February 04, (THEWILL) – Dr Tunji Olowolafe is beside himself with joy over his recent appointment. The wealthy businessman was recently appointed Chancellor of Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti by the Visitor to the University, Governor Abiodun Oyebanji.
Olowolafe was selected by the governor for his devotion to improving his homeland and his contributions across various sectors of the economy. Originally trained as a medical doctor before he left it all to venture into manufacturing and construction, Olowalafe founded Deux Project Limited, a pivotal contributor to Nigeria’s economy, spanning many sectors, including healthcare, public works, power, roads and infrastructure.
Furthermore, Olowolafe is an investor with diverse business interests in oil & gas, power, real estate, mining, and technology. He is a non-executive Director of West Power and Gas, the primary stakeholder of Eko Disco, and Infracorp Nigeria, a $15 billion infrastructure investment entity jointly established by the Central Bank of Nigeria, Africa Finance Corporation and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority.
The business magnate is also the Chairman of GZ Industries (GZI), West Africa’s leading aluminium manufacturer. In 2020, he was pivotal in Ekiti State’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Chair of the Medical Logistics and Project Nomination Committee, he was responsible for enhancing healthcare facilities, including the Oba Adejugbe Specialist Hospital, and advancing the state’s research and testing capabilities. His efforts extended to establishing a Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory in Ekiti State Teaching Hospital for COVID-19 testing, underscoring his ongoing commitment to enhancing public health infrastructure and societal well-being.
He is one of those top figures whose charm and connections enables them to cautiously command political and economic power. His remarkable fortitude and significant contributions to various sectors have garnered him numerous accolades throughout his career. Among these distinctions is his recognition as a World Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh, an honour reserved for individuals who have exhibited extraordinary leadership and service.