By Femi Adedeji
Commensurate reward or consequence is always attached to every deed of man in life. This explains why William Shakespeare wrote that the evil that men do lives after them; while the good is oft interred with their bones.
As for Hon. Olamide Oladiji, who is popularly known as Landmark, it was a payback time for him as the good people of Ondo East massively voted for him as a member to represent the constituency in Ondo State House of Assembly.
To whom much is given, much is equally expected. The victory of Landmark at the polls can best be described as a reciprocal gesture by the people of Ondo East. Landmark is known and reputed to have contributed so much to the development of his state constituency. Although, thoughtfulness of Ondo East constituents must be commended for showing appreciation to a man that cares must about them when it mattered most.
Landmark has however embarked on a thank you tour of all the wards in Ondo East Local Government to show immense appreciation to the people for voting him in the state House of Assembly elections . The constituents trooped out in their large number to welcome Landmark. The atmosphere was joy filled as the crowd danced and sang dialectic songs to appreciate the benevolent business man who reiterated the refrains of “Ondo ti San ooo”.
The Ondo born philanthropist is a staunch member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Ondo state. Although, impacts of his political activities are felt the more in Ondo East and West Local Government Areas of the state. Oladiji is apparently a major financier of the APC in Ondo East and West Local Government Areas. It is also to his credit that the party has become very popular in the two local government areas. He contested the same State House of Assembly election in 2015 but lost narrowly to the candidate of PDP; but however succeeded in winning the heart of his numerous supporters.
The foray of Oladiji into partisan politics is in fulfilment of his desire to positively impact the lives of large number people. Oladiji is one of the subscribers to the belief that there is always a restrictive financial limit to whatever anyone can do in individual capability to better the lives of his people. As a matter of fact, Landmark is widely loved for his selflessness and for always seeking the good of the less privileged people.
It is important to state that the commitment of Landmark to systemic growth of APC in both Ondo East and West local government areas has been most commendable; despite the fact that he had regularly contended with the fortified political structures of the immediate past governor of the state. He has been giving all sorts of support to the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the two local government areas with a particular focus to ensure that structures of the party in the affected councils are giving the needed financial oiling.
Landmark as a pillar of support to his political party had donated two branded buses to the APC in 2014 for the ease of movement of party members and leaders within and outside of the state. Oladiji had also been paying the rent of his party’s 10 ward offices in Ondo East in his bid to ensure acceptance of APC at the grassroot levels. He had also undertaken the distribution of customized APC phones to party leaders at the grassroot levels while all “Olojas” in the two local councils had been empowered with power generating sets. Landmark may have been born in a rusty village at Ondo East, yet he is so suave and very refined in his deeds and thoughts. He grew up in a predominantly agrarian environment, yet he has a full grasp of virtually all topics. Oladiji never had the luxury of attending any private school, yet he has armed himself with the best of education and owns one of the best educational institutions in the country.
Landmark was born and named Olamide Oladiji Adesanmi. He was born in the present day Ondo East Local government area into the family of the late Pa Oladiji, a renowned cocoa merchant with the popular appellation of “Ore-Agbe”. He attended St Paul’s (R.C.M) Primary School, Ondo before proceeding to St. Joseph’s College, Ondo for his secondary school education. He thereafter attended the prestigious Ondo Boys High School for his Higher School Certificate (HSC).
Oladiji obtained a National Diploma in Accountancy from the Akanu Ibian Federal Polytechnic Unwana Afikpo, now Ebonyi State in 1993 and later bagged a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy from the Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti in 1998. Landmark also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Theology from the Redeemed Christian Church of God where he graduated with a distinction. The doyen of Ondo East politics has equally obtained several other professional certificates in Nigeria and United Kingdom.
Aside being a successful educationists, Landmark is also committed to giving better meaning to the lives of the masses in his federal constituency through the instrumentality of politics. Landmark is no doubt a God made and self made business man whose palm kernels have been neatly cracked for him by the gods.
Landmark is a philanthropist of note who has affected a good number of lives. He had taken it upon himself over the years to engage in the distribution of writing materials to primary school pupils in Ondo West and East local government areas to aid their learning. It was in recognition of selfless contributions of Olamide Oladiji in helping to build the APC and its members in Ondo East and West Local Government Areas that he was made the Director General of Akeredolu Campaign Organization in the two council areas. He nonetheless did very well by delivering more than half of total valid votes cast for Akeredolu in the November 26, 2016 gubernatorial election. This achievement was against all odds of having to contend with the fact of the areas being a political stronghold of the former governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko.
Olamide Oladiji has been the brain behind and the main financial pillar of Landmark Vanguard, a non governmental organization that is concerned with the provision of qualitative education to students within and outside of Ondo State. Activities of Landmark Vanguard also covers the acquisition of vocational skills and varied forms of empowerment initiatives for the youths in Ondo East and West local councils. It is also a major concern of Landmark Vanguard to attend to the needs of widows and orphans that are domiciled within Ondo East and West Local government areas of the state.
Unlike an average Nigerian politician, Landmark is not in politics for personal aggrandizement. God has indeed blessed him beyond measures as he sits atop a good number of thriving businesses across and beyond the Nigerian borders. He is the Founder and Chairman of Dynamic Landmark Group of Schools with locations in Lagos, Abuja and Ondo state. The schools remain one of the best private schools in the country with a clear cut international approach to teaching and learning. He is also the Proprietor of a fast growing Landmark Polytechnic and the Managing Director of Ladiji Integrated Services Limited. Landmark is equally the brain behind Mercy Joash Auto Ventures and Lammy Hotels Limited. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Ladiji Petroleum.
Landmark is indeed young at heart but extremely experienced, creative and versatile. He is a man given to an expansive worldview with a mindset of an all round possibilities. He is driven by a certain philosophy that whatever can be conceived in the mind is very much achievable.
Individuals in the mould of Olamide Oladiji that are not self seeking, but passionately concerned about his fellow beings are indeed very few in Nigeria of today. Here is a man who is not only exceptionally creative, but never run short of positive ideas to create values. He is a good example of hard work and a symbol of integrity. Landmark is very conscious of the fact that good name is far better than riches. He is a firm believer in doing the right thing at all times with good conscience.
Landmark is indeed an individual that is guided by the fear of God and constantly propelled by superior ideas. He is also a man that exudes integrity and whose word can readily be taken to the bank.
Although he is a first time member of Ondo State House of Assembly, he deserves to be a principal officer of the House. His very rich background has cut him out for leadership position of the Assembly.
Oladiji is an ardent respecter of family values and happily married with responsible children. He has been decorated with several awards within and outside of Nigeria in recognition of his selfless contributions to the cause of alleviating the plights of the masses.