Today, after many years in the sector, Otunba Subomi Michael Balogun has left legacies difficult to equal. He makes the Pozzyviber character for this month in style as a man that is known for many things. From being an entrepreneur to a banker to a well-established Philanthropist and then a religious leader. His entry into the banking sector was not with much fanfare, but there was no doubt that he was on what he wanted to achieve.
Balogun, who is known in the Yoruba language as the Asiwaju of Ijebu Christians, consummate banker and entrepreneur, who many have come to style the constructive philanthropist, has every reason to be happy.
Beyond the symbolic well-wishes and grand receptions marking his recent birthday where he showed great generosity by opening the doors of his home for all and sundry to have a place to feed, there is more that engenders fulfilment, as he has been able to impact the different spectrum of society, leaving many positive foot prints on the proverbial sands of time.
Using FCMB (First City Monument Bank), the platform that has by far given him greater portion of the public reckoning he enjoys today, he raised new paradigms in business management, provided invaluable financial backing for many another enterprise, brokered high yielding deals and raised the stakes of the banking business.
And through his philanthropic gestures, Balogun has helped many to rediscover lost destinies and find hope for daily living, with his religious philosophies in tow.
In fact, in the things of the faith, he has remained no less a pillar of support, making huge donations towards their projects and for the deepening of other worthy religious causes.
That is why as he is celebrated, and banking in Nigeria is also in celebration, as Nigerians who have drank from his well of kindness salute this man of destiny born at Ljebu-Ode in Ogun State on March 9, 1934.
Balogun had his secondary education at Igbobi College in Yaba, Lagos. He was at the time a secondary school teacher and later read Law at the London School of Economics (LSE) and was called to the English Bar in December 1959.
He never failed to optimize every opportunity to equip himself along the line of his growing up personally. In the end, acquiring the requisite academic and work experiences when combined gave him the edge he enjoys today. What was left was to put the application the wealth of knowledge and experience already internalized.
That he has made a first-class success of every endeavour he handled and this, after that is proof of his depth of knowledge and how effectively it had been harnessed by the different institutions and positions he came across.
He has also dabbled into philanthropy owning a Research Fellowship endowed in his name in the Legal Department of the University of Lagos and had donated to several altruistic causes at the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Yaba College of Technology and African Leadership Forum.
He undertook the maintenance and upkeep of the Children’s Emergency Unit at the University Teaching Hospital (UCH), Ibadan and donated a newly-built and fully-equipped air-conditioned 40-bed Children’s Centre, named Iye Subomi’s Child Care Centre, after his mother at the Ijebu-Ode General Hospital.
A few years ago, he donated a Police Post at Imoru in Ijebu-Ode and also built the Otunba Tunwase Civic Centre for Ijebu-Ode Club, as well as provided street lighting for the street named after his ancestor, Oba Adesimbo, Tunwase I, known as Tunwase Drive.
This self-made man is a familiar with the tradition at Pozzyviber because he brings positivity to whatever he lays his hands upon and he lives and abides by the rules of staying positive.
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