The Igbo people are known for their enterprising characteristic, and business acumen. It is no doubt that they have been able to produce some of the known billionaires we have in the country.
In this article, we are going to be looking at the 3 youngest billionaires from Igbo land. These young people have come a long way in their various businesses, and have been able to carve a niche for themselves. They are proofs that hard work and dedication pay.
Their success stories have been a huge source of inspiration, not just to the Igbo youth, but to the entire young Nigerians. Going through their stories, you will be buoyed up, and believe that with resilience and hard work, you too can be successful as they are.
In no particular order, let’s look at these 3 youngest billionaires from Igbo land, and also the states they are from:
1. JASON CHUKWUMA NJOKU
Jason is one of the youngest billionaires from Igbo land. He a Nigerian from the eastern part of the country, though he also has British citizenship passport.
Jason was born on December 11th, 1980, in Deptford, South East London. He began his education in London, before moving to Nigeria at the age of 12. He didn’t spend many years in Nigeria, but moved back to London at the age of 15 to further his studies.
He studied Chemistry in the University of Manchester.
He is the founder of iROKO TV, an online distribution platform for Nollywood movies. iROKO TV is often times referred to as the Netflix of Africa, because of its outstanding feats in the online distribution business in Nigeria.
In 2012, Jason Njoku was quoted by Forbes Africa as one of the “Ten Young African Millionaires to Watch”. And the following year, he was named as the All Africa Business Awards Young Leader of the Year for West Africa by CNBC.
Apart from iROKO TV, Jason also has his hands in others pies, and they include ROK, Spark, BlackBet, etc, and these investments have been doing well too.
According to online sources, Jason Njoku’s net worth is estimated to be about 40 million dollars.
2. LINDA IKEJI
Linda Ikeja, just like Jason Njoku, is one of the youngest billionaires from Igbo land. Her full name is Linda Ifeoma Ikeji, and she was born on September 19th, 1980 in Nkwerre in Imo State.
Linda graduated from the University of Lagos, where she studied English Language. To support herself and her family, she worked part-time as a waitress, model, and a writer. And after her graduation, she began blogging in 2006.
In those days, phone usage and internet were not rampant like today, and she had to be making her blog posts in a cyber cafe, which was the main thing for internet users back then.
A year later, she secured her own subdomain, and after sometime she secured her own main domain lindaikejiblog.com, and with dedication and hard work, grew into the biggest blog in Nigeria.
In 2018, Linda Ikeji was among the prominent personalities drawn from different parts of the world to be conferred with Honorary Doctorate Degree from Trinity International University in Georgia for her outstanding contributions to Business and Media in Africa.
Today one can hardly talk about the 10 most successful women in Africa without mentioning Linda’s name. She is also among the top searched Nigerian personalities on Google.
As of last year, Linda Ikeji’s net worth was estimated to be 40 million dollars.
Jowizaza is also one of the youngest billionaires from Igbo land. He is the youngest on this list. He was born on March 19, 1985, and hails from Ekwulobia in Anambra State.
He attended Madonna University for his first degree, and after that proceeded to Coventry University for his Masters. His real name is Joseph Eze Okafor Jnr.
Jowizaza took over the management of his father’s oil company, Jezco Oil, after the retirement of his father, and since then has been doing marvellously well in the business.
According to local news outlets, Jowizaza is estimated to be worth about 45 million dollars.
These 3 young Igbo are proofs that hard work pays. They are a pride to Igbo land, and they represent the resilience and enterprise that are needed for success