Salami Abiola

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Abiola ‘Champ’ Salami is a World-class Performance Coach committed to raising world class leaders and improving the productive capacity and brand perception of organizations and governments. He is an alumnus of Harvard University, Lagos Business School and American Government's International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).

His commitment to workforce productivity, youth and women empowerment as well as leadership development led him to publishing books, audio and visual content as well as designing and implementing capacity development programs towards achieving the relevant Sustainable Development Goals.

He is the author of Get MAD! (foreword by the legendary Dr Christopher Kolade, CON), Who Says It's a Man's World (foreword by Dr. Mo Abudu), and his latest work The MAGIC of Emotional Intelligence (foreword by Prof. Dana H. Born, Harvard University).

Abiola has acquired over ten years’ experience of coaching Senior Leaders, Corporate Engagement and Capacity Development with signature interventions such as SPEAK like a CHAMPION – A Productive Communication Program; The MAGIC of Emotional Intelligence; From Boring TALES to Fantastic SALES – A Selling and Relationship Management Program; Improving Team Performance – A Productivity and Synergy Activation Program; Inspiring Attitudinal Improvement – A Performance Improvement Program, Developing Executive Presence – An Image/Perception Enhancement Program; and Xceptional Leadership – A Comprehensive Leadership Development Program.

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, Abiola championed a campaign that reached over 1 million people in Handling Panic in the Wake of Coronavirus. He also released a free eBook on How to Enjoy Sound Emotional & Mental Health during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

He prefers to impact and influence by adopting a practical approach replete with vivid stories and experiences. When he is not delivering talks and coaching Champions, he spends time reading and playing the piano, and acting on the screen.

He can be reached on all social media platforms @abiolachamp and by email on

Global Awards

  • 2020: Abiola was announced in United Nations supported top 100 Most Influential People of African Descent class of 2020 upon the opening of the United Nations 75th General Assembly.
  • 2020: Africa's Most Influential Coaching Leaders by the duo of African Leadership Awards and World HRD Congress.
  • 2021: Global Coaching Champions by World Coaching Congress