016 at 2:21 pm

  8. Stephen Samuel Emeka

    Please. I love to know more about the SPEAKER’S CORNER. And how i could be a Part of it. And also, i strongly believe that God has deposited the Gift of Speaking in Me however, it has to be Nurtured and GEMSTONE looks like the Right Soil for it Fertility. Hence i Greatly Desire to Be a Part of GEMSTONE

    October 26, 2016 at 10:03 pm

  9. Arbet Kevin

    Sire your book(17 secret of high flying students) have made a positive impact in my life and i want to spend the rest of my lighting other candles, teaching and imparting knowledge to people, i have that burning desire to write but i couldn’t…i just need you to mentor me….Arbet Kevin 08147691218

    February 13, 2017 at 8:56 pm

  10. Joshua

    This is really amazing… I would really love to contribute to the reality of this great vision with my gifts.
    I’m very optimistic about a better life for all in our great Nation, Nigeria.
    Carry on Mr. Fela D. It can only get better!

    May 27, 2017 at 6:40 pm

  11. Good foundation of good home up bringing, strong educational background are great tools that God will always use in a man’s life. God is changing lives through Fela. Young men need to follow the example of going to school beyond 1st degree. No short cut. No room for intellectual laziness. Young men should be shaken out of laziness to embrace the discipline of studying hard

    November 7, 2017 at 5:43 am

  12. Nwonye Emmanuel

    When you have no money and no one seems to recognize you, now you earnestly desire to become great, contribute to your community, in your Church, to your nation, and be remembered of a good legacy what do you do when you only have your trust put in God, but finding things difficult…!\

    ???
    Good morning!

    November 11, 2017 at 8:42 am

  13. Nwonye Emmanuel

    Can a good Policeman with a lips full of truth be found in Nigeria?

    November 11, 2017 at 8:47 am

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