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Stella Oduah Ogiemwonyi is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sea Petroleum and Gas (SPG). Born on January 5, 1962 in Onitsha, Anambra State, Stella knew exactly what she wanted from her early age. After her studies at St. Paul’s College, Lawrence Ville, Virginia in the United States in 1983, Oduah joined the Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC).
Speaking in an interview some years ago, Oduah explained why she joined the government owned corporation. “I wanted to be in oil and gas, and I felt my first leg should be in a national company and NNPC happened to be the in-thing at that time. It was either NNPC or banking and I just didn’t go into banking. I wanted oil and gas and so I was lucky I passed the interviewed at NNPC and I went in,” she had responded.
In 1992, she took a bold step which confounded many of her colleagues, when she floated Sea Petroleum and Gas with a N200, 000 bank facilities. Her reason: “I don’t think I left NNPC to set up SPG. I left NNPC because I wanted to do something more challenging. I left NNPC because I wasn’t getting enough job satisfaction. That’s why I left.
She stepped boldly into a male dominated industry, threading where angels dread as she followed her passion. Oduah’s SPG has become an octopus in the oil and gas sector. She has since branched into the real estate sector in the Lekki axis in Lagos, providing office accommodation to companies like Chevron Nigeria etc.
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