In recognition of his sterling qualities and positive contribution to the society, Idris Olorunnimbe, Group Chief Executive Officer of Temple Company has been honored with a Black Belt by Kishikan Ryu Martial Arts College (KRMAC) and unveiled as Patron. The award was presented at a private ceremony at the Lekki, Lagos office of the founder of foremost creative agency, Temple Company, owners of the top production outfit, Ogidi Studios.
Speaking about the award, Shian Paschal Mac-Brown, President and Head Instructor, KRMAC, noted that the selection of awardees of the Shodan Black Belt was for people who have
distinguished themselves. The Karate coach also unveiled Idris Olorunnimbe as Patron of Kishikan Ryu Martial Arts College (KRMAC) joining other distinguished personalities to help
drive the impact of martial arts in the society.
He disclosed, “As an organization, we are very proud to award the rank of Shodan First Dan Black Belt to our most distinguished sponsor, Mr Idris Olorunnimbe. In Karate, Shodan is awarded to a person who has mastered the basics of the art and we view Mr Olorunnimbe as most eminently qualified for the honorary award of the rank not because he is a practitioner of the art but he has demonstrated some certain virtues like vision, discipline, civic responsibilities and consistent success which are in line with our ethos and practice.”
Kishikan Ryu Martial Arts College is a foremost Shitoryu Karate College with footprints across public as well as private Nigerian institutions working with children and teenagers to help them achieve peak physical and mental health. Through Karate, KRMAC hopes to “instill discipline, strong moral character and leadership skills.” The organization has produced several national and international karate champions some of whom are based in Nigeria and the Diaspora. It has also worked in capacity development with the Nigerian Police Force, National Youths Service
Corps and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN).
In 2022, Idris Olorunnimbe drew plaudits for his role as Project Director in the successfully held 26th Nigerian University Games (NUGA) hosted by his Alma Mata, University of Lagos (UNILAG). The creative industry leader was pivotal in what is now regarded as the most spectacular edition. This earned him a special UNILAG award of recognition presented by ex-Vice Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, FAS.
While receiving his Black Belt award, Idris Olorunnimbe said, “This honor is received with genuine gratitude. When an organization at the vanguard of talent development in young people such as Kishikan Ryu Martial Arts College deems one fit for such an honor, it is something special. The impact of Karate on the Nigerian youth as a sport or leisure cannot be underrated. Like other sporting activities, Karate can help to positively engage Nigerian youth and bring honor to Nigeria at the highest level including the Olympics. A commitment to transform talents is a shared responsibility between the organization and I. I am excited to contribute my quota in my new capacity as a Patron of the organization.