Popular Nigerian Businessman, Obi Cubana has revealed how he makes his. money
The Nigerian billionaire said there is no shortcut to making legal money and warned Nigerian youths to desist from seeking wealth through illegal means.
According to him, he does not have “soap” to cut for anyone.
Speaking in an interview with BBC Pidgin on Tuesday, July 20, Cubana said he got his breakthrough when he made his first million naira after his National Youth Service Corps program in Abuja.
He said it was in Abuja that he was introduced to the real estate business, where he met a client who wanted to furnish a house. After furnishing the house for the client, Obi was gifted N500,000, as he also made over N600,000 in profits for the job.
According to him, “That was the first N1.1 million I made before I joined contract work in Abuja. I signed a contract with PPMC, made a little money, then bought my Mercedes V-boot. I invested the money I made into a garden beer parlour before I established Cubana Group.
Miracle can’t give you money because the pastor needs money the more than you. Native doctor can’t give you money either. If you want money, you have to work hard.
If you are in your 20s, work now. I am 46 years (old), I have done my first half. I don’t know why someone who is just 20 years (old) will say he has not made it when he still has 50 years 60 years ahead. There is no soap to cut for anybody, there is no soap anywhere, work, pray, be good, make your own soap.”
Obi Cubana during the interview also rubbished the insinuations that his friends and allies made their money through rituals.
Obi Cubana explained that his friends and allies are businessmen working hard in their various endeavours.
Friends of the nightlife and hospitality king were seen spraying money in both local and foreign currencies with reckless abandon during the burial.
This led to insinuations that his friends made their money the wrong way.
Reacting, Obi Cubana insisted that his friends and allies made their money “in a clean way.”
He made the clarification in a statement titled: Obi Cubana speaks,” which was posted by Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on his Facebook page.
According to the businessman: “I want to state this clearly, I am not the talking type or Social media interest-free person.
“Many have questioned the type of boys and friends I have, to me, I hardly address anyone as my boy because we are all boys to God Almighty.
“I don’t have any boy who is into rituals, if you are my boy or my man because I like to address my boys as my men, it means you are working hard and you made your money in a clean way.”
The business mogul recalled how he helped establish some people from Oba, starting from 2013.
He disclosed that most of those he helped to establish have become millionaires and billionaires in their various endeavours.
Obi Cubana said: “In 2013, I pushed 53 uneducated Oba boys into the market to learn to trade. In 2017, I withdrew all of them from their Ogas and settled all of them with 3million Naira each and paid for their shops.
“I linked 40 of them into importation and made them use my name and platform to import goods into the country. After two years, I checked on them how they were doing and find out some had issues and I supported them again to stand.
“I am happy today that out of the 53 men, 38 are billionaires while the rest are in the level of a millionaire.
“In 2018, I took 100 educated men out of streets and introduced them to the white men for business and today there are billionaires in dollars.
“They also help me in their capacity when I require their help. All their friends both Nigeria and outside patronise me.
“I am into hotel and club business and I have so many businesses I am brand ambassadors to.
“I have alliances with spirit drinks and wines, I am brand to many businesses in the world.
“It gives me joy to see my men do well, non of my hotel managers in Nigeria can small poverty, I encourage them to raise others from their local communities. I have never sacked a worker due to misconduct, I bring you in and speak to you the way you will understand.
“I have this understanding that we should allow the stubborn people to exist and cool-headed people to exist and we make use of them when their needs arise.
“I don’t believe in the supremacy of power rather I believe in the fair share of power and authority and allow everyone to feel belonged.
“I have many uncountable people through my hotel business, I have encouraged many, I have made a lot of friends millionaires and billionaires because it gives me joy. Seeing them throw money around gives me happiness and they know, so anytime there are with me, they show such an attitude of throwing money to please me.
“Yes, I will gift 1 million to 300 Oba boys to start up business and link them up too to make it.
“I have a lot of friends and associates and we are like brothers to each other. We love and encourage one another in good and bad as you have seen in my case that all of them came massively to support me.
“Critics is normal and there are there to say what they want to say but when you are doing the right thing, you don’t listen to what people say. If I have my way, I will also help those criticising me.
“A lot of non Obas will still benefit from me because I am still in the business of making people great.
“Cubana chief priest is my man and he is a jolly fellow. People mistake him for me, I am Obi Kubana and he is my Chief priest I hope you understand it now.
“I am not into politics and I don’t have interest in it till tomorrow. I respect those in politics because dey carry power. Lol hahaha.
“My advice is they should identify talents and make them great, don’t have any fear of who betrays you tomorrow, just make men and move if they remember good if not be happy that they made it through you.
“I didn’t ask my boys/men for donations or help, I didn’t also ask my friends for help or donations they did that on their own and I appreciate their efforts.
Obi Cubana lost his mother in December 2020, and laid her to rest on July 16th in Oba, Anambra state, DAILY GIST had reported.
Preparations for the burial caught the attention of many after the club owner received 246 cows from his friends.
The burial which is undoubtedly one of the biggest event in Nigeria was graced by a good number of top Nigerian celebrities and affluent Nigerians.