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Interviews - August 11, 2021

Bako Ambianda: From Humble Beginnings to Founder & CEO of the Conglomerate, Labacorp Group

Having had a feel of some of the most advanced ecosystems Bako returned home and lauched a chain of thrinbing businesses

Bako Ambianda showed a flair for entrepreneurship from his high school days in Cameroon. He would pick mangoes, avocados and bananas from around his home and sell them at his school dormitory.

In 2011, Ambianda moved to the United States to further his studies in Civil Engineering. After a couple of months in the US, he got a job as Citizen Diplomat with the Maryland State House where he launched his career in diplomacy.

With just $850, Ambianda started his first company, Global Attain Advancement (GAA), which focused on events organisation. This endeavour brought him on the organising team for former President Barack Obama’s Energy Congress.

Down the line, Ambianda returned to Africa to develop the business and launched other entities including Labacorp Energy Ltd in Cameroon, Labacorp Investments SARL in Togo, and Labacorp Industries Ltd in Ghana. The conglomerate owns businesses across the manufacturing, power, construction, agribusiness and exhibition sectors, with operations in Africa, the Middle East and North America. 

Read the full interview HERE.

Over the years, Ambianda has authored several books namely Destined to Win in the Game of Life, Invest in Your Mindset, Ingredients to Uplift Your Journey, The Unstoppable Warrior, and a lot more.

Bako Ambianda has won several awards – the Global Business Disruptor 2018 Award by Professional Association of Young Africans (PAYA), Most Admired Young Global African 2019 by PASSION VISTA, Most Influential People of African Descent (Under 40) by MIPAD – Class 2018, Africa Business Leadership Excellence Award 2018 by African Leadership Magazine and Forbes Africa 30 under 30.

Business Elites Africa caught up with this serial entrepreneur, author, engineer and CEO.

What inspired you to launch a career in diplomacy at the Maryland State House?

I was inspired by my vision for development in Africa. My story changed in 2011 at the age of 20 when I travelled to the USA to further my studies in Civil Engineering. As they always say, “we become the average of the 5 people we hang around with”. I was fortunate that in my first few months in the USA, I gained a job position as a Citizen Diplomat at the Maryland State House – Office of Prince George’s County Delegation, working closely with senators, legislators, and delegates on actions related to community development.

Read the full interview HERE.

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