West Africa

Dr. Cosmas Maduka, President and CEO, COSCHARIS GROUP

Dr. Cosmas Maduka has succeeded in turning an early life of poverty and hardship into a success story that has inspired future generations of Nigerians. He started his career on the shop floor of his uncle’s automobile shop, which also doubled as his bedroom for the night. He left at age 19 to embark on his own venture, eventually founding Coscharis Group in 1983. Through sheer grit and hard work, he has transformed the company from a spare auto parts company into a business empire.

Today, Coscharis Group is one of Nigeria’s largest privately owned conglomerates. It cuts across almost every critical sector of Nigeria’s economy, from importation and distribution to manufacturing, logistics, IT, agriculture, real estate and automobiles. Cosmas is widely acknowledged as one of the country’s leading CEOs.

Keen to encourage other young people, Cosmas is a facilitator for youth empowerment seminars and conferences. In recognition of his numerous contributions to youth education, he was invited by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) to present a paper on fostering entrepreneurial youth based on his life experiences.

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