CHIEF Ope Bademosi’s life was cut down by the agents of destruction in the early hours of Wednesday, 31st October 2018. Until then, he was the Chairman of Creditswitch Limited. He was born on the 1st of May, 1951 to late Mr. B.A. Bademosi, an educationist of high repute and Madam Abigail Bademosi (nee Adeloye), both from Ondo City.
After completing his primary education at Bishop Philips Memorial School, Ondo, in 1962, Ope (as he was fondly called by all) gained admission to St. Joseph’s College, Ondo in 1964 for his secondary education. He then proceeded to the prestigious University of Lagos where he obtained a degree in Biological Sciences in 1977.
Chief Ope Bademosi later teamed- up with his childhood friend, the late Mr. Seye Oladapo to establish Stanmark Holdings Limited, a parent organization that oversaw interest in banking, oil services, commodity trading and manufacturing. To actualize a deep-seated concern for the industrial development of Ondo State and the welfare of the local Ondo community, Stanmark Cocoa Processing Company, a collaborative manufacturing effort between Stanmark Holdings and Cad- bury Nigeria Plc, was cited in Ondo City on the advice and insistence of Chief Ope Bademosi.
In the banking sector of the economy, Stanmark Holdings Limited together with some other corporate entities such as Odua Investment Group became core investors and bought over the ailing National Bank of Nigeria whose fortune was reversed along the path of profitability before its acquisition by WEMA Bank during the recapitalization exercise. After the acquisition of National Bank Limited by Wema Bank, Chief Bademosi became a non-executive Director of Wema Bank Plc, the position he maintained for four years. Following a reorganization in Stanmark Holdings Limited after which divestments from some business were necessary, Chief
Ope Bademosi and some partners founded the Amalgamated Mining and Exploration Company Limited of which he was Chairman. He also served in that same capacity in Creditswitch Limited – a telecommunication support company.
He was on the board of other companies such as Alliance and General Insurance, Zokahm Nigeria Ltd – a Syrian managed construction company based in Nigeria.
His social life, driven by his desire and willingness to serve the people found early expression in the following capacities:
- Foundation member and, the Chairman, Ondo Development Council (ODC), a community effort to bridge the service delivery capacity of government and the emergent developmental challenges of the Ondo community.
- Pioneer President of Zenith Club of Nigeria – a top rated and highly innovative club dedicated to the upliftment of Ondo sons and daughters
- Chairman of the umbrella club of all Ondo clubs – Association of Ondo Clubs, Lagos.
- Chairman, for two consecutive years, of the Ekimogun Planning Committee and the first to cross the million naira mark in fund drive in 1991
- Member – House of Lords, Ibadan
- Membership of the apex club, CLUB 75 of Ondo.
Right from his days at the Cathedral Church of St. Stephen, Oke-Aluko, Ondo, where he had his confirmation, he was a prominent chorister and a member of the Christian Crusaders. He worshipped at the Archbishop Vinning Memorial Church GRA, Ikeja, Lagos where he was a member of the Fountain of Hope Society.