The love and the hustle to get high-end phones won’t ever go away. This is because of the various brand of phones in the market today. Some people prefer a particular brand of the phone over another for no reason. Meanwhile, some just stick with whatever brand any self-gratifying brand.
You will agree with me that the fastest selling phone brands in Nigeria now are the, Infinix or Tecno phones but, these brands were in the past believed to be what we call “Chinko Phones” (China Made Phones); the truth is, whether you go with the Infinix or the Tecno phone, you are buying from the same company or individual, and he isn’t a Chinese man, no! He is a Nigerian.
Meet Nnamdi Ezeigbo, a native of Umuahia, Abia state, the founder and CEO of Slot Systems Limited, and also the co-founder of the Tecno and Infinix phone brands, which are currently one of the fastest selling mobile phones in Nigeria. Born on the 4th of August, 1966, in Delta state, Nigeria. He started his primary school education at Pamol Primary School, Sapele, and further had his secondary school education at Ogini Grammar School and Ogharefe, in Delta State.
He proceeded to Yaba College of Technology in 1988, where he studied Electrical Electronics Engineering, and got a Higher National Diploma (HND), he had his mandatory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) year at Guinness Nigeria PLC, in 1996. Nnamdi Ezeigbo further proceeded to study Computer & Electronics Engineering at the Lagos State University (LASU), between the years 1996 to 2001, and graduated with a Second Class Upper result. He later acquired a Master’s Degree in Information Technology at the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso, in the year 2008/2009.
After searching for job with no avail, 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 because his boss was more into making money than building a solid customer relationship. Nnamdi, went on to squat with a friend at Ikeja, where he was able to increase his customer base, due to his sincerity and customer relationship goals.
Luck smiled on him, when 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. To help him get started, 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 (One hundred and eighty thousand naira) for the new place and continued with selling computers. He eventually bought the place over years later for #100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Naira) and so the story of SLOT began.
However, the need for an expansion didn’t come until customers started demanding for phones, and requesting for other branches of SLOT closer to them. Seeing this as an opportunity, he proceeded to Lagos Business School, to learn how to better manage his growing business. More so, with the increasing challenge of phones with poor network coverage at the time and people carrying multiple phones, Nnamdi approached Nokia, with the intention of convincing them to manufacture dual SIM phones, a proposal Nokia company rejected believing it will slow down the sale of their single sim phones which were in vogue at the time. That was not enough to discourage him however, as he proceeded to China.
According to his interview with Nairametrics, Nnamdi said
You have read about the CEO of SLOT. What can you do to make your community also feel your impact? Going to school is not enough. Graduating with First Class is not the height you can attain. Searching for a job is not the only option. The question is – what do you have at hand that can better your life and add value to your community? It is up to you to decide.
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