Foremost industrialist, entrepreneur and the Parakoyi of Ibadanland, Chief Bode Akindele, is dead.
He was Aged 87.
Akindele was born 87years ago, precisely on June 2, 1932. His father, Pa Joshua Laniyan Akindele, was a Chief Tax Clerk for the whole of the Western Region and as such his position could be equated to that of the Chairman of the Inland Revenue Board today, and his mother, Rabiatu Adedigba, was a wealthy Ibadan trader, who was politically influential.
It isinteresting to note that Alhaja Rabiatu was the first woman to go to Mecca in Ibadan.
Akindele’s business empire operates under the name Modandola Group of Companies, named after his mother, which translates to ‘God, if you give me the wealth, give me a child that can take care of it.’
Madandola Group spans from maritime to properties, manufacturing, real estates, investments, finance and flour milling with its headquarters in the United Kingdom.
The Fairgate Group, (a company owned by Chief Akindele, located on Bond Street, London, England), deals mainly in properties. Some of its tenants included giant retail stores like Sainsbury and Asda Wall Mart.
As at the last quantification, the Fairgate Group was said to be worth over a billion pounds sterling.
Among the subsidiaries of the Madandola Group making waves in the business world include Standard Breweries, Ibadan; Diamond Foods Ltd, Ibadan; United Beverages Ltd, Ibadan; Associated Match Industry, Ibadan, merged with Ilorin, Port-Harcourt and Lagos to form a company with a large share of the Nigerian market and Standard Flour Mills in Lagos.
Bode Akindele was not born with a Silver spoon. His encounter with schooling was quite an interesting one. He would help his elder brother carry his school bag to Baptist School, Idikan, Ibadan, when they lived in Mapo, trekking the distance.
He later enrolled at Olubi Memorial School, Ibadan.
He attended Lisabi Commercial College, in Abeokuta for his secondary school education. Though he had wished to attend Ibadan Grammar School or Boys High School, just like his friends, he was restricted due to his inability to pass the arm test.