How A Former Civil Servant Built Successful Multi-Million Dollar Businesses
Preparation, hard work, a willingness to learn, and a desire to grow the right way is a key prerequisite for success. And anyone who masters and hones these attributes mostly turns out successful.
This is the success story of the late Lulu-Briggs; an astute entrepreneur who first rose in the ranks in a government organisation before setting out to build a successful business.
Here’s how he did it.
Early Life And Education Of O.B. Lulu-Briggs
O.B. Lulu-Briggs was born on the 22nd of May, 1930 in Abonema, in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
His early life was sadly affected as he lost his father, Pa Benson Lulu Briggs at an early age of 9 and was the only surviving son of his parents, making him to mostly be raised by his grandmother, Agbani.
O.B. Lulu began his primary education in Abonnema and furthered studies in Calabar and Jos.
Briggs had a strong inclination towards education and a determination to succeed. This passion and desire stirred him to acquire as many academic qualifications as possible, which further took him to the UK for advanced studies, making him to stand out amongst his peers at the time.
In the year 2007, he celebrated the 30th memorial of his mother, Rachael Kioba Lawson, and the grand exhibition of the event turned the host city, Buguma, into a widely visited location even beyond the event.
Journey To Entrepreneurship
O.B Lulu joined the labour force as a clerk at the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) in 1955 and rose quickly through the ranks to attain the position of International Relations Officer. He served in the office of a secretary of the NPA Workers’ Union for a period of 7 years and as a Chairman of the Maritime Trade Union Federation, Eastern Port, from 1968 to 1971.
After he left public service, he started and built a chain of businesses ranging from Lubrik Nigeria Limited to Ludal Nigeria Limited, Rachael Hotels Limited, Rachael Holdings and several others.
In the early 1990s, when the Nigerian federal government deregulated the upstream sector of the Nigerian oil industry, O.B. pioneered the indigenous foray into the hydrocarbon exploration and production sector of Nigeria and was among the few Nigerians who were awarded an oil prospecting licence at that time.
O.B. Lulu-Briggs’ Impact On Society
Lulu-Briggs was one of the founders of The National Party of Nigeria (NPN) which ruled at a time. From 1979 to 1980, he served as NPN vice chairman for Rivers State and later became the deputy national chairman of the same party from 1980 to 1983.
Unfortunately, Lulu-Briggs died in Accra, Ghana, on December 27, 2018, shortly after arriving for his annual vacation and was estimated to be worth over $500 million before his passing.
O.B. Lulu-Briggs’ Awards And Recognitions
O.B. Lulu-Briggs was the quintessential Kalabari chief, entrepreneur and a national statesman. He was also a repository of prodigious resources and a philanthropist.
He was known as the Iniikeiroari of the Fifth Kingdom of Kalabari, and the Paramount Head of the Oruwari Briggs House of Abonnema that evokes the very essence of the divine mandate — the heart and call of true humanity, and the precious value of divine benevolence.
To Sum It up
The life and success story of Lulu-Briggs is an indication that whether you work in the corporate world or in a government organisation, your dreams are still valid, and that you can someday build a success conglomerate and also have an impact on the lives of people in your immediate environment.
By emulating Lulu-Briggs, you too can give yourself a chance to build a great life.