Dotun Ogunyemi: Portrait of a silent achiever


If the list of brilliant pilots in Nigeria were to be compiled, his name would be given a worthy mention. Captain Henry Oludotun Ogunyemi is a pride to the nation’s aviation industry. His inspiring story began when he graduated as one of the youngest from the Flying School in Zaria, Kaduna State. He also attended the Aer Lingus Training School in Dublin-Ireland, Varig Training School in Rio-Brazil and British Airways Training School, United Kingdom.

Having bagged BAC 1-11, Boeing 707 and Macdonald Douglas DC 10 aircraft types on his license, he joined the defunct Okada Airlines at inception.

After leaving the airline, he worked briefly with other airlines such as EAS Cargo Airlines (UK/Belgium-based) DAS Air Cargo (UK-based) and BIMAN Airlines.

Over the years, he has been involved in organising several charter and Hajj flights from several countries in Africa, South America and the Middle East.

After he quit his flying career, he ventured into the petroleum business in 2003 with the establishment of Onedot Petroleum and Onedot Aviation, a frontline private jet charter business.

He is the Executive President of Overseas Projects & Investment Services (OPIS), a Dublin- based group managing a number of projects involving aviation and oil and gas.

However, in spite of his towering records in the business world, the Ogun State-born pilot cum businessman prefers to remain in the background. This, according to him, is his major business philosophy. He is not given to ostentatious lifestyle.