Name:Alhaji (Chief) (Dr) AbdulRaheem Amoo Oladimeji, OFR, FNAEAP
Jagunmolu of Igbominaland;
Arogundade of Lagos;
President-General, Abdur-Raheem Oladimeji Islamic Foundation (AROIF), Nigeria
Alhaji (Chief) (Dr) AbdulRaheem Amoo Oladimeji, OFR, FNAEAP, was born on June 8, 1938 to Malam Yusuf Oladimeji and Madam Awawu Oladimeji, both of Ile-loke Compound, Baale Quarters in Igbaja, Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State. His father was a successful farmer, hunter, herbalist and trader. His mother, an offspring of the first Iyalode of Igbaja, was a reputable poultry farmer.
Alhaji Chief AbdulRaheem Oladimeji, OFR, FNAEAP, lost his parents when he was still an infant. He has no formal education, but he can speak, read and write Yoruba, Arabic and English, all these through self-education and determination. He had a very challenging beginning. Without formal education he had to fend for himself, therefore, at a tender age of ten, he started his life as a houseboy to an Egba woman known as Iya Sikira at Isale-Gangan, Lagos, in 1948. He was then ten years old. His monthly salary then was seven shillings. In 1950, he became a trading apprentice and later transferred his service to Pa Gabriel of Iludun-Oro on a salary of eight shillings per month. It was through Pa Gabriel that he learnt the art of trading, plying the riverine areas of Ojoo, Ejinrin and Badagry in the former Western Region of Nigeria. Later, with the assistance of his eldest brother, Alhaji Atiku Atunde, he became apprenticed to Alhaji Usman Alabi, a friend of his brother’s. After spending about eleven years with Alhaji Usman Alabi, popularly known as Summonu Wonsole, in the trading area of Dosumu street, Alhaji AbudlRaheem was given a take-off grant of one hundred and eighty pounds, the equivalent of today’s three hundred and sixty Naira, to start his life as a trader.
THE MARCH TO STARDOM
A self-made man, Alhaji (Chief) (Dr) AbdulRaheem Oladimeji’s rise to stardom has not been on a platter of gold, but by dint of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Fate eventually smiled on him during the Nigerian Civil War (1967-1971), when he was engaged as a contractor to the Nigerian Army and Nigeria Police Force in the areas of supplies and transportation. It was at this period that he made a breakthrough in his business endeavours. He later veered into merchandizing, manufacturing and construction. Propelled by his philosophy, which sees life as characterized by constant struggle, and equipped with a determination to make the world better than he met it, Alhaji (Chief)(Dr) AbdulRaheem Oladimeji, with Allah’s abundant support and blessings, rose to become the owner of a chain of companies and business enterprises which make him a personality internationally recognized. Some of his companies and business enterprises are:
Alhaji (Chief)(Dr) Abdur-Raheem Oladimeji’s philanthropic posture has no bounds. He readily donates to the establishment and renovation of educational institutions just as he does to communities in support of their social and economic projects. His philanthropy is not ethnic driven. It cuts across all the thirty-six states in Nigeria. Some of his philanthropic outreaches are:
(a) EDUCATIONAL OUTREACHES:
Alhaji Abdur-Rahim Oladimeji has made and is continuing to make a lot of contributions to the establishment, growth and sustenance of Al-Hikmah University, a faith-based conventional University, sited in Ilorin, the Kwara State Capital. Some of his singular efforts are highlighted as follows:
(b) DONATIONS TO SOCIO-ECONOMIC COMMUNITY PROJECTS:
(c) DONATIONS TOWARDS RELIGIOUS PROJECTS:
PROMOTION OF SPORTS:
As the Life Patron and Proprietor of two professional soccer clubs-Oladimeji Babes and Oladimeji Tigress-Alhaji Oladimeji has committed a large sum of money to the promotion of sports in Nigeria. One of the clubs, Oladimeji Tigress, is well-known in female soccer in and outside Kwara State, having featured in Female National Division One League. He has also made cash donation towards the University of Ilorin Mini-stadium project.
HONOURS, AWARDS AND CHIEFTAINCY TITLES:
Alhaji Abdur-Raheem Oladimeji’s hard work, dedication, honesty and outstanding philanthropic efforts have endeared him to governments at all levels-local, state and federal- as well as to organizations and individuals in and outside Nigeria. He therefore has a lot of honours and awards to his credit in appreciation of his outstanding qualities. Among these are:
RELIGIOUS CHIEFTAINCY TITLES:
Alhaji Abdur-Raheem Oladimeji’s contributions to religious activities in and outside Kwara State has also earned him several religious chieftaincy titles, among which are:
Alhaji (Chief) (Dr) Abdul-Raheem Oladimeji’s contributions to individual social organizations have also made him a friend to all and sundry. No wonder that he has been either Patron or Life Patron to many organizations in and outside Kwara State. Some of the associations are:
Alhaji (Chief) (Dr) Abdur-Raheem Amoo Oladimeji, OFR, FNAEAP, the Jagunmolu of Igbominaland and Arogundade of Lagos, is an epitome of an ideal family man. He is happily married and has several children, grand-children and great grand-children.