Biz-Idol Challenge (11)
The winning entry
Topic: WHY I WOULD LIKE TO CHOOSE LEO STAN EKEH AS MY BUSINESS IDOL AND ROLE MODEL.
By Ushang Precious
Vision, elegance, poise, determination and perseverance, succinctly describes the personality of business icon and trail-blazer, Mr. Leonard Stanley Nnamdi Ekeh also known as Leo Stan Ekeh. He is a Nigerian business man, a philanthropist, a notable inventor, and a serial digital entrepreneur who pioneered Desktop Publishing and Computer Graphics in Nigeria. He is the founder, Chairman and CEO of Zinox Technologies, the first internationally certified branded computer OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) in West Africa and the Chairman of Konga.com.
If leadership and innovation had a human form, Leo Ekeh will be just the perfect person. He is a World class trained economist and risk manager who is considered a major force to reckon with in the Nigerian Entrepreneurship Community having created an impact business that has empowered tens of thousands of budding entrepreneurs through the “Computerize Nigeria Project” initiative. Needless to say that the Nigeria
Technology space will be incomplete without his creativity and superb innovative abilities.
As a game changer in the Nigerian Tech industry, he has served as a powerful role model for young people who have equally made giant strides in the tech industry. He has worked as an advocate for creating awareness on the importance of building businesses that positively impact the society. He is known for leading a team that delivered the largest single ICT project in Sub Saharan Africa. Under his leadership, the group was responsible for the technology backbone in the 2007 and 2011 voter’s registration. As a result of his hard work and tremendous dedication, the Zinox Group has grown to become one of the most integrated and innovative ICT companies in Africa.
From his cradle days, Leo Stan Ekeh had shown potentials that he was designed for greatness, and to affect his generation positively. Leo Stan Ekeh is a recipient of numerous awards, both as an individual and a brand and for his unparalleled contribution to the industry, some of which include: Icon of Hope by President Olusegun Obasanjo on October 1st, 2002; ICT personality of the Year, Corporate Citizen of the Year Award 2002/2003 amongst others .
Leo Stan Ekeh is actively involved in nurturing and helping start-up entrepreneurs in Nigeria to grow through mentorship. Many businesses have grown because of him and the things he is involved in. He has a record of incisive entrepreneurship and his vision to computerize Nigeria has reshaped the history of Information Technology in the third world.
Mr. Ekeh INFORMS, INSPIRES & IGNITES the creative instincts in me, which is one of the many reasons why I would choose him as my business idol and role model.