Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG) recently honored Dapo Okubadejo and three other professionals for their distinguished careers and significant contributions in various capacities during their years of service with the firm.
The firm released a statement announcing the celebration of Okubadejo and the other partners at a farewell dinner in Lagos. The event recognized their dedication, excellence, and enduring positive impacts on KPMG’s success story over the past 31 years.
Tokunbo Talabi, the Secretary to the Ogun State Government, praised Okubadejo as an “embodiment of consultation and a seasoned veteran.” He acknowledged Okubadejo’s competitive drive, attributing his qualities to the high standards of KPMG. Talabi expressed gratitude to the firm for shaping Okubadejo into an influential figure and a role model.
Olumide Olayinka, Partner and Head Advisory at KPMG, West Africa, highlighted Okubadejo’s role as a trusted advisor to investment firms, institutions, financial services entities, conglomerates, and strategic investors. Olayinka noted Okubadejo’s significant influence in deal advisory, emphasizing that it transcends sectors.
Tomi Adepoju, Partner and Head of Enterprise Risk and ESG Services, KPMG Nigeria, expressed immense delight in celebrating Dapo Okubadejo, Joseph Tegbe, Wole Obayomi, and Adetola Aibangbee for their substantial contributions to the organization’s growth. Adepoju praised their collective impact within and outside the firm, recognizing their roles in inspiring confidence and driving positive change in society.
Adepoju emphasized that the departure of these “Fantastic Four” partners is viewed not as a retirement but as a transition to new opportunities in the Nigerian, African, and international markets. She conveyed KPMG’s acknowledgment of their invaluable contributions, shaping the firm’s success and positioning them as partners for life.
In response, Dapo Okubadejo, the Ogun State Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser, shared reflections on his 31-year journey with the firm.