CEO POWER: The Success Story So Far.
A wise man once said, “You eventually become what you pursue”. This saying is a true reflection of the star for this blog post. He is the first gentleman to be featured and I am particularly excited because this has cleared the ongoing speculation that Chidinma Ibemere’s Blog celebrates women only.
Chukwudinma Ebubechukwu Obiegbunam (CEO) is one of those you meet and you begin to wonder if you also inhale the same kind of Nigerian air as them due to the overwhelming success they stand for. I would love you to bear in mind that the most amazing attribute of this multimillionaire is the fact that he pays attention to relevant details and this can even be seen in his beautiful office, an obvious product of the matrimony between simplicity and class. I hereby humbly welcome you to the world of CEO!
He is the third of five children, a native of Obeagu Nri in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, Nigeria. He attended All Saints Primary School, Onitsha, Dennis Memorial Grammar School (JSS 1-3), Federal Government College, Okigwe (SSS1-3) and a graduate of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Unlike most youths who usually have a second choice of course for study, for CEO it was Electrical and Electronics Engineering (E.E) or NOTHING ELSE. The unusual resort for E.E was as a result of his early self discovery. While growing up, he hated watching cartoons and playing video games but had great interest in playing drums, watching war movies, running, playing, physical exercise and MOST IMPORTANTLY, derived so much joy dismantling and re-assembling toys despite the stern warning that follows each presentation of toys by his dear parents.
The real quest to study E. E became evident when his family relocated to Akpaka area, 3-3, Nkwelle, where there was no electricity supply. At the time, he was in J.S.S. 2 and he promised himself to use a source of light to read during Junior W.A.E.C exams. HE ALSO RESOLVED TO DO SOMETHING TO BETTER THE SUPPLY OF ELECTRICITY TO HOMES IN NIGERIA AT CHEAPER AND AFFORDABLE COST. This spurred him to construct a light source using local knowledge. He made a little lantern with fan with the basement being his father’s perfume box including three batteries on each side; the fan was the electric motor from radio cassette and the fan blades from jerry can. He achieved this 6 months to his exams but not forgetting the “hidden” sleepless nights which his father later found out about and being the typical African Father, he slapped CEO for not reading but constructing. Fast forward to S.S. 1, he also constructed a sound amplifier with sophisticated alarm system.
He hated Biology and Chemistry because the subjects were not physical. In his Senior Secondary School days, he was nicknamed ABILITECH because of his high electronic skills. For the love of construction, he could stay without eating. CEO used to be regular at cyber cafes on friday nights (S.S 3), searching all electronic websites for circuit diagrams and he would reproduce by a Veroboard display. For circuits that failed to work, he would return to the website and this can only describe PASSION.
Despite being a seller of male shirts for three years at the university, a painter over weekends just to make ends meet, he believes that the experiences he garnered encouraged the entrepreneurial spirit in him. An entrepreneur is known to be a problem solver and this also played out at Marvellous Hostel during his school days where he isolated all corridor lights and powered it separately with his generator and this made his hostel popular because students from other places made Marvellous Hostel their new library at nights because of the constant power supply.
The usual uncertainty that comes with post Passing Out Parade from the compulsory one year National Youth Service Corp Scheme (NYSC) didn’t elude him but gratefully his desire for power supply kept glowing. A life changing opportunity presented itself in the form of YouWin (Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria) and he grabbed it cheerfully. With no business plan at hand (since he applied on the date for the deadline), no personal copy of his application, he went for RENEWABLE ENERGY (with the intention of localizing production of inverters, solar panels, wind turbines and nuclear power plants) and fortunately, he was awarded #10,000,000. This gave birth to CEO POWER COMPANY in 2015, CEO being initials of his name. He kicked off with the first and second installment and today he has close to 100 customers that enjoy the company’s services.
He believes that manufacturing in the company will not allow competition with the price in the market. He has a modified business plan and imports inverters, batteries and solar panels, all branded with specifications. The company provides installation services with customer satisfaction being of utmost priority. Although he planned started his business at age 40 but he is indebted to God for achieving his first millions under-30 through his own company. He also hopes to be the Chairperson, CEO GROUP OF COMPANIES within the next 10 years.
Chukwudinma lives with the understanding that renewable energy is sustainable and for him, he wouldn’t leave this world without ensuring that a reasonable percentage of the Nigerian people enjoy his services. He has beautiful plans of going into contracts in the nearest future. Cost and technical know-how may serve as challenges but would definitely be surmounted.
I feel inspired to write about this young engineer. It makes me believe so much in the future of Nigeria. I hope you grabbed a few things from this post. It is clear that one can actually connect dots from childhood to adulthood. Don’t wait till you become a parent to encourage that child next to you who shows so much passion for a particular skill. What if the slap from his father many years ago destroyed his passion? Be consitent in what you do. It may not make sense today but you will be announced tomorrow if you don’t give up.
I am proud to be his namesake. Kindly consider giving your child the name, CHUKWUDINMA, it does wonders, trust me. For those who do not understand Igbo, the name awesomely means GOD IS GOOD.
I hope I served you right. I still need you in this journey, please, remain my guest.
Till the next post, don’t forget you were made to make a difference.
With love unending,