David Chukwuma Ojei
David Chukwuma Ojei was born on 28 February, 1971 in Agbor, Delta State Nigeria. He graduated with Bsc. Accountancy (Second Class Upper Division) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1995.
He did his Mandatory NYSC in Jigawa State in 1995/96 Batch.
After he failed aptitude test to join the following Banks; Zenith Bank, GTB and FBN Merchant Bankers, he took up employment with a security company where he was paid a monthly income of N7000 from which he was able to make some savings to set up a barber’s shop that was equally fetching an income of N7000 monthly.
He resigned from his job in June 1998 when his Mother had a need of N100,000 and his sister, a school dropout who is into trading, brought her own contribution of N50,000 immediately and himself, with his Degree, could not meet up.
David took a decision, then to go into trading while the Barber’s shop was still fetching him some income.
He closed his Barber’s shop, much more later after he started his Supermarket business.
His first line of business after resignation from The Security Company was to travel from Lagos to Fuga in Edo State to buy Ogbono seeds and resell in Lagos. However, the business stopped when his supplier in Fuga made away with his Money.
After the loss of his capital in the Ogbono business, he went to understudy his uncle, Sunday Egede, who was already trading on provisions for a period of 3 months before he set up his first shop in 1999 in Shomolu, Lagos State.
It was a shop of about 4-square-metre, which was the average size of a shop in Alade Market Shomolu back then.
Ten months later, he opened a bigger shop of 12 to 15-square-metre in size.
The second shop was located at 3, Anifowoshe Street, Shomolu. He started trading with the name Ebeano Supermarket at the new location.
The shop grew rapidly and he opened a bigger shop in Gbagada.
Soon after, he opened his breakthrough Ebeano Supermaket Ikota, VGC, Lagos that brought so much innovation in retail business in Lekki axis of qLagos.
In 2009, he formed a partnership with his uncle, Sunday Egede, on a 50-50 basis to form the now popular Prince Ebeano Supermarket chain of retail stores – “THE PREFERRED ONE STOP RETAIL STORE”
David is very creative and his business model is now being copied by even the multinational retail stores in Lagos.
He is always thinking of new ideas to introduce to his line of business and God has been faithfully in giving him those innovations.
One of his Managers has this to say about David. “David values integrity so much that he will call off transactions if integrity is breached irrespective of the cost implication”.
He is a devout Christian and happily married with four Children.
He has his trust in God that raised him from nothing and he is committed to giving back to the society.
Together with his Partner they are providing employment to over 600 individuals in their different business outlets.