In celebration of Mr. Nnamdi Ezeigbo’s 51 years Birthday on August 4th, 2017. I want to share the lessons i have learnt from my association with him, as well as his Philosophies of Life as shared by Mr. Ezeigbo. There is a popular saying that the meaning of a person’s name always manifest in the person’s life and attitude. Little wonder Nnamdi’s surname Ezeigbo, which means the King of the Igbo race is really manifesting in his life.
Mr. Nnamdi Ezeigbo is a visionary leader, great entrepreneur and philanthropist, the founder/ Chief Executive of SLOT LIMITED; the leading Phone distribution and retail company in Nigeria today with over 50 stores across Nigeria. The success story of Nnamdi Ezeigbo is an inspiring one, it validates the truth that one can actually rise from the ground to great heights against all odds. I know Mr. Nnamdi in the early 2000 at his former head office and shop at Ola Ayeni Street, Computer village, Ikeja, Lagos. Then i was working with Yamaguchi Nig. Ltd (the pioneer of web development & IT solutions in Nigeria.
I became close to Mr. Ezeigbo when i proposed on behalf of our company to develop a website for his company then, which he accepted and we started working on his site, which gave me the opportunity to be close to him, since i and him meet often to review the site design. And since then i and my company (S. Strategies Solutions) has been associating with Mr. Ezeigbo and his company (Slot Ltd) and that gave me the opportunity to observe some of his personalities and philosophies of life.
Early those day Mr. Ezeigbo was managing and running his then small company SLOT SYSTEMS LTD with his wife at his shop at Ola Ayeni Street, Computer Village, Ikeja, Lagos. Where he started with procuring computer components, such as; hard drives, processors, casings, memory cards, and assemble them to a desktop computer system and theraafter market and sell/supply the computer system to end users. However, when GSM was introduced to the Nigerian market in 2001, Mr. Ezeigbo being a man of great vision saw a great opportunity which other traders in computer village then could not see and he ran with the idea and switched from the business of procuring, assembling and selling of computer systems to importation, distribution and retailing of GSM phones. Today the SLOT brand has become a household name nationwide. To the extent that many people believe that to get a quality phone one must buy it from any of the SLOT Phone Shops.
Today the Slot brand is dominating and leading the GSM Phone market in Nigeria growing from one phone store to over 50 stores all over the nation, plus an e-commerce site and mobile application dedicating to marketing, selling and distribution of quality cellphones. These technological applications has made the Slot brand the most preferred, accessible, affordable and customer oriented brand in Nigeria.
From my association with Mr. Ezeigbo and his company SLOT LTD i have observed these philosophies, principles and qualities, and i want to share them with you as i believe it would inspire you. Mr. Ezeigbo is a man of great vision, he dreams and thinks big. Even in the early days of his humble beginnings, his store at the aforementioned address was very big and the biggest shop those days in computer village, with different departments, such as; the Sales, the Accounting, the Engineering and the Accounting/Inventory departments. He organized and runs the business back then as a company. Another interesting and inspiring thing is that he came in as a tenant but today he is the owner of that property at Ola Ayeni street where a monument with the Slot brand stand till today . He is a total embodiment of the popular aphorism, he came, he saw and he conquered.
Another business expertise and quality of Mr. Ezeigbo worthy of emulation is his business intelligence and knowledge of the importance of marketing (branding, advertising and PR), i recall those day while i was working on his site, he never miss placing advert in Tuesday Guardian Newspaper and Punch Newspaper those days. In fact, this is one of the factors that contributed to his company’s brand popularity, most traders in computer village those days see newspaper advert or having a website as waste of money, but he knows the value of advertising, branding and having a website, even at those early days of his business.
Up till date Slot Ltd still values and invest heavily in advertising, public relations and branding. I am aware of the millions Slot Limited pumped into publicity last year when www.slot.ng and the Slot mobile app was launched. Other qualities manifested by Mr. Ezeigbo in the course of my association with him are thus; He has great leadership and team building skills, he is very innovative, focused and courageous.
Lest i forget, another quality i admire in him is his love and commitment to God and His Kingdom and in the propagation of the gospel. He is a believer and lover of God and his fellow humankind.
The grace, glory and blessings of the Lord upon the life of Nnamdi Ezeigbo validates and underscores the passage of the scriptures that states; Seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you – Matthew 6:33
These days he spends time teaching kingdom and leadership principles in churches and at secular conferences and seminars across Nigeria. His philanthropic gestures in Lagos state, in the eastern states and in his town is touching and impacting lives. He rebuilt schools in his town. I am aware of a lot he has done toward the betterment of the lives of the less-privileges and i really don’t need to start mentioning all his personal and corporate social responsibilities here as he prefers to always remain anonymous in all his philanthropic gestures.
I am truly inspired with the ideals, philosophies, principles and personalities on this gentle, hard working and God fearing man and that have indeed positively impacted a lot of lives and environment.
To this end i want to share with you his 11 Life Tips For Success & Fulfillement.
11 Life Tips For Success & Fulfillement by Nnamdi Ezeigbo.
1) Acknowledge God always
2) Maintain Relationship with people always. It’s called the Relationship CAPITAL
3) Use your brain more than your hands ( Be smart)
4) Be Honest and Disciplined ( Be different)
5 ) Acquire the right competence needed for your GROWTH ( Your talent is not enough)
6 ) Be optimistic and stay Focused
7) Be motivated by your VISION
8) Identify a mentor and learn
9) Don’t depend on chances, make provisions and be ready for opportunities
10) Appreciate those who have accomplished things that you are yet to achieve.
11) GIVE, GIVE and GIVE. Impression without expression is stagnation. Become a channel of distribution. God is looking for people to USE.
MAY YOU SUCCEED IN JESUS NAME. AMEN!
– Nnamdi Ezeigbo, Chairman/CEO., Slot Ltd
Those are his exact words and i was inspired and motivated by these words and i believe it worth sharing hence, am sharing it with you and i believe it would inspire, refire and motivate you that anyone can rise to great heights in life irrespective of his or her family, financial or educational background
Tony C. Nwokolo,
Founder & Publisher, Good Success Platform