If there is one thing that many famous, successful and wealthy individuals often complain about, it is the fact that they don’t totally enjoy the luxury of privacy.
They are either being stalked by news hounds who want to know some things about their lifestyles to wet the appetite of curious readers or some hangers-on for personal advantage.
Interestingly, here in Nigeria, Otunba Subomi Balogun, Chairman, First City Monument Bank, FCMB, has fairly carried on without so much intrusion into his private life. This, perhaps, explains why many are wont to say he is a mystery of sorts.
Some of his business associates and contemporaries are said to claim that he is almost inaccessible. In fact, you can hardly catch up with him at public functions because he rarely honours such invitations with his physical presence.
Nevertheless, one event this handsome, banking guru doesn’t joke with is the famed Ijebu Ode annual festival known as Ojude Oba. He cherishes it so much that he always throws his weight behind it.
Spyglass gathered that the last Ojude Oba was not an exception, as his bank remained the major sponsor of the festival. He reportedly shone like a thousand stars when he stormed the event in company of his beautiful wife in a chauffeur-driven sparkling white Limousine.
Also, in attendance was the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, among other prominent sons and daughters of the ancient town.
The name Otunba Subomi Balogun means many things to many people. To some, the name stands for courage, tenacity, while it means inventiveness, brilliance and distinction to others.
Balogun, a colossus in the Nigerian money market, is a man of excellence, integrity; he is also a trailblazer and pioneer extraordinaire in the sector.
Although he was trained as a lawyer, he came into the financial sector just when the country was seriously in need of top intellectuals like him. In no time, he reshaped the industry and became a household name.