As a fund manager at an investment company, where he rose from an ordinary marketer to a regional manager role, Teni Adesanya had garnered the requisite training and experience that prepared him for a career in finance and investment.

Relying on this track-record and the network he has built over the years, he decided it was time to start his own business but soon found out that it was a thorny journey. He failed woefully at two ventures and was on the verge of giving up and returning to paid employment when his instinct spurred him to give entrepreneurship another chance.

This decision gave birth to Oxford Group, a vast and thriving business empire in Nigeria and Africa. In less than 5 years, the business grew in leaps and bounds, with business portfolios in almost every sector of the Nigerian economy – agriculture, oil & gas; real estate, banking; dredging and education among others.

In this interview with Business Elites Africa, Teni Adesanya tells us how he built Oxford from the ground up and shared invaluable business lessons that today’s entrepreneurs must learn and imbibe in order to build a successful business in Nigeria and elsewhere.

 

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