Ekekwe’s Notion of Social Entrepreneur

By Osinakachi Akuma Kalu

Just as Thomas Aquinas didn’t write explicitly on Human Dignity but in his writings, the idea of not just human dignity but the ontological foundations of it lay clear, so has Ndubuisi Ekekwe said much about “social entrepreneurship”. This freelanced article is an attempt to shed light on what he is talking about after some months of following and researching about him.

Brief Bio of Ndubuisi Ekekwe

Ndubuisi Ekekwe (born July 1975) is a Nigerian professor, inventor, engineer, author, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics – West Africa’s leading embedded systems company. Ekekwe holds two doctoral and four master’s degrees including a Ph.D. in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, USA and MBA from the University of Calabar, Nigeria. He obtained B.Eng. from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, where he graduated as his class best student. As a US semiconductor industry veteran, his working experiences spans across various industries, including but not limited to Diamond Bank, Analog Devices Corp, and NNPC. In Analog Devices, he worked in the team that designed a generation XL for the iPhone and he created the company’s first wafer level chip scale package for the inertial sensor.

Social Entrepreneurship: A Mover to Individually Propelled Growth (IPG).

In a society where only the known is moved to, there is a tendency to create a network that shut many out of the scene of progress. Understanding that every individual is a singularity and as such a bundle of possibility is also a message that, you don’t necessarily need anyone or a group or even a government to make an impact. To become you must sufficiently improve your capacity to be able to match the demands of your dreams. There is no instant success, to every success, there is a detailed process and that you can not deny.
I have come to realize that Ekweke is a Macro Social Entrepreneur. By that I mean he believes that in solving an economic problem, individuals should understand their place in the economy and play their role properly. For him, the cry for individual consciousness is more important than that of the government.
This isn’t a mere abstract postulation but a statistically proved fact.
It is a fact that the government developed areas don’t provide enough internally generated revenues. This is the case with California vs Washington DC, Lagos vs Abuja, Nnewi vs Awka, Aba vs Umahia, etc.
This idea tends to lend to Augustus Chukwu’s notion of Individually Propelled Growth (IPG). This theory is based on the premise that individuals have the capacity to build economies and drive movement based on their own inspiration. That indivduals can through their ingenuity organise hive minds, and by the application of certain unique entrepreneurial culture, instincts and tatics, build and sustain the system the envision. This theory stands to point out that, society gets better when individuals evolve in their better version as against waiting or depending on the government.
Regarding this better version, Ekweke will say, individuals, can invest design systems that can usurp that of the government since most governments, especially in African do not care about the welfare and future of the people but there are individuals who care. Some examples worth citing include some of the best institutions (Universities, Hospitals, etc) in the world are that are privately foundered and owned.
Thus, entrepreneurs should start co-creating without depending on the government. What they know can transform society better than what they expect of the government.
To change a system, a new system should emerge, else, dwelling in error becomes the way backward.