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Meet Chief (Dr) Folashade Okoya


Chief (Dr) Shade Okoya (nee Adeleye) was born in Lagos on the 25th April 1977 into the family of the late Alhaji Taju and Alhaja Nimosat Adeleye. She is a Muslim and from Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State.

Her early education was all in Lagos where she grew up. She studied at the Lagos state Polytechnic Isolo where she obtained an OND in Banking and Finance. She later studied sociology at the University of Lagos. A banker and sociologist, she is a woman of immense dimension and best known for her ebullient personality.

Chief (Dr) Mrs Shade Okoya is the Bewaji of Lagos, Otun Aare Iyalaje of Ajiranland, and the Yeye Oge of Epe land and recently the Ajisewa of Oke-Ona Egba. She has interest in many areas of business; she is presently the Managing Director of Eleganza Fashion Products Limited, Eleganza Cruise and Travels Limited, as well as member of board of Eleganza Group and RAO Investment Property Company Limited.

She is happily married to a humble enterprising, honest, intelligent and prudent businessman, Alhaji Chief (Dr) Rasaq Akanni Okoya CON, the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Eleganza Group of Companies. He is also the Aare of Lagos, Babajiro of Oke-Ona Egba, Aare Babalaje of Ajiranland and Ogbeni Oja of Epe land. Chief (Dr) Mrs Shade Okoya is blessed with four beautiful children.

She is an intelligent and hardworking wife and mother for whom her busy schedules have not led to the neglect of being a parent and also her responsibility to domestic obligations. She has built a commendable bridge of good relationship, not just with her family but also across the society. She is a fashionable woman, highly sociable and generous, also a renowned philanthropist and is very supportive of her members of staff.

She was conferred with Doctor of Science (Honorary Causa) in Business Management and Corporate leadership by the senate of European American University on 23rd August, 2014 and most valuable Business Executive of the year 2014 conferred on her on 11th December 2014 by the board of trustees and advisory council of International Centre for Corporative Leadership for African and Blacks in Diaspora and Accolades International Magazine Limited.

Presently, she is the Deputy Managing Director of Eleganza Industrial City and by virtue of this position she is responsible for the day to day management of the company. The Eleganza Industrial City is a new factory seating on over 30 hectares of land expanse along the Lekki-Epe Expressway.

The Eleganza Industrial City has just repositioned itself in the manufacturing business. It produces various sizes and designs of plastic chairs, luggage boxes, coolers, baby diapers, ladies’ sanitary products, hair threads, stainless water tank, shoes etc. The company has over 1000 workers thus, providing employment to the residents of Lagos state and its environs.

The company has the vision of being the foremost producer of various household items in Nigeria within the next two years. It also intends to commence the exportation of household items to all African countries.

Her hobbies include cooking, gardening and travelling.