In a country with a population of over 160 million inhabitants and millions of businesses; 3 Imo entrepreneurs diligently carved their names in the sands of time by taking advantage of the fastest growing business opportunities in Nigeria.
Today,they are inspiration and models for may youths and businesses acros africa and they globe. They are purposeful and partners in development dynamics.I call on Imo State government to tap on their wealth of experience, wisdom and entrepreneurship to better the lots of million unemployed youths and graduates. A look at the list of top 3 Imo billionaires in 2015 according to forbes. This list will be restricted to entrepreneurs only. Politicians and individuals whose source of wealth cannot be traced are excluded from this list.
The list is compiled based on the following criteria:
The value of their shares held in quoted companies.
The size and market share of their companies
The number of companies they own and its estimated value
The market value of their company’s brand
The impact of their companies on the Nigerian economy
Dr Pascal Dozie– MTN Nigeria, Diamond Bank (Banking, Telecom)
Mr. Pascal G. Dozie is from Owerri North LGA Imo State, the Co-Founder, Partner, and Non-Executive Partner at African Capital Alliance. He is the Founder of Kunoch Limited. He was the Founder of Diamond Bank PLC. Mr. Dozie served as the Chief Executive Officer of Diamond Bank Plc. He served as the President at the Nigeria Stock Exchange. He serves as a Member of Advisory Board at Kaizen Venture Partners. Mr. Dozie serves as the Chairman of MTN Nigeria Communications Ltd. and the Co- Chairman of the Commonwealth Business Council board. He serves as the Chairman of Kunoch Limited; ADIC Insurance Limited; Aluminium Extrusion Industries Plc. Mr. Dozie served as the Chairman of Diamond Bank PLC until December 31, 2006. He served as the Chairman of Nigerian Economic Summit Group and served on the Lagos Business School Advisory Board. He was a Council Member of The Nigerian Stock Exchange. Mr. Dozie serves as a Non Executive Director of Gulf of Guinea Energy Limited. Mr. Dozie served as a Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria. He was an Economic Adviser for Niger State Government. Mr. Dozie was a Member of Vision 2010 Council. He is the Recipient of National Award of Officer of the order of the Niger. Mr. Dozie holds Honorary Doctorate degrees in Law, Management Technology, and Business Administration from three Universities. Mr. Dozie holds an M.Sc. in Econometrics from City University, London and a B.Sc. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Sir Tony Ezenna– Orange Group (Pharmaceutical, oil & gas)
Tony Ezenna is from Ideato North LGA of Imo State, he started out with a family chemist shop, Eastern Industrial Chemist in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State as an intern in 1975 and worked there for thirteen years before he opted to chart a course for himself. Having been well honed in the art of drug sales, the young Tony on July 20th 1988,registered and incorporated his personal company, Orange Drugs Limited.
The company started out from its office in Ikenegbu, Owerri, Imo state in 1989, but the urge to play in the big league brought him to Lagos, starting off from Okupe Estate, Mende, Maryland, Lagos. It was from the Maryland base that the company, in 2001 relocated to its present Head Office at Town Planning Way, Ilupeju, Lagos.
Orange Drugs Limited started off with an authorized fully paid share capital of N5 million and engaged in the importation, marketing and distribution of drugs, manufactured in Indonesia, Italy, India, Germany and the United States of America and later joined the beauty care segment through the importation of soaps, creams and other beauty products. By 2006, the company commenced the local production of different brands of soaps in Lagos.
Dr Leo Stan Ekeh– Zinox (Computer, technology)
Mr. Leo-Stan Nnamdi Ekeh, FNCS, OFR from Mbaitoli LGA of Imo State serves as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Zinox Technologies Ltd. and Buyright Africa Dotcom Limited. Mr. Ekeh is the Founder at TaskDirect. Mr. Ekeh is a first rate Indian trained economist and risk Manager, was honoured as an ICON of Hope by President Olusegun Obasanjo October 1st, 2002 for his sustained pioneering effort in the area of Information technology and also as a pride to modern Nigeria.
He has a record of incisive entrepreneurship and his vision to computerize Nigeria has reshaped the history of information Technology in the Third World. He pioneered Desktop publishing and Computer graphics in Nigeria with Task Systems Ltd in 1989. He also pioneered ICT products distributions in West Africa with – Technology Distributions Ltd – which is the No.1 ICT distribution company in Sub Saharan Africa.
He pioneered the First Nigerian Internationally certified Computer brand, Zinox Computer, and recently SUPER WIFI with the launch of Zinox Telecom amongst other pioneering efforts He known for leading a team that delivered the largest single ICT project in Nigeria within a record time has earned several awards for his industry few of which are, Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic, OFR; Fellow Nigeria Computer Society, FNCS; Fellowship of NPAN; Distinguished Fellow of the Nigeria Law School; Life Membership of the Institute of International Affairs; over 15 Honorary fellowship awards from Federal and State Polytechnics.
He hold Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa) Imo State University, Doctor of Technology (Honoris Causa) Federal University of Technology, Owerri; Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi etc. Mr. Ekeh holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Punjab University, India, and a Post Graduate Degree in Risk Management from Nottingham University, England.