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Leaders: Meet Lanre Olusola - The face of coaching in Africa

                                Leaders: Meet Lanre Olusola - The face of coaching in Africa 


Leaders: Meet Lanre Olusola - The face of coaching in Africa 

When Lanre Olusola started as a life coach, he wanted to help individuals and organisations move from where they are to where they desired to be and there were no predecessors to look up to in Nigeria or Africa then.

Yet, over the last 20 years, he has gone about this mission with such unique expertise and diligence that he has come to be recognised as the face of Life Coaching in Africa.

                                Leaders: Meet Lanre Olusola - The face of coaching in Africa 

It was only fitting then that two universities of international repute decided to confer the foremost coach with honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his track record of outstanding work in human and organisational development.

In a ceremony held recently in Lagos, The Catalyst, as he is commonly called, first received an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Behavioural Change Psychology from Escae Benin University before receiving a Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa from the Myles Leadership University. 


Leaders: Meet Lanre Olusola - The face of coaching in Africa 

The PhD is in recognition of The Catalyst's "immense contributions to the human capital and capacity development industry. It's also because he revolutionised the coaching industry in Africa with the OLCA academy, having spent about two decades building great businesses and leaders in different sectors of the economy in Africa and across the world,” Vice Chancellor of Escae University, Dr. Theodore Mehobah (represented by Registrar of the institution, Dr. Mathew Mario) said.

Similarly, the Governing Council of the Myles Leadership University, said the honour resulted from "his long-standing contribution in the areas of youth development, coaching, behavioural change development, business development, leadership, and philanthropy"

Undoubtedly, Lanre Olusola is a worthy recipient. He continues to leave indelible footprints in the coaching and mentoring industry with his work in Africa and beyond. He has trained, certified, and mentored over 1,000 coaches and therapists over the years, and facilitated the transformation of individuals, organisations, families, couples, groups, and governments into well-functioning entities, maximising their unique potential.

“I wholeheartedly believe in living a life of impact,” said Lanre Olusola. “One doesn’t have to be a life coach to do this. Regardless of one’s field, it is important to add value everywhere we go. Success and wealth creation are simply about solving problems and meeting needs” he said. “At this pivotal point in our collective humanity, I want to challenge everyone, especially Africans, to commit to positively impacting Africa and every African”.

Olusola’s ESP and VSP 5-star performance models have been adopted globally to alter complex behavioural, traditional, and cultural codes, programs, and paradigms, with Stanford University’s Affiliate Faculty, The Institute for Venture Designs, a notable beneficiary. 

A Forbes Coaches Council member,

Dr. Olusola is the founder of the Life Coaches Association of Nigeria (LCAN) and is a co-founder and member of the Board of Trustees of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Nigeria chapter.

A certified General Electric (GE) Executive Coaching Master Trainer and GE Regional Crotonville Executive coaching faculty member, Olusola is founder and Chief Catalyst at the Olusola Lanre Coaching Academy (OLCA) – the first of its kind in West Africa – where he and his team of coaches work with individuals and organisations to transform lives by transforming minds.

The AAMET U.K. Certified Matrix Reimprinting practitioner and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) therapist, trainer and known stoic also serves as an Executive Director at EbonyLife Productions. “I would like to say a big thank you to the leadership and everyone at Escae Benin University and Myles Leadership University for this double honour,” he said.

"As someone who is also undertaking a doctorate in coaching and mentoring, it feels like a full-circle moment to be recognised for my contributions to the African coaching industry. It's really exciting to be recognised for doing what one loves," he said, adding that this is only the beginning of more work he plans to do in the African continent and beyond.

Speaking in the vein of impact and lives transformed, this week, Lanre Olusola announced on his Instagram page that he is launching 8 new transformational e-books on the 1st of May at a virtual book launch. 

“These books have been in the works for some time now and I’m excited for readers to experience all the benefits first hand!” an excited Olusola shared. “I wanted to make this launch party a virtual one so that people from all over the world can join us to celebrate and also be inspired to move from good to better,” he said. “The launch party will be very comfortable and brief. Fun, yet transformational and impactful. Because at the heart of everything I do is impact”.

Aside from his phenomenal results from working with individuals and organisations, perhaps a key factor that has helped Olusola to remain relevant is how he collaborates with younger people and continues to reinvent himself in business.

At his May virtual book launch, the coaching maestro will join award-winning Nollywood actor, Deyemi Okanlawon in conversation, while popular lifestyle influencer and Big Brother Naija star, Alex Unusual will serve as event anchor. “I believe that no one can achieve anything all by himself. We need relationships” Olusola says.

“In the constantly changing world we find ourselves today, we must keep collaborating, and keep learning. One of the best ways to learn at this time is to stay close to the younger ones. Mentoring, coaching, and leadership are best done as 360 relationships where we all learn from each other” he added.

Interested guests can RSVP for free at to join Olusola and special guests at his anticipated book launch. 


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