2014 International Reunion Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient Citation
THE ENTREPRENEURSHIP CATEGORY
Sir Ademola Benjamin Aladekomo
The winner of the 2014 Great Ife Alumni Award for Excellence in the Entrepreneurship category is Sir Ademola B. Aladekomo. The award was in recognition of his outstanding contributions in innovations, entrepreneurial spirit, development of the Information Technology community in Nigeria, and for his staunch support of provision of state-of-the-art facilities on the campus of Great Ife.
Sir Ademola Aladekomo graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife) with a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering in 1982.
ADEMOLA B. ALADEKOMO – is the Group Managing Director of CHAMS Group and the Managing Director of Chams Plc. He started CHAMS 27 years ago as the first indigenous computer maintenance outfit. Over the years, the company has pioneered many new technologies and provided intelligent solutions to a wide range of public and private initiatives. Some of his achievements in the field of IT practice include the first wide-area-network on PCs in Nigeria, the first company to venture into card technologies in Nigeria and the Guinness Book of Records recognition for Chams City Innovation.
With a commitment and passion to provide solutions that leads to the enhancement of the living standards of the Nigerian people, he led the team that won the concession on the Identity Management Program in Nigeria among other trail blazing efforts in Nigeria.
Sir Demola is acknowledged as the brain behind the success of the first e-payment card in Nigeria birthed by the Valucard project working with a consortium of 5 indigenous Banks. Demola was also part of the first Chief Executive Program at the Lagos Business School (LBS) and now serves as the President of the Lagos Business School Alumni Association (LBSAA). He is the immediate Past President and a Fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society (FNCS), a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and a fellow of the Computer Professional Registration Council (CPN). He is the Chairman, Board of Trustees: Volunteer Corps, a non-governmental organisation committed to professional volunteerism for public school education. Demola also served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of SmartCard Society of Nigeria.
By receiving this Award for Excellence, Sir Ademola Benjamin Aladekomo is automatically inducted into the Great Ife Alumni Hall of Distinction.