[OPINION] 2019: Who Is Prince Ojajuni Iniola Joseph, Nigeria’s Presidential Aspirant
By Israel Bulus, Kaduna
Prince Ojajuni Iniola Joseph, a revert young Nigeria’s Presidential aspirant was born on the 28th of December 1978 to the royal family of Ojajuni Karaki, descendant of Mesere family in Ugbo Kingdom, Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Ojajuni is a house hold name family in Ilaje Local Government Area having children across the world, and in different ministries and agencies across Nigeria who have made a mark in their chosen careers.
Eniola Joseph Ojajuni had his Primary School education in Ebute- Ipare Primary School, Ilaje Local Government Area, Ondo State. Were he proceeded to Ajao Estate High school in Anthony Village, Lagos.
Prince Eniola who secured admission to the prestigious Lagos State University (LASU) in Ojo, Lagos, where he studied Law for his first degree and then proceeded to Ghana Business School to gain knowledge in Business Administration.
Eniola had been to various business schools across African countries and Europe.
He started his business career at a very tender age. As a young person who developed interest in his mother’s business, Prince Eniola helped his mother in selling dried and smoked fish. His enthusiasm towards this business prompted some Lebanese who dealt with importation of Fish at Ijora Olopa, Ijesha, to advise him to register a company that would enable him import Sardine Fish.
Eniola Ojajuni in his wisdom suggested to the Lebanese that instead of importing Sardine Fish,
Nigeria can become a major produce of Sardine Fish since the commodity in abundance is in the coastal areas of Ondo state and other riverine areas in Nigeria, and all that was needed was branding and packaging.
The Lebanese developed interest in his idea and a proposal was written in this regard to the then Ondo State Governor, Late Olusegun Agagu in 2011. The then Ondo State Government was pleased with the proposed but due to lack of infrastructure, the implementation of the project was stopped.
In the same 2011, Prince Eniola proceeded into importing wines and commodity goods. He became a consultant to the then Oceanic Bank on investment banking and also a consultant to metropolitan bank on investment and strategy.
Prince Eniola Joseph Ojajuni is a consultant to Vega Foods, Singapore on Africa investment and also a consultant to Delta State Investment Agency on Direct Investment.
Prince Eniola Ojajuni has successfully written over 200 proposals to investors including over 25 state Governors, past and present in Nigeria. He has also written over 1,500 articles in the past 3 years on Investment and National Policy for Local newspapers in Nigeria and abroad.
Prince Eniola began his journey to Politics while in School. He once served as Students Representatives Council (SRC) in Lagos State University (LASU), 2002/2003 Academic session which led him become a member of the Alliance for Democracy (AD).
He contested for the Lagos State House of Assembly, Kosofe constituency II in 2015 under the Alliance for Democracy. In 2016, he was an aspirant during the Ondo State Gubernatorial Election.
Still relentless in making his dream for a better Nigeria a reality, Prince Eniola Joseph Ojajuni has express optimism to run for the 2019 Presidential Election in Nigeria.
In 2017, at the Yoruba Youth Summit, he was presented with the creative leadership award by voice of Yoruba Youth. Also in the same year, he was presented an award by the African Youth Initiative in Ghana as one of the Africa’s Enterprising Youth.