Oluwole Olorunfunmilola Atanda
Oluwole Olorunfunmilola Atanda is a thorough-bred personality of many parts. He is a brilliant biochemist, astute educationist, consummate sales expert and a business development manager, masterful tactician, a fringe modernist and ‘hard-to-come-by’ conceptualist. Insightful, dynamic and versatile, he can aptly be described as a man of excellent spirit, blessed with a Midas touch. With several disciplines flowing through his vein, Oluwole Atanda is today the Executive Director, Atanda Group Of Schools, Vineyard Nursery And Primary School, as well as the Chief Executive Officer, Nebula Entertainment, Ibadan, Oyo state.
Atanda drives his business endeavours with unflagging zeal, passion and dynamism. No wonder he remains successful where others have failed. Born on May 9, 1971, in Ibadan, Oyo state, he hails from Osun state. After his elementary education, young Oluwole enrolled at the Federal Government College, Ogbomoso, Oyo State. Athletic and brainy, he was the captain of the school’s junior soccer team, best physical Education student and was on government scholarship from 1982 to 1988.
After passing his Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE) in flying colours in 1988, he immediately secured admission into the University of Ilorin, Kwara state, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Biochemistry, in 1992. His quest for more academic laurels and his determination to make a mark in modern business saw him return to his alma mater, where he studied further and bagged a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) between 1995 and 1996.
Identifying the need to widen his educational horizon and enhance his competitive edge, he enrolled at the Alliance Francais, Ilorin, where his French speaking ability was horned and perfected with a certificate to show for it. Oluwole Atanda started his working career as a sales Manager for Roself Nigeria Limited, Ibadan. Thereafter, he was posted to Enugu for his National Youth Service, where he served in Ozugwu Comprehensive High School, Ngwo as an English and Biology teacher. During his youth service, he was a member of the historic Enugu state, NYSC soccer team that won bronze at the 1993 National Director’s Football cup held in Abuja.
After completing his NYSC, Oluwole joined the family business as the Supervisor, Research, Planning and Statistics, Atanda Group of schools, where among other achievements, he was able to chart the way forward for the school. Seeking more challenges, he temporarily left the family business and took appointment with Shell Petroleum Development company supervisor, TNT Contract. While there, he posted an unprecedented performance within twelve months. This earned him the privilege of becoming the first supervisor in his cadre to be called upon to make a presentation in Shell Western Division to Shell Management. Of his several other innovations, the most notable was the introduction of the Critical Path Model (CPM) which greatly enhanced productivity in his department.
Atanda returned briefly to the family business in 1999 for a one year stint before opting out again to join Cadbury Nigeria Plc. as Sales Manager. His stellar performance and spectacular sales recorded earned him several recommendations and awards from the management. No wonder he consequently witnessed a massive leap in his career, marked by rapid promotion from Sales Manager in the year 2000 to Regional Key Account Manager, Enugu territory in 2005. Buoyed by the quantum of well-rounded experience and expertise acquired while working for other companies, this amiable man of impact returned, yet again, to the family business in 2006 as an acting Director, Atanda International High School and Managing Director, Atanda Business College. The following year, he became the substantive Director, Atanda Group of Schools, a position he still occupies till today.
Through his dynamic leadership style, Oluwole Atanda has succeeded in transforming the school into one of the fastest growing schools in Oyo state. Due to the high quality of education and all round training its offers, the school has become a household name and parents’ favourite.
Recognising the education is the bedrock of any society and that poverty should not deprive any child of its gains, he instituted a scholarship scheme targeted at assisting indigent but academically endowed students. Since its inception, scholarships worth over Ninety five million Naira were offered between 2007 and 2015. Several unsung innovations & achievements of this dynamic leader include: Making Atanda International High School(AIHS), Oluyole Estate, Ibadan, the 1st private secondary school in Nigeria to extract plant,animal and human DNA in its laboratory. The very 1st JAMB approved private secondary school JAMB CBT EXAMS CENTER in Nigeria. In 2010, AIHS was the fastest growing private secondary school in Ibadan. AIHS conducts prefects nomination and then presents them to the school population for PREFECTS ELECTIONS. Elections are conducted under supervision of INEC officials !This novel idea as been highly successful.The list continues.A man of letters, Atanda has several articles and some unpublished words to his credit. He has attended innumerable seminars, workshops and exhibitions.Ever willing to impart knowledge to the younger generation, this reputable educationist and ideal role model is a source of inspiration to many youths. He is happily married and blessed with three children.