Defying the Odds

LEAP’s first publication titled; Defying the Odds: Case Studies of Nigerian Companies that have Survived Generationsis the first of its kind in Nigeria. This book profiles seven remarkable organisations, tracing their business histories, spanning 1923 till 2005, and highlighting the fundamental prerequisites for effective succession and business sustainability. From nonprofit organisations to publicly traded institutions, from triumph to tragedy, these case studies highlight the fundamental prerequisites for effective succession and business sustainability in the Nigerian context.


The book features a foreword from Professor John L. Ward, an internationally recognized Professor of Family Enterprise of the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA and endorsements from private and public sector leaders.

According to Christopher Kolade, the Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Defying the Odds uses the examples of firms that have actually succeeded to prove to us that “it can be done”.

Professor John Davis, of the Harvard Business School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA notes that Defying the Odds is an extraordinarily useful and inspiring book. Its seven interesting and well written stories of long lived Nigerian family companies are instructive about the practices that keep families in business for generations.”

The publication, Defying the Odds, by LEAP Africa which is case studies of Nigerian businesses and organizations that have survived generations is an imaginative and valuable guide to those interested in ensuring that their hard won enterprises will continue to thrive after them.
Chief Emeka Anyaoku CFR, CON, GCVO