This weekâ€™s edition of Globacom-sponsored â€œAfrican Voicesâ€ on CNN International will feature a prominent Nigerian entrepreneur in the United States, Kase Lukman Lawal.
The 30-minute magazine programmeÂ will run today from 12.00 to 12.30 p.m., with repeat broadcasts at 7.30 p.m. today and at 6.00 p.m. on Sunday.
Lawal is the owner of CAMAC, a global oil company which he founded nearly twenty-five years ago. It is considered to be one of the largestÂ businessesÂ owned by blacks in the United States, generating over $2 billion annually.
CAMAC has its headquarters in Houston, Texas, and has offices in London, Johannesburg, Lagos and Port Harcourt in Nigeria. The firm routinely moves, produces or trades a barrel of oil every second of every hour of every day. That totals about 100,000 barrels of crude every 24 hours.
Born in Ibadan, Oyo State, in 1954, Lawal obtained his Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Texas Southern University in 1976.
He credits his upbringing in Ibadan for the success of hisfamily-owned business. He donated $1 million to his alma mater, Texas Southern University, and now makes it a mission to reach out to aspiring entrepreneurs.
A statement by Globacom said Lawal is expected to talk about his life and multi-billion dollar business, how he built his business empire, his vision for Nigeria and Africa, and his family life.
â€œThe story of Kase Lawal symbolises the triumph of African spirit and enterprise. It is an inspiring story and underscores the reason Globacom decided to sponsor â€œAfrican Voicesâ€, the statement noted.
Globacom had last month signed a deal to become the exclusive sponsor of the weekly half-hour magazine programme, â€˜African Voicesâ€™.
The deal enables the telecoms giant and CNN to showcase successful and high-profile personalities shaping the African continent. It brings viewers special reports and interviews from the innovators and thought leaders making an impact in Africa and on the global stage in areas such as sports, politics, business and the arts.
The sponsorshipÂ also projects Globacom, which is building Africaâ€™s biggest and best telecommunications network, to CNNâ€™s business and consumer audiences across Europe, the Middle East and Africa and reach millions of online users globally via CNN.com.