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Founder's Message

Femi Abodunde

Although I have spent several decades engaged as a manager and executive on expansion projects for Fortune 500 companies and startups, both in the USA and across the world, I also spent many years in between those assignments here in my ancient maternal community, researching, participating, and investing in our indigenous food systems, before committing myself, and my time, to a longer term agricultural venture.

I believe there are some great opportunities to improve the food supply chain in the forests and savanna's of West & Central Africa, so as to better serve our own ancient traditional markets and local SME's, in a region of the planet where food security is priority #1. That's how we are building our business, we are growing , sourcing, storing and distributing goods to regional markets and local SME's, using innovative, terrain appropriate ideas, while ensuring higher standards of food and water hygiene.

FEMI ABODUNDE, Founder & CEO

Prior to Abodunde Farms, Mr. Abodunde's background is in developing road maps with a focus on local to global expansion activities, while leading multi-site & cross functional leadership teams during high growth, transformative and ambiguous periods. He has two decades of  executive experience starting at Best Buy Inc, aa Fortune 500 Company, where he worked his way up to become the leader of one of their largest markets in the United States, headquartered in Philadelphia. In Nigeria he has served as Head of Country/Region Nigeria, and/or C- Level executive at Alara Lagos (Nigeria), Mara Group (UAE),  Jumia (France), and Iflix (Malaysia) amongst others.

Femi Abodunde, Abodunde Farms

Leadership

Okpameri Tribal Leaders, Abodunde Farms

Between December 2019, and May 2021, I attended a series events hosted by our tribal leaders leaders in Akoko-Edo which aimed to identify economic, social and environmental issues in our local government.

 

This culminated with a penultimate event titled, "Akoko-Edo: Evolving a New Socio-economic Order" in the spring of 2021.

That same spring I met one on one with Peter Akpatason in Abuja to discuss his perspectives on the issues facing Akoko-Edo. Peter is our indigenous leader in  Nigeria's House of Representatives.  

Akoko Edo tribal leaders, Akoko-Edo Economic Summit, led by Oba E.A. Saiki, the Otaru of Igarra and Oba R.O Alufa, the Elekor of Ekor.

"Akoko-Edo imports too much food from neighboring local governments, and states, including basic foods and water. This is because we lack the manufacturing and processing capability. Unfortunately this drives up costs for our already economically challenged area.  We have 200, 000 people living across Akoko-Edo, a chronic lack of local producers to help develop the local economy is a problem. We invite our indigenous entrepreneurs to take a lead in community development."  Peter Akpatason

Peter Akpatassen, Abodunde Farms

Femi Abodunde, CEO Abodunde Farms, in Abuja, with Representative, Peter Akpatason.

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