Family, Faith & Core Values
Odunayo Oyewole Akinrinsola an accomplished and successful Accountant, Entrepreneur, politician, philanthropist and administrator was born on 21st December, 1973 in Ile-Oluji Local Government Area of Ondo State. He was raised in a humble Christian family and has remained steadfast with abiding faith in GOD Almighty. He is a member of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministry (MFM). As a widely travelled scholar and businessman, he has traversed several countries in Africa, the Middle East, America, Europe and Asia. Akinrinsola is a man of strong family values who is happily married and blessed with children. He is a stricter for hard-work and a fervent believer in the efficacy of strategic planning and implementation in the pursuit of private and public engagements. Akinrinsola is a progressive politician who subscribes to the ideals of a free; open market in driving a capitalist economy. His political manifesto and programs hinge on people-oriented reforms driven by principles of sustainable development. Akinrinsola dreams and lives the aspirations and concerns of the ordinary people of Ondo State and he is fully committed to a better, egalitarian society and a peaceful world order.
Growing up as teenager, Akinrinsola first lesson of the harsh reality of life beckoned when his educational pursuit was halted due to financial constraints. However, instead of idling away at home, Akinrinsola was undeterred by his challenges and to the glory of GOD, he summoned courage to rewrite his story and take charge of his fate. He moved to Lagos where he took up series of menial jobs in bakery, construction site and even took a shot at bus conductor to raise and save money to complete his secondary school certificate examinations which he successfully passed to secure entry into the University. Akinrinsola has a positive attitude to life which buoys his ‘can-do-spirit’ in the face of challenges. Those challenging years opened a chapter in his life that has contributed greatly in raising a God-fearing, morally upright and public-spirited businessman and politician.
He was enrolled into primary school in Ile-Oluji and progressed to Ilara-Mokin Community High School in Ilara-Mokin, Ifedore Local Government Area in Ondo State and later completed his secondary education at Sonmori Comprehensive High School in Lagos. He was admitted to the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Osun State in 1996 and obtained Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in 2000/2001 academic session. Akinrinsola commitment to excellence drives him to pursue more knowledge at world-class citadels of learning. Akinrinsola is an Alumnus of Wharton Business School, Executive Management Programme; University of Pennsylvania, USA. He also earn a Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Management from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands (2008) having secured scholarship through a keenly contested process. He has attended several professional development programmes within and outside the country including Wharton’s Strategic Thinking and Management for Competitive Advantage program amongst others.
PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND BUSINESS CONCERN
Akinrinsola started his professional career with Kehinde Orishagbemi & Co; a reputable firm of Chartered Accountants in 2001. While at Kehinde Orishagbemi & Co, he handled audits, tax assessment and financial report of several companies. He moved on to First Bank of Nigeria Plc where he garnered his professional banking and investment experience through ardent interaction, review and assessment of project cost, return on investment and profitability for capital financing. It didn’t take too long before he caught entrepreneurial bug that later launched him into foray of chain of international business engagements.
In 2008, he left First Bank of Nigeria Plc to co-manage Aklek Logistics Company, a Supply Chain Management, Warehousing and Redistribution company where he brought his wealth of experience to bear in less than two years and rose to become the Deputy Managing Director. Akinrinsola later on established his own company; Spids Logistics Limited – a world-class Supply Chain and Redistribution Company which has grown tremendously over the years with over 400 Nigerians employed in a work force that handle and manage supply chain for multinational companies which include Guinness Nig Plc, Friesland Campina WAMCO Nig Plc etc.
Akinrinsola sits as a Non-Executive Director on the board of various companies including Blurae Africa Limited-a global sourcing, oil and gas equipment supplies, facility and Project Management Company, a subsidiary of Blurae American Inc & International Standard Valves Inc, in Houston Texas. Akinrinsola has a wealth of experience garnered through wide exposure in different spheres within the private sector.
THE MAN AND HIS VISION
Political Education and Career
Politically, Akinrinsola has been no less a phenomenon. His involvement in politics dates back to his undergraduate days when he contested for the position of Social Director in his departmental association in Year 2 and also as General Secretary in Year 3. With knowledge active involvement in politics in the undergraduate days, Akinrinsola has remained a keen participant in the political activities wherever he found himself.
In the larger political sphere, Akinrinsola was an ardent youth leader of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) that championed Chief MKO Abiola “Hope 93” Presidential Campaign. Akinrinsola was involved in the mobilization of youth support for MKO Abiola from Ifako Ijaiye Local Government Area of Lagos State. He later became active under the defunct United Nigeria Congress Party (UNCP) at Ifako Ijaiye Local Government and became a Youth Mobiliser for the party.
With a strong progressive persuasion with which he had mobilized in the youth, he later joined the Alliance for Democracy and as a card carrying member and remained an active; loyal member throughout the transformation of the party into Action Congress (AC) and later Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) which subsequently metamorphosed into All Progressive Congress (APC). Akinrinsola has over time been active in build structure and providing support in his Ile-Oluji home town, Local Government Area and at the level of the state until this clarion call on him to contest for the Office of the Governor of Ondo State.
Perhaps the greatest manifestation of his humaneness lies in the establishment of Odunayo Akinrinsola Foundation which handles redemptive, restorative and empowerment services to the needy irrespective of political affiliation or faith. Under the Foundation, Odunayo Akinrinsola has set aside funds for Overseas Scholarship and in aid of patients with terminal health issues. The intervention of the foundation has reached several beneficiaries both within and outside Ondo state. The Foundation has also reached out to several motherless children homes, hospitals and churches. The support of the Foundation to various progressive student movements and in particular; the Federation of Ondo Youths Association on Skills Acquisition, Vocational Training and Entrepreneurial Developments has earned Akinrinsola life membership of the Federation. Akinrinsola is also a recipient of several awards in recognition of philanthropic and selfless service to humanity.