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BornRazaq Juwon Lawal
Kogi, Kogi State, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian
Alma materAmbrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State
OccupationBusinessman (Founder and CEO, Africent Group)


Razaq Juwon Lawal (born 22 October 1979) is a Nigerian businessman. He is the founder and director of Africent Group, a management and marketing consulting services company involved in the oil and marine industry and agribusiness. His company, ABD Fuels was awarded the 2012 Marine Logistics Provider of the Year by the Young Achievers Award.[1]

As of 2019, Lawal is the chief executive officer of Oillets Services, S8 Contractor and Cropyfy UK Ltd which has interests in oil and gas, food products, marine logistics and services, e-commerce, feed mill and information technology and services.[2][3]

He made his first million at 23, producing and selling palm oil.[4]


Early life and education[edit]

Razaq Lawal is from Kogi State, Nigeria. He grew up in Lagos. He started business at a young age managing his father’s palm oil business. He holds a B.Sc in Business Administration and an MBA in Business Administration and Management from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State.[5] He also received professional executive training in agribusiness from Harvard Business School.

Personal life[edit]

Lawal is a socialite. His marriage to actress, Uche Iwuji in 2012 ended in 2013.[6]

Business Career[edit]

Razaq Juwon Lawal is a serial entrepreneur. His father was an industrialist who ran a palm oil extraction business. He began his business career at a young age managing his father’s palm oil business. His research into the palm oil business led him into oil, marine and agriculture.[7]

In 2005, he began consulting in oil marketing and training, and in 2007 he established Stevepel Energy Resources Limited, an oil and gas outfit.[8]

By 2009, he delved into marine logistics services, floating S. T. & L. Bunkers Ltd which later transformed into ABD Fuels Plc. ABD Fuels, a corporate member of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) was a bunkering firm that marketed and supplied marine fuels to ships in port and at sea along the coast of West Africa. It began producing lubricants for automotive and industrial use in 2010. ABD Fuels is the firm that has metamorphosed into S8 Contractors.[9]

Since 2017, Lawal heads Africent Group, Oillets Services, S8 Contractors and Cropyfy UK Ltd. Africent Group is a management and marketing consulting services company located inside Logistic City Dubai World Central, DWC. It is known to operate in West Africa, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. Oillets Services deals in palm kernel nuts, soyabeans oil extraction and livestock feeds. S8 Contractors is an oil and gas support services subsidiary. It deals in marine fuels brokerages, barge/vessels chartering and brokerages. Cropyfy UK Ltd is a commodity services company in London. It is an affiliate of Africent Group by supervision.[10]

Activities[edit]

Juwon Lawal’s entrepreneurial drive is evident by his attendance at various local and international business meetings. He is a regular attendee of the International Petroleum Week (IP) Week; a key event in the oil and gas industry where senior executives from all over the world gather in London for a round-table trade discourse.[11]

He was also at the 2018 edition of The Africa Forum, an international landmark event aimed at promoting greater economic integration through increased investment flows into Africa, alongside African leaders and business experts and entrepreneurs which included the president of Egypt, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi; Alhaji Samad Rabiu of BUA Group; Mr. Akinwunmi Adesina, president of Africa Development Bank, and a lot of others.[12][13]

Philosophical views[edit]

As a zealous entrepreneur, Lawal is quoted by The Sun newspaper to have said, “I strongly believe in my country and that things will surely get better. I am very passionate about this country and I strongly believe in Nigeria and Africa at large. Economic growth is a challenge across the globe, but the country will get there one day looking at the growth of small and medium industries, sales, market hub, you will agree that small thriving businesses are the true reflection of a country’s economic wellbeing.”[14][15]

Awards[edit]

Lawal's ABD Fuels was the 2012 Young Achievers Awards winner of Marine Logistics Provider of the Year. In 2013, he emerged winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Global Excellence Recognition Awards. He is also a UN Eminent Peace Ambassador of the Year 2020. [16][17]

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  8. "'Africa has a lot to offer but infrastructure is a challenge'". newtelegraphng.com. 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2020.
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  14. [http:// www.sunnewsonline.com/international-shopping-mall-president-lists-achievements-after-2-years "Africent Group CEO, Juwon Lawal take Business Inovation to the World"] Check |url= value (help). sunnewsonline.com. 2019. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  15. globalexcellenceonline.com. 2019 https://globalexcellenceonline.com/why-i-ventured-into-marine-other-businesses-juwon-lawal/?fbclid=IwAR2fMREfsbmr25rQim716yMPM9EG2ts1d8THSbCFhpil3SU6gzYL99GCrws. Retrieved 23 January 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  17. "Juwon Lawal: A Charitable Entrepreneur". theoctopusnews.com. 2019. Retrieved 23 January 2020.

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