The chairman of Sifax Group and SAHCOL, Taiwo Afolabi is a well trained professional with over 20 years cognate experience in the maritime and shipping industry. No doubt his wealth of exprience and organizational prudence have remained invaluable
assets to to his business empire. As a seasoned maritime consultant; he is a Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), and the Instituteof Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (IFFN), amongst many other professional qualifications he earned over the years which are indications of his exprience and professional status in the industry. Afolabi has attended several courses, seminars and workshops on ports operations and management and other maritimes service related courses both locally and internationally. He has a Bachelor of law Degree from the University of Lagos and also a Solicitor and Advocate of Supreme Court of Nigeria. His exceptional performance and contributions to shipping business and to national economy has earned him an honorary degree and many awards.
WITH WIFE, FOLASHADE
However, little or nothing is known about the Sifax boss’ twin brother, Kehinde Afolabi. Findings by US revealed that Kehinde is a budding businessman and socialite, who enjoys partying a lot. He lives in Egbeda, a suburb of Lagos, and operates a chain of business, one of which is an hotel, Kendallas Hotel in Idimu area. The hotel, formerly known as Lumoja Hotel was reportedly bought for Kehinde by his twin brother. He was said to
have been forced to settle his brother by buying him many properties as well.
Before fortune smiled on him and dramatically transformed him to a multi-billionaire, Taiwo Afolabi lived in Akowonjo for many years. Although, he now lives in a sprawling mansion in Osborne Road, Ikoyi, the Sifax boss still nurses fond memories of his struggling years in his former neighbourhood.
Loved and adored by many society ladies and notable actresses for his generousity, Afolabi is married to Folashade, is a Regional and Town Planning professional, a product of the prestigious Yaba College of Technology who has close to twenty (20) years cognate experience in this field which has taken her through HFP engineering company and Fast Foot Steps construction company between 1989 and 2008.
WITH TWIN BROTHER, KEHINDE
Afolabi, had no doubt, done well for himself in the business world. However, some of his business moves had been dogged by controversy. For instance, the University of Jerusalem doctoral degree holder raised a lot of dust when he bought over SAHCOL sometime ago, following allegations from some quarters that the easy going socialite cum businessman was fronting for some top government functionaries. The allegation has since turned out to be unfounded.
BY: ABEKE OLABODE