There is a huge difference between being one’s father’ son and being the son of one’s father, Paddy Adenuga, the hardworking son of Chief Michael Adenuga, the owner of Globacom can be said to belong to both categories. He recently shared his biography.
Mike Agbolade Adeniyi Ishola Paddy Adenuga, the first son of the founder of the prolific African Telecommunication Company, Globacom, Chief Michael Adenuga was born in London, England at the St. Thomas Hospital on June 21, 1984 to Nigerian parents. his mother Emelia is of Calabar descent and his father Mike of Yoruba heritage. He lived in Lagos, Nigeria from 1984 till 1994 and attended Corona Primary School, Victoria-Island and then Kings College Secondary School in Marina, Lagos.
In late 1994 at the age of 10 years old, He moved to Harlingen, Texas, USA in the Rio Grande Valley to attend the prestigious Marine Military Academy (MMA). After 3 years at MMA, he attended The Tenney School in Houston Texas and in early 1998 graduated from high school at the age of 13 years old.
In the summer of 1998, still at the age of 13, He started his university education at the University of Massachusetts, Boston studying Business Administration. In early 2000, he transferred to Northeastern University and in 2002 he graduated with a Bachelors in Business Management at the age of 18.
He worked in a family owned conglomerate, the Mike Adenuga Group, from 2002 to 2006. He was the Group Executive Director of the Group’s telecom division known as GLO and also the upstream exploration & production company, ConOil Producing.
In 2006, He left the Mike Adenuga Group and moved to London to setup an oil brokering firm with a business partner called Cayne & Cayne. Cayne & Cayne brokered supplies of refined petroleum product to Nigerian oil firms.
In 2009, he returned to the Mike Adenuga Group in an even more senior capacity as the co-CEO of GLO & ConOil Producing. Under his stewardship, GLO significantly increased its national cell site coverage in Nigeria, Ghana, & Benin Republic, increased its overall revenue, and embraced new technologies to enhance customer experience and service delivery. In 2011, he led ConOil Producing’s $1.3 billion bid for Shell Nigeria’s OML 30 oil block in Nigeria.
In 2012, he moved back to London and has been living happily here since. He was the Principal Director of The Catalan Corporation, an Oil & Gas Investment and Consultancy company up until late 2015. In August of 2016, he founded Pegasus Capital Investments Limited – a UK company with specific focus on Food & Beverage investments in the UK & the Netherlands.
He has also been a screenwriter since the age of 15 and recently finished his fifth screenplay, “Waterloo”.