There is a spirit called the spirit of excellence which is associated with every Nigerians irrespective of where we find ourselves anywhere in the world. Despite all the challenges we faced as a nation, we have remained tenacious, resilient and break the norms. Adebayo Ogunlesi may not ring a bell in Nigeria like that of Dangote, Adenuga etc but in the UK, he is an icon, a trailblazer in the aviation industry, he is seen someone who broke the jinx and brought the world’s second largest airport, The Gatwick Airport and also he bought 4 more all in the UK. Ogunlesi is a man who doesn’t believe in making noise or a media freak, he is someone who lets his work speaks for him.
As Nigeria is planning to have its national carrier in December, Nigeria Air, what about we having someone like Adebayo Ogunlesi to help remodel our airport as he was able to transform the Gatwick Airport into a world-class business and tourist airport especially Muritala Muhammed Internation Airport in Lagos.
Here are some facts about him…
Adebayo “Bayo” O. Ogunlesi (born December 20, 1953) is a Nigerian-born lawyer and investment banker. Ogunlesi is currently Chairman and Managing Partner at the private equity firm, Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP). Ogunlesi was the former head of Global Investment Banking at Credit Suisse First Boston before being promoted to Chief Client Officer and Executive Vice Chairman.
Ogunlesi is from Makun, Sagamu, Ogun State in Nigeria. He is the son of Theophilus O. Ogunlesi, the first Nigerian professor of medicine at the University of Ibadan. His family is of Yoruba origin.