HON OLUMIDE MICHAEL OWAJALAYE: NIGERIA’S YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR WHO IS CHANGING THE NARRATIVE
When we were preparing for this edition in Abuja. Nigeria, what came to my mind as the publisher of the magazine was to focus an young Africans who belong to the new block.
And the purpose is to focus on their ability to turn things around when all odds are against them. One of such young minds we resolved to feature in this edition is Olumide Michael Owajalaye, a young Nigerian who believes in providing solutions to the needs of the society
He is once of the vibrant Nigerian entrepreneurs who have made a resounding impact by providing leadership in business.
The young Owajalaye was born in 1983 into famous Ashama Family in ljebu-Owo, growing up, he attended St Patrick’s Anglican primary School, Ijebu-Owo, for his Elementary education. After leaving in flying colours, he proceeded to Owo High School, Owo for his secondary education.
In pursuit of academic excellence, he gained Admission into the prestigious Olabisi Onahanjo
University. Ago-Iwoye,Ogun State where he bagged his first degree in Microbiology and in order to acquire more knowledge, he is presently pursuing his Masters Degree in Public Health (in view) at the University of Lages
CAREER AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP:
Owajalaye started his entrepreneurial journey as a teenager. His desire to prepare for the future propelled his involvement in sales of examination preparatory books popularly called key points on various subjects across the major secondary schools in Owo, Ondo State as a student.
Shortly after his secondary education, he took another bold step towards enhancing his entrepreneurial skills, he took a job offer at a business center in Lagos where he worked for 4 years and rose to became the manager.
He was privileged to win a scholarship by American Wormen Club (AWC). And after gathering much experience in business, he gained admission to study Micro-Biology in Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, and while in the University.he started his fashion line popularly known as Olucares Fashion world in 2004, which later was registered as Lucarez Fashion World.
As a reward for performance and excellence, his
doggedness and creativity was rewarded.In 2008, he won Hennessy Artistry Designer of the year. etc.
As part of his passion for medical services, he joined a Pharmaceutical company to work as a medical representative. He also had the privilege to work with 3 different Pharmaceutieal companies and his performance was remarkable.
The last company he worked with Was Chanrai
Healthcare, where he had the privilege of becoming an Area Sales Manager in April, 2017.
As a young man with a passion of giving back to the society and influence policies that will affect the people positively,. he resigned his appointment as Area Sales Manager of Chanrai Healthcare, in October, 2018 and joined politics to be able to focus on his political aspiration to represenit his people at the House of Assembly in Ondo State.
The creative entrepreneur is also the CEO of Soft Home Properties Providers Nig. Limited located in Lekki, Lagos
Being a professional in the Marketing Fields, he was sought after by a multinational company which offered him an opportunity and he accepted the offer.
He is a devout Christian, an active member of St. Patricks Anglican Church Ijebu-Owo, and an ordained Deacon at Redeemed Christian Church of God, Canaanland Parish Lekki. Lagos,
His sojourm has opened up greater opportunities for him in the political landscape of Nigeria. When he joined politics, he joined with a motive of Changing the Narratives
His vision for the people and Ondo State where he hails from is that of an enduring leadership. More than physical monuments, enduring leadership nurtures moral awakening., discipline, ficus, dedication, hard work and Commitments, a sense of belonging and collective responsibility so much that the leadership philosophy Recreates in the younger generation a passion for service, leading to a bunch of followership that is well groomed to carry on the great agenda that is already laid.
A young man imbued with an unusual vigour and
capacity for leadership. Hon. Owajalaye intends to leverage on thie natural strengths of honesty, diligence, faithfulness. loyalty, courage, inner drive. wisdom humility, experience, skills and passion, and mobilizing other well-meaning great citizens of Ondo State off its present course in wlhich itis heading for the rock
It was on this premise that he gave himself for service by contesting for the Ondo State House Of Assembly election under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The young aid versatile Owajulaye stormed the
Political landscape and won the party’s primaries to contest for the general election in Owo 2 state constitucney in Ondo State, which he lost to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Despite his Loss at the election, he reimains the most Sought after in his Constituency. His sagacity is unequalle. His humility is Infectious.
With these, he intends to deliver the much needed good life to the people of his constitucncy. He aspires to represent the people and lead where youths development, education, power, health, good infrastructure, community building will be taken as a serious business.
Owajalaye remains a brand in the pulitical landscape of Ondo State.
IMPARTING THE YOUTHS FOR SELF EMPOWERMENT
As part of his desire to see young people grow through entrepreneurship, he organized an entrepreneurial training for undergraduates, some of which now have their own clothing line, youth empowerment through vocational training and mentorship training. He has also Used his wealth of experience as a young entrepreneur to open up opportunities for others
Hon. Owajalaye through his Owas Medical
Foundation (Outreach) has distributod free drugs and provided free medical services to the less privileged through the support of his friends who are doctors and pharmacists.