Owen has a B.Sc degree in Geography and planning from the University of Lagos, and a Masters Degree in International Marketing from University of Strathclyde in Scotland.
She is also a life member of Enterprise Development Center (Lagos Business School).
Owen’s career has spanned sales, marketing and consulting in the telecommunications, transportation, Information Technology and now Power sector in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Liberia.
She’s passionate about bridging the kilowatt divide (Nigeria currently has an installed electric capacity of 11,000mw as compared to South Africa that has 47,000mw; a country that is 1/3 of Nigeria’s population). This she believes is the main key to Nigeria being truly the giant of Africa.
Her company is a Schneider Electric certified partner for alternative power as well as low and medium voltage products and solutions.
She co -founded Light up a Precious Life, an initiative to provide free power backup solutions for Rehabilitation Centres, orphanages and elderly homes across Nigeria.
What ignited the spark in you to start your business venture?
Having worked in the IT sector for many years from Nigeria to Silicon Valley, I saw how important it was to bridge the digital divide (which by the way has been bridged) and the impact it has made on society. I knew I could bridge the kilowatt divide by providing access to renewable energy to my society.
What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
The ability to perceive a need and to respond profitably to that need in your environment; perseverance and love of what you do, because the route to success is not straight forward and neither are there short cuts. Integrity: There is no true success as an entrepreneur without this.
How did you respond to failure as an entrepreneur?
I say to myself or my team, ‘this idea did not work, let’s come up with another strategy.’ It’s a numbers game, the quicker you fail and recover, the closer you are to your Eldorado.
How long do you stick with an idea before giving up?
It depends a lot on the idea. Some ideas are dead in the water from the word go, so sticking with them will not change anything. Other ideas, however, after careful analysis weighing the pros and the cons, when I see the pros are more I am absolutely dogged, I see it through to the end.
What motivates you?
Filling gaps ….I like to make a visible difference in a person, a group or my community. I feel a sense of accomplishment when people leave me in a measurably better state than when they first met me.
How would you define success?
Being in good health of body and mind and being able to do what you love without thinking of money.