The arrest of Nigerian entrepreneur Obinwanne Okeke by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has sparked a huge conversation across the country.
He is being charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Particularly on social media, people are still wrapping their heads around how their countryman could get off with fraud amounting to $12 million involving an international company.
The online media space has been thrown into a frenzy since news of Okeke’s, well known as Invictus Obi, arrest broke.
The once-celebrated Forbes Africa Under 30 entrepreneur was finally arrested by the law enforcement agency after a painstaking investigation that commenced in July 2018.
Here are 12 facts JiveNaija has gathered about Obinwanne Okeke:
1. Obinwanne Okeke was born on November 9, 1987 in Ukpor village, Anambra state, as the 17th child of a polygamous father.
2. He was raised by his mother and other relatives before his father’s death when he was only 16.
3. Okeke holds a bachelors and a master’s degrees (MA) in International Relations and Counter-Terrorism (with distinction) from Monash University, Australia.
4. While in Australia, Okeke founded Literacy Africa International to raise awareness about literacy problem among children in Africa.
5. Okeke is the founder and CEO of Invictus Group.
6. He named his company, Invictus, after one of Nelson Mandela’s favourite poems, written by William Ernest Henley, which talks about the undefeated and unconquerable soul of a hard worker, from an impoverished background.
7. He has investments in renewable energy, real estate and construction.
8. In 2016, Okeke was named by Forbes as one of ’30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 to Watch’.
9. In 2017, the Nigerian entrepreneur was nominated for the most prestigious award for African businessmen, the All African Business Leaders Award (AABLA), in the category of Young African Business Leader (West Africa).
10. Again, in 2017, the African Brand Congress awarded his company Africa’s Most Innovative Investment Company of the Year 2017 Award.
11. The businessman was listed on Forbes 100 Most Influential Young Africans in 2018.
12. Okeke is a regular contributor to the Forbes Africa Magazine where he shares his thoughts on entrepreneurship and investment in Africa