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“I once hawked oranges, corn, ice water, etc on the streets of Aba in Abia State in order to survive. I didn’t become what I am today by magic. I had a focus and was determined to succeed, no matter what. Above all, I had a positive mindset. That’s the only way to success.”

– Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, UCLDA President

The Founder and President of the Ugwumba Center for Leadership Development in Africa, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu revealed this when speaking to the ABN TV crew in his office in Abuja, recently.

He advised youths not to see everyone who drives big cars and lives in mansions as role models, not knowing how they made their money. He called on the youths to be proud of whatever lawful ventures they find themselves in, for the mean time, saying that their future is bright.

He warned that, it is good to pass through the ladder of success than to look for success through shortcuts and urged the youths to be wise in choosing their role models. He described hard work, determination, positive mentality and consistency as essential ingredients for success in life.

He declared that most people only know him as former Commissioner for Lands, former Chief of Staff to former Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha and former Governorship candidate in the 2019 Imo State Governorship elections not knowing that he once sold ice water, corn, oranges, etc in Aba in order to survive. Even as a student at the Imo State University, Owerri, he said that he had to do menial job at construction sites in order to pay his school fess due to family conditions.

Our President, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, thereafter used the opportunity to call on all successful men and women in Nigeria and Africa at large to be free to openly share their true life stories, so that the youths can learn from their experiences and be encouraged on how to navigate their futures.

He again called on youths who are exploring opportunities in self employment and entrepreneurship to grab the opportunity he is offering them through the Ugwumba Enterprise Challenge, which is accessible at

He concluded by saying, “if you want to get to your destination in life, you must accept to be the driver of your destiny or else you will miss your way if driven by another”.

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Ugwumba Center for Leadership Development in Africa, 2022