Billionaire businessman and owner of Springfield Energy Kelvin Okyere has opened up about his life in an interview monitored by MyNewsGH.com about his humble beginnings including selling ice water during Kotoko games in Kumasi.
In recent times, rich millionaires have been accused of making up stories about their beginnings in what many Ghanaians believe are lies to cover up the real roots of their wealth.
MyNewsGH.com has previously reported on how Kelvin grew up with his 27 siblings, his father’s wealth, what it meant for him and later how he founded Springfield Energy which has struck one of the largest oil deposits in Africa worth more than tens of billion of dollars.
But it has not been all rosy for the oil tycoon.
According to Kevin Okyere, although he was born a “chip off the old block”, I didn’t the take the opportunities that came to me for granted”… “I organized my friends and we sold water at Kotoko matches in Kumasi to gain entry and also worked as a student to pay my way through school”
He credited his mother for his success as she had always encouraged him to build his own wealth as “there is a great deal of difference between ‘this is ours’ and ‘this is mine’”
He said the above in a TV3 interview with Paa Kwasi Asare, Kevin Okyere revealed for the first time, that contrary to popular rumour that he was an only child of a wealthy father, he actually has 27 other siblings 3 or 4 of whom are late.
He disclosed that after secondary school, he attended George Masons university in Virginia, in the United States.
Explaining how the name “Springfield” came about, Kevin Okyere said: “I went to school in George Masons university in Virginia and it (Springfield) is an area. I know. But the name Springfield actually comes from, you know, when things are springing up. When opportunities are gushing… ideas are gushing out. When Blessings are gushing out… oil and gas are gushing… When plants, I mean on the farm are gushing out.” He said making eruption gestures with his hands.
Source: MyNewsGH.com/ Stephen Zoure/ 2020