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Jim Ovia is a business-growth thought leader, author, speaker, and coach impacting entrepreneurship in Africa and around the globe. His message is inspiring entrepreneurs and investors worldwide to cultivate their passion, follow their instincts, and act with courage as they pursue business ventures that reach beyond their wildest dreams.

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Africa, Rise and Shine

When people around the globe think of Africa, they visualize conflicts and war, famine, poverty, and desolation. In his book, Africa, Rise and Shine, Jim Ovia paints a very different picture: Africa as a continent ripe with untapped resources, a growing middle class, and abundant opportunities for entrepreneurs and investors. Part-memoir, part-inspirational business guide, Jim uses his story to remind us of this valuable lesson: You must never allow the perceptions of others to impact your own vision of what is possible for the future.

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Meet Jim Ovia

Founder and chairman of Zenith Bank, Jim Ovia is a global thought leader in the field of banking, entrepreneurship and business growth. A man of integrity who believes in the power of passion, perseverance, and dedication to duty, Jim is committed to helping aspiring entrepreneurs worldwide cultivate the courage they need to follow their passion and achieve success beyond their wildest dreams.

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Innovate, Innovate, Innovate: The Future Depends Upon You


Zenith Bank was built on innovation. In each step we took from the first days to today innovation–keeping […]

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Today’s Challenges Are Tomorrow’s Opportunities


They say, don’t judge a book by its cover. The same could have been said of Africa’s business […]

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Reaction Factor: The Importance of Timing


Five years had passed since the liberalization of the financial markets in 1985. Prior to that time, there […]

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Book Jim To Speak At Your Next Event

Jim Ovia’s story is proof that no matter how humble your origins, you can accomplish great things with the right frame of mind. With his inspirational and instructive tone, he is the mentor today’s aspiring entrepreneurs need.

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Discover Your Greatness: Entrepreneurs, Are You Ready To Dare To Try?

It is my wish that the young people throughout Africa, and around the globe, take advantage of the tremendous opportunities Africa has to offer.

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