Africa Rise And Shine: How a Nigerian Entrepreneur from Humble Beginnings Grew a Business to $16 Billion

Africa Rise And Shine: How a Nigerian Entrepreneur from Humble Beginnings Grew a Business to $16 Billion

by Jim Ovia


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The road to success is rarely linear

and never easy. Despite countless

setbacks, Jim Ovia, founder of

Zenith Bank, was able to achieve the

unthinkable. Africa Rise and Shine

is the story of Ovia’s business and

banking success and how he was able

to create one of Africa’s largest banks.

Spanning decades of both world and

Nigerian history, Africa Rise and

Shine dives deep into the events

that led to Ovia’s triumph. Drawing

upon his educational experiences and

relentless determination, Ovia was

able to overcome every hurdle that

stood in the way of his bank becoming

the national icon that it is today. Africa

Rise and Shine outlines the tough,

yet necessary business decisions that

were essential to Zenith’s prolonged

success and is filled with valuable

takeaways for every businessperson.

Learn from one of the best in banking

what it takes to truly be successful.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781946633408
Publisher: Advantage Media Group, Inc.
Publication date: 07/24/2018
Pages: 232
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

JIM OVIA is the founder and chairman of Zenith Bank, one

of the largest commercial banks in Africa. He holds a bachelor’s

degree from Southern University Louisiana, an MBA from the

University of Louisiana at Monroe, and an OPM from Harvard Business

School. Jim is a philanthropist and chairman of the Jim Ovia

Foundation. To date, over 1,500 students have been provided with

university scholarships. The Jim Ovia Foundation also established

the James Hope College at Agbor, his place of birth. In recognition of

his achievements, particularly in support of the Nigerian economy,

Jim Ovia was conferred with the national award of Commander of

the Order of the Niger (CON) in 2011.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

1 Africa Rise and Shine: From Humble Beginnings to $16 Billion 1

2 Basic Instinct: Going with the Gut 11

3 The Power of Negotiation: Instinct and Trust 21

4 Logo and Branding 29

5 Licensing Zenith Bank 35

6 Commencing Operations at Zenith Bank 41

7 Seek Out New Ways of Doing Things 47

8 Building the Information Superhighway 53

9 Don't Agonize, Digitize! 61

10 Growing Zenith Aggressively 67

11 Y2K-The Millennium Bug 71

12 Our Legendary Zenith Bank CEO Awards 77

13 Owner President Management (OPM) 83

14 The Initial Public Offering 87

15 Philanthropy: The Jim Ovia Foundation 91

16 BYOI: Build Your Own Infrastructure 97

17 Harvard Lecture 103

18 Founding a Mobile-Telephone Company: Visafone 111

19 Nigerian Banking Crisis 117

20 How We Exceeded Customer Expectations and Achieved Superior Results 123

21 Civic Towers 129

22 Networking, Networking, Networking 137

23 James Hope College: Excellence and Empowerment 145

24 Nomination and Appointment of the Central Bank Governor of Nigeria 153

25 How and Why MTN Bought Visafone 157

26 Work/Family Ethic of an Entrepreneur 165

21 Private-Sector Health Alliance 171

28 A Landmark Partnership-Prudential UK 181

29 Global Summits 2017: Business and Climate Change 187

30 Zenith Today, Zenith Tomorrow: What Lies Ahead 197

Jim Ovia Foundation Programs and Resources 205

Appendix A Additional Links 221

Appendix B Recommendations for Further Reading 223

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