Morris Mojekwu is the CEO of Mojek Meat. He is undoubtedly one of the Nigerian business managers doing great things and running thriving enterprises in the heart of Manchester, United Kingdom. Arriving in the UK over 30 years ago, he quickly realized that success was non-negotiable. Looking back, he says he has not fared badly despite various challenges that almost consumed him.
What was your childhood like?
I was born to an Igbo father and a Yoruba mother. I grew up with my mother and grandmother, hence I speak the Yoruba language fluently more than Igbo. Growing up in Ondo with my grandmother was fun and full of interesting memories. She was a strict, no-nonsense woman who ensured that the right Christian values were imparted to me and my siblings. To be honest with you, I owe my success today to God, and the thorough upbringing I was subjected to. The Yoruba people we grew up together were friendly, accommodating, and nice.
What motivates you in life?
The desire to succeed, and become a great man are the major forces that drive me. Right from when I was young, I realized that succeeding was non-negotiable. I enjoy the aroma of success. So, I work hard every day to become successful, and I thank God for what He has done for me.
How and when did you arrive in the UK?
I never dreamt of travelling to the UK. It was my mother’s sister that suggested to I think about travelling. She noticed that I was a hardworking young man, and she saw the signs of greatness in me. She knew that given the right environment, I would excel. I owe her a debt of gratitude for seeing that potential in me, and for making my trip to the UK possible 30 years ago. Settling down in London was a big challenge. I arrived in winter with freezing temperatures. Going back to Nigeria was not an option. I survived each day by the grace of God. I thank God for His goodness and mercies that have sustained me.
You have established yourself as a successful entrepreneur in London, and now in Manchester. How did you go into business?
It has been by the grace of God. After working odd jobs for many years, I decided to start my own business. The Igbo blood in me pushed out my entrepreneurial tendencies. I started small and I remained focused. I kept a close tab on my expenses, avoiding luxuries, frivolities, and wastages. I also interacted well with people and ensured that I delivered excellent service. One of the challenges I faced was how to relate with my Nigerian customers who can be very demanding.
What are your success principles?
You must have a personal relationship with God, stay focused on your vision, work extremely hard, be smart, manage your relationships well, avoid distractions, be trustworthy, and build a good reputation.
What is your advice for young Nigerians just arriving in the UK?
They must operate within the laws, stay focused on why they are in the UK, avoid bad company, be observant, and maximize the abundant opportunities that are in the UK.
How can we develop Nigeria?
We need a good leader who will love the country and work for the people. We need someone who dares to take tough decisions that will benefit the people.
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