Seyi Makinde was born in December 1967. He had his primary and secondary education in Ibadan; Oyo State, and later attended University of Lagos, where he studied Electrical Engineering and graduated in 1990.
Upon graduation from University of Lagos, Seyi Makinde made several remarkable innovations specifically; the conversion of gas measurement devices to meet API 14.3 standard in Nigeria, a foundation that was laid with his undergraduate projects; Design and construction of a portable DC to AC converter (this was a mini project in his third year at the University of Lagos in 1988). He aslo designed a microprocessor based DC motor controller as his final year project at the University of Lagos in 1990.
A member of several national and international professional bodies such as Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE); Council For Regulations of Engineers in Nigeria (COREN); Oil and Gas Design Engineers of Nigeria (OGDEN); Instrument Society of America (ISA); Institute of Measurement and Control UK; America Measurement Institute (AMI) Sub Committee on Measurement Quality, Seyi Makinde also trained at Industrial Control Services in Houston, Texas in 1998 on Safety Shutdown System; and Development of Analytical Competence for Managing Operations at Lagos Business School (now Pan African University) in 1999. He also studied Fundamentals of Crude Sampling at Jiskoot Auto Control Training Centre, Kent England in 2002 and Understanding and Solving Complex Business Problems at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA in 2005.
Between 1990 and 1997, Seyi Makinde worked with Shell Petroleum Development Company and Rebold International Limited, where he garnered a wealth of experience in management and execution of several projects. These and his entrepreneurial skills birthed his venture into private sector and set up his own business. He started Makon Engineering and Services Company in 1997, and today Makon Group is one of the indigenous companies playing in Nigerian Oil and Gas field with dozens of completed and commissioned projects.
A modest man from humble beginnings; Seyi Makinde transformed his infant company into a multi-billion Naira business company now known as Makon Group with global locations spanning across Africa (Nigeria and South Africa), Europe (United Kingdom) and United States of America (Houston Texas).
Seyi Makinde has made several efforts to ensure capable hands with the technocratic and political experience are supported to win elective offices so that society at large will be the better for it. He is a member of non-governmental organisation whose sole aim is to transform the state through electoral offices. He has always been of the opinion that “the good ones amongst us will lose the moral right to ask questions if politics is left to the old system that has brought us to the stagnancy and abject poverty that permeates all the spheres of our nation.”
With a successful career in the business world; Seyi Makinde is now looking for a new and challenging call to publicly serve and give back to society. Though he contested for senatorial seat twice, he has become the most sought after governorship aspirant in Oyo state today by the people irrespective of their political leaning. He participated in providing strategic support towards the gubernatorial election of 2003 and in 2007, he contested in the general election for the Oyo South Senatorial District; also in 2011 he participated in the PDP primaries for the same Oyo state Senatorial District.
Currently, (2014), he is the governorship candidate for Oyo State under the Social Democratic Party platform (SDP). Seyi Makinde has credited the generosity and extensive philanthropy of his father as a major influence, and the unflinching desire to serve Oyo state through the capacity of the executive office so that more lives will be affected and changed.
Makinde is known for his philanthropic deeds just like his late father; Pa Olatubosun Makinde. He had made charitable donations and awarded scholarships to students across Ibadan, Oyo States and beyond.
Seyi Makinde has created several jobs for Oyo State indigenes through his Youth Empowerment programmes initiated in 2006. And according to him, he remains committed to helping Oyo State’s private sector create 250,000 jobs by 2017.
Makinde has made crucial contributions to the social, economic and educational development of Oyo State and he has been a recipient of various awards.
Makinde is a listener, thinker, a role model, a patient and ardent performer. He is a change agent and passionate about any course he pioneers. He is married to Tamunominini and they have three children.