The Wisdom from Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman of Zinox, on HealthPlus Ligitation

The Wisdom from Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman of Zinox, on HealthPlus Ligitation

Somebody posted this on the comment section of a post we put on Tekedia regarding the founder-investor investing paralysis in HealthPlus, a Mauritius-based pharmacy chain with operations in Nigeria. The insight was attributed to the Chairman of Zinox Group, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh. We have copied the insight below, and are asking our community to read it. It has great lessons for everyone. Tekedia remains neutral on this HealthPlus case; we are pushing the contents as part of our passion to inform and educate in this ecosystem.

‘‘Looking for foreign investors is like taking a bank loan locally. You must keep your promises. When you talk about knowledge economy, it means you should be knowledgeable enough to understand what you are going into or pay quality corporate law firms to advise you, but you must listen to them. The money the bank lends to you belongs to depositors and investors and you must do everything to keep to the terms of the loan. Same with foreign investors. They are here to help you build and make money and in the process, you make more than you would have made.

They help you alter your destiny. They are not charity organizations. Sincerely, they add huge value to help you institutionalize corporate governance and make more money than you would have made. I had warned severally in conferences that the failure rate of startups in Nigeria is unbecoming of a nation and an embarrassment. We should respect agreements signed in this 21st century. That is the only way this country can grow. I am a child of trust economy, so I must keep strictly to agreements to grow. We have world class locally owned legal firms to guide us in these partnerships.

 

The full insight…

from Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman of Zinox

“I have the highest regards for Mrs. Bukky George. I see her till tomorrow as a miracle child like myself. She is extremely brilliant with great energy and passion to succeed in her sector and there are few such women in Africa and my wife is one of them, so it will be spiritually wrong for me to be against her. I know both parties and simply put, they are all credible parties in partnership. I have known her investors – Alta Sempta Capital for some time before I met Mrs. George and we have had preliminary engagement relating to their potential investment in one of my companies and my ambition to roll out across Africa.

But till date, I do not have a kobo share in any of their different investment vehicles including a kobo in HealthPlus, though anyone has a right to invest in any company of his or her choice without clearance from the general public including investing in any of my companies. I have great passion for the health sector and those around me know my investment and support in that sector locally. It is my prayer they resolve their challenges soonest. I want to keep the several discussions I had with Mrs George private because she is an amazon. I have my highest regards for successful African women and my Group is possibly the only one in the world with five certified women as Managing Directors. You can now understand!”

‘‘Looking for foreign investors is like taking a bank loan locally. You must keep your promises. When you talk about knowledge economy, it means you should be knowledgeable enough to understand what you are going into or pay quality corporate law firms to advise you, but you must listen to them. The money the bank lends to you belongs to depositors and investors and you must do everything to keep to the terms of the loan. Same with foreign investors. They are here to help you build and make money and in the process, you make more than you would have made.

They help you alter your destiny. They are not charity organizations. Sincerely, they add huge value to help you institutionalize corporate governance and make more money than you would have made. I had warned severally in conferences that the failure rate of startups in Nigeria is unbecoming of a nation and an embarrassment. We should respect agreements signed in this 21st century. That is the only way this country can grow. I am a child of trust economy, so I must keep strictly to agreements to grow. We have world class locally owned legal firms to guide us in these partnerships.

I have had at least one major public quoted company as foreign investor and the experience is rewarding. They remain my best friends till today and can vouch for me on major international transactions and they have done this severally even though I bought them out few years ago. We need these people to scale. Nigeria doesn’t have the real financial capacity to build globally rated companies. Trust me on that. Thank you.’’

Source: comment section of Tekedia

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3 thoughts on “The Wisdom from Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman of Zinox, on HealthPlus Ligitation

  1. I think Mr Leo tried very hard to be diplomatic here, but it’s not difficult to deduce from his comment where he stands in this whole thing: Mrs George goofed, forget the niceties. Hiding your indignation is one of the toughest things out there, because you will always let it slip!

    As for fundraising, I do think that many entities raising funds don’t really need to, even when they say it’s for growth and expansion; most times it’s about settlements and compensations, and the slide to discontent and disappointment begins afterwards.

    Being smart is not the same as being credible, you can find enough people with the former, but not so many with the latter. Authentic people are rare breed, if you are lucky to cross path with any, then you are blessed!

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  2. As a security person l can deduce from Mr Eke’s position that one party is in breach of a contentious agreement as much as has he tried to coat it. He went on to offer advice saying agreement needs to be kept so as to attract foreign investors for us to build globally rated companies. I don’t see the need for this litigation if someone was not trying to play smart. Like someone has said here smartness is a talent, credibility is a gift; only a handful of people are gifted in this. Reason there is always a victorious murky water ahead of success events in this clime. Let us learn applied ethics and use same for general good of our society.

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