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Fela Durotoye Biography: Education, Career, Wife, Children, Books, Awards, and Net Worth

Adetokunbo Oluwafeolami Durotoye was born in Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State on 12 May 1971. He is a business consultant, leadership expert, and motivational speaker. He is married to Tara Durotoye, a beautician and celebrity make-up artist, she is known as the famous owner of House Of Tara. Fela is the president of the GEMSTONE Nation Builders Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization focused on training youths towards transformational leadership and social change. He was the Nigerian presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria party (ANN) for the 2019 presidential elections.

Early Life And Education

Adetokunbo Oluwafeolami Durotoye popularly known as Fela Durotoye. He was born to Layiwola and Adeline Durotoye, both professors at the University of Ibadan. After his parents moved to the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Fela attended the Staff Children’s School (1974–1981) and graduated from Moremi High School (1981–1986). Durotoye proceeded to earn his Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science with Economics, as well as a master’s degree in Business Administration (M.B.A) at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. He is an alumnus of the John F. Kennedy School of Government Executive Education programme at Harvard University.

Fela Durotoye attended the High Impact Leadership for a better society program at Yale University. He is also a certified leadership coach of the John Maxwell Team. In 2015, Fela completed the executive seminar programme on strategy, innovation, and governance at the Lagos Business School, Pan-Atlantic University. This was followed by the supernumerary police training program at the Nigerian Police Training College, where he passed out with a distinction.


Fela is highly regarded as one of Africa’s leading Executive Coaches. He is an official member of the Forbes Coaches Council (an invitation-only community for senior-level executives in the global coaching industry).
FD, as he is fondly called, is renowned for his unique style of blended mentoring and coaching to help business and impact leaders achieve exponential growth in their key success parameters. His technique of inspirational leadership enables even the most successful executives & workforce of organizations to aspire to exceed their collective goals and to go beyond their perceived boundaries of possibilities.

Through the course of his coaching & consulting career spanning over 27 years, Fela has developed & deployed his proprietary coaching framework – C.A.S.P.E.R – to deliver Clarity, Alignment, Strategy, Planning, Execution & Results to his clients who span across diverse sectors of the economy from Banking & Financial Services to Telecoms, Oil & Gas, FMCG as well as the Multilateral & Public Sector.
Fela Durotoye is a guest lecturer on LEADERSHIP at the prestigious Stanford University SEED program designed to assist CEOs of businesses with operations across the African Continent to accomplish transformational growth.

He started his career as a financial analyst at Ventures & Trusts Limited in 1992. On leaving Ventures and Trusts Limited, he went to work with Phillips Consulting Limited as their head of the customer service department in 1998. In 2000, Fela started his own company, V.I.P Consulting Limited. The company was known to handle customer and human resource management effectively in Nigeria. Currently, the firm has been restructured into a social enterprise called Visible Impact Limited.


Mushin Makeover

In December 2009, Fela Durotoye championed then urban renewal project “Mushin Makeover”. The project involved Banky W, Alibaba, Kate Henshaw, Omoni Oboli, Teju Babyface, Sound Sultan, TY Bello, Dj Jimmy Jatt, Omawumi, Denrele, Dele Momodu, Tosin Bucknor, Stella Damasus, Tee A, Segun Dangote, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu amongst others, painting and calling for donations of paints for the project. Young professionals donated free paint and were on hand to paint.


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. In the course of the Mushin Makeover project, over 100 unemployed youths were trained by Berger Paints PLC in ‘The Art & Technique of Painting’. The youths went on to earn a living as painters as a result of the Mushin Makeover project


Personal Life

Fela is married to Tara Fela-Durotoye, a beauty entrepreneur and celebrity Nigerian make-up artist, lawyer, and CEO of the House of Tara International, a leading beauty company with over 4,000 beauty representatives, 22 beauty studios, and 12 make-up schools. They have three sons, Mobolurin, Demilade, and Morolaoluwa.


Fela Durotoye announced his intention to run for the presidency in the 2019 Nigerian general election on the 22nd of February, 2018 under the Alliance for New Nigeria political party. He was selected as the consensus candidate of the Presidential Aspirants Coming Together (PACT). Fela emerged as the presidential candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) on the 29th of September 2018 which had a coalition with the Young People Party (YPP). In the year 2022, he has again declared his intention to aspire for the post of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.


  • Eden
  • Mushin-Makeover
  • Visible Impact
  • Gemstone 2025
  • Speaker’s Corner
  • 24/7
  • The Future Leader Program
  • Yes!
  • True Nigerian Project
  • Super Speaker

Book Publications

  • 17 Secrets Of High Flying Students: Amazing Laws of Academic Excellence.
  • Mr. Fantastic
  • Subordinate
  • The Enslaved Virgin Girl
  • Free from Corporate Slavery
  • Good Better Best: (From Average to Excellent)

Awards and Recognitions

  • Nigerian Achievers Award Institute (NAAI).
  • Fly Network Africa Integrity Award.
  • City People Award.
  • Role Model Award by the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).
  • “Excellence in Human Resource Consulting Award” by NIPRO, a body of Nigerian Professionals based in the United Kingdom and the United States of America. He got this award in recognition of his contributions to Human Resource Consulting at their global convention in Miami, Florida in December 2004.
  • Most prestigious Award of Excellence, by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN), in recognition of his excellence and professionalism in sharing his knowledge of Human Resource Management in July 2005.
  • Heart of Africa Award by the Federal Ministry of Information and Communication in recognition of his efforts toward building a new Nigeria in 2006.

Net Worth

At the time of compiling his biography, his net worth is relatively unknown, but it is public knowledge that he is well-to-do and very much above the middle class.


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