Leonard “Leo” Stanley Nnamdi Ekeh is a Nigerian businessman, A first-rate Indian-trained Economist, a serial digital entrepreneur and Chairman of Zinox Group, Sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest integrated technology group. In addition to Zinox, he has been involved with companies Task Systems, Technology Distributions Limited, ICT Brokers, TD Plus, ICT Connect and Buyright AFRICA Dotcom. Born February 22, 1956, in Ubomiri Mbaitoli, Imo State to a middle-class family with three brothers and two sisters. His mother was a dietician, and his father was a nurse.
He attended Holy Ghost College, Owerri for his secondary education. When young, he wanted to own the biggest transport company in Nigeria.
He later went to India for his university education, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from Punjab University. Ekeh believes that studying in India was a great turning point in his life because he found the economy of India a realistic economy”. After his university education in India, he opted to study at the Cork City University, Ireland, and later transferred to Nottingham University, UK, earning a degree in risk management.
Leo’s Achievement in ICT
Mr. Ekeh through his company Task Systems Limited was one of the few who pioneered Desktop Publishing and Computer Graphics in Nigeria. He computerized 95% of the Print Media, Publishing Houses and Advertising Agencies in Nigeria. Task Systems Limited, his first company has consistently won outstanding industry Awards as Best Partner Award for Compaq, HP, Microsoft, American Power Solution, APC, etc. for 20 years. Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh also pioneered IT Solutions in West Africa through his company ITEC Solutions Limited through which he has delivered the largest IT Solutions ever, from an indigenous firm, to the Nigerian Corporate Market.
Ekeh Leads in ICT in West Africa
Mr. Ekeh also pioneered IT Distribution in West Africa through Technology Distributions Limited, TD, which has emerged the Number 1 ICT distribution company in West Africa. TD has consistently won for ten years the highest industry Awards and recognitions for market penetration, revenue, and preferred partner status to become the most decorated ICT Distributor in West Africa. The biometric digital revolution in Nigeria can also be attributed to Mr. Ekeh who delivered the INEC Voters’ registration in 2006 when foreign contractors could not deliver after months of promises. He again supervised the biggest single ICT digital rollout in Africa with INEC in 2010 as well as the largest single e-Library and Wireless cloud rollout project on the continent through one of his companies – Zinox Technologies Ltd.
Zinox Technologies Limited
Leo Stan Ekeh scored another first in 2001 when he set up Zinox Technologies Limited to manufacture Zinox Computers, Nigeria’s First Internationally Certified Branded Computers. Leo Stan’s Zinox Computer has some innovative features, which include – the Naira sign, and a Power Supply designed to contain the erratic nature of electric power in Nigeria. He ensured that at launch Zinox Computers already had the WHQL certification, the first in sub-Saharan Africa, consolidated 5 years later with the attainment of the NIS ISO 2000: 9001 QMS Certification. In October 2013, the company announced the production of its computer tablet line named Zipad.
Leo Stan Ekeh’s unmatched interventions have seen him receive over 60 local and international awards for his enviable record of incisive entrepreneurship and pioneering efforts in the field of Information Technology. On October 1, 2001, Leo Stan Ekeh was honoured as an Icon of Hope by former President, Olusegun Obasanjo for his sustained pioneering efforts in the area of Information technology and also as a pride to modern Nigeria. some of his Awards are; Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, OFR, ICT personality of the Year, Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa) Imo State University, Owerri, Doctor of Business Administration (Honoris Causa) Federal University of Agric, Makurdi, Doctor of Technology (Honoris Causa) Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Doctor of Science (Honorary) University of Jos, Corporate Citizen of the Year Award 2002/2003, Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria, Information Technology Personality of the Year 2002 Award (IT & Telecom Digest), Fellow of the Lagos State Polytechnic, Lagos, Fellow of the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Fellow of the Federal Polytechnic, Nekede, Owerri, Imo State, Distinguished Fellow of the Nigeria Law School, 2003 Nigerian Science and Technology Achiever of the Year, Life Membership, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, A distinguished member of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group and Fellow of the Nigerian Computer Society FNCS, etc. On February 27, 2017, Leo Stan Ekeh, Zinox Chairman emerged winner of the maiden edition of Technology Times Person of The Year 2016, Award that honours most enduring contributions to the Nigerian ICT industry. He has also been applauded by professionals as a man whose vision and performance shores up credibility for the indigenous capacities in the ICT sector.\
He has also served on a good number of Federal Government Committees, which includes the Presidential Committee for Job Creation, among many others. He is happily married to the elegant Mrs. Chioma Ekeh with whom he has five children, among who is Prince Nnamdi Ekeh, the 24-year old Founder of Yudala, Africa’s pioneer composite online and offline retail chain.
In appreciation of the laudable achievements from a
strategist of success, a successful economist, a serial digital entrepreneur
and a world-class digital machine, THE NIGERIAN VOICE confers on him, an Award
of Excellence as A Very Distinguished Nigerian.