Ken Olisa sweeps through life's obstacles, becomes most powerful black man in Britain

Ken Olisa sweeps through life's obstacles, becomes most powerful black man in Britain

- Kenneth Olisa, a Nigerian-British born to a Nigerian father and British mother, made it in Britain despite his horrible beginning

- The Nigerian-British became the most powerful black man in the UK when he became the lord-lieutenant of greater London

- Apart from his versed experiences in technology, he is a philanthropist that has touched many lives in and outside the UK

Sir Kenneth Olisa is one of many Nigerians in diaspora who rose from humble beginning to a place of enviable pride. The Nigerian-British was born in Nottingham in 1951 to a Nigerian father and a British mother.

Later on in his life, his parents divorced and his father had to return to Nigeria. Olisa had to go through a lot during his childhood as he lived in very horrible shelters.

“I always remember we lived in this house where you went in through the front door straight into the front room. There was an outside toilet stuck on at the back and a bath which hung on the outside wall. It doesn’t matter where you start from, it is where you want to try to get to that makes the difference,” he said.

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Queen Elizabeth II was greeted by Kenneth Olisa as she attends the ceremonial welcome for the president of Colombia at Horse Guards Parade on November 1, 2016 in London, England.

Queen Elizabeth II was greeted by Kenneth Olisa as she attends the ceremonial welcome for the president of Colombia at Horse Guards Parade on November 1, 2016 in London, England.
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In 2015, the Nigerian-British was named as the most powerful black person in Britain. According to the BBC, he was chosen for his work in addressing poverty and homelessness.

In emerging the most powerful, he had to defeat the likes of Sir Lenry Henry and Steve McQueen. In the same year, he became the HM lord-lieutenant of Greater London with thirty-two boroughs under his jurisdiction.

A collage of Ken Olisa in his formal regalia and one of his meetings with the Queen.

A collage of Ken Olisa in his formal regalia and one of his meetings with the Queen.
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The Nigerian is also into philanthropy and is the founding chairman of the Powerlist Foundation, an organisation that gives support to business leaders despite their backgrounds.

Kenneth Olisa, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on Wednesday, September 4, 2018 in London, England.

Kenneth Olisa, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend the WellChild awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel on Wednesday, September 4, 2018 in London, England.
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He is also the chair of the Shaw Trust, another organisation that gives help to young people across the UK and other places in the world.

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Olisa is also very much into technology as he became a fellow of the British Computer Society in 2006. He also held different pivotal positions with IBM.

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