Whenever you talk of technology in Nigeria, the name Leo Stan Ekeh must be mentioned. Born on February 22, 1956 in Ubomiri, Mbaitoli in Imo State, Chief Leo Stan Nnamdi Ekeh is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the well-known indigenous Zinox Technologies Limited, makers of personal computers. The technology guru surprisingly does not have a technology background as he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from Panjan University in India and a postgraduate degree in Risk Management from Nottingham University in England.
Leo Ekeh began his journey in the technology business when he set up Task Systems Limited which was a pioneer in desktop publishing and computer graphics in Nigeria. The company was so successful that it is to his credit the computerization of a high percentage of print media in Nigeria. The astute businessman also founded other companies including ITEC Solutions Limited and Technology Distribution Limited.
He then set up Zinox Technologies Limited in October 2001 to produce locally made computers. Always pioneering, his computers were the first Nigerian made computers certified internationally. Zinox was the first computer manufacturer in West Africa to attain the WHQL certification and the ISO 9001: 2000 certification. Recently in October 2013, Zinox Technologies unveiled their first tablet computer called Zipad produced locally at a media conference at the Company’s headquarters in Lagos. The company is the leading computer manufacturing company in Nigeria and is patronized heavily by the Nigerian government especially during elections.
Chief Leo Stan Ekeh through his company Zinox Technologies has given back to the society in several ways. One of which is the Computerize Nigeria Project which was launched on the 5th of August 2000. The goal of the project was to sensitize and encourage development in the use of computers by Nigerians, another such project is the CANi scheme which was set up to provide quality desktop and laptop computers to the Nigerian populace at below normal market prices with the option of bank financing and a 24 month repayment period.
The testimonial of Chief Leo Stan Ekeh’s business genius can be seen in the numerous awards won by both him and his company. They include but are not limited to: Zinox computers as ICT Company of the Year at the Thisday Awards for Excellence in 2007, Computer Brand of the Year in 2006 at the Nigerian Information Technology and Telecom Awards, 4 doctorate degrees from reputable universities etc. Chief Leo Stan Ekeh was conferred with the honour of Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic (OFR) of Nigeria by President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2004 and is also a board member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group.