LEEMON IKPEA: THE QUIET BILLIONAIRE

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Posted on 16, September 2015 11:52:11 in the category OPPORTUNITIES
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LEEMON IKPEA: THE QUIET BILLIONAIRE


Leemon Ikpea rarely speaks in the public and almost never to the press.His philanthropic life has impacted several lives including his contributions to the oil and gas industry and his philanthropy over the years.

Dr. Leemon Ikpea broke through the barriers of poverty to rise to untold fame and fortune.His fortune didn't come to him by sheer luck,it came through a dint of hard work.

Yes, the breath-taking story of this seasoned administrator cum engineer is an inspiration and an example for today's young men.Ikpea came from a humble background.He grew up in Warri,a bustling city in the then Bendel State.Though he had very challenging formative years,he did not give up.

His parents were poor and unable to give quality education to their three male children.Ikpea, being the eldest,had to do menial jobs to raise money to support his father's meagre salary. In 1973,when Ikpea was getting into class three,he lost his very supportive mother,whose revenue played a great role towards the family's survival. It was a very challenging period for the young man, but he summed up courage to move on.Then,11 years later,his father died too,leaving him to paddle his own canoe across life's shark-infested waters.

Thankfully, before his parents' departure,they instilled in Ikpea and his siblings the virtues of hard-work and truthfulness,with an assurance that these virtues would help overcome the hurdles of life.

Ikpea never allowed the poverty stricken circumstances of his family stop his educational pursuit,so he took up menial jobs as a labourer and,later, a tallying clerk in the Warri Ports,in order to raise enough money to support his secondary education.

Ikpea has become a symbol of hope for young people struggling around the country,because he changed his own life story from poverty to prosperity despite the struggles and harsh conditions he went through.

He is a great employer of labour of about 1,500 workers.He owns Lee Engineering and Construction Company,a service provider/operator in the oil and gas industry.He left paid employment to start the company in 1991,and for over two decades,it has been providing top quality services in engineering,procurement,construction (EPC) works, which include maintenance,installation and consultancy services.He also owns Tribet A1 water factory,the Lee Oasis Supermaket and Tribet Travels and Tours.In 2012,Ikpea set up Agbonjagwe Leemon Ikpea Founda­tion (ALIF),to take care of less privileged orphans,widows,old people and those having terminal illnesses.

Ikpea,who has evolved over the years into an outstanding individual,has built a great legacy.Much is left unsaid about his giant strides,but in summary,he's a man who has written his name in the sands of time.

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