The Authority Icon: POLY I. EMENIKE
For creating health and wealth for Nigeria and adding value through job creation and production of world-class drugs sold at affordable prices; for his unique entrepreneurial spirit and impactful philanthropy and for demonstrating that focussed human dreams are indeed the seedlings of reality, Chief Poly I. Emenike, MON, (Odenigbo Nanka) is The AUTHORITY Icon.
He is an ardent disciple of Napoleon Hill’s philosophy of living. In the business arena his role models are Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, the American John H. Johnson, publisher of Ebony Magazine and a handful of other inspirational personalities. In the turf of philanthropyAndrew Carnegie, Rockfeller, Bill Gate and a few others remain powerful influences in his life. Meet Chief Poly I. Emenike, MON, OdenigboNanka, founding Managing Director/CEO, Neros Pharmaceuticals Limited and founder, Poly Emenike Foundation.
He hails from Nanka, in Anambra State. Deprivation made it impossible for him to go beyond primary school after the Nigeria-Biafra Civil War. Along the line he became a houseboy and office boy to an uncle who was a lawyer. From there he became an apprentice and later a trader who sold rubber slippers. By a providential stroke he was inspired to read Napoleon Hill’s book that changed his life. He switched from selling slippers to pharmaceutical business which he learnt at Idumota, without any knowledge of pharmacy.
As now a well-travelled international trader, he went on what he described as a “pharmaceutical odyssey” to Brazil where his consignments were seized an auctioned. Not one to give up, he went to Vietnam en route China in a daredevil adventure with just $150 in his pocket. And there in Vietnam, he discovered artesunate, an anti-malaria drug that had not only saved millions of lives in Nigeria but became the flagship of his pharmaceutical company. What secret powered this compelling life story?
His words: “Financially, I achieved a lot through the books authored or co-authored by Dr. Hill. It is worthy of note that about 95% of the material wealth I have acquired in life was inspired by the Principle of Success teachings espoused in Dr. Napoleon Hill’s various writings. Thus, the business, which I commenced with a capital of about $2.00 (300 Naira) on July 14, 1975, being my 2 years earnings, working as an office boy in my Uncle’s Law firm, has today blossomed into a multi-million dollar business empire.
“Added to this is the fact that at a time when it looked like I would end up with only primary school educational qualification, I was inspired to further my educational pursuit owing to the enormous inspirations I drew from reading Dr. Hill’s writings. Today, I have not only acquired secondary education but also a University education at the highest level.”
For the people of his hometown in Nanka in Anambra State, he built the NEROS Sports Stadium. According to him, “When I was constructing the multimillion-dollar stadium, people felt that I was a mad man. But I knew what I was doing. Football is big business not just in Nigeria, but all over the world. And as they say, charity begins at home. But it should not end there.” This mind-set perhaps explains his multiple philanthropic interventions in many areas of life.
Emenike who is the author of the inspirational book, ‘Entrepreneurial Spirits,’ gives an insight into the legacy of life he would like to leave. His words: “The legacy I would like to leave is to be known as a foremost or a renowned: Entrepreneur, Psychologist, Philosopher, Writer and a Philanthropist of world repute! This is whereby I am currently sacrificing my sleepless nights to ensure it is achieved in no distant future.”