Our Management Team

Adedamola Aré
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Adedamola Are is a 1987 graduate of Public Administration (B.Sc.) from Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA.  He briefly attended the Regents University in London, England.  

He also received a degree in Hospitality Administration from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, and completed the Executive program at the Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

Mr. Are has extensive experience in the hospitality industry and held executive-level positions in operations with Legacy Vacation Club, Hilton Hotels Worldwide, and Marriott International.

Mr. Are assumed office as the Executive Vice-Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Kakanfo Inn & Conference Centre in November 2012 and became the Chairman in March 2020. He is responsible for the long-term strategy of the company.

He is married and has two daughters.

Rita Njokede
General Manager

Ms. Rita Njokede is a seasoned customer relationship expert with over a decade of extensive work experience in the hospitality industry.

A thoroughbred professional, her expertise in strategic planning, operations, and customer relationship among others, have provided requisite leverage for her career progression which has ultimately earned her several recognitions in the hospitality industry.
She studied Business Administration at the University of Benin and has attended numerous advanced development training courses, both locally and internationally. She is a member of “Women in Hospitality", and is currently studying Financial Accounting. 

Ms. Njokede is currently the Assistant General Manager at Kakanfoinn & Conference Centre. She is responsible for ensuring the smooth operations of the company.

When she is not strategically planning, she is traveling, reading, working out, listening to music, and walking the shores of a beach.

Ms. Njokede has 2 children.

Akorede Yusuf
Assistant General Manager - Finance and Accounts

Mr. Akorede Yusuf is a 2009 graduate of Banking and Finance (HND) from The Federal Polytechnic Offa, Kwara State, Nigeria, and qualified as an Associate Chartered Accountant (ACA) of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria in 2015.

Mr. Akorede started his career in the hospitality industry with Golden Tulip Owu Crown, Ibadan in 2015 at the entry-level and got promoted up to the managerial level. He was also a pioneer member of the team that launched The Yacht Hotel, Lagos.

He assumed the office of the Assistant General Manager – Finance & Accounts of Kakanfo Inn & Conference Centre in September 2022 and is responsible for the implementation of the financial and accounting policies of the company.

He is happily married and has a daughter.

The name Ibadan is derived from Eba Odan, which literally means between the forest and plains