Idris Olorunnimbe is the Group Chief Executive at the Temple Company and a member of the company’s board of directors. He founded Temple in 2016, bringing more than 15 years of industry leadership, entertainment expertise and executive management experience to his role as Chief Executive.
In its 4 years since inception, Temple has quickly established itself as an innovative and visionary leader in African sports and entertainment. In his capacity as head of corporate direction and strategy at Temple, Idris has facilitated the creation of Ogidi Studios, a record label, film and TV production company, digital and gaming arm, live entertainment and a sports division. This is in addition to establishing a presence in 4 African nations; Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Kenya and South Africa.
Idris has been recognised by City People Magazine as one of the most influential people in Nigerian Music and featured several times in national newspapers such as The Guardian, This Day and The Nation. In 2018, he was awarded by the League of African Development Students (LEADS) as a pioneer in the entertainment industry. In 2019 he was recognised by Red Media as one of the most culturally relevant people in Nigeria.
A consummate strategist and philosopher, Idris has a Law Degree from the prestigious University of Lagos, Nigeria. As an entrepreneur, he has helped build an unusually wide variety of businesses, including a Pre-School, an Automobile Company, a Record Label, and two Nigerian fashion brands. He continues to serve in an advisory capacity in those companies even as he admits that Temple represents a culmination of his life’s work.
Idris also has a passion for public service, and he worked as a Senior Special Assistant to Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, then Governor of Nigeria’s leading State, Lagos, from 2007-2015. Before then, he co-wrote a policy paper on driver reorientation in Lagos which led to the introduction of Drivers’ Institutes in the State.
In recent times, he has been appointed as a Member of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) Board where he also serves as the Chairman of the Stakeholder Committee.
At the Federal level, in 2020 he was named as part of a 13-man task force charged with reviving the socio-economic value of the National Stadium, Lagos.
Idris mentors several young creatives, and frequently engages in public speaking in that capacity. An avid art collector, he has long standing relationships with creative talents and entertainers alike and is one of the industry’s top investors. He has supported several concerts, shows and sports tournaments in Nigeria.
Idris is married to Bisoye and their marriage is blessed with three daughters. He is a proud Lagosian and has lived in the city all his life.