Africa is home to endless opportunities. The few who understand this take advantage of its limitless potentials, while others simply complain about the economic situations that have ridiculed the continent and have in one way or the other affected their lives. Visionaries pay less attention to what their countries can do for them and more to what they can do for their countries. To achieve this, they identify opportunities, take them head-on and, when they succeed, they create jobs for thousands of people.
A few billionaires walk the earth. But it gets exciting whenever the world hears of African billionaires because majority of the world’s view about Africa is one filled with small huts, farmers, and every man getting married to multiple women at childhood. While the world’s perception about Africa is mostly wrong, the continent is disproving these misguided thoughts by even further producing more dollar billionaires every year. Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, in his inaugural speech in 2015, said one of his priorities would be the importance of road infrastructure to drive investment and ease the doing of business in Abia State.
Ikpeazu, in making good that promise, not only made sure that security in Abia is guaranteed for investors, he also recently played host to 30 investors from China hoping to key into his investment drive through the setting up of a one-stop-shop where entrepreneurs can showcase their wares and investors can have access to them. The governor, who prides himself as “Nwaba” (Aba boy), is the biggest ambassador of the made-in-Aba brand, promoting ‘buy Naija to grow Naija’ and branding his dresses in the Aba brand.
Meanwhile, Ikpeazu just sent garment makers to Turkey, Vietnam and Brazil and another group to China to improve the young entrepreneurs’ crafts and position them to compete in the world fashion market. The governor and his team, in a related development, successfully organised the first Aba Fashion in Abuja and New York to showcase unique designs and create avenues for the funding of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs). The Director General of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda, spoke in the same vein when he said the agency will continue to support innovation in e-business or digital business in Nigeria as MSMEs are the bedrock of development in any country. Radda spoke during a stakeholders’ forum on MSMEs organized by AKG Global, a company which specializes in multiple internet marketing. He expressed delight with the initiative. “I am elated because today MSMEs can now have a platform for assessing local, regional and global markets for the development of the subsector in Nigeria”, the SMEDAN boss said.