By Bankole Wright
It is not a cliche that true success is deliberate and intentional. Fela Dutotoye has indeed proven its verisimilitude beyond doubt.
Wednesday, the 12th of May 1971 was a particularly remarkable day for Mr and Mrs Tokunbo Durotoye as they welcomed the birth of a rare gem into their family in Ibadan South West Nigeria.
They named their third child and second son, Oluwafeolami; meaning (God has enlarged my territory).
Together with his brother Pade and sister, Jibike, the family moved to the university town of Ile-Ife, also in South West Nigeria in 1972; where Fela grew into one of the liveliest kids on the campus’ staff quarters. Ile-Ife would come to hold a special place in Fela’s life as he was thoroughly educated there. First at the Staff Children’s School (1974-1981) where he was a member of the Boys Scouts, School Band and played the lead role in the “Tragedy of Meggini” and then on, to Moremi High School (1981-1986) where he became the lead singer and keyboardist of the youth band, “The Midwaves”, who regularly featured on TV.
Fela moved onto the University for his Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science & Economics (1986-1991). The entrepreneur, during his Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) (1995-1997), Fela started “The Pool Bar”, which was the number one Hang-Out on the campus.
Interestingly, during this period, he had an encounter with GOD in April 1997. It was during this experience that Fela became born again and life took on a whole new meaning.
Having obtained his MBA and spurred on by his new found relationship with Jesus, Fela moved on from Ventures & Trusts to Phillips Consulting in 1998, where he rose to head the Customer Service Group until 2000 when he returned to acquire an M.Phil in Strategic Management at OAU, Ife.
In 1998, he brought his experience to Philips Consulting, a management consulting and training outfit based in Lagos, where he rose in an unprecedented career path and excelled to head the Customer Service Group. In this role, Fela designed and facilitated several customer service and personal mastery training programmes and retreats. Based on his unconventional approach to facilitating, Fela became a household name in many organizations, including Diamond bank, Chartered Bank, Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria, where he managed streams of Customer Service Management training programmes and retreats on behalf of Phillips Consulting.
The Executive Chairman of Phillips Consulting, Mr. Folusho Phillips, declared that “I saw Fela preach the gospel of Customer Service, according to Saint Fela Durotoye and I watched in amazement as he converted all the souls of his listeners involved”
In 2005, Fela Durotoye was invited by Mr. Phillips to return to Phillips Consulting to speak to all the staff on the topic, “Becoming a Successful Consultant”.
Today, Fela Durotoye is the Chief Executive Officer of Visible Impact; a social enterprise set up to tackle social and environmental challenges and limitations with the aim to build people into super-achievers and responsible leaders, build corporate organizations into global market leaders and responsible corporate citizens, as well as assist governments in developing blueprints and programs that create a desirable environment for their people to do great things.
He is widely regarded as a nation builder, corporate strategist and unarguably, Nigeria’s most sought after prolific business strategist and corporate activator.
He has executed some projects such as Eden, visible impact, Gemstone 2025 amongst others.
He got married to Tara on his 30th birthday and their marriage is blessed with three fantastic sons, Mobolurin, Demilade & Morolaoluwa.
We at OYA are glad to feature FELA DUROTOYE on this week’s OYA SPOTLIGHT.