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Adeyemi Ajayi

Each month, we will feature one of the “friends of TEI in the spotlight”. In this month’s edition, we shine the spotlight on Adeyemi Ajayi
Adeyemi Ajayi is a versatile professional who has consistently delivered values across various value chains and industry. Being a Globally Recognized HR Influencer and Facilitator (Ranked among the TOP 150 Global HR Influencers in the world & TOP 8 African HR Thought Leader).

He possesses hands-on and brains-on experience in Human Resources, Business Analytics, Data Science, Enterprise Risk Management, Internal Audit, Strategy & Advocacy, Business Process Management, Learning & Development, Training & Facilitation, Regulatory Compliance, Investment Management and Business Advisory.

What’s your very first memory?

My first memory is my first day in the University. I had to sleep in the same room with strangers who later became my close friends. I was scared doing that for the first time.

What did you say as a child when asked: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

“I wanted to be an Inventor”. I have the desire to invent something quite unique and different. I had this since I was in Grade 5

What country do you most want to travel to?

Ghana. I could say that is my second home.

What’s the most memorable book you’ve ever read?

“Vessel Unto Honour” By Rebecca Brown

What are your views about artificial intelligence?

Artificial Intelligence is a living thing we create (through Computer Engineering). It is the solution base for human interactions now into the future. At a certain time in the future, everyone will need AI to live our normal lives. It has changed the way we think as human and it will continue to do so.

If you could be famous for something, what do you wish it would be?

I want to be famous for reducing or eliminating poverty in Africa. This is my dream.

What do you wish for the world, ten years from now?

The world should embrace peace and be inclusive. We need to live as humans and not as enemies.

Is there a personality trait you just can’t stand?

I cannot stand people who like to force others against their will. 

What is your all-time favourite quote?

“What never kills me should make me better”

In what circumstances is it okay to commit a crime?

In no circumstance. Being described as a “criminal” is a life-time stigma. 

Have you ever had to scream “help!” and if so, why?

Yes. I screamed for help to save the life of a friend who was dying. He survived it. 

Do you have any irrational fears and if so, what are they?

Yes. I am afraid of being poor, so I work hard.

What makes you anxious?

I cannot remember any for now. I try to control anxiety. 

What makes you angry?

I easily get angry when I see someone trying to gain advantage of another person. I usually like to defend the weak. 

When have you felt most proud of yourself?

I was proud of myself when I discovered that I was one of the Five (5) Africans selected by Mercer, Portugal to facilitate a training. It was a very tedious process, but I came out as one of the 5 Africans considered most qualified. 

What are you most grateful for?

I am indeed always grateful for my family.

What superpower do you wish you had?

I wish for a superpower to change the African continent for better. We deserve better than what we have now.

If you could find a permanent cure for a single disease, which would you choose?

Cancer. It has killed lots of people and still killing people.

In 10 words or less, how would you describe humanity to an alien civilization?

Humanity is an act that makes you lovingly selfless.

If you could give your teenage self, one piece of advice, what would it be?

Be focused, and stay focused. Give your best to achieve results.