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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Zinox boss urges Nigerian youths to explore disruptive ICT tools positively

The Chairman of Zinox Group, Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh has urged Nigerian to explore their youthful disruption at this era of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) positively, reports ITRealms.

Zinox, ITRealms notes prides itself as the Sub-Saharan Africa’s most integrated Information and Communications Technology (ICT) conglomerate.

Ekeh told participants at the 12th graduation ceremony of Bridge House College held at the Muson Centre, Onikan - Lagos on Tuesday, June 28th 2016, that the nation is in dire need of a next generation of digitally advanced, entrepreneurially-minded youth who will question the status quo.

He said at the event which had in attendance the former Deputy Governor, Lagos State, Sarah Adebisi Sosan, the British Deputy High Commissioner, Ray Kyles and Ms. Ngozi Edozien, among others.

Nigeria, he said needs urgently someone who has the capacity to lead the nation out of the woods and urged the graduating students to leverage on the privileged education they had been exposed to at the college in pushing the boundaries, stressing that the second half of the 21st Century was a pivotal one as it would usher in a lot of changes in the global order.

“Today, you are privileged to be armed with a sound educational background from Bridge House College. Many of us were not as lucky as we barely finished our studies. The quality of education you have received here equips you with common-sense and practical situational references which will aid many of you build successful businesses. It is not available in Europe as their circumstances differ from ours,” he said.

Ekeh who was the chairman of the occasion, also said that the internet has today given every one an open space or a level playing field to create wealth.

He foresees among the graduating students, a generation that has the potential to alter Nigeria’s destiny, pointing out that many of them will achieve in one year what some of the most successful entrepreneurs in his generation took over 30 years to put together.

“You have the exposure, the platforms, the energy and, most importantly, certified intelligence to deliver the new Nigeria mandate of a successful economy. Things are changing in the global system,” he said.

In the second half of the 21st century, Ekeh reputed for his entrepreneurial acumen in ICT, said it will make more sense to have just one kid, with a nanny earning possibly as much as a medical doctor then.

“It is a reality because the world is transitioning and will reward skill, style and content. For the males among you, you will marry a woman and not keep her as a slave but as an equal partner in progress. And as for the ladies here, I don’t see women who will aspire to become First Ladies but female Presidents.

“I believe so much in Nigeria. Although I have offices in Dubai and other foreign countries in which we retain digital hubs to roll out to other nations of the world that appreciate our capacities, Nigeria still remains the biggest market for us. Many years ago when I returned to the country and encountered the analogue system of publishing, I embarked on the task of transitioning the country from analogue to digital with the introduction of Desktop Publishing and Computer Graphics. Since then, we have continued to transition from one platform to another and it is up to your generation to cause the positive disruption that this country needs to take its rightful place in the global order.”

Counselling the graduating students to step forward with boldness and a mind-sent to make a difference, Ekeh declared his support for those students who are knowledge-hungry as, according to him, everyone in the current century must invent something that adds value to the society and enhance the profile of his or her family.

“You only require quality education like you have started with and humility, and you become a global citizen,” Ekeh advised.

In line with this, multiple award winner and best student in Physics and Biology, Ms. Serena Omo-Lamai was asked to name any laptop of her choice in the world – a device which the Zinox Chairman made a commitment to source and have delivered to her. College Ambassador, Olu Muyiwa Yusuf also received a gift of a laptop from Ekeh for his efforts as the representative of the students.


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Pix: Dr. Leo-Stan Ekeh, Zinox chairman.

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