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Fola Daniel Adelesi, President/CEO of Edible Pen Media & Publishing, Edible Training & Development, Edible Pen Foundation and Teenagers’ Mentoring Class is a professional public speaker and coach, an author, a blogger and a trainer of aspiring bloggers, management consultant and trainer, broadcaster and master of ceremonies.
After Fola had finished his university education, he presented motivational segments on the ‘Morning Delight Show’ which aired on Galaxy Television and was presented by Patience Bello-Okeafor till August 2009.
In October 2009, Fola Daniel became one of the first 14 ever to enter the Talk Academy of the Debaters TV reality show produced by Mo Abudu. It was sponsored by Guarantee Trust Bank Plc and viewed in more than 40 African countries via DSTV and on terrestrial, it was aired by Silverbird, NTA and a few others.
From the Debaters TV reality show, Fola Daniel moved on to Radio Continental, an arm of the Continental Broadcasting Service, as an independent presenter with his own show which was called ‘You Can! The Productivity Show.’ The 30-minute weekly radio show feature very inspiring young role models while it aired from October 2011 to December 2011.
In late 2012, he was invited by the Lagos State Public Works Corporation to present the documentary that the agency was working on and he did that successfully.
Apart from his life in the broadcasting world and that of Professional Public Speaking, Fola Daniel is the author of the following books:
- Indebted to Ignorance – Olabisi Onabanjo University Press, 2008.
2. Writing Business Proposals – Fakon Communications, 2008.
3. Hope of the Zealots – Olabisi Onabanjo University, 2005.
This product of Mayflower School, Ikenne and Olabisi Onabanjo University passionately works towards helping other people become more productive in life!
Awards & Recognitions
~ The Trailblazers award of 2012/2013 graduating accounting students of Olabisi Onabanjo University Award of Excellence
~ Outstanding Achievement Award presented by National Association of Student Ex-Mays (NASEM) in Sept. 2011.
~ 3rd Best Male Delegate, Nigeria International Model United Nations Conference, December 2007.
~ Student Union Government Service Awards to Fola Daniel as Editorial Personnel.
~ CACSA AWARDS Commendation as one time Linguistic Editor, Deputy Editor in Chief, Editor in Chief & Public Relations Officer.
~ KHARIS AWARDS Ogun Varsity Christian Fellowship, Olabisi Onabanjo University Certificate of participation in annual essay contest.
~ The Goi Peace Foundation, Japan Certificates of Participation in their International Essay Contest For Young People in 2004 and 2007 respectively.
~ Faculty of Arts Awards Award of The Most Promising Jambite from Faculty of Arts Students Association, Olabisi Onabanjo University 2004
~ Recognition of Dedicated Services from Mayflower School Press Club 2003
~ Award for the Best Prefect for 1997-2003 Academic Set.
Teenagers Mentoring Class ~ Fola Daniel Adelesi wanted to use his bounce back experience to help a lot of teenagers in secondary schools so he started the Teenagers Mentoring Class initiative. He started visiting some secondary schools to talk to them about their academics and career while also partnering with other people interested in training teenagers.
Knowledge Exchange Centre ~ He currently volunteers as a facilitator with the Knowledge Exchange Centre which runs graduate development training. He facilitates courses on communication, marketing, leadership, time management, organisational behaviour and more.
Jolispirational Monday ~ This is a weekly inspirational radio show designed to reach the grassroots via pidgin English by Eko 89.7 FM. Fola Daniel Adelesi speaks for free on this show and has the huge task of interpreting his content in pidgin in order to connect with this unique audience. This is an ongoing project that began in 2015.
Info.com ~ Because of his passion for social media and how it can be used to boost productivity, Fola Daniel Adelesi was invited by the producer and presenter of this ICT show on Lagos Television to be a regular in-house analyst for the social media segment and he provides free content on weekly basis.
Born as Daniel Folarinde Eniola Adelesi on 23rd May 1985 at Lagos Island General Hospital, Lagos, he was received into this world by Emmanuel Olatunji Adelesi, his father who is now late and Comfort Titilayo Adelesi.
The family’s lineage can be traced back to Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State. Incidentally, the town is noted to have produced some eminent Nigerians and is probably the only town at the moment that has produced about three Senior Advocates of Nigeria from the same family apart from the renowned Chief Obafemi Awolowo. It is also the town that has produced a vice President for Nigeria in the person of Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
As a child, many considered him to be very interesting because he was outspoken and noticeable in nearly every gathering. Occasionally when scolded he would recline into his shell until the memories of the backlashing were gone. This outspokenness was a great gift that he continued to exhibit until he started schooling.
He had his preparatory classes at Bolorunduro (it means to stand with God) Nursery and Primary School in Agiliti, Mile 12 and then proceeded to MATE Nursery and primary school in Ketu area of Lagos state. Because of this change in school, he lost an academic session in the new school so his parents wanted him to recover the lost session.
The way they went about that was to obtain a common entrance form of Mayflower School Ikenne for him while he was in primary four. He was fortunate to get in and he began a journey that changed his life.
At Mayflower school, Fola Daniel Adelesi had a few rough academic years, stumbled and then got back to his feet. He was able to scale through his years at junior high school with some average grades but he was not lucky enough in the first year at senior high school. He was asked to repeat the class and that became a life-changing encounter for him.
Instead of pulling out of the school because of shame, he didn’t. Well, he didn’t have a choice because his father would not have allowed him. So he went back to school with a great determination to succeed despite the shame he had to contend with.
He started by making his English teacher his very good friend and that relationship helped him to improve his writing skills. He took interest in writing beyond the classroom and started writing articles for the Press Club. He also started writing inspirational articles and poems. As his writing skills improved, his grades began to improve in other subjects. The other side to this was that he had known many other teachers and he didn’t want to let them down. So he spent more time studying and relating with his teachers.
He greatly displayed his gift of the gab as a student in Mayflower School because he was asked to represent the school in impromptu speeches, debates and live poetry performances. He had his fair share of disappointments during these competitions but he won more than sixty percent of the competitions, especially debates, in which he represented the school. Prominent among those debates is the annual Ereke Debates competition to mark the annual celebrations of Ikenne-Remo, the host community of Mayflower School. His fame started growing among his peers and even spread to other schools.
He eventually contested in the school elections to become the schools Senior Prefect. He won that election and consequently made history as the first person to repeat a class for poor performance, bounce back enough to become the Senior Prefect and went on to win the prize for the Best Literature Student in the 2002/2003 academic session.
From Mayflower School, he proceeded to Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, for a four-year programme in Mass Communication. After the first two years in the general knowledge classes, he decided to major in Public Relations. Fola Daniel, as many called him during his university days and even till now, continued speaking and writing and also became noticed by the school.
The School needed some students to represent her at the Nigeria International Model United Nations Conference which held in Port Harcourt in 2006 and it conducted a screening. Two people, Fola Daniel Adelesi and Abosede Dipeolu, made it to the final list. As a result of their performance that year, they got automatic tickets to represent the school in the 2007 and 2008 editions of the conference that held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
While many other students were looking forward to just their degrees, Fola spent most of his undergraduate days trying to build a speaking and writing business. As an undergraduate in the year 2005, he approached the Vice-Chancellor of his university (Professor Afolabi Soyode) to help him with the publication of his first book which was a collection of poems and co-authored by other students. Professor Afolabi Soyode found his communications skills so compelling and decided to help him. The school don paid for the production of the first one thousand copies of his book, Hope of the Zealots, and that was how he achieved his dream of publishing a book as an undergraduate. Three years later, he went on to publish two books even though he was fresh from the university and it was a time when his colleagues were looking for jobs.
His first job was with the defunct Power Holdings Company of Nigeria which was privatised and now recognised as power distribution companies. He worked in the HR department of the company in the Gwiwa Business Unit of Sokoto from June 2010 to June 2011 as a youth corp member.
He returned to Lagos in 2011 after his compulsory one-year youth service and was offered a role as the Public Relations Executive at Inspire Africa Limited founded by Dr. (Mrs.) Mo Abudu. He worked full time for about three months before deciding to do the job on a part-time basis.
From Inspire Africa, Fola proceeded to FATE Foundation where he was Assistant Communications Coordinator in the communications department and helped with drafting press releases, monthly newsletters, communication with the media and programme planning of the company’s annual event. He left FATE Foundation in the year 2013 to face his own company, Edible Pen.
Prior to his career, Fola had been speaking in different organisations and sending proposals to organisations to request an opportunity to train their staff. He got a few platforms that enabled him to speak in places like WEMA Bank at Ikorodu, Fidelity Bank at Sokoto, Access Bank training school at Ikeja and a few others.
In 2008, his cousin, Kehinde Bankole requested him to anchor his wedding and that started a new line of business for Fola. Since that first event, he has anchored numerous events in the corporate world and in the social world. He has even done high profile events like a town hall meeting of The All Progressives Congress held at Ikorodu Town Hall when Professor Yemi Osinbajo was the speaker. Professor Osinbajo went on to become the Vice President of Nigeria in that same year (2015).
Fola could not give up speaking and writing so the only option was for him to consider opportunities in the management consulting industry which would let him train or the media which would let him speak. He later decided to build on Edible Pen, an idea he had nursed since his days at Mayflower School and he had tried a few times to hit the ground running. From the year 2011, began to crystallize the vision of Edible Pen and broke it down into different companies that shared the same name as a prefix.
Although he had been nursing the Edible Pen idea since 2002 when he was at Mayflower School, Ikenne, he was not able to register the first Edible Pen company until June 2009. He is now the owner of Edible Pen Media & Publishing and Edible Pen Training & Development. He also owns Edible Pen Ventures and still working on other businesses.