Sir Ademola Benjamin Aladekomo (ABA) is an entrepreneur, a quintessential ICT Professional, and a distinguished philanthropist. He is acknowledged as the brain behind the success of the first e-wallet technology in Nigeria. He is also the pioneer of the first wide area networking on PC in Nigeria.
Demola Aladekomo graduated from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University with a B.Sc. degree in Computer Engineering; thereafter, he obtained an MBA from the University of Lagos. He was part of the first Chief Executive Program at the Lagos Business School (LBS) and an alumnus of the Lagos Business School.
Demola Aladekomo established Chams (Computer Hardware and Maintenance Services) immediately after his MBA program in 1985 with virtually no capital. This was the resultant effect of an entrepreneurial spirit, which started with his coconut candy production and marketing in 1966-1968, photography business (1968-1972), sports promotion (1974-1976), taxi operation (1976-1984) and novel poultry egg distribution (1982-1985).
Chams Consortiums Limited, (now Chams Plc), is the first indigenous computer maintenance outfit that have operated in Nigeria since September 1985, (about 31 years ago). Chams pioneered and currently dominates identification and payment technologies for Governments, Financial Institutions and Corporate Nigeria.
Chams owns the world’s largest digital mall, Chams City, certified by the Guinness book of records. It is on record that Chams produced the first successful One million national ID Cards where foreign companies and multinationals have failed over decades. Chams also produced 70 million Voters ID cards for INEC and created the largest database towards solving the country’s election Voters’ cards.
In 2008, the Company transited from a privately owned company into a public liability company and listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange, differentiating itself in the Nigerian market by focusing on the business of identity management, ceding the increasingly cluttered card technology and transaction payments segments to its subsidiaries, Cham Access Limited and Card Centre Nigeria Limited.
In 2015, Demola Aladekomo handed over to his deputy, Olufemi Williams, as the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer after almost three decades as the company’s CEO.
He is the immediate Past President and a Fellow of the Nigeria Computer Society (FNCS), a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and a fellow of the Computer Professional Registration Council (CPN) and Computer Professional Registration Council (NPRC). Some of his achievements in the field of IT practice include the first wide-area-network on PCs in Nigeria, the first company to venture into card technologies in Nigeria and the Guinness Book of Records recognition for Chams City Innovation.
With a commitment and passion to provide solutions that leads to the enhancement of the living standards of the Nigerian people, he led the team that won the concession on the Identity Management Program in Nigeria among other trail blazing efforts in Nigeria
Demola Aladekomo is a Council Member, Osun State University Board Member, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAUTECHEXCEL), the Foundation implementing knowledge park at the university, Patron, Lagos City Chorale Group and Member, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) from inception/Vision 2010 and Vision2020.
He is the Chairman, Board of Trustees: Volunteer Corps, a non-governmental organisation committed to professional volunteerism for public school education. The organization was established in 1992 out of the need to offer world class educational opportunities to less privileged members of the society. Thereafter, he founded DATA Foundation which has repeatedly awarded scholarships to students in public schools.
Demola Aladekomo is the immediate past President of the Lagos Business School Alumni Association (LBSAA) and has served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of SmartCard Society of Nigeria and currently the Chairman of SmartCity Resorts Plc.
The illustrious Engineer was born on December 31, 1957.