Mr. Wale Aboderin, a Nigerian businessman and philanthropist, is the chairman of PUNCH, Nigeria’s leading newspaper group headquartered in Lagos. PUNCH publishes three print and two digital newspapers, and runs three major print presses across Nigeria.
Aboderin trained as a commercial pilot at the Burnside-Ott Flying School, Florida, United States. Shortly after his return to Nigeria, he joined the board of directors of PUNCH, co-founded by his father in 1973, as a director.
Aboderin was appointed chairman of the company’s board of directors in 2012. His tenure has witnessed groundbreaking changes in the editorial quality, management and fortunes of PUNCH, including a hugely successful redesign, the launch of several digital initiatives and the newspaper’s win of several local and international awards.
Aboderin, a popular sports enthusiast in Nigeria, is the founder and owner of Dolphins Basketball Club, a leading African female basketball club, with local and continental honours. He is a former chairman of the Lagos State Basketball Association and a former member of the Nigerian Handball Federation.
In his spare time, Aboderin, a committed music patron whose support of the Nigerian entertainment industry is well known, also leads a band, Rapture. He is a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Word of Life Rehabilitation Centre, a ministry committed to the rehabilitation of drug addicts and substance abusers in Nigeria and Liberia. He is married to Titilayo, a chartered accountant, and blessed with two children: Nicole and Cherelle.