Top Leadership Coaches In Nigeria
Good leaders, they say have the power to influence and inspire those around them to get things done. They foster motivation, respect, trust, and loyalty from the workforce. While they have carved a niche for themselves in their respective industries, they are very passionate about influencing others through coaching either directly or indirectly.
John F. Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
This has always been the watchword of Leadership coaches making them create more leaders in their organizations and through their different agencies. They are always learning new things and are always ready to transfer the knowledge to others.
In this very challenging world, there is always a need for a leadership coach serving as a stepping stone to attain new levels in career, business, and lifestyle. It is also good to know that all Leadership coaches have a coach that propels them as well.
In this article, we will be drawing out the profiles of 10 of the top Leadership coaches in Nigeria and their achievements.
Sam Adeyemi is founder, Daystar Leadership Academy from where he has trained thousands of people in leadership for more than two decades. He is a pastor, teacher, author and life coach and serves as the senior pastor of Daystar Christian Centre where he is on a mission to raise men and women who would become role models in society.
He is also principal consultant of Sam Adeyemi GLC, Inc., a leading global leadership
consulting company located in Atlanta, USA. The consulting firm focuses on raising high impact leaders to shape the fortunes and destinies of nations.
A global conference speaker, Adeyemi has addressed first class audiences in key centres around the world, including the Global Leadership Summit, a global conference attended by over 400,000 leaders from 130+ countries. He is a mentor to hundreds of CEOs in Nigeria and around the world.
He is managing partner/CEO, BraveICONs Global where he leads a global team of experts to develop, implement, control and evaluate prosperity development solutions for a growing local clientele.
Adeyemi holds HND in civil engineering from Kwara State Polytechnic, a Master of Arts degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Exeter, the UK and Doctor of Strategic Leadership from Regent University, Virginia, the USA.
He is a Harvard University Certified Consultant, NCFE (UK) Certified Coach, Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist [Managing Projects] and New Media Strategist trained as an International Youth Foundation/Samsung scholar at the School of Media & Communications of Pan-Atlantic University where he was president of the SRD Class of 2010.
He is Development Knowledge Facilitator trained by the British Council, World Bank and the Federal Government. He also holds a Nigerian Institute of Management [Chartered] Certificate of Proficiency in Management with a distinction in small business management.
He is a principal consultant at forbes.com and focuses on executive coaching, leadership and business growth. He is the author of many books some of which are The Second Revolution, Wonders of Imagination, Think and Succeed, Start with What You Have, Ideas Rule the World, Success is Who You Are, Power to Achieve Success, Unlock Your Future and lots more.
Niyi Adesanya started his professional career in 2005, he has spoken in over 100 tertiary institutions and delivered keynote speeches to top officials of various institutions, including multinationals like Chevron Corporation, 9mobile (Etisalat), First Bank and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of Nigeria, where he had the privilege of training senior lawyers from across the country on public speaking and presentation. Niyi is in partnership with a leading telecoms company toured over 80 Higher institutions across 30 states of Nigeria speaking to an average of 2000 youths per occasion.
Niyi is also a Consultant, Entrepreneur, Founder of The Speaker Academy, Marketplace Academy and Chief Executive Officer, FifthGear Plus; an avant-garde Consulting, Recruiting and Publishing firm with the mandate to help organisations optimise their corporate potential, with clients including at least one of top three organization in major sectors of the economy.
In April 2012, he led his company Fifthgear Consulting, in a rigorous presentation that won them a vendor ship at the newly established First Academy, the training arm of First Bank Plc. Between June to December 2012, he and his team of facilitators have conducted 11 different courses for the academy in different parts of the country Also at First Bank, he gave motivational talks to the credit and risk department and operations department in 4 different regions.
His accomplishments regularly attracts attention of the media, evidenced by the series of interviews with leading News Paper houses such as This Day, Punch, Daily Independence, The Sun and Networth magazine. He also is a regular columnist in DreamWorks, an Entrepreneur and Business Magazine. He features regularly on leading Television Programs such as The Patitos Gang, Kakaki on AIT and the Funmi Iyanda show where he speaks on the subject which he is widely known for.
He is the author of three dynamic books, THE SPEAKER, LEADERSHIP QUADRANT, and INDIVIDUAL COMPETITIVENESS: The Blueprint for Peak Performance.
Leadership Quadrant talks about the keys to personal, corporate and national transformation. This book showcased different outstanding individuals like Nelson Mandela, Aliko Dangote, and institutions like Walmart, Etisalat Nigeria to mention a few, on how they used different principles in Leadership to rejuvenate their life cycle.
Individual Competitiveness is a blueprint for peak performance which provides various strategies that inform the journey of an individual out of normalcy into discovery, efficiency and peak productive level.
The Speaker is a practical guide to creative speaking and presentation which contains valuable and practical information about the art of public speaking in every sector of the economy. The book also takes the reader through a step by step process with colourfully illustrated pages that stimulates the reader’s imagination.
Niyi Adesanya has won numerous awards which includes Honorary Membership, Junior Chambers International (JCI), Honorary Membership, the Rotary Family, ‘The most Promising Youth Leader’ from Growth Impact and Teenagers Digest Magazine
KEMI OGUNKOYA FIMC, CMC is a renowned Leadership Development Strategist, Management Consultant, Author, Creator of The Dozen Model Leadership Framework and a member of the Forbes Business Council. For over a decade, she has conducted and facilitated high impact leadership development workshops across; Africa, North America and Asia. She delivers Keynote speeches across Nigeria across public institutions, private institutions and educational institutions. Kemi prides herself in the ability to help corporate organisations enjoy seamless leadership transitions and executive onboarding to eliminate deficiencies that invariably minimise their costs and let them focus on growth.
Kemi has been tagged the lioness of leadership development in Africa. She has helped over 7,000 business leaders and 90 organisations nationally and internationally create amazing results equipping businesses and their leaders with the appropriate leadership competence to effectively perform their jobs and businesses. Kemi has rich experience across industries including but not limited to; Oil & Gas (Downstream), Aviation, Financial Services, Educational Sector, SMEs and the public sector. She has created some of the most remarkable transformations for her clients and has coached top African leaders and Fortune 500 leaders.
She is an alumna of The Said Business School, University of Oxford, She is a Certified Management Consultant, a Masters Neuro-Linguistics Programming Practitioner certified by the INLP Centre in California, USA and an Emotional Intelligence Certified Specialist. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education & Economics from the University of Ibadan and has an MBA in Management Consultancy from the University of Wales, Cardiff UK.
Kemi has received several awards, most recently; the Role Model of the Year 2020 and The Eloy Awards Female Entrepreneur of The Year 2020, She has been recognised by the African Chamber of Commerce and Industry for her role and contribution to youth development in Africa. Kemi has been featured in multiple media both nationally and internationally and is a regular contributor on Forbes.com.
Kemi is also the Co-Founder of SpeakersHQ; a speaker’s bureau company. She is the Chairman board of trustees of The PowerWoman Network and The Lead Africa Now Initiative. Through the Lead Africa Now Initiative, Kemi is equipping 1,000,000 African leaders with leadership skills.
She is the convener of the Business Edge Workshop, Leadership Guardian Summit and the Aspire Conference. She is a mentor on The Cherie Blair Foundation. Kemi is the author of The Leadership Guardian, Goal Mastery Book and Magical Pills. Kemi is a recipient of the Eloy Entrepreneurof the year in 2020. She also became a member of Forbes business council same year.
Fela DUROTOYE is the Founder/CEO of the GEMSTONE Group, a Leadership Development Institution aimed at building & empowering a generation of exemplary leaders who would be committed to national development as they attain personal & professional excellence.
Fela is an Executive Leadership Coach, a Business Management Consultant, and an Inspirational Speaker.
As an Executive Leadership Coach, Fela is renowned for helping leaders attain clarity, around their core essence, vision & mission. As a Business Consultant, he is known to help leadership teams align around a common strategy.
He has a unique command of inspirational leadership that enables even the most successful executives & workforce of organizations to aspire to exceed their collective goals to greater heights beyond their perceived boundaries of possibilities.
Fela has garnered over 27 years experience of coaching CEOs & consulting for organizations to enable them to achieve Exponential Business Growth in their Key Performance areas.
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 vary through different sectors of the economy.
He is a guest lecturer on LEADERSHIP at the prestigious STANFORD UNIVERSITY- Seed program to CEO’s of businesses with operations across the African Continent.
He presently sits on the board of several companies across the spectrum of Nigerian’s economic space.
However, at the core of his heart, Fela defines himself as a Nation Builder & he has been at the forefront of the movement to build a New Nigeria for over a decade. He is renowned for history making on the national and global stage and is the recipient of several social, industry and national awards for his leadership development and Nation Building activities.
He graduated Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science with Economics, as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration (M.B.A).
He 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 Future Candidate Program at The Leadership Institute, Arlington (Virginia) all in the United States of America.
Abimbola Olayinka, FIMC, CMC, popularly known as ” The Peace Connoisseur and “The Peaceful Parenting Coach” (PPC), is the pioneer of Peaceful Parenting Coaching in Nigeria, founder of Galparenting Place, the creator of Peaceful Parenting Hub, Peaceful Leadership and Peaceful Framework for re-raising individuals, parents and business leaders for peaceful leading at home, work space and the nation for a peaceful world.
She is a member of The Forbes Business Council and The John Maxwell Certified Team Member.
Abimbola is a professional family/ Parenting Educator, ardent Leadership Expert, Emotional Intelligence Practioner and Author.
With her competencies over the years, she has positively affected thousands of families by managing mental health concerns, improving communication, and finding peaceful, positive, and respectful solutions to the dynamic of living in different families.
She has equally equipped thousands of executives/ leaders and several corporate bodies internationally and locally both as an employee and an employer on the effective ways of leading peacefully at the workplace using Emotional Intelligence, Corporate Leadership, and Positive psychology tools to maximize their potentials at work.
She is a certified professional parenting coach from the Academy of Parenting Institute, Corte Portofino Menifee, California, USA. A Certified John Maxwell parenting and family coach and the only redirecting children’s behaviour instructor in Nigeria, representing Redirecting children’s behaviour International Florida, USA.
Abimbola is equally a certified Speaker, Trainer and Coach, NLP Practioner, Human Behavioural assessor, CBT therapist, and Positive Psychology practitioner.
She is a preacher of peace at home and work. Her work experience cuts across oil and gas, banking, Barter exchange, and gaming industries.
Abimbola has featured in various prints such as The Guardian, Punch, This day, Business Day, The Vanguard, and other paper prints, with multiple interviews on National Television stations.
Abimbola is the Managing Director of Gabbies Alternative Limited that birthed Gal consulting international, a leadership consulting outfit, GalParenting Place, Gal Logistic, Gal dreadlocks products, and Gal NGO that caters to the needs of the children in our partner orphanages.
She is one of the board directors of The PowerWoman network, Enigma initiatives, and JOE productions.
She is the author of Peaceful Parenting ( Parenting with self-awareness), Why do children lie, Emotions and Parenting and You and Your Emotions Books.
The Catalyst, Lanre Olusola, is recognized as one of Africa’s Premier Life, Mind, Emotions and Behavioral Change Coaches who works with individuals and organizations to transition from where they are to where they desire to be.
Originally trained as an Engineer at the University of Lagos Nigeria, Lanre is an alumnus of the Harvard Business School, Boston Massachusetts USA, An ASET U.K Certified Life Coach with years of experience and expansive studies in the fields of Psychology, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Performance Improvement Management, Human Cognitive Behavioral Psychology, MetaMedicine, Emotional Freedom Techniques(EFT), Matrix Reimprinting and more.
Lanre through the Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy (OLCA) offers a wide range of Programs and Services from Psychology, to Therapy , Coaching and Keynote Speaking.
Having worked extensively in Nigeria, across Africa and other parts of the world in various capacities with organizations such as the World Bank, the UK Government through the DFID and The British Council, Ericsson, Total, Argentil Capital, EbonyLife TV, GTBank, First Bank Plc, Stanbic IBTC, FCMB, FBN Capital, The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE), the Nigerian Government and so much more, Lanre has been able to impart exceptional problem solving, motivational, human developmental, leadership and management skills to his clients.
In his quest to transform one mind at a time, Lanre uses platforms such as; Social media, TV, Radio, Seminars, Workshops and more to get his life changing messages to as many people as possible.
Over the years, Lanre has built his brand on consistency and having a catalytic effect – facilitating the positive change of individuals and organizations that seek his services.
Amongst his many accomplishments, is the VSP model (A 5 Star Performance Model), he developed and has been used by the Stanford University’s Affiliate Faculty of the Institute for Venture Designs and other Institutions.
Dupe Akinsiun is the Head, Leadership & Capabilities Centre of Expertise, Coca Cola. Modupe is a versatile Human Resources professional with over eleven years of continuous progressive practice. She is the Lead Consultant with Passionate Pursuit Company, a Professional Training & Coaching Company. Prior to her current position, she had served as a strategic HR Business Partner across multiple African countries (Nigeria, Ghana, Angola, Mozambique, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mauritius, Madagascar and Namibia). Modupe has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers as an HR Consultant in the Advisory practice where she delivered HR & Corporate Governance solutions to clients across multiple sectors.
She also had a stint working for some indigenous companies in the Investment Banking and Consulting space Modupe is a certified member of the John Maxwell Team of Coaches, Speakers and Trainers around the world. She is also a certified Human Resources Management Professional (HRMP) and a Senior Certified Professional by the Human Resources Certification Institute and the Society of Human Resources respectively in the USA. She is an accredited Personality Profile Analyst with Thomas International and a recently certified member of the HRMA, Canada with the CPHR (Chartered Professional of Human Resources).
Pastor Olumide Emmanuel is an anointed servant of God. He is a man of multiple graces, spanning across Spiritual, Business and Relationships. He is a Bible Scholar with over 25 years experience in ministry. He is currently the Overseer of Calvary Bible Church, a Bible-believing Church that has spread her nets all over the world, including Nigeria, United Kingdom, United States, South Africa and so on, preaching the Word of God and winning souls into God’s Kingdom.
Dr Olumide Emmanuel is a deep-thinking author. His writings are largely analytic, research-based, procedural, offering broad perspectives. His books leave no stone unturned when it comes to painstaking research, captivating presentations and detailed deliveries. Thus, his books have on this credibility, earned him the reading interests of total non-adherents of his faith and especially key operators in the local and global business and career spaces.
Dr Olumide Emmanuel is a man who believes in raising the next generation in every facets of life. Thus, he has made it his life’s purpose to raise Kingdom-minded and forward thinking individuals. His mentorship spans across business, ministry, marriage, relationship and family life. He has raised some of the biggest and brightest minds in real estate, entrepreneurship and ministry and is not stopping anytime soon.
Muyiwa Afolabi is a very passionate social entrepreneur. Born and raised in Kaduna state, Northern Nigeria to parents who were both civil servants until they retired. Muyiwa often meditated and wondered about his immediate environment – a society where many people were so poor and a handful were super rich.
Growing up in a society where the power base of the Nigerian military is, Muyiwa saw and observed powerful people & officers who were also political leaders in Nigeria, and also interacted with their families as friends and classmates.
Muyiwa saw money, power, influence and privilege operating alongside abject poverty, lack, oppression, subjugation and injustice.
His parents, who were religious people told him the prosperity imbalance was perhaps according to God’s design, but his friends from very affluent backgrounds told him it was a matter of choice. These two conflicting opinions set Muyiwa up for a long quest about the earth, the world and how to find good success.
His natural love for humanity and great compassion for the less privilege and the oppressed kept him seeking for answers and so far, he has discovered, experimented and affirmed strong concepts and principles that can actually make anyone succeed legitimately in this life! Indeed, it’s a matter of choice!
Muyiwa Afolabi, after working in two leading multinationals in Nigeria for many years, is today, a world class Business and Career Coach. He has trained over 10,000 people worldwide and coached over 400 teams within the last decade.
Muyiwa inspires millions of viewers and listeners on his various business, career and leadership talk shows on radio & TV across Africa, Europe and the United States.
Rated 10th out of 100 top global business coaches to follow on social Media in New York (August 2015), he was also featured on CNN, sharing tips on entrepreneurship in Africa; November 2017 (Parts Unknown, with Anthony Bourdain, 12 episodes)
He is a Fellow, Global Institute of Management Consulting (licensed to practice in 48 countries including the G8)
– A Fellow, Commonwealth Association of Leaders & Managers, UK.
– A Managerial Psychologist, Certified Public Relations Expert, Certified Marketing and branding Expert.
– A social reformer, erudite Blogger, Public Analyst, Professional Speaker, Media Entrepreneur and CEO; Frontiers International Services Limited amongst many other things.
Mrs. Coker is the CEO/Lead Coach, Constellation Coaching Group LLC. A Licensed Master Practitioner of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and Coach Trainer. She is a member of the Psi Chi (the International Honor Society in Psychology, and a member of the Forbes Coaches Council (an exclusive, invitation-only council for outstanding global coaches).
She has over 30 year’s successful corporate experience, having occupied C-level positions in MTN Nigeria Communications, Guaranty Trust Bank, and MoneyGram international. She left the financial sector as an Executive Director in Afribank International PLC.
A UNILAG BSc degree holder, she earned her MBA from Cranfield University (UK) and her MSc Psychology from Arizona State University USA. She serves on various International Boards, including Shelter Origins (formerly Habitat for Humanity, Nigeria).