National 28.7.2016 04:09 pm

Sandton entrepreneur, 28, makes ‘Forbes Africa’ list

Obinwanne Okeke. Photo: North Eastern Tribune

Obinwanne Okeke. Photo: North Eastern Tribune

The young businessman has featured on the cover of ‘Forbes Africa’ magazine and was named as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30s most promising entrepreneurs of the year.

Business owner and Sandton resident Obinwanne Okeke has featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine and was named as one of Forbes Africa’s 30 under 30s list of most promising entrepreneurs of the year, reports the North Eastern Tribune.

“This is the most important list of the year for Forbes Africa. If one young African reads it and is inspired enough to start a business it has done its job. Entrepreneurs like Obinwanne are proof that there is hope for Africa,” said Chris Bishop, managing editor of Forbes Africa.

Okeke was chosen out of hundreds of entrepreneurs across the continent and his unique story, hard work and potential earned him the coveted spot on the list.

Although he holds a Master’s degree in politics and counter terrorism from Monash University, Okeke opted for a career in business. He owns and operates Invictus Group Limited, a conglomerate in construction, oil, gas and agricultural development.

A dream and a promise to his mother spurred him to entrepreneurship.

“I became an entrepreneur because of a dream. I say that because I had known this from a very young age – that all I needed was to dream and work towards it. Coincidentally, the dream is free,” said Okeke.

“It was hard. Capital was a problem. I had to prioritise my dreams and aspirations, for example, I started off with an events and entertainment company for students… then I went off to Australia where I did all kinds of jobs just to survive. Saved up, came home and invested all my savings in my company.”

He named his company, Invictus, after one of Nelson Mandela’s favourite poems by William Ernest Henley about the undefeated and unconquerable soul of a hard worker from an impoverished background who would not give up.

Okeke’s hard work paid off. He has 28 permanent and 100 part-time employees across nine companies. Most importantly, to him, he bought his mother a house.

 

Caxton News Service

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