In this week’s segment of YabaCitizen, we got to talk with Kayode “King Kay” Olujobi, a Legislator of the House, Yaba LCDA. The legislator talks about his endeavours in taking Yaba to the zenith of greatness, his educational background, and fond memories.
Tell us about your Childhood.
My name is Olujobi Tajudeen Kayode. I was born on the 18th of March 1976, into the family of six (6); four boys and two (2) girls. My parents hail from Ede South Local Government of Osun Sate, Nigeria. Being the last born, I enjoyed every privilege and pampering that came with the position. I grew up in Alagomeji area of Yaba, here in Lagos.
Early and post primary education.
I attend Yaba Methodist Primary School, Sabo-Yaba, Lagos and attained my First School Leaving Certificate (FSLC) between 1982 to 1988. Immediately afterwards, I attended Lagos City College, Sabo-Yaba, from 1988 to 1994. That was when I achieved the Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSCE).
My passion for education led me to the Federal College of Education, Zaria, Kaduna State, from 1997 to 2000, after which I received the Nigeria Certificate in Education. I also went further in my education in one of the prestigious universities in Nigeria, the great Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, where I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (B.Ed), between 2001 and 2004.
I joined the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in 2005 and offered my one-year mandatory service at the Qua lbom Community Secondary School, Minya, Akwa-Ibom State. I was issued the Certificate of National Service in 2006.
Currently I am married. My hobbies include fishing, travelling, playing games, and so on. Philosophically, I subscribe to pragmatism.
You have held both leadership and political positions. Tell us about them.
I want to give thank the Creator of heaven and earth. My journey into politics started as far back in Federal College of Education as Assistant Secretary General of Social Studies Association of Nigeria.
I was once the former Principal of Longford International School, Lagos, and a former Secretary of Sabo-Yaba Community Development Association.
I took it a step higher in order to serve the people of Yaba better when I became the Liaison Office to the Executive Chairman of Yaba LCDA from 2008 to 2011. I then became the Protocol Officer to the Executive Chairman from 2011 to 2014.
I became the Deputy Leader (Legislator) of Yaba LCDA, a position I have held form 2017 till date.
If you could start all over again, what would you do differently?
If l had another opportunity to start all over again l will want to be a Scientist or a Military Personnel. I find those profession very engaging and analytical.
What is the biggest factor that has helped you to be successful?
Helping the needy and being prayerful. These are my ideals. Givers never lack, they say. I’ve come to realise how true it is. I’ve had people pray for me to achieve success in all I do after being an answer to their own secret prayers.
What’s your future agenda for your subjects in your constituency?
Taking Yaba to the zenith of greatness through service to humanity.
What is it about Yaba that attracts tech investors/techpreneurs to make it a startup hub?
I would say that Yaba possess a well-structured system and a large body of educated elite. Every level of school or education is found in Yaba and these serve as magnets of investors and tech hubs.
Any advice to the younger generation?
Being focused on your singular pursuit of success is what will take you far in life. Be focused and stay away from crime.