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Otunba BIMBO ASHIRU Celebrates Birthday In Style

 

 Otunba Bimbola Ashiru is the Chairman of Oodua Group. He is also a 2 term Commissioner during the Amosun Administration in Ogun State. And he did so well that he kept winning awards, back to back, as an accomplished Commissioner for Commerce and Industry.

The big news is that he celebrated his birthday on 26th December 2022, Boxing Day and all the powerful men of means attended as usual. Every 26th of December has become a day set aside by all of Otunba Ashiru's friends to celebrate with him. He began to celebrate his birthday several years ago and it has become a tradition for all his friends to gather at this time of the year to celebrate this great banker-turned-politician. It is usually a Classy party attended by serving and ex-governors, Ministers, Lawmakers, business executives and key players in the private sector, especially from Corporate Nigeria.

One unique thing about Otunba Bimbo Ashiru's party is the fine mix of his guests from the elders, to his own generation and to those below, in their 40s, and 30s.

All Otunba"s friends and associates are drawn from diverse sectors. He also relates with politicians, both young and old. And they all respect him.

The beautiful thing about this great Otunba of Ijebuland who is from a rich and illustrious pedigree is how he and his brothers have all sustained their dad's legacy. Otunba Bimbo Ashiru and  2 of his older brothers are Awujale's Otunbas.

Despite his achievements Otunba Bimbo Ashiru has remained very humble and always willing to help anyone that comes his way.

Everyone describes him as a nice and dependable gentleman who many elders see as an Omoluabi.

His wife, Kemi, compliments him and many of them are known for hosting the best parties.

Let's tell you more about his story. Otunba Bimbola Ashiru  is a proud Ijebu man. He was born in Ijebu-Ode to the illustrious Ashiru family. His father, late Pa Simeon Adeyemi Ashiru, was a distinguished Ijebu statesman, while his mother 'Omo'ba (Princess) Moradeun Ashiru, is from the Fidipote Royal family of Ijebu Ode and the ruling house of Owu-Ijebu.

 

He is well-read, graduating with a degree in Marketing, Purchasing & Supply, and a Masters’ Degree in Strategic Management. With this background, he entered the services of the then-Chartered Bank in 1989. In a successful career that has spanned two decades and taken him to various institutions, he has served in various capacities of Management (Head, Private Banking Unit; Branch Manager; Head, Institution & Professional Banking; Regional Coordinator; Country Director, Personal and Business Banking; Director, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Social Investments; until his last position of Group Head, Public Sector with Stanbic IBTC Bank. He was the pioneer head of the department.

 

Otunba Bimbola Ashiru is a man with a desire for developing people around him, and this translated into his appointment as the representative of the Awujale of Ijebuland on the Ijebu Development Initiative on Poverty Reduction (IDIPR).

 

 He has distinguished himself in this field and represented his people favourably to the best of his ability.

He was also on the Technical and Communications Committees of the 17th Nigerian Economic Summit (2011). He is a member of The Metropolitan Club, Ikoyi Club 1938 and a member of the Ijebu Heritage Group and Ijebu Renaissance Group. Otunba Ashiru is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers [FCIB]; the Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria; the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria [FNIMN] and the Chartered Institute of Commerce of Nigeria.

In recognition of his selfless service to society and having distinguished himself as a true son of Ijebu land and an astute banker of repute, Otunba Bimbola Ashiru was presented with the royal title of Otunba Adeona Fusigboye of Ijebu land in December 2006 by His Royal Majesty, The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of IjebuLand, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona CFR.

 

 He is a recipient of numerous awards which include the following:

• Best Commissioner of the Year - Nigerian NewsDirect Award 2015;

• Most outstanding Commissioner - Efizzie Magazine;

• Most Proactive Commissioner - FIBAN Excellence Award 2013;

• Award of Honor for Outstanding Leadership - Manufacturers Association of Nigeria

• Appreciation Award - Manufacturers Association of Nigeria

• Ijebu Man of the Year 2013 - Ijebu Flavours

• Capacity Man of the Year - Diocese of Lagos West, Anglican Communion

• Pillar of Support Award - Timothy Adeola Odutola Foundation

• Recognition Award for Excellence - Manufacturers Association of Nigeria

• Recognition Award for Excellence - Armed Forces Command & Staff College, Jaji

• Service Excellence - FITC

• Award For Excellence in Banking 2017 - Ijebu Professionals Excellence Foundation

• Award for Excellence, Outstanding - Fed. Technology Incubation Center, Ogun contribution to Commerce & State Industrialization in Ogun State

• Integrity Stewardship Award - Centre for Save & Serve Humanity Organisation

• Recognition Award of Excellence - Nigeria Union of Journalist – Ogun State

• Excellent Performance Award - Ota-Agbara Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines & Agric

• Achiever Award - Catholic Women Organisation, Ijebu Ode Diocese

• Legend Award - Life Changing Group

• Icon of Innovation Award - National Association of Nigerian Students Southwest

• Merit Award for support for Small Businesses - Nigeria Association of Small-Scale Industrialists

• Merit Award for support towards – Ogun State Teaching Service Commission Educational Development & Growth Odogbolu Zone

• Ijebu Remo Man of the Year 2017 - Amebohotnews

• Media Friendly Award - Nigeria Union of Journalists – Ogun State Chapter

He was the Honorable Commissioner for Commerce and Industry in Ogun State between 2011-2018.

 

Under his stewardship, the business environment of the state developed beyond imagination with over 1, 279.84% increase in internally generated Revenue of the State. Over 300 factories/companies established their presence in Ogun State with a cumulative investment profile of about N691.77 Billion in 2014, compared to N377 Billion in 2013. This placed Ogun State in the first position in Nigeria, according to the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria. During his time, approximately 75% of Manufacturing Foreign Direct Investment into the country between 2011 – 2016 came into Ogun State.

Also, during his tenure the World Bank Group, in its Doing Business in Nigeria 2014 Report, ranked Ogun State as one of the best five States in terms of ease of doing business against the 36th position in its 2010 report.

 He also facilitated the creation of a One-Stop Shop Investment Center (OSSIC) which sits within the Ministry of Commerce & Industry to assist potential investors with procedures for investment and documentation processing.

 

He joined the Board of directors of Odua Investment Company in 2020 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board.

 

Otunba Bimbola Ashiru is happily married to Olukemi Ashiru, a lawyer, and they are blessed with two lovely children.

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