Babawande Afolabi (born 1983) is a Nigerian-born businessman, CEO, and founder of Green Africa Airways Ltd. Afolani was born in Ile-Ife, Osun, Nigeria. Green Africa Airways, a new value airline based in Lagos, Nigeria.
The company had orginally announced it had reached an agreement with Boeing for up to one hundred 737 MAX 8 aircraft, evenly split into 50 firm aircraft and 50 options, as the airline gears up to begin commercial operations. The total deal carried a list-price of $11.7 billion, the largest aircraft agreement Boeing had ever had from an African airline.
Mr. Afolabi earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Economics from Illinois Wesleyan University (2010), where he also served as student body president. He holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business (2014).
Babawande Afolabi, is the youngest airline owner in Nigeria. He launched an air transportation business in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve center, amid the Coronavirus storm that grounded the global aviation industry for about three months.
Although Afolabi’s airline, Green Africa Airways, was scheduled to begin commercial operations in 2020, the pandemic aborted the plans. Nevertheless, all is set for the airline to hit the skies anytime soon – starting with seven local destinations, including Lagos, Abuja, Portharcourt, Akure, Enugu, and Ilorin.