Azeez Oluwole

Azeez Oluwole Saheed is a passionate agribusiness builder and agricultural innovator born on 3rd November 1983 in Ibadan; Oyo state. He is from Ota, Ogun State and currently lives in Nigeria. Starting his journey as a farm boy, he developed a deep-rooted love for agriculture. After a successful military career, Oluwole dedicated himself to promoting food security and turned his passion into a mission. He has established himself as a visionary entrepreneur, with notable achievements including the concept of Agricultural Real Estate and the launch of Africa’s first Agricultural Smart Farming and Data Centre. Oluwole’s initiatives, such as the Agricultural Social Entrepreneurship Foundation and FarmKoin, aim to empower farmers, engage youth in agriculture, and revolutionize credit facilitation for African farmers. His unwavering commitment to transforming Africa’s agricultural sector showcases his belief that food security is vital for global peace and prosperity.

His life philosophy is. ‘’Life is a gift, living is a choice, mediocrity is below the baseline, though my journey may be rough, I am promised, they will see my Lord’s Excellency in me. –Azeez Oluwole’’

In my childhood, I faced adversity and experienced the harsh realities of hunger and poverty. However, amidst these challenges, I was fortunate to have the love and protection of being the youngest in my family. My mother, a hardworking and resourceful woman, became my beacon of strength. Despite limited means, she managed a small business that sustained our family when my father lost his job.

Education was a priority for my mother, and she made tremendous sacrifices to ensure I received a primary education. Growing up, she became not only my mother but also my closest friend. In the solitude of my upbringing, I battled extreme shyness and the weight of low self-esteem, as my family faced stigmatization due to poverty.

At the tender age of five, I vividly recall a moment that would shape my aspirations. My intoxicated aunt warned my cousins not to associate with us, predicting that poverty would infect them. Determined to break free from this cycle, I made a silent vow to myself that by the age of 22, I would be financially secure and never experience poverty again. This ignited a hunger within me to create a better life, not only for myself but also for many others.

My childhood instilled in me an intense aversion to hunger, despite my own struggles with hunger-induced ulcers. As a young boy, I possessed charm, intelligence, and dreams of becoming a pilot or neurosurgeon. However, the financial constraints our family faced shattered those aspirations. Nevertheless, fate intervened when my brother presented an opportunity to join the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA). With unwavering support from my uncle, I embraced this path, realizing it was a stepping stone to a fulfilling career.

The resilience and resourcefulness of my mother, the loyalty and integrity of my father, the ingenuity and creativity of my uncle, and the spirituality of my eldest sister all shaped the man I am today. Surrounded by their influence and the strong value system of the Armed Forces, I grew into someone driven by innovation, creativity, and a deep sense of purpose.

Through my personal website, I invite you to explore my journey, where determination and the unwavering support of my family have propelled me forward. It is my hope that my story serves as a testament to resilience, the transformative power of education, and the boundless opportunities that can arise from a steadfast pursuit of one’s dreams. Together, let us inspire and uplift others as we embrace the possibilities that lie ahead.

Azeez Oluwole

Azeez Oluwole Saheed is a passionate agribusiness builder and agricultural innovator based in Nigeria. Starting his journey as a farm boy, he developed a deep-rooted love for agriculture. After a successful military career, Oluwole dedicated himself to promoting food security and turned his passion into a mission. He has established himself as a visionary entrepreneur, with notable achievements including the concept of Agricultural Real Estate and the launch of Africa’s first Agricultural Smart Farming and Data Centre. Oluwole’s initiatives, such as the Agricultural Social Entrepreneurship Foundation and FarmKoin, aim to empower farmers, engage youth in agriculture, and revolutionize credit facilitation for African farmers. His unwavering commitment to transforming Africa’s agricultural sector showcases his belief that food security is vital for global peace and prosperity.

His life philosophy is. ‘’Life is a gift, living is a choice, mediocrity is below the baseline, though my journey may be rough, I am promised, they will see my Lord’s Excellency in me. –Azeez Oluwole’’

In my childhood, I faced adversity and experienced the harsh realities of hunger and poverty. However, amidst these challenges, I was fortunate to have the love and protection of being the youngest in my family. My mother, a hardworking and resourceful woman, became my beacon of strength. Despite limited means, she managed a small business that sustained our family when my father lost his job.

Education was a priority for my mother, and she made tremendous sacrifices to ensure I received a primary education. Growing up, she became not only my mother but also my closest friend. In the solitude of my upbringing, I battled extreme shyness and the weight of low self-esteem, as my family faced stigmatization due to poverty.

At the tender age of five, I vividly recall a moment that would shape my aspirations. My intoxicated aunt warned my cousins not to associate with us, predicting that poverty would infect them. Determined to break free from this cycle, I made a silent vow to myself that by the age of 22, I would be financially secure and never experience poverty again. This ignited a hunger within me to create a better life, not only for myself but also for many others.

My childhood instilled in me an intense aversion to hunger, despite my own struggles with hunger-induced ulcers. As a young boy, I possessed charm, intelligence, and dreams of becoming a pilot or neurosurgeon. However, the financial constraints our family faced shattered those aspirations. Nevertheless, fate intervened when my brother presented an opportunity to join the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA). With unwavering support from my uncle, I embraced this path, realizing it was a stepping stone to a fulfilling career.

The resilience and resourcefulness of my mother, the loyalty and integrity of my father, the ingenuity and creativity of my uncle, and the spirituality of my eldest sister all shaped the man I am today. Surrounded by their influence and the strong value system of the Armed Forces, I grew into someone driven by innovation, creativity, and a deep sense of purpose.

Through my personal website, I invite you to explore my journey, where determination and the unwavering support of my family have propelled me forward. It is my hope that my story serves as a testament to resilience, the transformative power of education, and the boundless opportunities that can arise from a steadfast pursuit of one’s dreams. Together, let us inspire and uplift others as we embrace the possibilities that lie ahead.

PERSONAL STATEMENT

My life is founded on five core values, guided by personal principles rather than religious or societal expectations. I follow my inner light, prioritizing impact over perfection, with the aim of benefiting humanity.

EDUCATION

(In view Oct 2023)

Master's in Agribusiness Management – Rome Business School, Italy

2023

Certificate in Data Analysis – Memdal College

2023

Project Management Certificate

2016

Post Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Technology - Aquatech College of Agriculture and Technology, Ibadan

2005

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry – Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna, Kaduna State Nigeria

2000

Senior Secondary School Certificate – Methodist Grammar School Bodija Ibadan Oyo State Nigeria

1994

Primary School Certificate – Auntie Pat Nursery and School Mokola Ibadan Oyo State Nigeria

ADDITIONAL COURSES

Underwent 26 self-sponsored UN Operational, Administration, and Security Courses

Integrity and security assessments completed

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS AND COURSES

International Small Ships Command Course – HMS COLLINGWOOD, UK (2016)

International Humanitarian Law – Partnership for Peace Training Centre, Ankara, Turkey (2015)

Falcon Eye Maritime Surveillance Course – FALCON EYE Alignment Tactical Training Center Nigeria – First Class – Best Graduating Student (2015)

Falcon Eye Maritime Surveillance Course – FALCON EYE Alignment Tactical Training Center Nigeria – First Class – Best Graduating Student (2015)

International Principal Warfare Officers Course – HMS COLLINGWOOD, UK (2013)

Associate of Chartered Institute of Shipping Orientation Course – Lagos Nigeria (2012)

Junior Staff Course – Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji Nigeria – (High Credit) (2012)

Officers’ Long (Specialization Course) in Naval Communications – NNS QUORRA Lagos Nigeria – First Class, Best Student Award (2011)

Military Police Officers Basic Course – Nigerian Army School of Military Police Bassawa Zaria – Nigeria (Credit Plus C+, Best Naval Student Award) (2010)

Search and Rescue Operations – (Danish/US Navy) Ghana (2009)

Fishery Protection – (Portuguese Navy) Gabon (2009)

Sub Lieutenant Technical Course – NNS QUORRA, Lagos Nigeria (Second Class Upper Division) (2008)

Midshipman Course – Naval College Onne, Nigeria (First Class, Best Student) (2006)

Life is a gift, living is a choice, mediocrity is below the baseline, though my journey may be rough, I am promised, they will see His Excellency in me.

Communication Skills: Proficient in verbal and written communication, with the ability to convey information effectively.

Chemistry: Trained as a Chemist, possessing a strong understanding of chemical principles and analysis.

Computer Skills: Proficient in computer usage, including software applications relevant to military operations and general computer literacy.

Military Police Investigations and Enforcement: Skilled in conducting investigations and enforcing military police regulations.

Firearm Skills: Proficient in the handling and operation of firearms.

Spatial Skills: Ability to understand and interpret spatial relationships, crucial for navigation and tactical decision-making.

Military (Naval) Communications: Proficient in military communication systems and protocols.

First Aid/Basic Life Saving: Trained in providing initial medical assistance and basic life-saving techniques.

Interpersonal Skills: Ability to interact and communicate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Human Resource Management: Skilled in managing human resources, including personnel administration and development.

Selling and Marketing: Proficient in selling and marketing concepts, with an understanding of customer needs and effective promotional strategies.

Negotiation, Mediation, and Intervention: Skilled in negotiating and mediating disputes, and intervening effectively to resolve conflicts.

Ship Handling and Maritime Transport: Proficient in the safe handling and navigation of ships in maritime environments.

Maritime Search and Rescue: Skilled in conducting search and rescue operations at sea.

Maritime Surveillance: Proficient in conducting maritime surveillance activities to ensure safety and security.

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