Businessman, politician and philanthropist, Senator Sylvester Ayodele Arise will be 65 on Tuesday, October 5. He was born October 5,1956. He was elected into the Senate in 2007 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, where he represented Ekiti North Senatorial district.He served as Chairman, Senate Committee on Privatisation and also served in the Committees on Local and Foreign Debts, Banking, Insurance & Other Financial Institutions. He was instrumental to the Establishment of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, having proposed the Bill while he was in the 6th National Assembly. Before his foray into politics, Senator Arise has etched his footprints as a successful entrepreneur. In the United States, he established a Computer Training Institute. In 2000, he launched Cards Technology Limited, which supplies MTel GSM recharge cards. He also launched Card Plant Limited for producing and supplying magnetic and chip cards, International Payment Devices Limited for manufacturing and distribution of ATMs, and Fortune Games for GSM Lotto.A graduate of the Polytechnic Ibadan, where he earned a Diploma in Urban & Regional Planning, he obtained an M.Sc Urban & Regional Planning from Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama USA in 1984. and is an A+ Certified Computer Engineer, Microsoft Certified Professional.Married to Chief (Mrs) Adebisi Arise, the matrimonial is blessed with three promising children: Moyo, Seye and Bowo.