Fela Durotoye

Renowned Speaker and Presidential Candidate of Nigeria

    Fela DUROTOYE is a NATION BUILDER & the Chief Executive Officer of the GEMSTONE GROUP, a Leadership Development Institution aimed at raising leaders of excellence and exemplary values who would be committed to building Nigeria into a most desirable nation to live in by Wednesday the 31st of December 2025.
    Fela DUROTOYE is considered one of Nigerian’s leading strategist and business thinkers.
    He is also an Alumnus of Kennedy School of Government Executive Education program of the prestigious Harvard University, Boston (Massachusetts) as well as attended High impact Leadership for a better society Program at the prestigious Yale University, New Haven (Connecticut) and The Leadership Institute, Arlington (Virginia) all in the United States of America. He is also a certified leadership coach of the John Maxwell Team.
    In 2015, Fela completed the Executive Seminar program on Strategy, Innovation & Governance with specific focus on Sustainability for NGOs and Corporate Organizations at the prestigious Lagos Business School (LBS).
    Also in 2015, Fela concluded the supernumerary police training program at the Nigerian Police Training School Ikeja and received the Distinguished Student Award at his graduation and passing out parade.
    He presently lectures on LEADERSHIP at the prestigious STANFORD UNIVERSITY| Seed Program to CEO’s of businesses with operations across the African continent.
    His clients include several blue chip companies spanning the entire spectrum of the Nigerian Economy.
    The list of corporate clients in the private sector that have been assisted by Fela DUROTOYE in their quest for phenomenal service leadership culture and corporate transformation management spread across different spheres of the economy.
    His clients are spread across the Banking & Investment Institutions, Oil & Gas, telecommunications, Manufacturing & FMCG as well as in the multilateral and public sectors and several State Governments
    He presently sits on the board of several companies across the spectrum of Nigerian’s economic space such as O NAPHTALI (leading scratch card print company in Nigeria), and BUBEZ FOOD COMPANY.
    He is currently the chairman of the boards of Directors of some of Nigeria’s leading companies including HOUSE OF TARA INTERNATIONAL (Nigeria’s leading beauty company with over 4,000 beauty representatives, 22 beauty studios & 12 make-up schools), HOMEBASE MORTGAGE BANK LIMITED (a foremost mortgage institution led by Mr. Femi Johnson who is also the president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Nigeria), I-ASPIRE MEDIA (Operators of Nigeria’s premier inspiration and leadership radio) and ORBRA ICT (manufacturers of cutting edge smartphones, tablets, smart devices and accessories).
    Fela is also on the advisory board of Nigeria Canada Forum (NCF) based in Regina Canada.
    Fela has been at the forefront of the movement to build a New Nigeria. He is renowned for history making on the national or global stage. Over the past decade, Fela Durotoye has built a track record of National Transformation projects, many of which are so bold and audacious; near impossible tasks.
    For instance, in December 2009, he championed the largest urban renewal project in Nigeria’s history known as MUSHIN MAKEOVER. Fela mobilized over 2,000 volunteers to paint 296 houses across 7 streets of the Mushin suburb of Lagos, AT NO CHARGE to the owners and resident of the buildings.

    On the 24th of November 2012, FD organized the epoch-making GEMSTONE GLOBAL READING FESTIVAL where over 12,000 students spread across 18 state capitals in Nigeria as well as in 9 countries across Africa, Europe, and the USA all read out aloud in their various locations selected sections of Fela’s book (17 Secrets of High Flying Students) at the exact same moment in time (across several time zones).
    This was the first-ever simultaneous global reading of a book – “17 Secrets of High Flying Students” in 17 cities in Nigeria and 17 countries across the world at the same moment in time (via live streaming). The reading was done simultaneously, taking into account, the different time zones of each reading centre.
    Also in November 2012, Fela broke the world record for “autographing the largest number of books by one author” when he autographed non-stop 10,000 copies of his book in one-seating over a period of 8 hours and 43 minutes.
    In 2014, the Deliver The Future Project was founded and embarked on a leadership and personal transformation tour to tertiary institutions such as University of Ibadan, Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Benson Idahosa University etc
    The aim is to leave its trail in academic excellence by encouraging the academic and non-academic staff of schools to improve the standard of communication and process of knowledge transfer to create a more conducive learning environment.
    Perhaps Fela’s most significant contribution to Nation Building is the VALUE SYSTEM which he developed and is currently being endorsed and actively promoted by over 30,000 Nigerians across all gender, tribe, social class or religious affirmation. The 10 Values have now been articulated into a PERSONAL CREED and is being adopted by individuals, organizations, professional associations ( such as Association of Private Educators of Nigeria, the Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Mortgage Bankers Association of Nigeria), and more recently government agencies and parastatals.
    In 2014, the government of Anambra state formally endorsed & adopted the 10 Values for the citizens and civil service of the state, also in November 2014, the government of Lagos state trained 500 of its top civil servants across all ministries & agencies on the 10 Values.
    The VALUES INFUSION project is the largest non-governmental effort at reorienting the citizens of a nation and integrating a value system into our nation’s consciousness in recent times.
    FD is renowned for history making on the national or global stage. Perhaps Fela’s most significant contribution to Nation Building is the VALUE SYSTEM which he developed and is currently being endorsed and actively promoted by over 30,000 Nigerians across all gender, tribe, social class or religious affirmation. The 10 Values have now been articulated into a PERSONAL CREED and is being adopted by individuals, organizations, professional associations ( such as Association of Private
    Educators of Nigeria, the Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers and the Mortgage Bankers Association of Nigeria), and more recently government agencies and parastatals.
    In 2014, the government of Anambra state formally endorsed & adopted the 10 Values for the citizens and civil service of the state, also in November 2014, the government of Lagos state trained 500 of its top civil servants across all ministries & agencies on the 10 Values.
    The VALUES INFUSION project is the largest non-governmental effort at reorienting the citizens of a nation and integrating a value system into our nation’s consciousness in recent times.

    FELADUROTOYE is the recipient of several social, industry and national awards for his leadership development and Nation Building activities and was recently honoured as a United Nations Young Ambassador for Peace as well as the prestigious Nigerian Achievers Award. In 2015, Fela concluded the supernumerary police training program at the Nigerian Police Training School Ikeja and received the Distinguished Student Award at his graduation and passing out parade.
    He is married to Tara, a renowned makeup artist, beauty entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer of the House of Tara and together, they have 3 boys the first of which is Mobolurin, Demilade & Morolaoluwa who think their dad is a SUPER HERO!.