Every week CNN International’s African Voices highlights Africa’s most engaging personalities. This week they profile Wale Tinubu, CEO of oil and gas giant, Oando.
Oil and gas entrepreneur Wale Tinubu says the continent is evolving and that good governance is spreading.
Wale Tinubu talks about some of the solutions he sees to the problems affecting the Niger Delta region.
Oando CEO Wale Tinubu tells CNN about how he balances family life with running a multi-million dollar business.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria, in 1967, Tinubu started out working for his family’s law firm. But his career changed direction once he set his sights on the oil industry.
An entrepreneur who started out with just a single second-hand oil tanker, Tinubu now heads a multi-million dollar enterprise that is one of Africa’s largest energy companies.
Named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007, Tinubu was selected this year as Business Leader of the Year at the African Business Awards.
He sat down with CNN’s Zain Verjee and spoke about doing business in Africa today.
CNN: How’s the situation now in Africa from a business point of view?
Wale Tinubu: Without a doubt, it’s the most interesting frontier. There is really no other frontier that compares to Africa, from the perspective of the population, the resources that are available, the demand for them and the fact that over 60 percent or 70 percent of that population is under the age of 20 which shows growth opportunities.
Africa is evolving, democracy is spreading amongst the continent, good governance is increasing, corruption is certainly on a major downturn — it’s just not fashionable any longer…[continue reading]