Obinna "Obi" Iyiegbu (born 12 April 1975; pronunciation), best known as Obi Cubana, is a Nigerian businessman, socialite, entertainer and philanthropist. He currently chairs the Cubana Group.[1][2]

Obi Cubana
Born
Obinna Iyiegbu

(1975-04-12) 12 April 1975 (age 49)
Alma materUniversity of Nigeria, Nsukka
Occupations
  • Businessman
  • entertainer
SpouseEbele Iyiegbu
Children4

Early life and education

edit

Iyiegbu was born on 12 April 1975 in Anambra State and his mother is Ezinne Iyiegbu.[3] He is from Oba in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.[4][5] He is married with four children.[6]

His early schooling was at Central Primary School before attending Dennis Memorial Grammar School for his secondary education. After his secondary education, he proceeded to University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 1998.[7][8] He was conferred an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT) on the 26th November, 2022.[9]

Career

edit

Iyiegbu is the Chairman/Founder of the Cubana Group. Iyiegbu's career as an entrepreneur started in 2006 when he founded a nightclub called Ibiza Club in Abuja. In 2009, he established a hospitality club called Cubana in Owerri, Imo State.[10][1]

Other establishments under the Cubana Group include:

  • Opium By Cubana, Owerri
  • The Grind by Cubana, Lagos
  • Montana by Cubana, Lagos
  • Pablo by Cubana, Lagos
  • Cubana Signature, Abuja
  • Puzzo by Cubana, Abuja
  • Caledonian Suites, Abuja
  • Crave by Cubana, Abuja
  • Hustle and Bustle, Abuja
  • Grand Cubana Hotels, Abuja
  • Cubana Gustavo, Enugu [11]

Awards

edit

The Founder/Chairman of the Cubana Group popularly known as Obi Cubana has won several awards, some of which are:

  • Africa Canada Invest Summit Award, 2022 [12]
  • Democracy Entrepreneur of the Year at the Democracy Heroes Awards in 2018
  • Special Leadership Award from Rightville School, 2017
  • Ghana-Nigeria Achievers Award 2017 as Inspiring Personality Award, 2017
  • Northern Nigeria Peace Summit/Award 2017 as Northern Nigeria Peace Builder of the Year 2017
  • Young entrepreneur of the year, 2016 [11]

References

edit
  1. ^ a b Oyediji, Tayo (2019-05-30). "How OBI CUBANA Rocks LAGOS & ABUJA". City People Magazine. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  2. ^ Egenuka, Ngozi (October 28, 2021). "Firm partners Cubana Group to boost products brand" (Press release). Retrieved January 14, 2022 – via The Guardian.
  3. ^ Augoye, Jayne (2021-07-17). "Why everyone is talking about Obi Cubana's mum's burial". Premium Times. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  4. ^ "Interesting reasons why Nigerians dey tok about Obi Cubana mama burial". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  5. ^ Olowoporoku, Muhamin (2021-07-17). "Abba Kyari : Why I attended Obi Cubana mother's burial". P.M. News. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  6. ^ "Obinna Iyiegbu: Obi Cubana biography and life". Clacified. 2022-11-20. Retrieved 2023-04-21.
  7. ^ Bassey, Ekaete (19 July 2021). "15 things you should know about Obi Cubana". The Nation. Retrieved 23 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Obi Cubana source of Income: Cubana Chief Priest oga Obinna Iyiegbu source of money". BBC News Pidgin. 17 July 2021.
  9. ^ Okeowo, Kehinde (2022-11-28). "Obi Cubana bags honourary [sic] doctorate degree from ESUT". TheNiche. Retrieved 2023-04-21.
  10. ^ "Wetin we know about Obi Cubana source of money". BBC News Pidgin. Retrieved 2021-07-19.
  11. ^ a b "Who Is Obi Cubana? - Biography and Early Life of The Lagos Big Boy". buzznigeria.com. Retrieved 2023-04-21.
  12. ^ "Obi Cubana, Toyin Abraham, others awarded at ACIS award". The Guardian Nigeria News - Nigeria and World News. 2022-11-06. Retrieved 2023-04-21.