His name is Julian Osamede Osula,the Lagos billionaire who ordered for a helicopter to come pick him In a Viral video after spending over two hours in a traffic gridlock along the Lagos-Benin expressway.
In a world where success stories are told to the young ones to motivate them and inspire them, Julian Osula’s story will definitely be high on the list for many reasons. Anyone who’s familiar with the business landscape in Nigeria knows it’s not the easiest to meander through, yet Mr. Osula has not only managed to be successful, he has created a niche, daring through terrible days and working hard to be where he is today.
Julian Osamede Osula, was born in Nkalagu in Enugu state in 1966. He, however, hails from Benin City and is a Prince of the Osula Royal family. He had his basic education in Benin, before moving to the UK for his secondary education. The young Julian returned to Benin in 1984 where he bagged an LLB in Law from the University of Benin and like other law graduates, went on to the Nigeria Law School and finished in 1989. He started off his career the same year and worked the defunct First City Merchant Bank and the Alpha Merchant Bank.
However, in 1991, he became an entrepreneur, starting his own company called Manla Enterprises. Manla Enterprises was into printing and supplies of gift items. He serviced clients such as Elf Petroleum, Texaco, INEC, Access Bank and the Nigerian Presidency to mention but a few. In 2004, he got a contract to supply warships spare parts to the Nigerian Navy.
Julian’s foray into entrepreneurship didn’t end there. He has always being a lover of luxury and this translated to the two other companies he created in 2011 and 2013 respectively. Stiple Gate, the first was born in 2011 and dealt with sales of solely luxury watches. 2013 brought about Julian’s Luxury, which explored more into luxury goods from exclusive timepieces and jewellery to accessories and writing instruments. Both companies have over time symbolized elegance, quality, and reliability and have gone on to service the luxurious needs of Nigerians with high taste. His work as a man of high taste has made luxury brands such as Richard Mille and Chopard amongst others pick him as their Nigerian agent, serving to their Nigerian clientele.