WHO IS FELA DUROTOYE
Fela Durotoye is one of Nigeria’s leading business and leadership strategists. With more than 20 years of experience serving as a consultant for governmental agencies and major corporations in the banking, oil & gas, telecommunications, and manufacturing industries, he has established expertise in culture transformation, service leadership, and workforce activation.
He is also the CEO of the Gemstone Group, a leadership development institution, raising leaders who are committed to building Nigeria into a most desirable nation to live in by the 31st of December 2025. Through its various divisions, the group engages transformational leaders across 300 primary and secondary schools, 70 university campuses, and various NYSC outlets, enabling them to implement community transformation projects across the country. A leadership coach certified by the John Maxwell Team, Fela currently mentors more than 15,000 leaders in business, enterprise, education, religion, and the professional services sectors. He also sits on the board of several companies across the spectrum of Nigeria’s economic space.
In 2004, Fela founded the New Nigeria movement and began building a track record of implementing numerous national transformation projects. These include Speakers Corner, an initiative he created to inspire and build effective communication skills; Mushin Makeover, the largest urban renewal project in Nigeria’s history; Project RAISE, an academic excellence initiative that improved the national ranking of Oyo State secondary schools from #28 to #3 in one year; Gemstone Global Reading Festival, an initiative to improve reading culture; and the Deliver The Future Project, a leadership training initiative targeted at students and staff of select universities across Nigeria. In addition, he has developed and promoted a personal creed of 10 lifestyle statements holding Nigerians to an esteemable moral, ethical, and social standard. This creed is the largest non-governmental effort to reorient the citizens of a nation and integrate a value system into our nation’s consciousness in recent times. It has been adopted by more than 30,000 Nigerians, including the Anambra state government.
Committed to personal development, Fela is an alumnus of the Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program at Harvard University. He has also completed leadership, governance, and public service training at the Lagos Business School; Yale University; The Leadership Institute, Arlington, Virginia; and the Nigerian Police Training School, Ikeja. Fela also serves as a guest lecturer on Ethical Leadership at the Stanford University Seed Program, where he speaks to business leaders with operations across Africa. He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University, where he received his MBA and B.Sc in Computer Science and Economics.
Fela has received several national and international awards for his leadership development, human resource management, and nation building activities. These include the Heart of Africa Award presented by the Federal Ministry of Information and Communication in recognition of his efforts toward building a new Nigeria. In 2011, he was recognized by the Universal Peace Federation and the Youth Federation for World Peace as a United Nations Young Ambassador For Peace. In February 2013, Fela was profiled by the US-based Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 10 Power Men in Africa on Twitter. In 2017, Fela received an honorary award from the African Young Entrepreneurs Network in recognition of his efforts toward advancing youth enterprise and nation building in Africa and particularly in Nigeria. In 2018, Fela was recognized as one of the 100 most reputable Africans by Reputation Poll, a global reputation management consulting company.
In February 2018, Fela announced his aspiration to contest as a presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections on the platform of the Alliance For New Nigeria (ANN) party.
He is married to Tara, a renowned beauty entrepreneur and CEO of House of Tara. They are the proud parents of three boys. John Quincy Adams said
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” Fela Durotoye no doubt is a leader not a ruler!
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