Seyi Tinubu is the eldest son of Bola Tinubu, a standing Nigerian politician who served as the Governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007. Given his father’s fame and wealth, Seyi is still today much recognized and best referred to as Bola Tinubu’s son regardless of the fact that he has grown to become an independent successful businessman. He is a very hardworking and industrious young man with a high entrepreneurial spirit, extending his hands into a couple of thriving businesses.
Seyi Tinubu is 37 Years Old
Born in the city of Lagos on the 15th day of October 1985, Seyi Tinubu originally hails from Osun state. He is the love child of his father’s previous relationship before he got married to his present wife, Oluremi Tinubu. Seyi’s biological mother whose name is recognized as Bunmi Oshonaike was a notable air hostess in her days. Bunmi and Bola are said to still maintain a cordial relationship and Seyi recently threw her a grand birthday party as she turned 60 years old.
It is not recorded if Seyi has another sibling from his mother’s side, but he has two surviving siblings from his father’s marriage to Oluremi. One of his step-brothers Bolajide died of a heart attack in London in 2017. His other siblings are Abibat Tinubu and Folashade Tinubu-Ojo, who is married to Hon Oyetunde Ojo, a member representing Ijero/Efon/Ekiti West, Ekiti State in the House of Representatives.
He Had all His Education in the United Kingdom
Being born into an influential and wealthy family, Seyi Tinubu grew up in a developed part of the world and had a very sound education. He started his primary education at St. Saviour’s school in Lagos, Nigeria before moving to the UK to complete his basic education at Holmewood House School. He then moved to Milton Abbey where he completed his senior secondary school examination. In his secondary days, he took part in a lot of sporting activities as he played rugby, field hockey, and ran track. He notably became the captain for Milton Abbey for a season.
After that, Seyi gained admission to study at Lincoln University. From there, he moved to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he finally obtained a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. In 2008, he proceeded to the University of Buckingham, England where he studied Law and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB). He returned to Nigeria to study at the Nigerian Law School and was called to bar in 2013. While in law school, Seyi had three months legal internship at Oando Plc. Following that, he went back to the University of Buckingham in the UK in 2015 and obtained a Master’s Degree in Corporate and Commercial Law.
Seyi Tinubu Has Left His Law Certificate to Fully Delve into Business
Seyi Tinubu has excelled in life, acquiring a decent amount of wealth for himself. He studied Law at the university but after that developed a passion for helping businesses get maximum exposure through outdoor and digital advertising. He went on to establish an advertising company known as Loatsad Promomedia. Founded in 2014 with his friend Adenrele Olusoga, Loatsad is a media company that offers world-class promotion services to its clients.
The company is one of the few licensed advertising companies in Lagos and has grown to become one of the most sought-after advertising agencies in the country. Seyi’s sound legal acumen combined with his entrepreneurial skills gave him an edge over other ad companies, thereby making him the most in-demand. In 2019, he acquired another advertising company known as E-motion Advertising Company.
In Loatsad, they offer both outdoor and digital advertising. The outdoor advertising involves publicizing for clients via bridge panels, flex banners, and LED boards activation/events, lamp posts, and inflatables. While digital advertising makes use of geo-targeting technology to reach the clients’ target audience by posting clients’ ads at appropriate locations that are most essential according to the brand.
Also, in a bid to improve the economic situation of Nigeria, Seyi Tinubu launched the Noella Foundation in 2018, an empowerment project with the aim of creating jobs and supporting new businesses with seed funding and skill acquisition. It focuses on nation-building wherein it makes provision of mentorship and networking opportunities for new business owners with access to pioneers in the same tech space. In addition, he has a few other non-governmental organizations he coordinates, including TELD NGO and Youth Musical Fiesta, all focusing on providing a better life to the underprivileged and youths in Nigeria.
Seyi’s Views Against Following His Father’s Political Route
It was said that Seyi’s late brother Bolajide would have been the one to carry forward their father’s political dream as Seyi does not show any interest in politics but is only concerned with business. Sometime in the past, there was word on the street that said Bola Tinubu appointed his son Seyi as the financial consultant of all the local governments in Lagos State. Also, a group identified as Free Lagos Movement posited that Seyi was being prepared by his father to become the governor of Lagos State in 2023. However, all these turned out to be mere rumors as no actions were seen to back it up.
Meanwhile, Seyi Tinubu has categorically made it known in one of his interviews that he is not interested in politics but wanted to do something different that would improve Nigeria as a whole, especially economic-wise. Actually, the joy and wish of every successful father is for his child to take after him, but Seyi has chosen to make his father proud in a different way. His decision not to follow his father’s footsteps in politics has raised a lot of questions about where exactly his legacy would be left on. However, there is still no guarantee that he will not, later on, delve into politics as his father never joined politics until he was 40.
His Awards and Accolades
At 35, Seyi Tinubu has been recognized for his significant achievements and competence with the following awards:
- Excellence Award in Media Enterprise by the Sapio Club – 2019
- Business Person of The Year at the Entrepreneur Africa Award – 2019
- Special Recognition Award by JustU Magazine at the Justival Award night – 2019
- Patron of Man O’ War Lagos – 2019
- He received an Honoree of the Most Influential People of African Descent under 40 – 2019
- Europe Business Assembly (EBA) Award for Best Enterprise and Manager of the Year – 2019
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Leadership Excellence Awards – 2017