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Pioneer indigenous investor in Nigeria’s Information and Communications technology (ICT) industry and chairman of Zinox Group, Leo-Stan Ekeh has hinted about his planned introduction of game-changing smartphone into the market as soon as possible.
In an interview with a Nigerian news medium, Technology Times, the Imo State-born Indian trained technocrat said “We are launching our smartphone brand into the Nigeria market in the next few months but I can’t reveal the name because I have been hurt before by some rival technology companies”.
Ekeh recalled that his group had been hit in the past when it created a consumer technology product being shipped into the Nigerian market.
He added that “we have shipped four container loads of that product but one of my competitors called some journalists for a press conference and the name I had on that product was exactly what they called their own.
“They just put stickers on their own and called it by our name. So we were affected negatively. So based on this experience, I might not want to tell you the name. Even most of my staff didn’t know about it expect those working on that project.”
While noting that “Dealing with the challenge of corporate espionage was a big headache for me”, Ekeh averred that “We have put all those behind us and we don’t have the time to chase small criminals, so we have our hubs in Dubai, China where we do most of our research after which we bring the final product here to launch”
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