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Geregu Power Plant Executive Chairman, Femi Otedola: Champion Extraordinaire!

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Quintessential businessman, Femi Otedola, is the real definition of the man with the Midas Touch, a mesmerizing maestro in the art of  money making.  For him, everything good seems conspiring in his favour. He has made good for himself as a businessman and one of Africa’s wealthiest.

But there are lots yet unknown about the taciturn entrepreneur – His towering disposition and unequaled business wisdom.

What this unassuming businessman has going for him is that in spite of conquering the business world like a volcano, he does not allow the frills and thrills of vulgar materialism erode the more sublime traits that are prime requirements in an astute businessman.

His razor sharp intellect, to a large extent, has made great impact in the nation’s business , thereby taking his businesses to enviable heights.

In 2009, Otedola became the second Nigerian after Aliko Dangote to appear on the Forbes list of dollar-denominated billionaires, with an estimated net worth of $1.2 billion. But in 2017, the mogul fell off the ranks of the richest black people on earth as a result of the plunging share price of his then oil company, Forte Oil. But this never bothered the savvy entrepreneur who  rather prefers to tread the quiet side of life. 

The astute magnate has regained his spot on Africa’s richest list.

We were  able to reveal that since the long-awaited listing of his power-generating company, last year October, Otedola has seen his fortune grow in leaps and bounds as his stake in Geregu Power approaches a valuation of $2 billion.

Notwithstanding the eclipse, fluidity and uncertainty hovering in the country’s business terrain, the listing of the shares of his power-generating company has proved highly lucrative for Otedola, with his stake experiencing a substantial increase in market value. 

Geregu Power owns three natural gas-fired power plants generating a combined capacity of 435 megawatts representing 10 percent of Nigeria’s total power generation capacity.

As the company establishes itself as a formidable player in Nigeria’s energy generation sector, it is also poised to significantly increase its total capacity ,over the next two years, from 435 megawatts to a remarkable 1,300 megawatts. The strategic move not only demonstrates the company’s commitment to meeting the energy needs of Nigerians, but also aims to boost its earnings and revenue through continued growth in the power sector. 

This year alone, Otedola’s stake has surged by more than $900 million, propelling him to return to the exclusive ranks of Africa’s richest billionaires.

Four years ago, Otedola, proved to the world that he is indeed a genius and a cognoscenti  when it comes to investment and the art of making money. 

When he  announced  that he would be quitting the oil and gas sector by selling off his shares in Forte Oil in June 2019,   many business analysts saw this as a wrong move.

Reason: they could not fathom why he should quit the business that had given him fame.

But he followed his intuition, and it has turned out to be one of his best investment decisions ever.  It is  fact that he knows when to invest and when to re-invest.  

Little wonder, his fans and those who know him well  maintained that he still has the magic with which he turned  around the moribund African Petroleum, AP, which he rechristened Forte Oil.

Besides, they insisted that  Otedola must have thought it out.

As predicted, Otedola,  who is blessed with a proven  magic wand, successfully re-jigged the company from its former declining state  to a flourishing  one that became a brand to beat in the sector.

Indeed, barely four  years after he diversified into the power business with Geregu Power Plant,  he has proven that he is a master of the game. 

Evidence that his N64.3bn investment in the energy sector, Geregu  Power Plant, is already giving his rival a sleepless night is that the  company is not only yielding good profits, it has  changed the energy sector for good.

He has yet scored another first as  his electricity generation company has been listed on the Nigerian Exchange (NGX), to allow the public become part owners by buying  the company’s shares.

Geregu Power Plant, it was gathered, had a market capitalisation of N250 billion when it  was listed on the Nigerian stock exchange on October 5, 2022, through way of introduction. 

The public listing comes at a time when the power plant wants to expand its operations by acquiring another power plant, Geregu 2, which has a capacity of 434 MW. 

This will increase Geregu Power Plant’s capacity to 735 MW. It is expected to also positively impact the company’s revenue, which rose to N70.9 billion in 2021, recording a 32.3 per cent year-on-year growth last year. 

 Geregu Power Plc, became  the first power generating company to be listed  on the NGX.

 What a feat and  astounding success from the man many loved to be called  champion extraordinaire!

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Jambo Expands to Solana with Tether to Bring Blockchain Mobile Technology to Emerging Markets

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Jambo, the largest web3 mobile infrastructure bringing emerging markets
on-chain, announced that it’s expanding to the Solana blockchain along with Tether to offer
blockchain-enabled financial and educational technologies that cater to emerging markets.
Central to this is the JamboPhone, a $99 web3 smartphone that has been powerful in onboarding all
types of users on-chain in a mobile-first way. Combined with the Solana blockchain’s high throughput
capabilities and Tether’s dominant stablecoin, USDT, access to web3 financial and educational products
will be democratized to those who need them most in Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
Priced at $99 and already sold in over 120 countries, the JamboPhone is targeted towards Gen Z
consumers in emerging markets as their portal to the best digital products and opportunities globally.
Users can engage with the global economy by utilizing the preloaded Jambo Ecosystem applications
featuring DeFi, gaming, and web3 infrastructure applications. The JamboPhone aims to address some of
the most challenging issues faced by emerging markets, such as a large unbanked population and limited
access to smartphones. Users can purchase the JamboPhone with Solana Pay on JamboPhone.xyz.
The Jambo App: Empowering Users
The smartphone is equipped with the JamboApp, a comprehensive web3 platform that offers users a
range of services including decentralized finance, gaming, and educational content, all designed with the
emerging market user in mind. The JamboApp includes the JamboWallet, a non-custodial multichain
wallet which includes support for Solana tokens and USDT. Jambo will be giving out rewards primarily in
USDT, leveraging its broad acceptance and stability in emerging markets. Users will be able to complete
quests sponsored by Jambo and Jambo ecosystem partners, ranging from educational initiatives to
promotional tasks, with rewards now distributed primarily using SPL USDT. This initiative underscores
Jambo, Solana, and Tether’s role as pioneers in bridging the digital divide, aiming to democratize access
to digital financial tools and providing users with earning opportunities in emerging markets.
Leveraging Local Solana Communities
Additionally, Jambo will engage local Superteams to accelerate web3 adoption. Superteam is a global
community of web3 builders who are passionate about Solana. Their mission is to help web3 talent learn,
earn and connect with the Solana ecosystem. These teams, composed of local experts and enthusiasts,
will play a pivotal role in educating communities, fostering local development, and driving grassroots
initiatives that ensure sustainable growth within the web3 ecosystem.
“Back when I was building earn.com in 2017, our vision was to build a product ‘where there’s a phone,
there’s a job.’ Alice, James, and the Jambo team have realized that vision by developing web3 mobile
infrastructure bringing financial access to emerging markets,” said Lily Liu, President of the Solana
Foundation. “Jambo offers a gateway to web3 that is accessible to nearly anyone in the world, while
Solana enables financial access for nearly anyone with an internet connection. Together, we are
committed to making self-custody, financial opportunity, and educational resources accessible to millions.”
Why Emerging Markets
Emerging markets face their own unique set of economic challenges that Solana and Tether can address
with their blockchain and stablecoin solutions. In emerging markets, the use of USDT (Tether) significantly
surpasses that of other stablecoins, with over 34.2 million unique wallets utilizing USDT as of April 2024.
This broad user base highlights the widespread trust and adoption of Tether in these regions. With
Jambo’s game-changing smartphone, Solana’s fast transaction processing, low transaction fees, and
Tether’s robust and widely-used stablecoin, users now have access to stablecoin and crypto payment
rails, alternative banking access, and global earnings opportunities.
“We want to bring emerging markets on-chain,” said James Zhang, Co-founder of Jambo. “Bringing
Jambo to Solana and Tether allows us to provide a comprehensive solution that addresses the unique
needs of these regions.”
“Emerging markets stand out as promising grounds for financial inclusion. Their demand for tools like
USDT fuels our dedication to shaping a brighter financial future for users in these regions.” said Paolo
Arodino, CEO, Tether. “By providing affordable access to web3 technologies through the JamboPhone
and leveraging the power of the Solana blockchain, Jambo is empowering users in these regions with the
tools they need to participate in the global digital economy. The integration of SPL USDT as a reward
mechanism further strengthens this initiative, offering users a stable and secure digital asset.”


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Galaxy Backbone Limited Strengthens Partnership with Enugu State Government

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In a significant move to enhance digital infrastructure in Enugu State, Nigeria, executives from Galaxy Backbone Limited, led by Hon. Olusegun Olulade, Executive Director of Customer Centricity and Marketing, paid a partnership visit to the state government.

The delegation was warmly received by His Excellency, Governor Peter Mbah, at the Governor’s Office in Lion Building, Enugu.

Galaxy Backbone Limited, a premier ICT services provider in Nigeria, aims to foster connectivity and digital transformation across various sectors within the state.

The collaboration encompasses several critical areas, including the provision of connectivity in all 265 Smart Schools across 260 wards, 160 primary health centers, the Enugu State Secretariat, and the Lion Building.

Additionally, Galaxy Backbone will offer data center and cloud services, alongside other ICT-related services as required by the state government.

Governor Peter Mbah expressed his gratitude and optimism regarding the partnership, stating, “It was indeed my pleasure to meet you and your team this evening at my office. Thank you most sincerely for your kind words and expression of support. I look forward to collaborating with Galaxy Backbone in areas that are necessary to achieve our common goals.”

The meeting was attended by key officials from both the Enugu State Government and Galaxy Backbone Limited. Present from the state government were Secretary to the State Government (SSG) Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, Special Adviser on Governor’s Delivery Unit Mr. Ozurumba Afigbo, and Special Adviser on ICT Mr. Nnaemeka Ani.

Representing Galaxy Backbone were Mr. Henry Akubue, Acting Regional Coordinator for South East and South South, Engr Udochi Ododo, Head of Solution Design, and Mr. Obinna Ifenze, Admin for South East and South South.

Hon. Segun Olulade commended Governor Peter Mbah for his hospitality and the productive discussions that promise to drive significant advancements in the state’s ICT landscape.

According to Hon. Olulade, “This partnership is poised to play a crucial role in the digital transformation of Enugu State, ensuring enhanced connectivity and improved services across various sectors.


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Oando Boss Wale Tinubu Shares Podium with other Top Executives at AAM 2024

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The  Group Chief Executive,  Oando PLC, Mr. Jubril Adewale Tinubu, will on Friday 14th, June, 2024 speak at the ongoing Afreximbank Annual Meetings 2024 in Nassau, Bahamas.

The oil player will  share insights on the vital role the private sector plays in transforming Afri-Caribbean opportunities into tangible realities.

From driving innovation and economic growth to forging sustainable partnerships, private enterprises are at the forefront of creating a prosperous future and empowering progress across regions.

This year, the AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF2024) is incorporated fully within the Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM2024).

The Afreximbank Annual Meetings has become renowned as a uniquely multi-faceted event that cuts across the private/public sector with unmissable conferencing, deal-making, lobbying, entertainment and more. This year it forms Global Africa’s Greatest Gathering. At this momentous event, we anticipate welcoming several thousand attendees including African/Caribbean leaders and senior government officials, African and non-African policymakers, corporate and business leaders, bankers, entrepreneurs, academics and other thought leaders – with more than 60 speakers already confirmed.

The 3rd edition of the AfriCaribbean Trade and Investment Forum (ACTIF2024) explores the platform of Global Africa – to navigate new vistas for the Caribbean through African and global investments from across the diaspora; with more than 25 deals expected to be signed and new commercial and developmental initiatives to be announced.

Others  expected to speak at the forum include KC, Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, The Honourable Philip Davis, H.E. Dr. Irfaan Ali, Chairperson of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) & President of Guyana, Honourable Mia Amor Mottley, Former President, Republic of Niger and Leader of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), President and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Afreximbank, H.E. Prof. Benedict Okechukwu Oramah, Dangote,  Chairman and CEO, Dangote Group, Mr. Aliko Dangote,  Executive Vice President Office (Global Trade Bank), Afreximbank, Mr. Haytham Elmaayergi, Chairman, Access Holdings; Mr. Aigboje Imoukhuede;  Mr. Jeannel Wyclef Jean, an international musician, President and CEO; Corporate Council on Africa (CCA), Ms. Florizelle Liser, Former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria; H.E. Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, CEO, Fidelity Bank;  Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe, Co-Founder RePlant Advisors LLC and Chair, National Hemp Association;  Mr. Geoff Whaling, Serena Williams; Tennis Champion and Founding Manager, Serena Ventures, among several others.

 

 


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