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Dr. Taiwo Olayinka Afolabi, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SIFAX Group, a multinational conglomerate, was born in Ondo to the family of Chief & Chief (Mrs.) Samson Afolabi. A native of Idokunusi Ijebu in the Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State, he started his educational pursuit at Ansar Ud Deen Primary School, Ondo and thereafter, proceeded to Baptist Grammar School, Ibadan, where he obtained his West African School Certificate (WASC).

His quest to attain high level of academic excellence and leadership in advocacy led him to the University of Lagos, where he obtained the degree in Law. He became a member of the noble profession when he was called to the Nigerian Bar by the Body of Benchers on Wednesday, November 4, 2009. He later obtained a Masters degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the same university.

He began his professional career with a shipping company, Nigerian Express Agencies Limited, where he distinguished himself and rose to become the Head of Operations. With the zeal of entrepreneurship burning in him, he left the company in 1988 to establish what has now turned to a big conglomerate, SIFAX Group, a business interest with diverse investments in Maritime, Aviation, Haulage, Logistics, Oil & Gas and Hospitality, among others.

From a little beginning, the company, which started as a freight forwarding agency in Lagos, Nigeria, currently operates across the world with presence in the United States, United Kingdom, Ghana, South Africa, Holland, Belgium, Morocco, Spain and Djibouti, among others.

Some of the Group’s subsidiaries include Ports and Cargo Handling Services Limited, concessionaire and operator of the Terminal C, Tin Can Island Ports, Apapa Lagos; SIFAX Off Dock Limited, a bonded terminal operator; SIFAX Stevedoring Limited; SIFAX Oil and Gas Limited; SIFAX Haulage & Logistics Limited; SIFAX Logistics & Marine Services Limited; Skypower Aviation Handling Company Limited, an aviation ground handling company and SIFAX Shipping Limited.

With about three decades of rich entrepreneurial experience, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, through the dint of hardwork, foresight, resilience, vision and knack for excellence, has emerged not only as one of the leading business icons in Nigeria, but also reckoned with across the world.

No doubt his wealth of experience, organizational prudence and business ingenuity have remained invaluable assets to SIFAX Group, which has become a leading player in the Nigerian economy. The company, alongside its subsidiaries, has generated both direct and indirect employment for thousands of eligible Nigerians.

Afolabi is a seasoned maritime consultant and a Fellow of many professional bodies including Nigerian Institute of Financial Management (NIFM), Institute of Freight Forwarders of Nigeria (IFFN) and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of Nigeria.

He has attended several maritime and aviation-related trainings both locally and internationally on port operations, aviation ground handling operations and management.

Due to his rich experience, Afolabi is a sought-after speaker and facilitator at various industry conferences and mentoring programmes.

Aside being renowned for his business acumen, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi has also established a reputation as a public-spirited individual. His philanthropic philosophy has driven him to give hope and support to many public causes. The major focus of this philanthropic initiative is education, where many schools, from primary to tertiary level have received immense support and assistance.

Few of these interventions include a 1,000 capacity lecture theatre at Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho and an 18-seater Toyota Hiace bus donated to the medical students association of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State.

As a mark of recognition of his outstanding achievements and invaluable contributions to nation building, he has been conferred with various honorary doctorate degrees by four universities, including Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomosho, Oyo state, Cornerstone University and Theological Seminary, Jerusalem, Israel and USA, European-American University, Dominica and Commonwealth University, Belize.

Dr. Taiwo Afolabi is also a recipient of over thirty individual awards from diverse organizations. The latest of these awards being the 2014 Business Person of the Year which was conferred on him by one of Nigeria’s leading newspapers, Daily Sun.

The Federal Government has also recognized the great contributions of this Ogun-state born business icon. He is a recipient of the Member of the Order of Niger (MON).

The accolades are not restricted to Nigeria alone. He is also the Honorary Consul-General of the Republic of Djibouti in Nigeria.

He is a member of the Institute of Directors Nigeria; Ikoyi Club 1938; IBB Golf Club, Abuja; the Building Committee of the Nigerian-British Chamber of Commerce and Industry, amongst many others.

Dr. Taiwo Afolabi is a sports lover, who enjoys watching and playing football. He is happily married with children.

Personal Philosophy

  • Faith in God
  • Hard Work
  • Risk Taking
  • Philantropy and Economic Empowerment
  • Humility

Port Costs & Port Charges: A Recurring Decimal Under the Ports Reform Regime

Speech delivered by Dr. (Barr) Taiwo Afolabi (MON), Group Executive Vice-Chairman, Sifax group at the 3rd Taiwo Afolabi annual maritime conference organized by the maritime forum, Unilag at the J.F. Ade Ajayi auditorium on Friday, August 17, 2018.

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Ending Abuse Against Women and Girls Living With Disabilities in Nigeria

A Keynote Speech delivered by the GEVC, SIFAX Group, His Excellency Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, MON, on the occasion of Star Children Initiative Foundation, UK Dialogue on Ending Abuse against Women and Girls Living with Disabilities in Nigeria on Thursday, 5th April at LCCI Conference Hall, Ikeja, Lagos.

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRUCTURE: THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT & PRIVATE SECTOR INTERFACE

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Attributes Of A Successful Enterpreneur: My Case Study

Speech delivered by Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice-Chairman/CEO, SIFAX Group at the Premiere of The Next Titan Season 3 on Friday, October 21, 2016 at the Oriental Hotel, Lagos

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Women Empowerment And Its Implications: The Nigerian Case Study

Speech delivered by Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group at the Global Summit on Women Empowerment on Friday, October 28, 2016 at New York, United States of America.

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Decline In Crude Oil Earnings Should Shift Government Focus to Maritime — SIFAX CEO

A speech delivered by Dr. Taiwo Afolabi, Group Executive Vice Chairman, SIFAX Group at the first Taiwo Afolabi Annual Maritime Conference, held at the University of Lagos in September 2016.

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Exploring Options Beyond Job Seeking

A Lecture delivered by Dr. Taiwo O. Afolabi, Group Executive Vice- Chairman/CEO, SIFAX Group, at the Unibadan Dental Students Association 2015 Health Week, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 @ University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan…

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Building Economic Capacity Through Maritime Infrastructure Development

Presented By Barr. (Dr) Taiwo O. Afolabi, MON, Group Executive Vice-chairman/CEO, SIFAX Group, At a 3-day Annual Exhibition & Conference – Nigeria: Regenerating Economic Growth Through the Maritime Sector, Organized By Nigeria Maritime Expo (NIMAREX) 2015 At Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos…

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