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Giant steps of Abuchi Iloanya in food equipment business

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Abuchi Vincent Iloanya never had the opportunity to go to the university because his parents, Mr and Mrs Iloanya of Awkuzu, Anambra State could not afford it. But destiny had great plans in store for him as he enrolled himself in apprenticeship under a master, as most Igbo boys do, to learn the rudiments of the industrial kitchen equipment business.

He served his master for six years and went on his own four years ago. Of course, he wanted to be like his master but had a different idea on how the business could be fine-tuned to keep in line with the demands and pace of the digital age. He knew to keep with the evolving markets, he had to employ the Information and Communications Technology approach which he embraced with both arms. Then Jiji and OLX presented him the opportunity he wanted.

“My business expanded long time ago using Jiji and OLX for marketing tools. But it expanded, more like it blew the moment I started using Instagram. Instagram has been a blessing to me I won’t lie. Instagram brought my business out there and connected me to so many big people in the society. Celebrities and politicians all patronize me, all thanks to my mentor, Mark Zuckerbek,” he said in an interview.

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The business, grew in leaps and bounds because Abuchi Iloanya, beyond making use of social media tools applied the best ethics of business which is evident in their vision and mission statement.

“We maintain flexibility to be able to adapt to variable conditions and an ever-changing environment. Since the launch of Abutex, we have been continually developing new products, keeping up with the latest new techniques and trends to remain at the forefront of the industry. Abutex values and respect our customer’s needs and strives to exceed customer expectations.” says a statement in their vision and mission booklet.

The company services many big bakeries, restaurants and supermarkets. Some are Nuts About Cake in Lekki; Bibby Supermarket in Surulere; AJ Take Away in Warri; Tribet Supermarket in Lekki Phase1; Nellies Food in Lekki; George Bread in Abuja, Montana Cubana in Ikeja and Zkitchen in Victoria Island, among many others.

Abuchi Vincent Iloanya, the Managing Director of Abutex Food Equipment company was born in Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria on March 11, 1992. He is a native of Awkuzu in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State.

His company, Abutex Food Equipment company is Nigeria’s leading company on industrial kitchen equipment, with headquarters in Alaba International Market and an ultra-modern showroom in Lekki Phase 1, all in Lagos.

He has also won many awards as an entrepreneur, including Abutex’s 2013 quality system certification. His company, Abutex has developed competences in a wide range of world standard quality products, complete services and self-innovation. From mixers to ovens, cooking equipment to refrigeration, Abutex Food Equipment has carved a niche for itself,

He finished his secondary school in 2008 at Showlight International School, Onitsha Anambra State but couldn’t go for university education because of financial difficulties. He has one elder sister and three younger brothers.


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