Chief (Dr) Jacob Olabode Amao (OON) was born on October 18, 1932 to the family of Pa Samuel Akinyemi Amao of Agunbiade Compound (Agbo ile Agunbiade) of Oja’gbo area,North-East Local Government, Ibadan. But as every indigenous Ibadan family, Agunbiade`s family has their village (Aba-onilu) in Ona Ara Local Government area of Oyo State. Chief Amao’s mother was Mama Victoria Akee Amao, she was from the Alegongo compound in Eleegun in Ibadan North East and of Alegongo village in Lagelu Local Government of Oyo state.

After his father`s passage to the great beyond, he lived most of his life with his maternal uncles. He had his primary education at St Peter`s Anglican School, Aremo Ibadan between 1941 and 1949, he had his secondary education at the Ibadan boys High school, Ibadan between 1950 and 1953.He was trained as a mechanic by a German firm G.L Gaizer. He was to be trained for 5 years but his brilliance and quick grasp of the details and intricacies of mechanical repairs made him to complete his training in half the scheduled time. He was later appointed as the branch engineer in charge of Ibadan branch.

In 1958, he left Ibadan for Kano (a city he has never been before) for his trading business and God helped him to succed. While in Kano, he was appointed as a dealer for Raleigh Bicycles. In 1963, he entered electronic trading forming JOAS trading and technical company dealing in Radio from Pye in Britain and Grundig in Western Germany. In 1967, Chief Amao returned to the south and incorporated another company-JOAS Electrical Industries. In 1973, this company (JOAS) became the sole distributor of Sony products (Sony Corporation of Japan) in all kind of electronics. In 1980, he built Sony electronics factory in Lagos under the licence of Sony of Japan to produce Sony audio (Tape, Recorder, Radio etc) and Televison. At the end of the 1970`s, Chief Amao established companies in Ibadan. He diversified into Carpets –the Atlantic carpets manufacturing company limited at Olodo and Foam mattress production-the Bodefoam industries limited at Egbeda. His companies (Bode Foam and Atlantic carpets) and his business career were highly expanded. Glory be to God.

Chief (Dr) Amao was a national president of Central Council of Ibadan indigenes (CCII) for 10 years. During his tenure, he championed in building of IBADAN HOUSE at Oke Aremo in Ibadan and also protected the interests of Ibadan indigenes both within and in diaspora. He was also a past president of Oluyole Club Lagos, the former president of Fountain of Hope Society (FOH) Opebi Lagos, he was a former president of Ibadan social group. He is the current general president of Old Boys Association of Ibadan Boys High School, to mention but a few.

He is a philanthropist; he established Bode Amao Foundation (BAF) with #50million education endowment fund. The aim of the foundation is to provide a number of scholarships every year to indigent students in Nigerian Universities. He has also stretched his helping hand to the Church, Ibadan land, social groups and the society in general. He has built many churches (over 14 churches) within Ibadan and in rural areas. He also donated a crèche building to the University of Ibadan, donation of Onila Hall to the Oluyole Chesire Home in Ibadan and many more.



 Mr. Abiola Amao trained abroad as Electriacl Engineer. He capped his training withan MBA in Marketing. An intelligent engineer and administrator, he is an astute manager of men and resources. Mr Amao worked briefly abroad before coming to the helms of affairs in Bode Foam. He is presently the Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of the company.

HOBBY: Playing Golf, Football, Cricket and Travelling.