Telling stories with courage

Chief Micheal Ade OJo-Founder Elizade University

“Never do or refrain from doing something because you are concerned about what people might think about you. The fact is that nobody is even thinking about you at all”- Brain Tracy. This explains Chief Micheal Ade OJo’s resolved determination to establish his own business within 10 years of graduation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1965- against all odds and challenge. Chief Micheal Ade Ojo abandoned a plume colonial job at British Petroleum Nigeria Limited then for the uncertainty of private enterprise not minding what people had thought about him.

“Never do or refrain from doing something because you are concerned about what people might think about you. The fact is that nobody is even thinking about you at all”- Brain Tracy. This explains Chief Micheal Ade OJo’s resolved determination to establish his own business within 10 years of graduation from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1965- against all odds and challenge. Chief Micheal Ade Ojo abandoned a plume colonial job at British Petroleum Nigeria Limited then for the uncertainty of private enterprise not minding what people had thought about him.

 “Leadership is the expression of courage that compels people to do the right thing”-Jim Mellado. The leadership courage of Chief Micheal Ade OJo was the establishment of Elizade Independent Agencies; a family business co-founded with his late wife, Chief (Mrs.) Elizabeth Wuraola Ojo in August 1971. This was later incorporated into Eizade Nigeria Limited in 1973, a company dealing in motor vehicle sales, spare parts and services. Through hard work, focus and dedication, the business is now an unsurpassed success in Nigeria’s automobile industry. This has corroborated John Scully’s famous statement that “the future belongs to those who see possibilities before they became obvious.”

“The quality of a person’s life will be determined by the depth of their commitment to excellence no matter what their chosen field”- Vince Lombardi. Today the company which Chief Michael Ade. Ojo started with just one support staff in 1971 through commitment and excellence, has become a conglomerate with several subsidiaries including Toyota Nigeria Limited, Elizade University, Elizade Autoland, Okin Travels Limited, Oodua Creations Limited amongst others. He is the Chairman of various companies including Toyota Nigeria Limited, Moore House Sofitel Limited, Custodian & Allied Plc, Meristem Securities Limited, Meristem Wealth Management Limited MikeAde Properties Development Company Limited, 3-line Card Management Limited, SMT Nigeria Nigeria Limited (distributors of Volvo Construction Equipment, Volvo Trucks, and Mack trucks in Nigeria).

“No one ever attains very eminent success by simply doing what is required of him, it is the amount of excellence of what is over and above the required that determines greatness.”- Charles Kendall Adam. For his excellent contributions to various fields in human development, Chief Michael Ade.Ojo has won numerous national and international awards and titles such as:

  • Nnamdi Azikiwe Distinction Award for Excellence, 1987
  • Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) (Honoris Causa), University of Nigeria, Nsukka 1999
  • Fellowship of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria, 2005
  • Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON) 2005
  • Entrepreneur of the Decade Award, Success Digest, 2005
  • Asiwaju of St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Ilara-Makin
  • Past President, Band of Light Society, Archbishop Vinninig Memorial Church, Ikeja
  • Fellowship of the Institute of Directors (IOD), 2006
  • Fellow, Academy for Entrepreneurial Studies, 2007
  • Admitted into Hall of Fame of Faculty of Technology of OAU. Ile Ife, 2007
  • Fellow of Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos, 2009

He is an ardent supporter of education through Ade.Ojo Scholarship Scheme from which so many indigent students have benefited from. Chief Michael Ade. Ojo, a devout Christian, is blessed with children and grand children. “All successful men and women are dreamers. All peak performers are what are called “blue-sky thinkers.” They continually allow their minds to float freely when they think about what is possible for them. They look at the unlimited blue sky above them as the only limit to everything and anything that they could possibly be, or have or do.”-Brian Tracy. Chief Michael Ade. Ojo, falls into the category of a blue-sky thinker who saw the blue sky as the only limit to everything he could probably think of. From just one support staff which Chief Michael Ade. Ojo started his company in 1971; it has become a conglomerate with several subsidiaries, including Toyota Nigeria Limited, Elizade University etc. He has made a mark in these areas for people to emulate. For this act of heroism, he is Somthing2know personality hero of the week. U 2 CAN AGAINST ALL ODDS AND CHALLENG- DON’T GIVE UP.

Nathaniel Udoh

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