Energetic had it coming all this while with a storied career as sportsman and fitness entrepreneur.
It was only a matter of time before this gold fish would be elevated out of it’s undeserved obscurity.
Arguably the doyen of aerobics fitness instructors in Lagos especially at the national stadium surulere which is the sportscity and remains the epicenter and Mecca of sports in Nigeria.
Even here where the brightest and the best strive for excellence, he stands out. His pedigree says it all. He was amongst the 1995 set of Golden Eaglets. Subsequently he also played for the under 21 team(1997) and flying Eagles respectively. His only regret is that he never got the chance to play for the Super Eagles.
He started his illustrious career playing @ Nepa(1992/95), Julius Berger( 1995/97) and Enugu Rangers(1997/98).
He travelled abroad to kick start a professional career starting in Medinah football club Libya then moved to Arab contractors in Egypt(1998/99) before ending up in club Paok Thessaloniki in Greece. He lost a mentor/ protector/ motivator when Nicoli his coach died in a fatal accident.
Shortly thereafter, his career was cut short by a fluke injury that almost crippled him
It was in a quest to regain his form after a prolonged layoff due to that injury that he discovered the magic of aerobics and other fitness practices. Ever since he has not looked back.
After understudying coach Olambo also a veteran footballer, he started Energetic Fitness club at the National Stadium Surulere in 2002.
Over the years over 2-dozen coaches have been trained, developed and self deployed in different states across the country. Thus creating employment and helping to keep people healthy, happy and fit.
Energetic fitness club has hundreds of alumnus who have trained under it’s wings in the past years. Many testify to the passion, creativity, and organisational wizadry of coach Victor and his able team to bring out the best in clients thus enabling them achieve and even surpass their fitness goals.
His passion to empower people with fitness and good health so they can function better to impact their world pushed him to co-found another fitness club in Ikoyi with a friend Engr. Emma D. Dada in 2010. They named it “3pple Estate Fitness club”.
This was because the training location then was on the elbow of a U-turn that straddles Dolphin estate, Dolphin Extension and Abacha estates .
The club has since moved to a new location courtesy of Mrs Dupe Olawale who provided a more secured and upscaled environment on her property on Osborne Foreshore. Many fitness enthusiast also come from nearby locations and estates to practice.
The club is now called First Fitness club and has added great value to members health while engendering friendship & camaraderie across the board between families.
He has also established fitness clubs in over 10 other locations across Lagos both on the mainland and the island respectively. Many of his former coaches now head this clubs.
What makes this man thick is a credible question that begs for attention? The simple answer is this; his unquenchable thirst for knowledge in his field!!
After pioneering Energetic Fitness club, he immediately enrolled in the Institute of Sports to obtain a National Diploma, broaden his knowledge and sharpen his professional skills set.
Just last year he concluded a Bsc degree in Physical and health Education(Human Kinetics) from the prestigious university of Lagos but even while there he stood tall and stood out.
This peerless combination of energetic practicals and deep theory makes him probably the most skilled and qualified fitness instructor in the country today.
Any wonder most mega corporate brands flock to him for their activations and other outdoor public events. He has headlined events for all the major telecoms companies, a few banks , schools, health products even outside Lagos .
According to Mr Energetic, the memory that remains most vivid and evergreen in his mind was that day the great Tony Elumelu, former MD of UBA led his nascent Yudala team to seek coach Victor’s buy-in for a consultancy in a key brand activation gambit.
However his humble outdoor gym was no place to receive or entertain such august guest. They quietly relocated to OJ’s retaurant within the stadium’s precinct where the contract was signed and sealed. What a day that was.
Coach Ilori is a native of Ekiti state and a thoroughly detribalized Nigerian. He is also a motivational speaker. He believes that when citizens are fit they become more productive, healthy, confident and strong.
Hence his “Vision and ambition” to plant effective Aerobics Fitness Centres in major estates and locations across Lagos state and ultimately through out Nigeria.
In addition to creating a healthy and fit society this plan would also generate massive youth employment. He has drawn up a comprehensive master plan and seeks partners to help actualize this iconic project.
The IKEJA CITY AWARDS 14th edition 2019 is therefore proud to honour such a Visionary Pioneer with an outstanding award. He truly fits the bill…

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