When one door closes, try opening the windows or gates, you might just be lucky like Onyekachi Ekezie, the CEO of Kaptain Foods Limited who quitted blue collar job for food processing and packaging.
Kaptain Foods produces a blend of pre-cooked and packaged food products to serve the needs of families around the world. The company produces pre-cooked and ready-to-eat tomato stews using locally grown fresh produce and spices. No chemical addictive nor artificial preservatives are used as the natural ingredients serves as the preservatives.
Kachi was born in Port Harcourt, Rivers State where he attended primary school. He moved to Benin, Edo state to attend his secondary education at the Igbinedion Education Centre but completed his secondary education in the United Kingdom. He obtained a degree in Computer Science at Bowie State University in U.S.A.
After he graduated in the University, he stayed in the country to work with an Oil and Gas company in Houston, USA with the hope of returning to Nigeria someday. But unfortunately for him, five years after, when he returned, things were not moving smoothly as the oil and gas sector he planned on coming back to have next to nothing to offer him.
His company, Kaptain Foods, started with an idea of producing a stew packaged that could be cooked within minutes like the one he missed during his college days. So in 2015, Kachi received financial support from his family as well as from USAID’s Nigeria Expanded Trade and Transport activity that helped building agro-based entrepreneurs develop business plans, generate ideas and promote export to start his own ‘Nigerian’ Kaptain Foods and Ready Stews.
He is inspiring young people to go into business to tackle the unemployment rate in the country. He is promoting Innovation, Risk taking and Management to Young Entrepreneurs. He was among one of the five Nigerians on Forbes’ 2017 list of 30 Promising Young African Entrepreneurs.