About the Founder

Muritala Awodun is a Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship at Crown-Hill University, Eiyenkorin, Kwara State, Nigeria which he joined in October 2019, upon completion of his tenure at the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KW-IRS) where he served as the Executive Chairman for four years (2015 – 2019). He is the Director of the Centre for Enterprise and Human Capital Development (The Centre for Enterprise Solutions) and also serves on the Governing Council of the University. Professor Awodun is also serving on the Governing Council of Al-Hikmah University, Ilorin, Kwara State, the first Islamic faith-based University in Nigeria.

He doubles as a Managing Partner, and the Chief Operating Officer/Chief Revenue Consultant to CSDC Consulting Enterprise Solutions and CSDC Systems Solutions Limited, a Global Revenue Consulting Firm with presence in several states, including, Ekiti, Nasarawa, Ondo and Lagos. Awodun serves as director at AMBrothers Financial and Investment Services Limited, Decision Management Consult Limited, and Reachout Housing Development Company Limited (United Kingdom). Awodun is the Chief Revenue Consultant to Tree Four Consult/Tree Four Limited; Lead Revenue Consultant to Bayelsa State Government. He is the sole proprietor of Yestertodayrrow Consult, MOA Ventures and Flower Gardens Estates.

Awodun was appointed as the Executive Chairman to reform the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service, an assignment which he discharged successfully between 2015 and 2019 by introducing the ‘taxpreneurship model’. In four years of applying this model, the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the State moved from N7.2 billion in 2015 (when he took the job) to N30 billion in 2019 (when he completed his tenure). The Revenue Service also became the first State IRS in Nigeria to be certified by International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for Quality Management System(QMS): ISO 9001, and Business Continuity Management System (BCMS): ISO 22301, in December 2018.

Prior to this, Awodun was the pioneer Dean of the School of Business and Governance at Kwara State University, Malete, Nigeria (between 2013 – 2015) and was involved in the establishment of Postgraduate Programmes in the School and the University. He was also the pioneer Director of the KWASU Centre for Entrepreneurship, (2009 – 2013). KWASU Centre for Entrepreneurship remains the first entrepreneurship centre established in any public university in Nigeria, in 2009, long before the National Universities Commission (NUC) mandated all Nigerian Universities in 2011 to establish entrepreneurship centres with funding provided to all public universities for this purpose by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

Awodun worked with Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank) in the early 90s, where he learnt the rudiments of corporate organizational management in various units/departments of the bank. He spent about a decade with the Lagos State University (1999 – 2009), where he was involved in the establishment of the Faculty of Management Sciences in year 2000, and the establishment of the School of Part-Time Studies (SPTS) in 2002, working directly as the Special Assistant to the Director of the School on Strategy, Examinations and Operations for four years. He also played a central role in the establishment of postgraduate programmes in the Faculty of Management Sciences.

Awodun holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Economics, Master of Science Degree in Economics, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Business, and attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program (Leading with Impact - Europe) among several other advanced development and leadership programs in the United States of America, Singapore, United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, amongst others. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN), Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and many other professional bodies, home and abroad.

Professor Awodun has consulted for several organizations, both locally and internationally, some of which are the Ford Foundation, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the European Commission. He was on the team of Niger Republic to the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 26, held in Glasgow, as Technical Consultant on Opportunities. Awodun is presently the coordinating Tax Expert consulting for the World Bank on the Fiscal Governance and Institutions Project (FGIP) through training of staff of Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning (FMFBNP) on Tax Policy and Administration, and the conduct of Domestic Tax Studies for the Technical Services Department (TSD) of the ministry. Awodun has received many awards and fellowships of several professional associations locally and internationally, and has published several journal articles and books. He is the Founder of Fifty-fifty Institute Limited, an organization set up ‘to break new grounds in enterprise and job creation’, and MAWO Foundation, a ‘widows and orphans’ foundation.

Muritala Olakitan Awodun, PhD

Professor of Business and Entrepreneurship

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Hon. Dr Ali Ahmad, esq., Speaker Kwara State House of Assembly
Dr Muhideen Akorede, Special Adviser on Media to the Governor of Kwara State
Yomi Ogunsola, Economic Adviser to the Governor of Kwara State and DG KP3
Femi Adebayo, SA to the Governor of Kwara State on Culture & Tourism
Mahmud Ajeigbe, Hon Comm for Information Kwara State
Yusuf Ali SAN, Ghalib Chambers
Prof Abdulrasheed Na'Allah, VC KWASU
Akin Lewis, Registrar LASU
Surajudeen Oyebode, Registrar KWASU
Dr Bisayo Ilori, Lectorer KWASU
Prof Temidayo Oladiji, Dept. of Biochemistry UNILORIN
Mrs Omolola Olobayo, CEO GOMOLA
Mrs Ayo Shobowale, LASU
Dr John Koni Ifeolu, Pastor RCCG
Professors Deboye and Mary Kolawole
Muhyideen Olawale Anthony, LASU
Thompson Arumemi, Conoil PLC