It was a bleak day for Nigeria, the Olaifa family, and NLI, when on the 19th of August 2014 a fatal car accident claimed the life of an outstanding NLI Associate Fellow Kunle Olaifa. Kunle epitomized the values which NLI upholds and, more importantly, he dedicated himself selflessly to the service of NLI. As the Chairman of the Future Leaders Selection Committee, he played a very significant role in the selection of outstanding individuals for NLI's Associate Fellows Program. It is to Kunle that NLI owes the web portal for sifting through hundreds of applications to select the best candidates.
In addition to NLI, Kunle mentored several young people in Nigeria and the Diaspora. He was passionate about changing the face of Human Resource Management in Nigeria and demonstrated a palpable passion to reform the educational sector in Nigeria. His dream was to see Nigerian tertiary institutions turn out graduates that are employable from day one. Until his death, Kunle was the Head, Human Resources for Samsung West Africa, Managing Partner Career Solutions Africa, Senior Consultant, Adecco Nigeria and an outstanding NLI Associate Fellow. Unforgettable are his selfless service, humility, humour and his passion for people.
NLI thanks all Associate Fellows and Senior Fellows who in various ways reached out to Kunle's family since his demise. Adieu Kunle, you ran the race of life well.