Over a decade ago when smartphones arrived Nigeria it was indeed a dream for many Nigerians as the prices of the available brand did not tally much to the pockets of the average Nigerian but Nnamdi Ezeigbo made this dream come true.
With influx of brands such as Techno and Infinix, using an android phone became a reality for many as there were several categories that tallied to the pockets of Individual Nigerians; even at different levels.
While Nigerians generally experienced the influx, only few know that there is one man that this great feat should be associated with; the man that made it possible for brands like Techno and Infinix to come into the country. The name of this man is Nnamdi Ezeigbo and he is the founder as well as the CEO of SLOT Systems Limited. He is the brain behind Techno and Infinix phones. He is an African man and particularly, a Nigerian, not a chinese man as many believe that these brands come from the Chinese; as they are believed to be “chinko” phones (Chinese phones).
His success is indeed a remarkable one and his story is worth telling as it is able to inspire many Nigerians.
Born on the 4th of August, 1966, in Delta state, Nigeria, he had his primary school education at Pamol primary school, Sapele, and furthered his secondary school education at Ogini grammar school and Ogharefe, in Delta state.
He attended Yaba College of Technology in 1988, where he studied Electrical Electronics Engineering, and also obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND). He went on to have his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year at Guiness Nigeria PLC, in 1996.
Nnamdi Ezeigbo furthered his education by studying Computer & Electronics Engineering at the Lagos State University (LASU), between the years 1996 to 2001, and graduated with a Second Class Upper result.
He didn’t stop at that; he acquired a Masters degree in Information Technology at the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, in the year 2008/2009.
He searched for job to no avail, thus, he decided to become an apprentice learning how to fix computers, however, six months into his apprenticeship, he decided to move on from his employer since he had noticed that his boss was more interested in making money than he was in building a solid customer relationship.
Nnamdi had to squat with a friend at Ikeja, where he was able to increase his customer base, owing to his level of sincerity and his great relationship with customers.
Luckily for Nnamdi, an old customer he knew from his days as an apprentice came to the little shop he shared with his friend to see him. The customer asked him if he could continue fixing his computers, and also requested that Nnamdi move to a much bigger shop.
In a bid to help Nnamdi in setting up, the customer brought some printers for him to sell, from which he used the proceeds to get a bigger shop for himself. He paid 180,000 Naira for the new place and continued with selling computers; years later, he eventually bought the place for 100 million Naira and so the story of SLOT began.
Despite how successful his business is now, he hasnt relented in gaining more knowledge, last year he was at Havard Business School for more knowledge in his field. He is a an outstanding Nigerian entrepreneur we should all learn from.