Improving a great heritage
Billionaire businessman and Harvard Business School graduate, Akanimo Udofia, is the CEO of Desicon Engineering, an indigenous company founded in 1974 to provide innovative Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) solutions to the oil and gas industry. Since assuming leadership of Desicon Engineering in 1996, Akan, as he is fondly called, has grown the company into a major industry player and increased its workforce from 100 to 4000 employees. Also, he has developed beneficial partnerships with oil corporations from around the world that have allowed Desicon to complete work on over $10 billion worth of engineering, procurement, and construction projects in the past 10 years.
Akanimo graduated from the University of Uyo with a bachelors in Business Administration. He started out as a senior business manager for Vision 2000 Limited, a security and safety systems provider and subsequently spent several years with the oil and gas industry contractor Stolt-Bouygues Offshore as a consortium partner responsible for arranging contracts for oil and gas services in Nigeria. During his tenure with Stolt-Bouygues, he built a project portfolio worth more than $900 million. Forbes magazine and Venture Africa named him a billionaire in 2014.
Outside of his professional pursuits, Akanimo enjoys international travel and a variety of water sports. He also has a passion for Nigerian cooking, especially Jollof rice. He regularly contributes funding for philanthropic initiatives that deliver health care and clean water to disadvantaged communities in Nigeria.
Akwa Ibom celebrates a visionary entrepreneur.