Kevin Olu is a renowned Nigerian businessman, philanthropist, CEO of Orit-winos Nigeria Limited and Triple Billionaire Nigeria Limited, and a Senior Special Assistant to
the Governor of Delta State, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa.
Born on July 2, 1980, Kevin Olu attended Urhiapele secondary school and and later added Diploma in Business Administration and Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Ambrose Ali University in Ekpoma, Edo State, to his academic portfolio.
According to Kevin Olu, who originates from the prestigious Fregene family in Fregene quarters at Ogwanja in Koko, Warri North local government area of Delta State, he horned his business skills from an early age and strong influence from his forerunners in the family particularly his father who was a business strategist and a Naval officer.
“I got my inspiration from my father. He built alot of boats, vessels, parts, that is why I went into that lane and that is were I got my strength to do business and I want to be strong in that field,” he said.
Kevin Olu is a testament that to the fact that honest and dedicated labour can be rewarded richly. He’s the CEO of Orit-winors Nigeria Limited and Tripple Billionaire Nigeria Limited. Some of Kevin Olu’s business concerns range from interests in equipment, vessels, parts and marine instruments.
“Triple Billionaire Nigeria Limited was worth a lot when we started, and today I will say the networth on that business is massive,” he said, attributing the success to God, hardwork and continuous research on customers’ changing demands.
Kevin Olu’s breakthrough came when he won the hospitality contract to house Seplat for four years. Speaking on what he used the money for, he said, “I used the money to build a house in Delta State. That contract gave me a lot of money to travel abroad to buy goods and bring them toNigeria, that was really a breakthrough period for me.”
Kevin Olu also talked about wowing Nigerians with a new business before the year runs out: “I am about to bring my own brand which is called K. Shirley Nigeria Limited and my wife is doing her own called Mrs Shirley Nigera Limited. I bought a place in Lekki phase 1 which I want to use for the business. The property I bought was about N1.9 billion, by God grace we are working as soon as possible for the business to commence by December,” he revealed.
Speaking to journalists during a recent press conference in his expansive company’s corporate headquarters in Delta State, Kevin Olu singled out social media as part of his secret to success in business, saying “social media works for us as well because we advertise our business.”
After completing his course of study abroad, he moved back to Nigeria to contribute and build a nation he truly believe in.
“I came back to Nigeria and I went into politics. I contested for the House offer Assembly in Delta State in the year 2015, but I stepped down for the incumbent and after a year, I was made an aide to Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan. Later I was appointed the Senior Special Assistant on Waterways and Land Security in the government Dr Okowa, got promoted.
“We have an organisation that deals with charity and also a company that also deals with charity. Every year in some parts of Delta State we pay some children school fees, and we go as far as the remote villages to give them what they need at that point in time, I did borehole and did some things for the villagers in my place,” he revealed.
Kevin Olu and his wife are natural givers. They both run a charity company that has being operating for over six years. Singlehandedly, Kevin has being been sponsoring people abroad for educational purpose, work, and those who want to further their professional career.
“Three years ago I carried about five boys from different places. I picked from Igbo, Hausa, Itsekiri, Yoruba and one Ijaw, five of them to Dubai. I used to singlehandedly pick them like that,” he said.
Kevin Olu has also sponsored endless list of footballers abroad in Sweden, Italy and Amsterdam. For him, everything he’s doing for people is borne out of goodwill and upliftment and not for cheap gains or showoff which is the reason he doesn’t publicise them on social media platforms.
As a serial entrepreneur, Kevin Olu believes there are some calculated risks which ought to be taken to make progress.
He said: “I normally go to a place I see nice houses and it is very cheap, I can buy it. If I don’t have anything to do with it for now and after like one year, I will resell it again.
“I saw a property in Lekki, I bought it for something like three hundred and something million Naira. I left it for six months and somebody came to buy it from me for six hundred million naira, My real estate business is still profiting me and is still doing well. So, I take risks by putting money on what I am not sure of but because of faith I strongly believe that it will work for me and it is working for me.”
He explained further that risks are inherent to every environment and business, saying: “sometimes even me that has a car shop, and sells car and even sometimes go to Germany to buy a car that is a little bit accidental. I will fix it by myself and sometimes bring the cars here to fix. Sometimes the mechanics can’t fix the car or see the car parts and that money will go like that. I will be forced to convert the car for my personal use till someone brings a good buyer. Sometimes we go to buy parts in (Amsterdam) to give to company and company will say they don’t want it so they reject it.”
He further advised youths to be diligent in their business and learn how to take some form of risk.
On his role model, Kevin Olu was quick to single out Aliko Dangote, the African richest man.
“My role model in business here in Nigeria is Aliko Dangote. He is someone I hold in high esteem and I have met him twice and he is someone God has ordained and I wish for God to take me to that level, and I also want the Almighty to give me a broader knowledge and bird’s-eye view of all things business in business, which in turn will catapult my business ventures into top blue chip companies,” added Kevin Olu.