Monday, May 30, 2016

Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 class of 2016

I am truly honoured to have made it to the Forbes Africa 30 under 30 class of 2016. I am proud of the hard work put in over the years and also proud of every other African youth listed or not who is working hard in a corner in order to move our continent forward.

I have always believed that we need to be impatient in moving Africa forward, most importantly; economically.

To everyone at Invictus Group and everybody that have ever supported me one way or the other, here's a proof that we are on the right path. Let's even work harder a hundred times harder to create the wealth that will employ thousands of people in our continent and help grow our beautiful Africa.

Thank you @forbesafrica

Mama I made it!!!!


Friday, May 27, 2016

I will be speaking at the UN headquarters in Vienna, Austria

I will be a speaker at the 4th edition of the African Diaspora Youth Forum in Europe, which will hold on the 3rd of June at the United Nations Headquarters, Vienna - Austria.

This year's Theme is "Business Solution Forum for Youth: Entrepreneurial Leadership for Decent job creation".

I am very happy to be participating in a conversation that relates to young Africans and entrepreneurship, especially one that relates to the African youths and the future of our great continent economically.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

3 important ways to challenge the status quo.

One of the things I really like about Client Focus is their desire to challenge what they already know and do. For a strategist, it's heaven. In a time when "Kodak moment" uniformly makes business people cringe, it's great to work for a company that knows this simple truth: business as usual is a death march in today's economy.

Why challenge the status quo?

Externally, the status quo is yesterday's business. If you're doing things the way you always have, you know by now that someone, somewhere is figuring out how to make you obsolete. They're figuring out how to provide what you provide for a tenth of the cost, or how to provide it ten times as well as you do, and at better margins.

Internally, the impact of the status quo is a stagnant culture that pushes away top performers. Your best employees are driven by the need to do something great. When they run into obstacles that don't make any sense to them, they start thinking about greener pastures. Of course, the opposite is true of your bureaucrats and your go-along-to-get-along employees. They hope to milk the status quo for as long as possible. They hate change.

You already know this, though, right? Which brings us to the more important question.

How do you challenge the status quo?

This really isn't as hard as you might think. You don't have to invent it from scratch. You have people trying to do it right now. Your bureaucrats and go-along-to-get-along employees resent them; they're high performers, but they rock the boat. You know who they are, but do you know that all that boat-rocking is a reaction to the status quo? Here are three things you can do to help them help you succeed:

1. Define the status quo. Make a list. Get others to make a list. Recruit the boat rockers. Show everyone in your company what the status quo looks like. Your bureaucrats won't like it. They'll agree to the least provocative pieces to avoid detection, but they will have lots of reasons why the meatiest parts should be left alone. Get the list out. Make it available for everyone to see.

2. Paint a target on it. Once everyone has seen the status quo, you've got to make it safe--even rewarding--to challenge it. Most employees (boat rockers excluded) will see a personal risk in stepping up. How will you empower them? How will you break the barriers to challenging the status quo? If you don't do that, six months from now your goal to challenge the status quo will be another one of those trendy things that your company tried. Can you afford that?

3. Promote people who challenge the status quo. Some of these folks seem like loose cannons. What will give you better mileage, teaching them to be more mature leaders, or teaching your bureaucrats to embrace change? As surely as you're reading this post, some of your loose cannons will go on to be movers and shakers elsewhere in the industry. Your bureaucrats and go-along-to-get-along employees will never leave. They'll just move up and around in your company, looking for something important to be in charge of.

Challenging the status quo isn't easy. Neither is lying awake at night worrying about what will happen to your company. At least challenging the status quo puts you in the driver's seat.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

The strength of the 'African Woman'

“If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”
― Margaret Thatcher

This is a a subject that I am very much passionate about because of the first hand experience I have witnessed when it comes to the strength of an African Woman; making reference to my mother. That is a story for another day, but can I point out now that my number one inspiration comes from her.

On a plane heading to Guangzhou, China at the moment as I type the write up, I had noticed right from the moment I got on the plane from Abuja and when we transited in Addis Ababa, it was majority women passengers. Where are they heading to? China. I had a conversation with a few, just some quick ones, nothing major. What I find amazing is their strength, and their persistence to make ends meet. Going as far as China, making a trade, come back home resell and off they go to China again. I must commend these industrious women which are the unsung heroes and driving force of our vibrant economies we have across the African continent.

I have nothing but praises for these women who take care of their families, and still go out there to contribute to the economy of the nations as well as that of their family and society in general.

I say to you; Kudos!

Viva African women, VIVA!



Sunday, March 13, 2016

...Africa will dominate the world economically

Andrew S. Nevin, PwC Nigeria’s Chief Economist and co-author of the report, comments:
"Over the past decade, Nigeria has boasted superior economic growth and, with the right reforms and investments, Nigeria could become one of the world’s leading economies by 2030, with further progress by 2050. Nigeria's potential advantages for future growth include a large consumer market, a strategic geographic location, and a young and highly entrepreneurial population.


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Invest in AFRICA

It is no more a secret that Africa is the future. I have always known even when I lived outside the continent, my plan has always been to gain knowledge an then head straight to Africa and invest all my resources and knowledge into creating wealth and improving lives of my fellow Africans.

I was speaking to a business man from Singapore whom I met in an airport lounge in Istanbul and when we got into it and was sharing ideas and knowledge about the immense business opportunity in Africa, he ended his own argument with "if you aren’t investing in Africa, you’re missing out!"

I wasn't going to add anything more to that assertion and that was how we moved to other topics and this is my message to you;whoever reading this blog: Invest in Africa NOW!


Monday, January 11, 2016

...a little bit about my unconquerable soul

Happy New Year! 

It is 2016 already, wow! Today is my first day at the office and its been cleaning and renovations, and I find myself on my laptop going over emails, so I decided to share with you guys a little about my unconquerable soul.

Many may know, but quite a bunch of you also do not have an idea where my zeal and inspiration for wanting to succeed and forever working hard to stay successful comes from. Today i'll let it all out in just one sentence. 

My impoverished and poor childhood has been the major source of my strength and inspiration to create generational wealth that will conquer that epidemic called poverty. 

Okay now that the secret is out, let me share with you a poem that is my backbone from day one, i discovered this poem at 16, shortly after leaving home and became 100% independent. It is called "Invictus". It was written by an English poet and critic by name William Ernest Henley. He had gone through a very terrible health situation coupled with an impoverished childhood and other tribulations, all these experiences had forced him to write this master piece. I love this poem so much that I have tattoo'd same stanzas of the poem on my skin (Yes I have tattoos, quite a few actually hehe). Here's a copy of the poem:


Out of the night that covers me, 
Black as the Pit from pole to pole, 
I thank whatever gods may be 
For my unconquerable soul. 

In the fell clutch of circumstance 
I have not winced nor cried aloud. 
Under the bludgeonings of chance 
My head is bloody, but unbowed. 

Beyond this place of wrath and tears 
Looms but the Horror of the shade, 
And yet the menace of the years 
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid. 

It matters not how strait the gate, 
How charged with punishments the scroll, 
I am the master of my fate: 
I am the captain of my soul.

I hope that you too have been inspired by this master piece. Share it with friends and family anytime you want to inspire somebody.

Now i'm off to get some lunch.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Forbes Cover: Obinwanne Okeke "Africa's Youngest Billionaire"

I have always admired his business acumen, and I still believe in Africa business-wise just because of success stories like his. It will be an honour to get Forbes to do an article/cover on me some day. 

Till then, I will stay in my corner and be making moves and closing deals.

Cheers guys

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Made in Africa guys!

I had always told myself that as a business man, the gold mine is in Africa. I have never doubted this belief! I have immensely traveled Africa, and each time in search of an opportunity and demands yet to be met. I am very excited about the results and how much opportunities there is in Africa for use to make a lot of money as well as improve the lives of Africa's citizens and inhabitants.

I am typing this short post in my hotel room in Addis Ababa. I must tel you that I feel at home here, just like in South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Kenya and most recently Rwanda. I am yet to visit all the African countries, but I made promise to make sure that the #Invictus brand becomes very familiar in all of its nation's economy.

I urge the African entrepreneurs to look inward for opportunities, we have what it takes, you just have to be a bit more creative and focused.

Let me catch on some sleep, the lady at the reception warned that she'll wake me up at 5AM and this is way beyond midnight, I have a flight to catch to Johannesburg in the morning.


Thursday, September 17, 2015

The man Jack!

Jack Ma is the CEO of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, he gave an interview at Davos with Bloomberg TV's Charlie Rose, in which he talked about Alibaba's growth and history. During the interview in Switzerland, Ma reflected on the effects of the company's growth from a Chinese web startup to a global e-commerce giant.

All through this interview, I couldn't move and I totally enjoy his approach towards life. His theories on life in general is mind blowing.

Have fun and listen attentively.