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Akande Olumuyiwa is the Head, Corporate Communications of SIFAX Group. This handsome, unassuming young man exudes humility almost to a fault. His face always displays gaiety, never ruffled, hardworking and above all, operates open door policy at work. He is accessible and approachable.
Mr. Akande is a friend to all journalists who have ever met him. One cannot meet him and not be his friend because he takes no one for granted.
Blue. I just like blue colour though I don’t support Chelsea Football Club. In fact, I hate Chelsea. It is part of the contradictions.
It has to be rice. Anything rice; fried, jollof, even concoction as long as it is rice and I can take it three times in a day.
Philosophy of life
Number one, like the popular saying, vanity upon vanity, all is vanity. All that we struggle to become, all that we desire, everything will come to an end one day. That is why I believe that life should not be taken so seriously.
State of origin and academic background.
I am from Osun state. I grew up in Ijebu-jesha, a town very close to Ilesha but I am from Iresi. Iresi is a small village not far from Ila and not far from Iree. Part of my growing up was at Ibadan but I started my primary school at Ibadan.
I have only one wife and I have three children. Two boys and a girl.
How do you relax?
Well, the nature of this job does not allow me to relax as I would have loved to that is why I don’t usually attend social events on Saturdays because that is the only day I have to rest except it becomes very important. Somebody I cannot say no to.
Why do you dislike Chelsea Football Club?
Number one, Chelsea is based in London and the club I follow also is also based in London. It is natural for me to hate them and I hate them with passion.
If you were not working with SIFAX what would you have been doing?
If I don’t do this job, I would have been a lecturer teaching history. It was my best subject in secondary school. If I had not gone the route of Linguistics, I would have studied History. I still love it till tomorrow.
Do you still intend to teach after leaving this job?
Yes. Even right now, I teach in church and I lead youth fellowship in my province as well. May be after retiring, I will be a part time lecturer and I will be a farmer.
What informed your writing a book?
In my church, last Sunday of every months called super Sunday where the youth are in charge of everything in the church. It is a way of integrating them. It is more of Redeemed programme and few years ago, on a particular sunday, the leader approached me that they would like me to handle the sermon. He said I should take on any subject and over time, I have been reading biographies and auto biographies of people and how they overcame challenges and all the researches I have done overtime including my visit to the many places in the United States of America when I was studying Business Communication afforded me a wide range of knowledge and experience to put together a thirty minute talk and by God’s grace, it was wonderful and there were testimonies after then and I said if it blessed a little congregation, why not put it in a format that will bless more lives.
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