Africa’s Premier Digital Marketing Consultant, Serial Entreprenuer, Business/Relationship Coach, Author TV/Radio Host and Philanthropist. is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Stephen Akintayo Consulting International and Gtext Media and Investment Limited, a leading firm in Nigeria whose services span from digital marketing Consultancy, Real Estate with 5 estates in their portfolio and expanding to 200 by the year 2037. Gtext Group has 18 subsidiaries with huge presence in Africa, United States, United Arab Emerate and United Kingdom and some services are into Software Development, website design, bulk sms, online advertising,Media, e-commerce, real estate,Consulting and a host of other services. It has hundreds of organizations as its clients including multinational companies like Guarantee Trust Bank, PZ Cussons, MTN,Chivita, DHL,GNLD among others.
Born In Gonge Area of Maiduguri,Borno State.North Eastern part of Nigeria in a very poverish environment and with a civil Servant as a Mother who raise him and his four other siblings with her mega salary since his father’s Contract Business had crumbled. Some of his passion for philanthropy was birthed by his humble Begining. In his word; “My Surname was poverty. Hunger was my biggest challenge. I had to scavenge all through Primary school to eat lunch as I don’t go to school with lunch packs. We were too poor to afford that. Things got better in my secondary school days, Though My mum will still go to her colleague to borrow money to send me to school each term. It was humiliating seeing their disdain faces looking at my mum like a foolish woman who keeps begging. It hurts dearly.I hate Poverty and I pray to help more families come out of it”. Stephen Learn how to spell the word; ” THE” in GSS1. His educational background was faulty. You could easily conclude that Stephen Will never amount to anything in life. He spent age 8-12 in a environment without electricity, deep in the forest of Maiduguri Danboa Road. No TV, Sleep on Mat. “I officially started sleep on a foam age 13”.
At 16 He read his first business book; Rich Dad Poor Dad and the rest is history. He started business at 17years of age selling food supplements by GNLD introduce to him by his cousin. And his first online based Business is selling ebooks he bought for N3000. From there his did dozen more businesses some with little success and some with no success. But he kept fighting. His major inspiration for doing business was his mother. He wanted to succeed to compensate a very hard working mother who denied herself everything just to educate her 5 chilcdren. A day to hosting one of his most successful Student Tradefair on his campus at 5000 level which had cost him 7years. His Mother died of ovarian cancer age 23.
This was the toughest season of his life and business career as his mother had been his main financier. If any one believed in his entrepreneurial skill, it is his mother. Even one of his early staff said he not a business man because of his soft spokeness and his willingness to share his success secret with others. Qualities he learnt from his mother.
“The day you start giving is the day you start living, the day you stop giving is the day you start dying. Give daily to live daily. Give Joy,Give counsel, Give Smiles, Give Food and Give Business Ideas to change the world” . Stephen Akintayo.
Stephen Akintayo story is indeed a grass to grace one.His singular regret in life is that his hard working mother died few year back due to ovarian cancer and never lived to see some of the good works God is using him to do today.
Fast forward, see what his life has turned to.
Founder GileadBalm Group Services which has assisted a number of businesses in Nigeria to move to enviable levels by helping them reach their clients through its enormous nationwide data base of real phone numbers and email addresses. It has hundreds of organizations as its clients including multinational companies like Guarantee Trust Bank, PZ Cussons, MTN,Chivita, among others.
He is also the Founder and President of Infinity Foundation and Stephen Akintayo Foundation, an indigenous non governmental organization that assists orphans and vulnerable children as well as mentor young minds. The foundation has assisted over 2,000 orphans and vulnerable children and has also partnered with 22 orphanage homes in the country.By December 2015 Infinity Foundation is starting Mercy Orphanage to care for victims of Boko haram attacks in the Northern part of Nigeria.
Stephen Akintayo Foundation focus on Financial Grants with Initial grant of 10,000,000 to 20 entrepreneur in 2015 plan to grow that to 500Million annual grant by the 5th year.Projects like Upgrade Conference and The Serial Entrepreneur Conference with thousands of attendee who benefit from the high value knowledge from exceptional speakers and consultants.
Stephen, popularly called Pastor Stephen is also the founder of Omonaija, an online radio station in Lagos currently streaming for 24 hours daily with the capacity to reach every country of the world.
He is the founder and Director of Digital Marketing School Nigeria.Africa’s leading Digital Marketing school issuing diploma certificates with robust training curriculum in Digital Maketing,Tele Marketing and Neuro Marketing.
He is an Author of several published books including Turning Your Mess To Message, Soul Mate,Survival Instincts and Mobile Millionaire
Stephen is a media personality in the Television, Radio and Print media. He is currently anchoring a programme on Radio Continental, tagged CEO Mentorship with Stephen Akintayo, and A TV Show coming airing in the last quarter of 2015 as well as currently running a weekly column in some of Nigeria’s national papers, including The Nation Newspaper and The Union Newspapers. He is also a social media guru.
His mentorship platform has helped thousands of people including graduates and undergraduates in the area of business as well as in relationships. Stephen strongly believes young Nigerians with the passion for entrepreneurship can cause a business revolution in Nigeria and the world at large.
Stephen Akintayo is currently running Masters In Digital Marketing and MBA in Netherlands.
Hes a trained Digital Marketing Consultant By The Digital Marketing Institute and Harvard University.Hes also a trained Coach by The Coaching Academy UK.He has several other professional training inside and outside Nigeria.
Hes First Degree is in Microbiology from Olabisi Onabanjo University, a member of Institute of Strategic Management. He is an ordained Pastor with Living Faith Church Worldwide and he is happily married and blessed with Two Sons; Divine Surprises, Future and Sapphire.