Mike Adenuga biography
Mike Adenuga is a Nigerian billionaire
businessman, and the second-richest person in Africa. His company Globacom
is Nigeria’s second-largest telecom operator, which has a presence in Ghana and Benin.
Full Name: Michael Adeniyi Agbolade Ishola Adenuga Jr, GCON
Born: April 1953 (age 66)
Place of birth: Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria
Residence: Banana Island, Ikoyi, Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria
Education: Ibadan Grammar School
Alma mater: Northwestern Oklahoma State University Pace University
Famous as: Founder of Globacom, Chairman of Conoil
Net worth: US$9.4 billion (February 2019)
Spouse(s): Adefolake Emilia Adenuga
Titi Joyce Adenuga
Children: 7, including Bella Disu
Biographical and educational history
His father, the Oloye Michael Agbolade Adenuga Sr, was a school teacher while his mother, Omoba Juliana Oyindamola Adenuga (née Onashile, of Okesopin, Ijebu Igbo), was a businesswoman of royal Ijebu descent.
Mike Adenuga received his secondary school education at Ibadan Grammar School, Ibadan, and Comprehensive High School, Aiyetoro, for his Higher School Certificate (HSC).
He worked as a taxi driver to help fund his university education. He graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Pace University, New York, with degrees in Business Administration.
In 1990, Mike Adenuga received a drilling license and in 1991, his Consolidated Oil struck oil in the shallow waters of Southwestern Ondo State, the first indigenous oil company to do so in commercial quantity.
Mike Adenuga was issued a conditional GSM licence in 1999; after it was revoked he received a second one when the government held another auction in 2003.
His telecom company Globacom spread quickly and started challenging the giant MTN Group. It launched services in Benin in 2008, and has continued its spread across Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, with more licences currently being prospected in other West African countries.
Mike Adenuga was named African Entrepreneur of The Year at the first African Telecoms Awards (ATA) in August 2007.
In 2009, Mike Adenuga was detained for money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. He subsequently left the country and lived in London until the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua regime granted him a pardon.
In May 2015, Mike Adenuga made a takeover bid to purchase Ivorian mobile telecom’s operator Comium Côte d’Ivoire for $600 million.
In June 2016, it was revealed that Mike Adenuga was being pursued for a combined debt of US$140.5 million, after his company ConOil failed to pay debts owed to, among others, the French oil giant Total. Bellbop, another company owned by Adenuga, had an interim injunction placed on it by the High Court in Lagos, after it too failed to pay the $9.4 million owed to the US oil and gas firm Baker Hughes.
In 2012, Mike Adenuga was made Grand Commander of the Order of the Niger by the government of Nigeria.
He holds a Yoruba tribal chieftaincy as the Otunba Apesin of the Ijebu clan.