Being successful in business is the most fascinating kind of art. It is what separates the men from the boys; the pretender from the seasoned entrepreneur. And you can see in Abdulsamad Rabiu’s dynamic enterprise both the lush and tensile strength of a business giant and leader of men. His matchless finesse, acumen and resolve as BUA Chairman landed him the privileged role of the Bank of Industry’s Chairman. Rabiu’s leadership of the development bank is marked by incomparable brilliance, fortitude and tact making BOI richer and stronger than he met it.
According to a Forbes’ report, his commodities and cement empire, plus his real estate holdings in South Africa and London, are worth $1.2 billion, up from $670 million sometime back. He ranks 23rd on Forbes 2013 list of Africa’s 50 Richest. Indeed, Rabiu epitomizes youth that constitutes the rarity of Nigerian society — a young man who excelled and became a respected tycoon.
But, unlike many of his generation, he advocates hope knowing that things could change in a society which culture of fear has permeated for decades. Over the past few years, Rabiu began working outside the box to make his peers understand that only their unstoppable people’s power could effect real change. He projects a manic self-confidence in public. He still has his edge: prosperity hasn’t robbed him of his disrespect for conventional wisdom, his spooky ability to see around corners, and his feral determination to make perfect products at all costs. All in all, success becomes him.