Board Of Directors

The Board of Tantalizers Plc is made up of eminent professionals who have made their mark in
their respective fields of endeavour, thereby bringing several years of experience to bear upon the Board.

Dr. Jaiye Oyedotun


Dr. Oyedotun graduated from University of Lagos, Akoka with a First Class honours degree in Business Administration in 1975. He had a Masters degree in Business Administration from Columbia University, New York, USA in 1978 and obtained his Doctorate degree (PhD) in 1985 with specialization in Finance and Applied Statistics. He had worked in various institutions like: Kwara State College of Technology, Ilorin, University of Lagos, and University of IOWA as a lecturer. He also made foray into the financial industry where he had a distinguished and successful career as a first class banker. He worked at various times with NAL Merchant Bank Ltd, NAL Towers Securities Ltd., and rose to the position of General Manager/Chief Executive of the Nigerian Stockbrokers Limited [a subsidiary of NAL Merchant Bank Plc). He was a former Honourable Commissioner for Health in Osun State (1992 and 1993), and was also at various times the Managing Director/Chief Executive of First Trustees Limited [a fully-owned subsidiary of First Bank of Nigeria Plc), and Marina International Bank Limited, which has now merged with Access Bank Plc. He won the following awards: Elf Scholar in the University of Lagos in 1973, and BETA GAMMA SIGMA for Outstanding Performance at the Doctoral Level from the University of Iowa, Iowa City, USA in 1985. Dr. Oyedotun was appointed Chairman, Board of Directors, Tantalizers PLC in 2008, and was at different times an Executive Director in Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA).

He graduated from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1975 with a first class honours degree in Psychology and joined Centre for Management Development as a Management Research Assistant in 1976. In 1979, he obtained an MBA from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. In 1980, he joined Lever Brothers Nigeria Limited (now Unilever) as Brand Manager in-training. He left Lever Brothers Nigeria Limited as a Product Group Manager for appointment in Xerox Nigeria Limited as Business Strategy Manager in 1986. From 1987 to 1995, he held various positions in Xerox Nigeria including General Manager Marketing, expatriation with Rank Xerox International in the United Kingdom and General Manager, Sales. He was appointed to the Board as Deputy Managing Director, Xerox H.S. (Nigeria) Limited in 1996. He retired from Xerox H.S in 1999 after 13 years of service to join Tantalizers Limited as the Executive Chairman. He resigned his position as the Executive Chairman, and was reappointed the Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Tantalizers PLC, in non-executive capacity. Mr Ayeni holds Board appointments in some Nigerian organisations including: Chairman, Senkay Nigeria Limited – a property development company; Chairman, Baytide Investment & Property Limited; Chairman, First Bite Foods Limited – an integrated poultry company; Member, Board of Directors, Leap Africa – a leadership development NGO. He is a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (FNIMN) and a joint recipient of the FATE Foundation Model Entrepreneur Award 2005. His main focus and pre-occupation is to help develop Entrepreneurship in Nigeria.

Mr. Mofoluso Ayeni

Vice Chairman

Mrs. Abosede Ayeni

Managing Director/CEO

She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Language Arts from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1979 and an MBA from Pan African University in 2006. She joined Lever Brothers Nigeria Limited in 1980 as management trainee and left in 1991 as Product Group Manager to run Senkay Nigeria Limited. She started Tantalizers Limited in 1997 and successfully turned it from a one outlet eatery to what it is today. She is a Fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (FNIMN) and a joint recipient of the FATE Foundation Model Entrepreneur Award 2005.

He holds both Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science from University of Ibadan (1984) and Bachelors of Law (LL.B) honours from University of Lagos, Nigeria (2000). He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2001. Mr. Bello also holds a Masters degree (ML.D) in International Law & Diplomacy from University of Lagos (1987). He was a one time Honourable Commissioner for the Environment in Lagos State. Honourable Bello had worked with various companies like First Bank of Nigeria, Concord Press Nigeria Ltd., St. Petersburg Times, Florida USA, to mention just a few. He was appointed the Managing Director / Chief Executive of Lagos State Signage & Advertising Agency (LASAA) in 2010 and re-appointed the Honourable commissioner for the Environment in Lagos State in 2011. He had various publications to his credit ranging from business to politics. He is a member of the following bodies: Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Society of International Law, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Nigerian Union of Journalist, and Civil Liberty Organization. He equally won many awards such as Concord Award for Journalistic Excellence and Bravery in 1990, Winner of Concord Publisher’s Award for Best Editorial Manager in 1990, and Winner, Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (USA) in 1992. Honourable Bello was at various times the Editor, National Concord, Editor, Sunday Concord, and Chairman, Editorial Board of ThisDay Newspapers. He is currently a guest columnist with ThisDay newspaper, Lagos State Honourable commissioner for the Environment and a Non-Executive Director of Tantalizers PLC.

Mr. Tunji Bello

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Muyiwa Kupoluyi

Non-Executive Director

Mr. Kupoluyi graduated from University of Ibadan with a B.Sc. (Honours) degree in Agric Economics in 1975. He started his professional accounting career with the firm of Coopers & Lybrand (now PriceWaterHouseCoopers) in 1976 where he became an Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) in 1980. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute (FCA) in 1990 and rose to the position of Divisional Manager, Business Services at Coopers & Lybrand in 1986. He joined Rank Xerox Nigeria Ltd in 1986 as the Finance Manager and was on internationalization to Xerox Head Office in the UK in 1992 as expatriate Assistant Field Controller, Africa and Middle East. On his return to Xerox Nigeria in 1994, he became the Finance Director, a position he held until he resigned in 2000. Mr. Kupoluyi was a one time Consultant Chief Finance Officer with UTC Nigeria Plc, between 2002 and 2003. He is currently the Executive Chairman of Allied Gas Limited. He is also the Managing Consultant of Alpgam Investment Plc, a company floated by the Nigerian Association of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers (ALPGAM). He is on the Board of other companies like: Gasoil Nigeria Limited, Afrotec Industries Nigeria Limited, to mention a few. He is a Non-Executive Director of Tantalizers PLC.

He graduated from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria with a Bachelors of Law (LL.B) honours (1979) and was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1980 as a Barrister and Solicitor. Alhaji Ja’afaru also holds a Masters of Law (LL.M) from the same university (1983). He attended the famous National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru (1991). He was at various times the Honourable Commissioner for Local Government and Community Development, Honourable Commissioner for Information, Home Affairs and Culture, Honourable Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Kaduna State. He was a one time Director-General and Chief Executive of National Maritime Authority, and also a Director in many organizations like Nigerian Hotels Limited, Leasing Company of Nigeria, Chairman, NEM Insurance Plc. He was a former President of Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture. He is the chairman of PAN Nigeria Limited, the leading automobile assembly company in Nigeria. Alhaji Ja’afaru had the following awards to his credit: Fellow of the Centre for Transport Studies (FCTS), Ogun State University, and National Honours of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR) in 2003. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial and Corporate Administration, and a Non-Executive Director of Tantalizers PLC.

Alhaji Muniru Ja'afaru

Non-Executive Director

Dr. Fabian Ajogwu (SAN)

Non-Executive Director

Prof. Fabian Ajogwu holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) honours from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1990, and became a Barrister-at-Law (BL) having been called to the Nigerian Bar in 1991. He also holds a Masters of Laws (LL.M) degree from University of Lagos (1993) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from IESE Business School, University of Navarra, Barcelona, Spain (1999). In addition, he holds a doctorate degree in law from University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He was appointed a professor of corporate governance by the prestigious Pan Atlantic University in Lagos. Prof. Ajogwu attended various executive education programmes at Harvard Business School, Boston, and Centre for Commercial Law Development, Lagos. He is the Managing Partner of the Law Firm, Kenna & Associates, and a Senior Lecturer at the Lagos Business School. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of the Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, and Fellow of the Centre for Commercial Law Development, Nigeria. Mr. Ajogwu is the author of Corporate Governance in Nigeria: Law and Practice, and a co-author of Legal & Regulatory Aspects of Commerce covering FDIs, corporate restructuring, and risk management. He was on the team of the Securities & Exchange Commission that drafted Nigeria’s first Code of Corporate Governance. He is on the Board of the African Development Foundation, Lagos Business School Enterprise Development Services, Centre for Commercial Law Development, Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria and LEAP Africa. He was elevated to the position of a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN in 2010. He is a Non-Executive Director of Tantalizers PLC.

Mr. Oke oversees finance and accounting functions. He graduated from University of Lagos, Akoka in Accounting in 1984, became an Associate of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) in 1989, and a Fellow of The Institute (FCA) in 2000. He obtained an MBA in 2001 from Ondo State University, Akungba. He joined National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) as Internal Auditor in 1986, Smithkline Beecham PLC (Now Glaxo Smithkline) as Senior Management Accountant in 1992. In 1994, he left Smithkline for Capital Services Ltd (a subsidiary of Negris Ltd) an Oil Services Company as Head of Finance. He was appointed as Divisional Accountant (Technical) of SGS Nig. Ltd – another Oil Services Company in 1998. In 2000, he moved to Nigerian Bottling Company PLC and held various positions including Finance Manager, Ilorin Plant, Jos, Ikeja, Agidingbi, Lagos and Head Office, Lagos. He joined Tantalizers as General Manager, Finance in 2006. He was appointed Executive Director, Finance in 2008 and Executive Director of enlarged Finance incorporating Information Technology in 2015.

Mr. Bamidele Oke

Executive Director

Mr. Gbolahan Labinjo

Executive Director

Mr. Gbolahan Edward Labinjo is a highly experienced QSR expert. He resumed at Tantalizers Plc on March 3, 2014, as the Deputy Managing Director. Gbolahan has a BSc. in Finance from Southern Illinois University and an MBA, with specialization in Contract & International Management. He started his career at Merrill Lynch in 1983, was assigned to the Pepsi QSR acquisition team and joined Pizza Hut where he rose to become an Area Manager. He joined Burger King and led teams to complete market turnaround for 10 years. Gbolahan then worked at Popeye’s Chicken as an Operator, acquiring 2 restaurants and developing 9 additional restaurants as a Franchise Operator. Gbolahan also worked for Denny's as Franchise business leader for 5 years. He joined UAC Restaurants as GM Franchise & National Operations Manager in February 2011 and was part of the turnaround of the Brand. He was the Managing Director of Special Brand, the largest Operator of Mr. Bigg's Franchise Restaurants, from June 2013 to February 2014.