Akanimo Udofia maintains responsibilities as CEO and managing director of Desicon Engineering, a leader in Nigeria’s oil and gas industry. In his senior roles, Akanimo Udofia is responsible for business strategy, growth, and sustainability.
One of the ways oil companies acquire oil is through offshore drilling, which accounted for 29 percent of the industry’s crude oil in 2015.
In that year, offshore oil production also rose, reaching the highest level in five years. Though the industry saw an annual decline from 2010 to 2013, production increased in 2014 and went even higher in 2015, the most current year with available data.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, 2015 saw over 50 countries produce over 27 million barrels. Brazil, Mexico, the United States, Norway, and Saudi Arabia produced the most globally, accounting for 43 percent of the yearly total.
Analysts expect figures to rise even higher for 2016, with many oil-producing countries continuing to increase their offshore production.
The CEO and managing director of Desicon Engineering in Lagos, Nigeria, Akanimo Udofia, is responsible for both the general business strategy, growth, and sustainability of the company. Harvard Business School graduate Akanimo Udofia is a water sport aficionado and enjoys catamarans.
Catamaran-style vessels were first developed around 1500 BCE by the Polynesians in south Asia. The original catamarans were two canoes bound together by a wooden frame with or without a sail. This simple device was effective enough to allow these sailors to visit distant Pacific islands.
Rarely utilized in the western world prior to the 19th century, the existence of a more modern catamaran can be traced back to the Tamil people of south India in the 5th century. This version of the catamaran was first discovered and written about in English by the adventurer William Dampier who observed them in 1697 while sailing around the world.
The two-hulled boat was introduced to Europe in 1662 by William Petty, who wanted a craft that could sail faster in shallow water with less wind and fewer crew. The radical design was ill-received, and it would be another 160 years before the West was ready to make use of this simple and effective design.
Through education, Akanimo Udofia received opportunities to apply his knowledge and work for international companies. His personal experience also inspired him to advocate for the empowerment of children through education. As such, Akanimo Udofia supports Eastside Young Leaders Academy, a leadership development organization for African and Caribbean boys.
Eastside Young Leaders Academy, or EYLA, focuses on building young men’s character by instilling values such as academic excellence and hard work. To achieve such goals, EYLA initiates programs include the Alternative Provision curriculum in partnership with local schools and teachers.
The Alternative Provision program features a curriculum for young boys in need of positive direction and change in their lives. The curriculum helps students identify behaviors detrimental to their future, and counters these with positive reinforcement to nurture emotional intelligence. Students who undergo the Alternative Provision program will work with one academic mentor who is responsible for implementing study plans to steer the student towards a path of self-awareness, respect, and civic responsibility.
Akanimo Udofia provides quality oil field services as managing director and CEO of Desicon Engineering, Ltd., in Nigeria. Supporting a number of charitable organizations, Akanimo Udofia contributes to the Roots Medical Mission Charity and the Akwa Ibom Water Charity Project.
With sanitation and safe drinking water identified as a key Millennium Development Goal by the United Nations, the mostly rural state of Akwa Ibom suffers from a lack of these essential resources. A recent case analysis by members of the Akwa Ibom State University faculty presents a serious situation, in which the majority of the 50 percent of people who live in rural areas are unable to easily access potable water. Some rely on polluted springs, rivers, and lakes, while others travel significant distances each day in search of drinkable water. The result of this inadequate water supply is a prevalence of water-borne diseases and a lack of food.
Efforts to improve this situation must extend beyond the current capacities of the Akwa Ibom State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency. In recent years, working in tandem with international agencies, the state has created 83 mini-projects focused on clean water. Unfortunately, many of these had limited operational lifespans, with locals not consulted and pumping machines breaking down quickly. Report recommendations include creating a bottom-up community awareness of the issue, in ways that will reduce vandalism and ensure that local and state shareholders are working together to solve a seemingly intractable issue.
Desicon Engineering Limited’s managing director and CEO Akanimo Udofia established partnerships with international companies in the oil and gas industry. Throughout the extensive career of Akanimo Udofia in the global oil industry, business trends have changed because of societal, economic, and demographic shifts. The following are some of the most talked about business topics for 2016:
Employee engagement – According to Forbes, a rough estimate of 65 percent of employees do not display trust in management. This is a result of inconsistent feedback from the management, such as performance reviews or assessments.
Millennials in management – Older millennials who are in their early 30s are now qualified to hold middle management or executive positions. In the coming years, world business will be led by a new generation of leaders driven by company culture and philanthropic causes.
Diversity and inclusion – New trends see diversity as a driver of innovation. In world business, an inclusive culture is expected to influence a high performing workforce. For instance, gender parity has seen a steady 3 percent rise over the past 10 years and continues to gain momentum across various industries.
From Lagos, Nigeria, Akanimo Udofia forged a successful career in the oil and gas industry through education. He completed a degree in business administration at the University of Uyo in Nigeria and pursued further studies at the Harvard Business School. To advocate for youth empowerment through education, Akanimo Udofia supports the Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy (EYLA).
EYLA is a London-based organization that aims to develop African and Caribbean boys into future leaders. Established in 2002, EYLA inculcates values such as hard work, self-worth, academic excellence, respect, and civic responsibility in scholars aged 8 to 18. The academy collaborates with schools and community groups to achieve each goal.
One of EYLA’s initiatives is the In-school Programme, or ISP. The academy’s trained facilitators work together with school partners to deliver motivational workshops. In each session, students unlearn undesirable behavior and learn new skills to become socially responsible adults. Some topics explored in the sessions are communication and assertiveness, academic coaching, and journey into adulthood.
Managing Director and CEO of Desicon Engineering Limited, Akanimo Udofia relies upon more than 25 years of oil and gas industry experience in Nigeria to oversee the company’s operations, growth, and general success. A dedicated member of the community, Akanimo Udofia supports several community efforts and organizations, including the Eastside Young Leaders Academy in London.
Committed to developing the leadership potential of young men from the Caribbean and Africa, the Eastside Young Leaders Academy (EYLA) offers several services, including its in-school programme (ISP). The academy’s in-school programme delivers EYLA’s award-winning services in the form of portable, motivational workshops. Taught by trained facilitators, the ISP workshops adhere to EYLA’s core beliefs and values while helping young men learn to make informed choices and unlearn negative behavioral trends.
Up to 30 boys can participate in a regular ISP workshop at a time. These students complete sessions about everything from patterns of their past to self-identity. The workshops also help them prepare for transitioning to secondary school. By the end of the ISP workshops, it is hoped that students have identified various barriers to their learning and set about removing these barriers. Students also learn to appreciate their individual learning styles and recognize the importance of self-discipline when it comes to making behavioral changes.