Yesterday, we brought you the list of the top 21 billionaires in Nigeria. In this article, we revealed the secrets to their success and what every entreprenuers and business owners should know.
These are the secrets to their success.
1. They are Strong Willed
The richest people in Nigeria are strong willed in spirit. They are dogged and persistent. To these set of individuals, success is not an option; it’s a must. These successful Nigerian entrepreneurs refuse to be held down by their circumstance; instead, they reached out for their inner strength and went for success. Above all, these entrepreneurs don’t take no for an answer; they simply refuse to give up and that was why they succeed.
“When Raymond Dokpesi was on the verge of losing A.I.T; he refused to give up.
Mike Adenuga had his telecom license revoked twice and lost over 20million dollars but he refused to give up.
Orji Uzor Kalu had his oil bloc license and his aviation license revoked; his airline business was grounded and the business accounts of his publishing firm (The Sun) was frozen, yet he refused to give up.
Chief Cletus Ibeto’s cement company was shut down by the government but he persisted and refused to give up.
So if you are ever going to have your name listed as one of the richest people in Nigeria; then you must be prepared to stick it through to the end. You must never give up.
2. They thoroughly understand their line of business
Take a close look at the Nigerian billionaires listed above and you will see the names of entrepreneurs that thoroughly understand their line of business like the palm of their hands. They know the in-depth intricacies of the various businesses they are involved in.
Cosmos Maduka, the billionaire founder of Coscharis group even liken himself to a first class degree holder from the University of Automobile Spare Parts. This goes a long way to prove to you that knowing your line of business is essential to success not only in business but life in general.
3. They are focused
The richest people in Nigeria are focused; they chose a specific business of their strength and stuck to it. If you are ever going to make it in Nigeria, then you must obey the first law of business success of Andrew Carnegie; the steel mogul.
“And here is the prime condition of success, the great secret. Concentrate your energy, thoughts and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged in. Having begun in one line, resolve to fight it out on that line; to lead in it. Adopt every improvement, have the best machinery and know the most about it.” – Andrew Carnegie
If you think this statement is a mere fad, then think again because it’s the truth in its entirety. Aliko Dangote focused on commodities and basic needs while Femi Otedola concentrated on oil and gas. Cosmos Maduka and Ade Ojo focused on automobiles; Fola Adeola focused on banking, Leo Stan Ekeh concentrated on computers and Raymond Dokpesi focused on broadcasting and entertainment. This should tell you that concentration is a key factor to succeeding in business.
4. They have a strong business mission and vision
The Nigerian billionaires have a strong business mission and vision; and these two factors propel them to greatness. Take away their business mission and they are no more; this is because their entrepreneurial spirit is in the mission of their businesses.
Take for instance Aliko Dangote, he is on a mission to provide the basic needs of over 150 million Nigerians; Femi Otedola is out to provide Oil and gas at a uniform price with faster delivery.
Fola Adeola is on a mission to provide innovative banking services to Nigerians; Leo Stan Ekeh wants to put a computer in every home and Raymond Dokpesi is out to give Nigerians uncompromised news and information on happenings. A strong business mission and vision is the reason these men emerged successful.
5. They are excellent networkers
The richest people in Nigeria became rich because they are good networkers. They network among themselves and even patronize each other’s services; and when a big deal is on board, they pool their resources together, form a consortium, execute the deal and split the profits. This is why they emerged the richest people in Nigeria.
6. They are Competitive
The Nigerians billionaires listed above are very good at networking with each other; yet, they still compete against each other when the need arises. You can see an example of this when Aliko Dangote used MRS Group to compete against Femi Otedola for the shares of Chevron Nigeria. The richest people in Nigeria know that nothing comes easy and life is not fair; so they fight with all they’ve got to stay in business.Competitiveness and the ability to stay afloat are essential to survival in business.
7. They think big
One attribute I love about Nigerian billionaire entrepreneurs is that they are big thinkers. They think big and love to do big things. Despite the fact that they started small; they dreamed big.
Aliko Dangote is the largest cement manufacturer in Africa, Femi Otedola is the largest diesel importer in Nigeria; Jimoh Ibrahim runs Nicon (the biggest insurance company in Nigeria) and Raymond Dokpesi owns the first indigenous cable network television in Nigeria. So if you are going to leave a legacy in life, then you must think big and act big.
8. They are flexible
Flexibility is one of the strengths of the richest people in Nigeria. They understand the terrain very well; they know that the government is the most inconsistent body so far, so they prepare themselves forehand.
They keep an eye on the ever changing pattern of the government and swiftly adjust their businesses to align with such change. They are also quick to adapt to current situation and trend while their competitors are still grappling with the reality on ground.
9. They are opportunist
The richest people in Nigeria are opportunists; they know how to take advantage of situations. Where others see problems, these set of individuals see opportunities and start a business around such opportunity. While other Nigerians shy away from adversity; these men embrace adversity because they know that behind every adversity is opportunity.
“Behind every adversity is an opportunity. If you lament over the adversity, you will miss the opportunity.” – Ajaero Tony Martins
They know that wealth lies in their ability to convert problems into opportunities and value; just like the ancient alchemists that tried to turn lead into gold.
“A good businessman must have nose for business the same way a journalist has nose for news. Once your eyes, ears, nose, heart and brain are trained on business, you sniff business opportunities everywhere. In places where people see a lot of obstacles, I see a lot of opportunities. At times, there is something instinctive in me that tell me a business opportunity exist even at a place where others see nothing. That is what makes me different, maybe unique. A good businessman sees where others don’t see. What I see, you may not see. You cannot see because that is the secret of the business… the entire world is a big market waiting for anybody who knows the rules of the game.” – Orji Uzor Kalu
10. They have a strong business management team
It is often said that behind every successful man is a woman. In this case, I will say that behind every successful entrepreneur is a strong business management team. The presence of a business team is the reason why Nigerian billionaire entrepreneurs and richest people can swiftly take advantage of opportunities; raise capital and run multiple businesses while minding their family affairs. A business team is vital in your transition from a small business to a big business.
11. They love Nigeria
Above all the success secrets of the richest people in Nigeria, this is the greatest. Love for Nigeria made the Nigerian billionaire entrepreneurs invest heavily in the country. They have all it takes to move their investment elsewhere but they chose to invest in Nigeria because they believe in Nigeria.
This factor is so prevalent that even Aliko Dangote advocated the need for entrepreneurs to firmly believe in Nigeria; instead of going abroad in search of greener pasture. This is to say that if you must strike it rich in your country; then you must believe in your country.
In conclusion, we believe these are some vital secrets every business owners should know to succeed in their business. Anyone and even you, reading this can join the list of Nigerian billionaires in few years only if you believe in yourself and follow the strategies. Also, if you have any tips that you will like to share, you can drop them as comment below so that other readers can learn too.
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