I was born on August 12, 1956 in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.
I joined the Airline Industry on August 11, 1976 when I started work with Transcap Ltd at Apapa, Lagos, a subsidiary of CFAO NIGERIA PLC where I got the first information on Nigeria Institute of Management(NIM). I have remained in the Industry till date.
I sat for and passed many IATA EXAMS which culminated into my appointment as IATA CONSULTANT in 2009. I have remained the only Inspector for IATA Travel Agencies in the Northern part of Nigeria to date.
I completed the forty-four (44) modules of Harvard Leadership and Management Programme organized by Harvard Business School and IATA in April, 2012.
I was admitted as a Member of Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM) in December, 1997 and American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) in January, 2001. I am a Fellow the Institute of Administrative Management of Nigeria. I was bestowed with the Fellowship of the Institute of Tourism Professionals in July, 2013. I am a member of the Association for Tourism and Leisure Education (ATLAS), Netherlands etc.
I established Empire Travel Services Ltd on May 23, 1989 having worked in various capacities with Transcap Ltd, Apapa, Broad Street, Lagos, Port Harcourt and later Kano in 1983. I also worked with Anopit Travel Agency Ltd from November, 1984 to May, 1989.
As a member of National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), I served in various capacities in the Executive Council as Zonal Financial Secretary, Zonal Vice President, 2nd Deputy National President and Member of Board of Trustees. I was honoured with an award by NANTA in March, 2012, honoured by the Trade Leaders’ Club with the 35th Golden Award in Madrid, Spain in January, 2010 and National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) in November, 2012. I was also presented an Award by the NANTA Northern Zone this February, 2014.
I served in the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria (FTAN) too between 2006 and 2008.
I was just informed that I am ONE OF THE 100 TOURISM PERSONALITIES to be honoured at Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Abuja next week!
I have been coordinating the IATA courses ( on part-time basis) for the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (Nihotour) since 2004 as Head of the IATA Unit of the Institute having had several contacts with the Institute since 1998 when the IATA programme was introduced . Nihotour was rated as one of the BEST TOP TEN Authorised Training Centre (ATC) in Africa in August, 2012 under my Headship having had best students in IATA Foundation, Management and Global Distribution exams.
I always participate in most NIM programmes at local and National levels especially the Annual Management Conferences. Some of the Certificates were attached to my application for upgrade. At Kano chapter, I always contribute to the MCPEP courses but I only kept few receipts of such contributions because I did not know it might be needed. These claims can be verified from my Kano Chapter Chairman.