Chief Alani Ogunlade
Mr. Alani Ogunlade
who likes to be known as the 'Village Boy' was born in Oshoba Village, Ifo Local Government
in Ogun State, Nigeria.
His father, Joseph Oniyiku Ogunlade was an elder in the village when Alani
was a child.
attended the elders meetings where the affairs of the village were deliberated with his
In African Culture, A young person does not talk in elders meeting. 'You listen and absorb a wealth of wisdom', says Alani
According to Alani
learnt the basics of excellent customer service and selling on credit from his
grew up as a favorite son of the village community.
He started his schooling at Christ Church School, Oshoba.
In 1958, Alani
moved to Lagos, former capital city of Nigeria.
He attended Saint Finbars College in Lagos for his secondary school education.
traveled to United States in 1970 making his
first stop in Washington D. C. He
Undergraduate degree in Accounting from Bowie State University Bowie, Maryland
While in Washington D.C., he worked at The Museum of African Art which is now part of the Smithsonian Institute.
He moved to Atlanta in 1976 to pursue graduate studies at Georgia State University where he received his MBA in Risk Management and Insurance.
He was instructor of Risk Management and Insurance at Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University.
He served as Finance Director for Economic Opportunity Atlanta.
Since 1985, he
has owned and operated State Farm insurance Agency
in College Park.
is very involved in his
community especially in the schools and youth programs.
had many sweet memories of his
village, such as waving to Queen Elizabeth of United Kingdom, who was passing through the village during Her
cross country train tour of Nigeria before the country's independence in 1960; religious and cultural festivals and moonlight story telling series.
The most profound is his
inclusion in the drumming and masquerade society of the village at an early age.
On moving to Atlanta in 1976, Alani co-founded the African Dance Ensemble with late Dr. King Farouk Brimah.
wife Vickie are blessed with a son, Olatoye, and daughter, Omobola.
They are members of Cascade United Methodist Church
and reside in Sandtown Community of South Fulton in Atlanta Georgia.
is very involved in community activities in United States as well as Nigeria.
He is the founder and President of KAVA (Keep A Village Alive), www.kava-africa.org, a non-profit
organization committed to improving quality lives in African Villages.
In 2004, KAVA
built a modern eight classrooms elementary school in Oshoba Village.
He is a member of the Board of African Children Fund, Board member of the Arts Exchange in Atlanta, Business Partner with Clayton County Schools