Recalcitrant conformist succeeds with AYO Mancala to remove analytical biases in strategy
There are still highly effective individuals in Lagos who display exemplary acts we can learn from. Periods change but strong entrepreneurial character traits are timeless, and to understand ecosystems or causes such as sustainability and ideation, our missions in life must be simplified.
This is where strategic obsessed experts such as technology entrepreneur; Ade Olufeko, come into our view through the conversations within the elite and the poor socio-economic circles. In 2020-2021 he introduced an active line of 100% locally made bespoke AYO games sold in Naira to help reduce capital flight amid the frailing currency while helping artisans feed their families, and at the same time created statement contemporary products sought-after by the wealthy. He remains an evident authority as a subject matter expert within the supply chain.
Quantifiable change takes more than just foresight, it takes insight and a bit of luck, and Olufeko understands the limits and benefits of the herd mentality.
In an unforgiving business environment operating in the creative sector, Ade Olufeko is not a “do-gooder” that throws ninja dust into the eyes of the gullible, he is removed from the business of persuasion leaving that to publicists and marches to the beat of a divine drum, delivering products and experiences people and companies love. It is with little surprise how this ex-futurist uses his 3-decade experience in computer technology, quality assurance, and its complex methods to re-invent the indigenous game called AYO or NCHO to bring bonding to families, friends, and companies who practice winning cultures.
Everyone is on the tablet or mobile with heavy necks or texting thumbs while others are limiting dopamine triggers by playing a physical art product, which could be extinct if caution is not taken. According to audited data he created over 2000 units of the game securing seasonal contracts from Sahara Energy and other establishments such as LASWA before and during the gift-given season closing out the year strongly. While venture capitalists seek unicorns, SMEs like his are walking pitch decks privately expanding their intellectual property in electronic commodities and games.
Olufeko’s tenure on the global advisory council for Steering for Greatness Foundation ended after an obligatory 3 years of supporting the advancement of education. He expressed the joy of being a part of the group as well as convening with other leaders digitally from around the world. In 2022 he continues to serve as chairman of the Creative Sector at the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry as well as other boards, further backed by the support of an international community despite variants in an endemic.