Sep 26 2013
He was born to a royal household in the southwestern part of Nigeria. His father became an international diplomat, working in Brussels with the African Caribbean and Pacific Group/EU. His mother was a successful entrepreneur and one time president of the Nigerian-American Chamber of Commerce, Kaduna. She was a US “Visitor”, having participated in the International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) of the US Government. George was educated in Nigeria and Britain and studied in diverse schools like Irwin Academy (UK), Ijebu Ode Grammar School, Nigeria, Federal Government College, Kaduna, Nigeria, University of Lagos and Middlesex University (UK).
Seven times Ashiru was Nigerian Taekwondo champion in the light and welter weight categories and won a silver medal at the 4th All Africa Games in Kenya in 1987. He has been named Best National Player, Best National Referee and then Team Manager to the Beijing 2008 Nigerian Taekwondo Olympic Team. Additionally, he became Africa’s first ever 7th Degree Black belt International Master Instructor & International Referee Class A, certified by the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), and 7th Degree Taekwondo, issued in Korea through Jidokwan Korea, named “Taekwondo Ambassador” by Taekwondo Jidokwan and is listed in the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Hall of Fame. He is Technical Advisor and Inductee of the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame and a Special Correspondent with the US Taekwondo Times magazine. In 2011 the President of the Kukkiwon awarded him the “Commendation Certificate” for promotion of Taekwondo all over the world. George Ashiru is also an International Referee by the World Taekwondo Federation as well as a Graduate of the Kukkiwon Foreign Masters Training Course, 2012. He was appointed Regular Member of the Kukkiwon 2012 Seoul World Taekwondo Leaders Forum. He is also distinguished as a certified Master of Tang Soo Do by the World Tang Soo Do Association and one of the world’s leading exponents of Korean Kempo. In Nigeria, he was at various times, an Executive member of the Nigeria Judo Federation, Chairman, Grading Commission of the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, Chairman, Ogun State Taekwondo Association and a member of the Nigeria Olympic Committee, Marketing Commission. In December 2012 he was “Outstanding Achievement” Awardee of the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria and was in the same period appointed the Continental Director for Africa by the Official Taekwondo Hall of Fame. In May 2013 he was elected the 7th President of the World Taekwondo Federation member national association (MNA), the Nigeria Taekwondo Federation, for a four year term.
George Ashiru, in addition to his exploits in sports is also highly accomplished in several other areas. In 1988 he was named “Mr Nigeria” and represented the country at the 11 Mr & Miss University Pageant in Tokyo, Japan. He was a delegate to the World Student’s Festival in the UK in 1990. He was a national television presenter on Nigeria’s NTA Youth Scene between 1988 and 1990. While studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Lagos, Nigeria, he founded the Ultimate Gold/Love Foundations and the University of Lagos Taekwondo Club, both of which have endured since the mid-1980s till today. In recognition of his varied achievements, Nigeria’s Vanguard Newspapers named him one of the “40 Young Leaders of The Future” in 1995. In 1997 he was awarded with the prestigious “Men of Achievement Awards” at the Lagos Sheraton Hotels. In 1998, the Comet Newspapers also named him “Leader of the Future”. He also produced a television programme for DBN Television in Lagos and was a regular columnist for several magazines, since the then popular but now defunct Classique Magazine, back in the late 80s. In 1997 he led a delegation of business men members of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (Kaduna) to the World Trade Expo, in Detroit, USA. Later that same year, he organised, with the same Chamber, the National Seminar, “Nigeria Can Compete”.
Nowadays, George is an ordained minister of the Gospel, with his own Transformation Ministries. In 2003, the Federal Government co-opted him as an official Chaplain for the COJA 2003 All Africa Games in Abuja. He also coordinates the NGO, Town Hall Meetings Project (THMP). He also runs his own IATA Accredited travel business and is an official representative of the London School of Business and Finance (LSBF) in Nigeria. He was, until recently the Vice Chairman of the Tourism Group of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce, Lagos. One of George’s keen activities is mentoring emerging leaders and giving inspirational talks, to youths, government personnel and the general citizenry, on personal development and nation building. He is also a member of several national prayer intercession groups.