All About The Zero to Hero Icon…
When you desire a thing in your heart and it eventually comes to fulfillment, there is a kind of inexplicable joy you experience. Honestly, looking back at the journey of CIB since its birth on October 3, 2017, I have believed more in the saying by Wanda Sykes that “If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” Starting creates way for sure rewards; trust me on this, I am already a witness.
Wholeheartedly, I am so grateful for the blessings and lessons so far and I wish to let you know that inasmuch as this would be the last blog post for 2017, it doesn’t suggest the end. Next year holds a lot of good fortune for you and CIB. Kindly anticipate and I promise, you will have no regrets.
My dearest, today, I am pleased to inform you that we are rounding off this year’s blog series with the grass-to-grace like story of Engr. Chinomso Emmanuel Okoye, a proud son of Anambra State, Nigeria. He attended All Saints Primary School, Dennis Memorial Grammar School both in Onitsha. Although his mum wanted him to study Medicine and his dad, Engineering, he ended up studying the “available”, Biological Sciences (Specialized in Ecology) at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. As it is usual with successful entrepreneurs like him, a course studied would never terminate their passion no matter the delays.
The very first thing he loved in life was the 1998 windows desktop computer his mum got from the office. That simple act of love spiced up with hard work, resilience and absolute dedication have paid off for good as he is the C.E.O of a formidable ICT company, Gentzy Code Projects. The journey to success is never easy and this young man’s case is no exception. At a point in his life, he was a driver, sales boy at the provision store and house help for a couple who paid him peanuts for all the services he rendered. There was no form of encouragement from his employers and this affected his productivity greatly hence, the search for greener pastures. Gratefully, The family of Nwakalor (first resident at Onitsha and later moved to Awka) chose to play the role of the Biblical Good Samaritan. They offered the basics such as food, shelter but that was undoubtedly not enough; Don’t forget, it is not money that is the root of all evil rather the love of money (Man Must Survive my darling).
The genesis of Chinomso’s breakthrough occurred in 2007 when one of his friend’s, Engr. Uzosike casually talked to him about the CISCO Networking program he had just started and immediately he marched to Mr. Erosofor’s office for details about how he would begin. Nonso found out it would cost him about #85,000 to comfortably begin the program but had only #200 to his name, on earth and in other planets. Instead of allowing depression to overwhelm him, he smartly asked Mr. Erosofor to give him a CD plate guide of all about CISCO and he obliged. This shaped his destiny.
Having no computer, the only way he could use the CD was visiting a cyber cafe. His first payment of #500 for night browsing was sponsored by Iyke Nwakalor. While he was busy surfing the net to improve his knowledge base, he met people who would come to the cyber cafe just to watch porn and chat aimlessly. He read everything about CISCO, web designs, graphics, database management etc. He continued this routine from time to time and read as if his life were dependent on it. Fate smiled on him during this period and he gained admission into the university.
While in school, he gave tutorials on JAVA, graphics etc and was paid in form of gift items like indomie, bottles of malt and NOT MONEY, trust my fellow Nigerian students with this form of divine applied wisdom of using what you have to get what you need.
It was time for the compulsory six months Industrial Training (I.T) and instead of going for what was connected to his course, he started scouting for ICT companies. He travelled all the way to Lagos and his brother told him of one company, Andychips Technologies he saw close to 7up and Nonso wasted no time. On getting there, guess what he found out! The company was a photocopying centre with a packaged name. He decided not to feel bad especially when he was told that his job description included photocopying, printing, taking passport photographs and being computer operator with a take home salary of #10,000 which will be approved after a day’s probation. Looll, what do you expect? He passed the probation without hesitation mbok and he stole the heart of the couple who owned the company (I think this is what he knows how to do best but lemme not continue on this point, thank you). He worked for three months and got bored. The job wasn’t challenging. He decided to reach out to a friend, Obinna Uba who linked him with a Director at NCC (Nigerian Communications Commission), Abuja. He passed the interview and completed his I.T there. He was posted to the networking department and later database unit in the midst of children from rich homes who seized talking to him just because his surname was unpopular. It was at this point he swore to make it in life, the pain was real. Interniship ended and he went back to school. On resumption, he heard of an Internally Generated Revenue automation company that advertised a vacancy for graduates with ICT background and years of experience. Although he had no major experience and still an undergraduate, he chose to go for the interview.
Trust secretaries with the act of pursuing anyone who doesn’t meet requirements, his was an akamu case for the Secretary as she didn’t even waste time in throwing him out. Instead of leaving, he remained at the gate constantly reminding himself he was an ICT professional. He stayed there till the GMD of the company (Olisawarren Associates) saw him on his way out and picked interest in him for staying even when all had left. The GMD personally interviewed him and was impressed. This happened on a Friday and by the next monday, he was asked to assume duties as an ICT officer with a monthly salary of #15,000. This was the happiest day in his life as he saw it as the best platform to explore the world of ICT. For every challenge faced by other staff, he made it a point of duty to fix it. This wasn’t a form of initial gra-gra but utilizing opportunities to perfect himself. This made him earn the name, Emma-I.T. This popularity and favour he won didn’t go down well with some of his seniors but my Holy Bible clearly states in Proverbs 18:16(KJV) that, ” A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men”.
A time came when he gave “supposed unimaginable suggestions” to the Anambra State Ministry of Transportation and the Federal Road Safety Corp that eventually worked out and this made him the Oliswarren Star. He resigned at that peak to concentrate on his studies. Following graduation, he was called back to take up duties as The Chief Software Developer with a starting salary of #50,000 as far back as 2011. Sister Karma happily dealt with all who frustrated our dear Emma as they became his subordinates by default. He saved costs for the company in so many ways and this resulted to him being sponsored to Dubai for a five day vacation and partly paying for his course trip to India.
With all the experience he gathered at Oliswarren Associates including different academic and professional certifications(M.Sc. Information Management System, University of Liverpool; M.Sc. Infotech Walden University; Harvard Extension School Graduate, MCITP, pph recognized app developer etc), he decided it was ripe to own an ICT one-stop shop/firm where he will serve as an ICT consultant, outsourcing services to the rest of the world like UK, US, India. Now Gentzy Code Projects is known for Software development, School Management Portal, Human Resource Management Platform, Logistics Platform, Accounting Applications and a host of other services.
In a humbly proud way, he says he has multiple sources of income. He is a pro in the world of bitcoin as he purchased his when it was at 55 cents/ bitcoin. He is now a partner at Oliswarren where he gets commissions on all services. Emmanuel acts as an ICT consultant to many universities in Nigeria. He also sells applications online, runs Mr. GENTZ CABS, Mr. Gentz Food Delivery Services, please, let’s stop here. Kindly visit www.gentzycode.com for detailed information.
He believes Gentzy Code Project should not fail hence the meticulous delivery of services. He says he has no fears and believes that in the next 10 years, people would go over to embassies in their countries to look for Nigerian Passport in order to visit Gentzy Code Projects for cosultation (This kind of confidence level makes you have a rethink of your life instantly). He also wishes to be the change agent for Youths in ICT in Anambra first and then other places.
I sincerely wish you were also present on the day of the interview. You would have appreciated this all the more but I hope I was able to relate what I heard well enough to you my dearest. I made many decisions to make sure that by 2027, I would look back and be proud of myself. You can start now to shape that beautiful future of yours. Location is not a determinant to your level of success. For goodness sake, Engr. Nonso operates from Awka and not Lagos or Abuja yet he is an ICT authority. Now, you will agree with me that there is really no excuse for you not to succeed. If someone who once had nothing could make himself a global brand, you also can. I hope you have been inspired.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Fulfilling 2018.
Till next year, don’t ever lose yourself, you have been designed for greatness.
With love from,
P.S: Did you notice my wordpress has a new look? Well all thanks to this great man, Gentzy Code!