Alhaji Dr. Sakariyau O. Babalola, an honourary doctor of science (DSc) and Officer of the Order of Niger (OON), was born in the thirties at Ede, Osun State. He started learning the Holy Qur’an at age six, became so proficient in the teaching of the Muslim faith at ten and was locally known in his community as a young teacher.
Subsequently, he attended St. Peters Anglican School, Oke Egan in Ede from 1948 to 1953. He in addition, attended series of educational development courses nationally and internationally. Alhaji Babalola began trading in Lagos in 1955 with only 30 shillings and was immensely blessed with it.
His business has grown into a conglomerate, diversifying into such areas as Haulage, Oil and Gas, Shipping and Communications.
In philanthropy, Alhaji Babalola is magnanimous. He has brought smiles to the faces of indigent Nigerian students within and outside his local community. He has also single-handedly built a multi million naira auditorium (with a 1,500 seating capacity) for the Federal Polytechnic, Ede.
This is considered a major contribution to the development of infrastructure in the higher education sector in Nigeria. Perhaps, it is in the Telecommunication sector that Alhaji Babalola made significant contribution for which he was honoured by the Federal Government of Nigeria with the Officer of the Order of Niger (OON). He established the first indigenous and largest satellite communication outfit in Nigeria, Telemobile Nigeria Limited. His decision to establish such Telecommunication company in Nigeria is praiseworthy and visionary. In deep appreciation for the quality of leadership and contribution to the society.
Alh. Babalola was honoured by his faith, his people and the Federal Government with awards as follows: Saraki Adinni of Lagos Central Mosque Edeland Merit award 2002; Aare Musulumi of Surulere original Central mosque; Officer of the Order of Niger (OON); Doctor of Science (DSC); Telecommunication (Honoris Causa) of the University of Calabar and Fellow of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Osun State.