There is a significant number of family owned business in Africa,However only few of them last beyond the founders generation.
We interviewed Sheila Ojei ,the chief commercial officer of forward group -a conglomerate in the business of commodities Trading,manufacturing and energy.
She shared her Experience with us about what it takes to Run her family Business Empire.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND HOW YOU MOVED BACK TO NIGERIA.
My Name is Sheila Ojei , I am currently the chief commercial officer of forward group under which we have forward ventures commodities Trading company,a covenant salt company-our salt refining and packaging company and forward energy-our oil and gas with operations in the downstream oil sector.
However at the moment,I am more involved with covenant salt company as this is where needs my attention the most.
HOW AND WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO GET INVOLVED IN THE FAMILY BUSINESS.
I always new I would get involved with the family business from young age.
as a teenager,my father always put me through the happenings of the company,after secondary school,i was his personal assistant (P.A) and Secretary for almost a year before I was away for university,so being a part of the family business was never a "debatable topic".The truth is,the business has become my passion from an early age,because I saw,it start from our living room as a child,so its success meant so much to me.
The real question is, however was. 'When' to join the family business and that question was answered for me sometime in the year 2014 because as much as I liked my job as an investment banker, I didn't feel fulfilled so I decided to leave an officially to join the family business.
TELL US ABOUT COVENANT SALT,THE ROLE YOU PLAY AND THE VALUE YOU HAVE ADDED SINCE JOINING THE COMPANY.
Covenant salt company is a salt manufacturing and trading,we own a salt refining plant have it easy or we're the proverbial golden spoon in your mouth.I had cases of employees who refused to take instructions from me because they saw me as a child.
WHAT FUTURE PLANS DO YOU HAVE FOR COVENANT SALT?
My future plan is to keep the legacy alive for our unborn generation to come,I plan to diversify the business and expand into other African markets.
GIVE FIVE(5) KEY TIPS FOR ANYONE CONSIDERING GETTING INVOLVED IN THEIR FAMILY VENTURE.
In getting involved in a family venture you must be.
*willing to learn
*always lead by example
And lastly you are to believe in the vision of the company.
By Mr JAMES CHINDO. Mtv/Africantv presenter (Lagos State Nigeria)
Sunday, 11 November 2018
MY EXPERIENCE IN RUNNING MY FAMILY BUSINESS BY SHEILA OJEI
XLAW90 Birth Name: Augustus Chisom Ihekwueme Also known as: Xlaw90, xlaw, 90, shimangege Date of Birth: September 26, 1990 L.G.A: Isu State: Imo Nationality: Nigeria Genres: Contemporary R&B, Hip hop, Afro-beat, Christian hip hop. Occupation: Singer, song writer, Nollywood actor. Instruments: Vocals, lead vocals Labels: Beky boyz Entertainment Associated: Beky boyz, Banky W, Akon, 2face, P- Square, Wizboy, Wizkid, Phyno, Olamide, Jmartins, Mr. Raw, Faze, May D, Flavour, Waga G, Timaya, Kcee, Solid star, Ob Fado, Achara man. Augustus Chisom Ihekwueme (born in Isu L.G.A, Imo State, Nigeria) better known by his stage name Xlaw90 is a Nigerian singer, Song writer and a Nollywood actor. He is commonly referred to as Xlaw90 or Xlaw or 90 or Shimangege. He is one of the most decorated and successful R&B, hip hop artist in Africa. He is consistently ranked as one of the best African musicians of all-time. He was a member of the sky-boyz and after its split continued his solo musical career. 1. EARLY LIFE Augustus Chisom Ihekwueme was born in Amaeze Amurie Omanze in Isu L.G.A, Imo State (Eastern Heartland) in Nigeria. He attended Community nursery & primary school Amurie Omanze in 2003 where He started his Music Career at the age of 10, He continued his secondary Education at Ekwe Secondary School Ekwe and later went to Comprehensive Secondary School Amurie Omanze where He completed his Secondary Education in the year 2010. He was looking for admission before he collaborated with sky-boyz where he started his musical Career. 2. SOLO CAREER After the disbandment of Sky- boyz Entertainment in 2012, all band members sought separate musical careers. Xlaw90 came up with hottest album Titled â€œSHIMANGEGE OHOOâ€ that same year, which established him as a viable solo artist 3. DISCOGRAPHY Albums ï¶ 2012 - Shimangege ohoo ï¶ 2013 - World of Love ï¶ 2014 - More hit (Collaborative album) Singles (Selective) ï¶ baby â€“ shimangege ï¶ Love me â€œ(featuring Kcee) ï¶ No time â€œ (collaborative song â€“ Phyno and Olamide) ï¶ Fire â€œ(featuring barbinga) ï¶ To my home ï¶ African love ï¶ GLO song 4. AWARDS Won M.T.V Africa Music Award for the best Male Artist of the year Song of the year â€“ Shimangege ohoo Ghana music Awards Best GLO Singer Best MTN Singer and Artist of the year Igbo best singer. 6. BEKY BOYZ ENTERTAINMENT After the disbandment of sky boyz Entertainment, Xlaw90 met his brother Emeka Frankline mostly known by his stage name (Barbinga) in Lagos, Nigeria. He was the one who took Xlaw90 to another record labels (Beky Boyz Entertainment) where he started featuring famous artists. He produced two albums in the Beky boyz Entertainments.