Twenty nine year old Nigerian nominated for a coveted All Africa Business Leader Award

Abuja—October 17— Obinwanne Okeke, founder and CEO of Invictus Group of Companies, has been named as a finalist for an All Africa Business Leaders Award (AABLA).

“This is an incredible honour. I feel the recognition is some sort of validation that all the hard work pays. Entrepreneurship is tough and sometimes one feels like they are on the wrong path and such an accolade is reassurance to stay the path,” says the 29 year-old who is nominated in the Young Business Leader of the year category (West Africa).

The annual All Africa Business Leaders Awards, in partnership with CNBC Africa, honours business excellence in African.

“These awards are a tribute to those Captains of Industry who have made a qualitative and quantitative difference, to the companies, industries and communities that they serve,” says Managing Director of the ABN Group, Roberta Naicker.

“An entrepreneur and leader has unwavering belief in their vision and their ability to calmly manage through some of the toughest economic conditions – this is the reason we celebrate the very best in business,” she says.

Annually, the AABLA hosts three regional events in South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria, before moving on to the AABLA Finale, which is hosted in South Africa. The winners of the regional awards will then go on to compete in the coveted AABLA Finale, which will be on November 30 2017.

Okeke hopes to bring home the ultimate prize as he has done in the past.

Last year, Okeke was named one of the most promising entrepreneurs under 30 by Forbes Africa and covered the June 2016 edition of the magazine.

That’s not all.

His businesses range from Real Estate Development, Construction, Agriculture and Energy operating in Nigeria, South Africa and Zambia.

There is more.

Okeke’s most recent business focus has been on building energy-efficient houses that rely exclusively on solar energy. In May 2017, the Invictus Group of Companies won the Africa’s Most Innovative Investment Company of the Year 2017 Award at the African Brand Leadership Merit Awards held at Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos.

In the last two years, Okeke has sought to combine his role as an entrepreneur with public speaking, and has become one of Africa’s youngest and most sought after public speakers in matters of entrepreneurship and investment in the continent.

Most notably, Okeke spoke at the Forbes Under-30 Summit in Israel in April 2017 in a panel which included, Fiona Darmon, (COO Jerusalem Venture Partners), Chemi Peres, (Chairman, Peres Centre for Peace and Innovation) and Sofia Hmich (Founder, Future Positive Capital).


About Obinwanne Okeke

Obinwanne Okeke could not fail his mother. A promise meant hard work and dreaming big.  He was raised in Ukpor village, 790 kilometers from Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, as the 17th child of a polygamous father. He went to boarding school aged 10, lost his father at 16 and moved from one relative to another. He named his company Invictus after one of Nelson Mandela’s favorite poems, by William Ernest Henley, about the undefeated and unconquerable soul of a hard worker, from an impoverished background, who will not give up.

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