In a few words tell us about yourself
I was born on October 16, designated by the United Nations as World Food Day. I was made for the world of hospitality. I made a personal decision to study Catering and Hotel Management back in the 70s after I concluded my high school at the C.M.S. Grammar School, Lagos, when it was unaccepted in a family like mine to choose any course of study that was not one of the traditional ones, like medicine, law, accountancy, engineering, etc. Despite the opposition, I still went ahead and studied hospitality management. I entered hotel school in 1978 and graduated with an HND, Catering & Hotel Management in 1982 from the then Kwara State College of Technology. I, later on, did a brief stint at the New York Restaurant School, where I took a course in Culinary Arts. I also took a course with the Orange/Ulster County on Business Studies and finished my MBA program at the Delta International University, Louisiana in 2009. I’m married to my wife of 22 years with 2 boys and a girl.
What inspired your interest in the hospitality and tourism industry?
A full restaurant with happy guests, great service and obviously some money in the cash register.
What’s your vision for the hospitality & tourism industry?
To train young Nigerians to become entrepreneurs in the industry thus creating wealth and more employment opportunities.
In what ways has your company contributed to the growth of the hospitality industry and its stakeholders?
We are currently developing 1000 franchisees to see our products Pan Nigeria and although ups and downs this is my most exciting project to date as well as developing protein products that are suited for all packets.
What are your major challenges in your business?
Cash is always a challenge as well as logistics and continuous education on food safety.
What are your thoughts on the state of the hospitality & tourism industry in Nigeria?
Unfortunately, we do NOT train our staff and this leads to poor standards, we tend to forget that human capital is the biggest investment you will make in your business. Your employees represent you
Words of wisdom for intending and current industry stakeholders.
Hospitality & Tourism is life. It is a gift of the natural life of the individual practitioner. It is a crime against humanity if this gift is left untapped and underdeveloped for the good of all. It is a crime if it’s left to grow unguided, unguarded and left to charlatans for self-gain which leaves it bleeding and a catalyst to the destruction of our pristine and symbiotic nature of the earth given to us. It is a crime against the next generation, if we do not act now. Posterity will judge us for knowing what is right to do and not doing it.