Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Know the Ins and Outs of Business

Given our economic reality, it is not every day that every young person will have employment. African leaders have taken it upon themselves to promote youth entrepreneurship as a solution. But as an aspiring entrepreneur you need to be aware of what entrepreneurship entails before your entry in to it. Passion, determination and hard work is what entrepreneurship is all about. You can have the greatest idea, but if you do not execute it and turn it in to a reality? It will remain just as that, an idea! What most of you young aspiring entrepreneurs lack out there, is courage. If there is one thing that stands in the way of your success, is exactly that, lack of courage. So develop that courage and do the unthinkable.

Entrepreneurship is the willingness to go an extra mile.  Stand out from the crowd and be one of those who will not wait for funding to execute their business ideas. There is nothing wrong with being funded but there is everything wrong when you put it on hold. I started small without seed capital and that did not stop me from turning my dream in to reality. The entrepreneur you know me to be today, was never that entrepreneur more than a decade ago. It took me a good number of years. I had my first company since I was 14, It was never an overnight success.

Another mistake that young entrepreneurs make, is entering in to industries that they have no knowledge about. Choose your industry wisely. It's one thing to start a business with little experience or business know-how, but it's another if you do not take time to do your research and familiarize yourself with the industry you are planning on penetrating.  Know your target market, and commit to a market solution. Do not sell people dreams, just do what is expected of you. Just like all other businesses, you want to make profit. But bare in mind that business is not a money making scheme. It is rather finding a gap and closing it.  Put in all your efforts. You do not have to do it all by yourself, know when to seek outside help.  Hence no one succeeds in business alone.

Sunday, April 2, 2017


Before you launch that company you have been dreaming about, take some time and ask yourself the following questions:
  • What does the company do?
  • What is unique about the company?
  • What big problem does it solve?
  • How big is the market opportunity?
  • Where are you headquartered?
  • How big can the company get?
  • Saturday, April 1, 2017

    Featured Speaker at The Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA 2017, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel

    Hello guys,

    It's been a minute I know, I have been extremely busy and to come on here to update becomes too much task. I will try to update this blog more often.

    So I am one of the featured speakers in this year's Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA 2017 taking place in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, Israel. I was very excited when Forbes announced the list of speakers.

    This year's summit has been tagged: INNOVATION. EXPLORATION. INSPIRATION.

    The Under 30 Summit EMEA convenes the greatest young entrepreneurs and game-changers from America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa to foster world-changing ideas and collaborations. Our host cities, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, serve as a perfect backdrop: they are the most entrepreneurial places on the planet, with more startups per capita than Silicon Valley. Last year’s event was the highest-rated in Forbes history.

    I can't miss the chance to share unforgettable experiences with fellow list members from across the world, take my business to new heights, and collaborate with the world’s most innovative minds.

    I will be on the panel discussing "Guerrilla Financing: Funding the Next Wave of Innovation From startup to scaleup, what will drive the next wave of growth? An all-time investing legend and founders from the 30 under 30 share new funding models, new investment approaches, new priorities and where they’re looking to put money next."

    On Sunday, April 2nd,  I will join other Forbes Under 30 Summit EMEA participants to ring the Opening Bell at the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. The summit will officially kick off at the end of the day with a welcome party on the shores of the Mediterranean.

    Here's more information about the event:

    If you are in Israel please come and say hi. I will be there for the whole week and then pilgrimage after the summit.



    Monday, October 24, 2016

    Birthday behaviour

    Hi guys,

    For my birthday this year, I've decided to give some scholarships for secondary school students as well we university students through my foundation; Invictus Foundation.

    To be a beneficiary, you just have to do something small. Head over to and see a list of books on there, select one and review in not more than 700 words and submit to:

    The deadline for submission is 6th November 2016, and shortlisted candidates will be announced on my birthday the 9th Nov! 

    Please share and repost, it might be of benefit to people on your contact list.

    Did I mention that the review has to be in Igbo? Well yes that's one of the criteria. There're lots of consolation prizes to be won as well including laptops and other educational gadgets.


    Sunday, October 16, 2016

    Attending Forbes #Under30Summit Boston

    I have just arrived Boston last night, it is my first time here in Massachusetts.

    I am very excited to have been invited to the #Under30Summit by Forbes. This will be Forbes' biggest event in history as they bring together the world's top leaders, policy makers, innovators, experts and change makers as we explore the ever-evolving landscape of today's business world.

    I am definitely looking forward to take away enough knowledge and networks from this place and more importantly a chance to meet with my mentor for the very first time one on one; incase you don't know, Richard Branson is my business mentor and I am sure you know the similarities hehe.

    Looking forward to EXPLORE. INSPIRE. NETWORK.


    Monday, September 26, 2016

    Live Webinar - Education Made In Africa

    Hello my friends, I am participating in an online meet-up to discuss solutions to advance literacy and explore new models of education across Africa. The action-packed discussion will address key solutions and challenges including the role of private sector education, African-specific education models and effective tools to address literacy across all age groups.

    Guest speakers:

    Anne Eboso Okongo, Reading Revolutionary & Mandela Washington Fellow
    Elodie de Warlincourt, Director African Innovation Foundation
    Eugenia Tachie-Menson, Founder Young Educators Foundation
    Naomi Lucas, Foun‎der, Graduatepro and Author "I'm A Graduate Now What?" 
    Obinwanne Okeke, Founder Literacy Africa International

    I would love you to be a part of this and invite you to join in on this webinar to listen, engage and learn from our wonderful speakers.

    Here's the Facebook event page with instructions on how to participate: 

    See you guys!


    Friday, September 23, 2016

    I am speaking at the 6th Young CEO’s Business Summit 2016.

    I am excited to be speaking and participating at The 6th Young CEO’s Business Summit 2016 taking place 24 - 25th September, 2016 here in Düsseldorf, Germany.

    The Young CEO's Business Summit by the way is a prestigious global summit that seeks to empower and redefine business collaborations between Africa and the rest of the world, and boasts to be The Foremost Summit for Young Enterprise Leaders in Africa and Europe’s Private Sector.

    I was very impressed by the works of The Young CEO's Business Forums over the years and didn't think twice to accept ti speak and be part of this year's gathering of young minds from all around the world. The YCBF, is committed to inspiring young business leaders around the world, equipping them with relevant business and social skills necessary to command collective positive actions that will improve the state of our world.

    About the summit:

    The Young CEO’s Business Summit Dusseldorf Germany will pay considerable attention to the African diaspora entrepreneurs, German Startups, German Blue Chip Companies, African Ceos, European CEOs, and investment opportunities towards Africa.

    Other Objectives of the Summit will include:

    • Participants will be exposed to an Audience of VC's, Angels, Industry Experts and Host Organizers.
    • Network with Key local and international Investors.
    • Investment opportunities in African Startup markets.
    • The Most Important Digital Skills for Todays CEO’s.
    • B2G Meetings, sharing good practices  and implementation of Mentorship program.
    • Enhance Funding Through Pitch Competition which will facilitate Liaison and collaboration between young CEOs in Africa and Europe.

    The venue for the conference is at a German business school called: WHU - Otto Beisheim School of Management, Düsseldorf, Germany.

    If you are in Germany, or anywhere in Europe. Take a train, bus, flight or whatever means you people use in commuting across Europe, please come and be part of the discussion about how we can help as Africans in solving world problems economically.

    Let me go catch some sleep before the summit kicks off! Excited much, can't wait!



    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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