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Jim Ovia tells us How to Grow a business from a Humble beginning to a Multi Billion Dollar Business in his new book ‘Rise and Shine’



The Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Jim Ovia, will on Monday, September 17th, 2018, in Lagos, present his much-awaited new book, Africa Rise and Shine: How a Nigerian Entrepreneur from Humble Beginnings Grew a Business to $16 billion.

The book, published by Forbes Books and with forward by Richard Branson of Virgin, Aliko Dangote of Dangote Group, David Applefield of Financial Times, Dominic Barton of McKinsey & Company and Matt Lilley of Prudential Africa, tells the story of Ovia’s business and banking success, and how he was able to create one of Africa’s largest banks.

Spanning decades of both world and Nigerian history, Africa Rise and Shine delves deep into the events that led to Ovia’s triumph.

Drawing upon his educational experiences and relentless determination, Ovia was able to overcome every hurdle that stood in the way of his bank becoming the national icon that it is today.

Africa Rise and Shine outlines the tough, yet necessary business decisions that were essential to Zenith’s prolonged success and is filled with valuable takeaways for every businessperson.

The book, according to Amazon, is a useful lesson tool for those who want to learn from one of the best in banking, what it takes to truly be successful.

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  1. Lilo

    September 4, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I hope he writes a book on how he can become my benefactor. This man has changed lives with this philanthropy. Turning mere girls to small girls with big God.

  2. Amaa

    September 4, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    Oga Jim I hail ohh . All you people that started and perpetuated the rot in the banking industry God will judge all of you. Left women vulnerable with unattainable targets and impossible deposit. His rebranding now abi just like TE of UBA is now a philanthropist I laugh out loud

    • Jafar

      September 5, 2018 at 9:25 pm

      Jim never sacked anyone for not meeting their target but highly rewarded high-flyers in the bank. Never left anyone “vulnerable with unattainable targets”

  3. Temitope

    September 5, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    We complain that all Nigerian rich guys claim “God” did it for them without sharing their struggles and steps to success… I hope this is the beginning of more of these “Successful” guys sharing their stories. The youths are yearning for this information. I’d be buying this!!!

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      September 6, 2018 at 12:32 am

      Permit me to chuckle, as I laugh in Nigerian.

      Jim isn’t sharing anything in any detail. Let me pass than on for free.

      None of these banking oligarchs in Nigeria will tell you the real “success” that created their financial institutions. Do you know how much money it takes to start a bank? And do you know who owns the bulk of Nigeria’s wealth? Words you’re after begin with “military” and end with “generals”….. plus others encountered in the similar murky spaces of incredible amounts of banked wealth in the 80s and 90s.

      Ah well, at least he actually made inroads into an industry that created jobs and for THAT, I applaud him. Everything else is what my dear people fondly refer to as “[white]wash”. 🙂

      I’m in a commenting mood tonight, BN, please don’t toss this one into your recycle bin. 🙂

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