The Ingenuity Of An Igbo Business Man: Meet The Doyen Of ICT And Technology In Nigeria
By Iheme Kelechi 17 days ago
In the ancient town of Ubomiri in Mbaitoli LGA, of Imo State, Nigeria, a boy was born on the 22nd day of February 1956, to the family of Pa Ekeh and Mama Ihentuge Ekeh.
The newborn child was named Leonard Stanley Nnamdi Ekeh.
Young Leonard was born to a middle-class family with three brothers and two sisters. His mother was a dietitian, and his father was a nurse.
Ekeh attended Holy Ghost College, Owerri for his secondary education. During his early years, he wanted to own the biggest transport company in Nigeria.
He later went to India for his university education, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Punjab University.
Leonard Stanley Nnamdi Ekeh believes that studying in India played a great impact in his life. According to him, “studying in India was a great turning point in my life because I found the economy of India a realistic economy”.
He also has a postgraduate degree in Risk Management from Nottingham University.
Going into business as a fresh graduate and young man, Leonard Stanley Nnamdi Ekeh reconfigured his name to what its known today as "Leo Stan Ekeh". After many years of starting and running various technology focused business and ventures which include TD - Technology Distribution, he started Zinox Technologies Limited in 2001 to manufacture computersRelated: Edo State Celebrate AIG DanMallam, Wishes Him Farewell To SPU Abuja
Leo Stan Ekeh ensured that at launch Zinox Computers already had the WHQL certification, the first in sub-Saharan Africa, consolidated 5 years later with the attainment of the NIS ISO 2000: 9001 QMS Certification. In October 2013, the company announced the production of its computer tablet line named Zipad. In February 2018, Ekeh's company Zinox acquired "Konga.com" from its owners buying 99% of the total company shares and then merged it together with his son's already established but struggling ecommerce shop "Yudala", and both became one big ecommerce company, better positioned to compete with Jumia.
Today, the 63 years old Nigerian business man with Igbo blood called Leonard Stanley Nnamdi Ekeh popularly known as "Leo Stan Ekeh" has succeeded in building an internationally recognized business brand and empire. He is today the founder and chairman of Zinox Group. He is also the chairman of Konga.com, among many others under his business empire.
Leo Stan Ekeh led the team that delivered the largest single ICT project in Sub Saharan Africa. The group was also responsible for the technology infrastructure of the 2007 and 2011 voters’ registration in Nigeria. A contract awarded to him by INEC, after a rigorous presentation and battle with other foreign companies.
In December, 2013, Microsoft appointed Leo Stan as a Global Partner Advisor.
Leo Stan Ekeh lives in Lagos, Nigeria and has a Net worth of $1 billion according to financial sources. He is married to Mrs Chioma Ekeh, whom he married in 1986 and they both had 5 children.
Leo Stan Ekeh is also known for philanthropy as he launched the "Computerize Nigeria Project", to encourage and sensitize development in the use of computers by Nigerians. The project was launched on August 5, 2000. He also launched the "CANi Scheme" that provided laptops to Nigerians at a reduced price, under a repayment plan over the course of 2 years. He built a church in Ubomiri community, where he once served as a mass servant. In 2016, his charity organisation, "The Leo Stan Ekeh Foundation", pledged N1.5 billion to support "YUBOSS", an entrepreneurship and wealth creation scheme.
In 2017, through his foundation, he disbursed N50 million as a humanitarian fund to victims injured during the demolition of Okeukwu Owere Market in Owerri, Imo State, and recently he donated lots of computers and accessories to the Governor Ihedioha led Imo State Government, in support of the Government to succeed. He also pledged N1Billion naira through his foundation for the empowerment of Imo youths with various skills set and startup capital.