Akin Alabi was born in Ibadan, Oyo State on March 31, 1977 to Chief and Chief (Mrs) Adediran Alabi of Ajiwogbo village, Egbeda Local Government of Oyo State.
He attended Command Children School and Federal Government College, Enugu for his primary and secondary school education respectively. He proceeded to the Polytechnic Ibadan where he obtained his Higher National Diploma in Business Administration. His desire for more knowledge has made him obtain professional certificate courses in business, marketing and management in glamorous institutions like the London School of Economics and the Harvard Business school and he holds a Msc degree from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and a certificate in Intellectual Property Strategy from Harvard University, Boston, USA. He is an author, entrepreneur, politician and philanthropist.
Akin Alabi started his business career in 2003 writing and selling books, manuals and other information products before launching his own seminar and training company which specializes in teaching and consulting for other young people starting their own small businesses. He also started publishing a business opportunity newspaper titled INCOME (now rested) which became a bible for small business owners. To add to his publishing enterprise, Akin launched, World Soccer News, a weekly sports newspaper.
Naira and Night life
Akin has gone on to build many other businesses from scratch. He is the founder of Nightlife.NG, an online portal that showcases and reports the nightlife industry in Nigeria and is the founder of NairaBET, Nigeria’s first online sports betting portal, with outlets across Nigeria, amongst many other businesses. In August 2018, his entrepreneurial journey was featured on Forbes Africa
Akin Alabi is heavily involved in philanthropic works and he is the founder of Akin Alabi Foundation, a non-governmental, not for profit outfit, aimed at improving the well being of the average Nigerian.
With the motto, touching lives one person at a time, the foundation has successfully implemented projects like building and donating classrooms to primary schools, sinking of bore holes in areas where there is scarcity of water, financial empowerment of widows and a free business and career building event popularly called Youth Enterprise Conference (YECO). Recently, he got the approval of the Oyo State Government to build an ICT Center at Bioku Community High School, Ibadan.
Recognizing all his good works, Akin Alabi was honoured with the chieftaincy title of Otunba Atunlushe of Igbole Ekiti by the Olugbole of Igbole Ekiti, HRM Oba Emmanuel.O. Ajayi Adetiloye II. He was also appointed by the Olubadan of Ibadan, HRH Saliu Adetunji on Monday December 5, 2016 as Mogaji (Head) of Ajiwogbo compound in Ibadan.
In October 2018, Akin Alabi won the All Progressives Congress House of Representative ticket for Egbeda/Ona Ara federal constituency in Oyo State.
Akin Alabi is a football fan and supports the Ibadan-based football side, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) which his company, NairaBET sponsors. He also supports Manchester United FC and is married with children.