Toast to Dr. Mike Adenuga at 71

Michael Adenuga

Mike Adenuga Jr, Chairman Globacom

By Abayomi Agbetola 

                                                                                                        Sports sponsorship,


Wealth creation,


Nation’s economic supports,

Massive philanthropy,

Art and cultural supports and sponsorship

Nollywood ambassadorial supports

This entirely sums up Dr. Michael Adenuga, the God sent Chairman of Globacom Telecommunication. He has quietly been at the centre of massive support for Nigeria and Nigerians over the years

A billionaire businessman whose investments cut across different sectors of the economy, Adenuga is known for always considering Nigeria first in his investment moves such that his MA Group can be termed Nigeria-centric, ensuring that Nigerians are the greatest beneficiaries of his multibillion investments.

Sharp, smart and tenacious, Adenuga is ever coded in his moves and his other investments in different parts of the world yielding millions of dollars are only known to few. No wonder people believe he is worth more than its being quoted.

In Nigeria, apart from his family business which he  helped to structure when he returned from United States, after his education, his businesses have been gigantic and big including banks: Equatorial Trust and Devcom which he founded at mid thirties, and the Oil and Gas audacious move which led to the rise of Consolidated oil, the first indigenous Nigeria Oil company to discover crude oil in commercial quantity.

Others are the acquisition of National Oil marketing company which is today Conoil Marketing and the Telecoms move which gave birth to Nigeria’s Telecommunication giant, Globacom.

That has been the style of the man Adenuga, moving like a submarine and conquering territories silently but with panache.

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His company, Globacom entered the telecoms sector in Nigeria like a volcano, erupting the larva of ‘per second billing’ that other networks, which started operations about two years before it had claimed, was impossible. Glo under Adenuga came in powerfully and offered Nigerians the package with millions of Nigerians joining the network immediately to Glo with Pride.

Before Globacom launched its services, GSM SIMs were selling for between N20,000 and N25,000. Glo brought this down to N6,999 and later to N100. Globacom also ensured that N50 per minute for calls were stopped. It crashed the tariff to as low as 1kobo per second.

Glo under Adenuga became the first telecom company to single handedly build an international sub-marine cable, Glo-1, connecting thousands of kilometers of national fibres to all parts of Nigeria and neighboring landlocked countries across Africa to the world.

The Globacom-1 (Glo-1) submarine cable system is a 9800km submarine cable connecting Bude in the UK to Lagos in Nigeria and the rest of West Africa. It has landing points in Nigeria, London, Lisbon in Portugal, Accra in Ghana, etc. It  consists of 2 fibre pairs, with an initial design capacity of 320 (32*STM-64), and upgraded to 2.5Tbps.

It landed in Alfa Beach, Lagos in Nigeria in September 2009, the whole project completed in July 2010. Globacom activated the Glo-1 cable system for service in October 2010 and since then has been providing bandwidth across the country and beyond.

Glo 1 submarine cable recently proved to be a strong force when it remained the only cable working when massive internet outages were reported in Nigeria and in some parts of Africa, following damage to international undersea cables supplying the country with connectivity.

The damage affected major undersea cables near Abidjan in Côte d’Ivoire and has led to internet downtime across West and South African countries and Telecommunications companies and a number of banks in Nigeria which relied on the affected cables for internet services were affected by the outage which lasted for many days.

It was only Glo 1, owned by Globacom, that  was not affected by the damage as Data users, internet service providers and financial institutions which run on Glo 1 have continued to operate normally all through the period.

Kudo to Adenuga for his foresight and business acumen

Adenuga has also been honoured across the world for these outstanding accomplishments including many  national and global awards,  as well as  the highest individual honour for a private citizen in Nigeria, GCON, and many others of high note like “The Companion of the Star of Ghana’’ from Ghana and “Commander of the Legion of Honour’’ by French President, Emmanuel Macron.

His philanthropy is legendary. He is the biggest promoter of football in Nigeria. It is believed that he spent over 25 billion on Nigerian sports. At a time he gave Super Eagles whooping 1 million dollars after winning the African Cup of Nations in South Africa. This is in addition to the Premier League, national teams, the Supporters Club, Glo CAF Awards and Glo Soccer Academy’s sponsorships.

 Not forgetting art and culture. Top festivals in Nigeria including Ojude ObaLisabi, and Ofala festivals are sponsored by Globacom.

In 2022, another milestone was recorded by  Dr. Adenuga  when he quietly signed  a business contract in Paris between Globacom, and Eutelsat, the French Satellite conglomerate. Many communities across the country without access to internet links will benefit immensely from VSAT/Satellite-based internet service and Satellite-based community Wifi internet service, courtesy of Globacom.

Indeed, the milestones are endless. God Bless Dr. Adenuga.

Many Happy returns of the day, Sir.

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