Ayodeji’s first solo run as an entrepreneur was at the age of thirteen when he had to consummate a transaction worth USD 4,000 (at today’s value). At age twenty-five, he was managing accounts for Procter and Gamble, Sumal Foods (the largest confectionary in Sub Saharan Africa by volume), and several other corporate clients. He had made losses of thousands of dollars, seen several business divisions of the family business start-up, then fail or succeed, and had restructured bad credits in three of the top ten banks in Nigeria. He had also sold great brands and built an outstanding distribution chain for consumer goods in southern Nigeria.
He is an MBA graduate of the Lagos Business School, has a first degree in Mechanical Engineering and a diploma in Heavy Equipment Engineering (with Distinction) from Penn Foster University, Scranton, US.
Ayodeji Balogun currently serves as the Country Manager for AFEX Commodities Exchange Limited (AFEX Nigeria) and the Business Lead for Africa Exchange Holdings Limited in West Africa, where he is pioneering the development of a private sector-led commodities exchange and warehouse receipt system.
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