From Hardship to Inspiration: Nnamdi Ezeigbo, Slot MD

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“My name is Nnamdi Ezeigbo, and I started SLOT SYSTEMS by accident. Immediately after NYSC, I applied to work with Exxon Mobil. Like many graduates of my era, it was a dream to work for an oil company. Unfortunately or fortunately, whichever way you chose to look at it, I failed the final interview because I falsified my age and state of origin

It was then that I promised my self that I would always live a life of integrity.”

“I became jobless for two years. Since I studied Computer Engineering, I decided to take up the practical aspects of my passion. This led me to squat with a friend in Computer village where I learnt how to repair computers and phones. The arrangement was to be for six months; I told him not to bother paying me any stipend because I was just all about learning. It was here that I first got exposed to the Nigerian business environment and realized a serious lack of value creation.

Customers were being cheated massively because they could be charged as much as N50,000 for a repair of N500. It was then that the opportunity for SLOT was born.

“Though I later fell out with my friend as a result of this same misunderstanding, I think that was the best thing to happen to me. I started out on my own, developing my own customers, working from a small corner in a bookshop. When GSM came into Nigeria, I saw the opportunity and grabbed it…that was how I began selling phones with warranty. I have come a long way from the days when I had no office, when I was just squatting. I would go to customers homes or offices to repair their gadgets

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Today, we have outlets in every region of the country. In some states like Lagos, I have as many as four outlets, all because I was able to see an opportunity and keep at it. I did not back down.”

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