Barrister (Mrs.) Precious Ogun Michael, group chief executive officer, Oxford International Group is on the driving seat of a Lagos-based top real estate conglomerate with a network of about 200 operational businesses in Nigeria. The legal practitioner per excellence and an astute real estate consultant took over the headship of the conglomerate this year and excelled in defiance of the many troubles that corporate chieftains faced in 2020.
She grew Oxford International Group from a N1 billion business venture to N8 billion within the first six months as CEO. She enlarged the coast of the group through business expansions not just in the real estate industry but also across other operating fields.
As part of her diversification strategy, Oxford Green Farms Limited came onboard to extend the group’s operations into the agricultural sector. Safeguard Microfinance Bank Limited also came on stream as the group’s arm in the financial services industry. There were also cross-border expansions of the business to neighbouring Benin Republic as well as Rwanda.
The ability to accomplish the great feats despite the coronavirus-induced health and economic crises speaks loudly of Michael’s outstanding qualities as a result oriented, excellent executor, goal getter, self-motivated and hardworking leader.
She holds an LLB in Law from Adekunle Ajasin University Akoko, Ondo State before proceeding to the Nigeria Law School, Bwari Abuja where she earned her BL. Her leadership qualities began to show quite early in life as chapel prefect in primary school and school assembly prefect in college. She finished secondary school education with the best WAEC result in her set.
Her distinguished performance earned her the opportunity of going through the university education on the scholarship of the Ondo State Scholarship Board and the ODUA Scholarship Board. She justified the honour by emerging the best student in her faculty all thorough the 200 level to 400 level. She graduated with a CGPA 4.36 and won the Dean Faculty of Law’s Best Student’s prize.
While in school, she worked in a law chamber – Legal Temple between 2011 and 2015. There she held positions as assistant general secretary, the Lord Advocate and Deputy Presiding Don. On graduation from the law school, she practiced law briefly at the A.O Williams Law Firm and Adekunle Ojo Law Firm where she worked as junior counsel in the legal department of both law firms. She joined Oxford International Group in 2018 as head of human resources from which she grew to become CEO in 2020.
Oxford International Group is a privately owned and internationally recognized business empire with a diversified operation in real estate, construction, property management, law, technology, finance, asset management, banking, fashion, oil and gas, energy, agriculture and more. Michael is driving the business with commitment to the pursuit of service excellence, offering top notch business relationships to a host of partners across all the operational business ventures.
The company started operations as Oxford Commercial Services in 2016 with the focus on reducing housing deficit in Nigeria. A combination of able leadership and a dedicated team has powered a tremendous growth in revenue, the size of the balance sheet and the capacity to maximize the business potentials of a robust client base both locally and internationally.
The group is presently acclaimed to be Nigeria’s No.1 most diversified commercial business empire. In four years, it has built 22 member companies, 28 estate locations and still counting and about 200 credible operational businesses providing valued products and services across key sectors and industries.
It boasts over 1000 highly skilled professionals at its command that drive excellent competencies across its markets. They are on a mission daily to keep the company’s promise of affordable products and services that exceed expectations.
Some of the key members of the group include Oxford Froxxir Homes & Properties Limited – the real estate arm of the group. Oxford Gold Integrated is the group’s strategic centre for positive change and innovative ideas that redefine the quality and consistency of products and services. Oxford Cal Limited is a calculations and computation outfit that provides top-notch financial services to individuals of the organization.
The group’s products include property sales, asset management, real estate investment, infrastructure and general construction and property valuation.
Over the past years, Oxford International Group has been consistent in its objective of contributing its quota to the growth and development of Nigeria’s economy. Michael is poised to do even more. She is passionate about helping people unleash and maximize their full potentials.
She has mentored over 500 youth in various areas of life including career, personal growth, relationships and faith. She is a devoted Christian and has served in a number of leadership positions in the church. Her goal is to leave everyone who comes her way with a positive touch.