By Sesan Samson Akinsarabi
It was Gianni Versace (1946-1997), the critically acclaimed Italian fashion designer and founder of Versace, who said in one of his perceptive moments that “in the past, people were born royal; nowadays, royalty comes from what you do”. King Sunny Ade also weighed in on this when he sang, “bibi ire o see fowo ra, o ti daju; ki a bi eni, ko to ka tun ara eni bi”. Simply put, it is not just enough to have the royal blood flowing in your vein; you must also develop yourself and “validate” your royal birth through your acts and deeds.
His Royal Majesty (HRM), Alayeluwa Oba (Dr.) Julius Oluwole Olufaderin Adetimehin, Jimoko II, the 31st Jegun Olu Ekun of Ile-Oluji Kingdom, combines the two: he was born into royalty, and he has undergone a process of re-birth and personal development, culminating in him deservingly earning royalty through his professional achievements and community development accomplishments.
From his humble background as the child of disciplinarian but doting parents, Pa Josiah Adetimehin ( Baba Chairman) and Mrs. Julianah Adetimehin, Oba Adetimehin has over the years developed himself and has now emerged as a primus inter pares (first among equals); he is today an acclaimed insurance and risk management expert who rose to the pinnacle of the insurance profession to become not only the CEO of reputable insurance companies, but also the President of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria.
Most importantly, his success story gets even better as he is today being honoured and celebrated as the paramount ruler of Ile-Oluji Kingdom, an exalted throne that confers on him the status of a first class Oba in Ondo State and Nigeria.
With core competencies in insurance brokerage and risk management advisory services, Oba Adetimehin belongs to the elite class of Nigerian traditional rulers who are well educated, highly cerebral, and widely travelled. He attended the University of Lagos, Ashbridge Management College, United Kingdom, and Lagos Business School. He distinguished himself, bagging several academic and professional laurels including. B.Sc. (Hons) Insurance (1978), M.Sc. Management Science (1990/1991), Advance Management Certificate (1982), and the Chief Executives Programme (CEP-10), Lagos Business School (LBS).
Following his academic exploits and career success, Oba Adetimehin became a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (FCIIN), Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers, (FCIB) and the Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON). He is also an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute of London and a member of both the Nigerian Institute of Management and the Institute of Directors.
Kabiyesi has over 30 years of management experience, including stints as Chief Executive Officer and Director of leading insurance companies & risk management consulting firms. He led and contributed to the development and promotion of continuous improvement in the insurance sector. He is a bridge builder and a relationship-focused professional.
Prior to his installation as Jegun, Oba Adetimehin was the Vice-Chairman and CEO of Jully & Partners Insurance Brokers Limited, a Risk Management Advisory Service Consultancy, from 2007. He was the lead broker and consultant for the provision of specialized insurance packages for reputable individuals and blue chip organisations in the private and public sectors.
He also served as the MD/CEO of NFI Insurance Limited from 1998 to 2007. He achieved an increase in the company’s revenue and shareholder earnings, while also successfully growing the company’s capital base. He presided over the listing of the company on the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Between 1990 and 1998, Oba Adetimehin was the MD/CEO of AFN (Assureurs-Conseils) Insurance Brokers Limited. He pioneered the establishment of AFN Insurance Broking & Consultancy Company from licensing to commencement of operations. His professional engagements also include a stint as Controller (Oil & Energy) at Hogg Robinson Nigeria from 1979 to 1990.
Oba Adetimehin has meritoriously served the financial services industry. He was: President/Chairman of Council, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria. His achievements included being one of the leading promoters in the establishment of the College of Insurance & Financial Management (CIFM); Founder of the Insurance Industry Consultative Council (IICC); initiation of strategic alliances with the Insurance Institute of South Africa, Insurance Institute of India, and Malaysia Insurance Institute, among others.
He has also served as: Treasurer, Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (2000 – 2009); Governing Board member, Nigerian Council of Registered Insurance Brokers (1995-1998); Governing Council member, Nigeria Insurers Association (2000 – 2007), and Chairman, Board of Nigeria Liability Insurance Pool (2004 – 2006).