• Samuel Maduka Onyishi

  • Dr. Samuel Maduka Onyishi was born in

    Nsukka , Enugu State, in November 1963 and is considered a successful business mogul of the Enugu Northern extraction. owing to the loss of his father in his first year in secondary school, an incidence that forced him to assume the role of pseudo breadwinner to his family consisting of his widowed mother and siblings. [1] Dr. Sam Onyishi, as he is mostly called, attended the Enugu Road Primary School, Nsukka from 1971-1976 then was admitted into Bubendorf Grammar School, Adazi, in the present day Anambra State.[2] He contemplated tearing his certificate, since education seemed to mean nothing then given his reality. But an encounter with a kinsman who was 2 years below him in primary school a few years later would make him change his view about education, he returned to school later in life. [1] He got admission to do a Diploma Program at University of Nigeria, Nsukka, between 1993 – 1996 and later, a degree program from 1996 – 1999. He graduated with a Second Class Upper in Social works and Community development. He later got a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in

    Entrepreneurship from the Institute for Transformative Thought and Learning in the Doctoral Research Centre of the

    University of Arizona , Phoenix, in the

    United States .[3]


    It was within the period of his university education that, in 1994, the Founder of Peace Group of companies, started his transportation business with 2 buses which has now grown to about 4,000 fleet of vehicles. [4]

    In 2019 May & Baker Nigeria Plc has appointed Dr. Samuel Maduka Onyishi as its new Non-Executive Director. He was appointed during the company’s 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM). Sequel to the appointment, he has also been recommended by May & Baker’s board for election as a Director of the company.

    On 4 January 2020, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi laid the foundation for entrepreneurial university, Samuel Maduka University, Agu-Ekwegbe in

    Igbo Etiti Local Government Area of

    Enugu State founded by the Chief executive officer of Peace Mass Transit (PMT) Company, Dr. Samuel Onyishi. [5]


    As part of his commitment to community development or what some have attributed to his Corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the community of his birth, in 2018, he sponsored the constructing of 1.6 km road in his home town, Amaukwa, Nsukka, not far from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka . the commissioning of the road was attended by the Executive Governor of the State, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi , and the then Vice Chancellor of the

    University of Nigeria, Nsukka , Professor

    Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba. [6][7]

    He is the founder of the Samuel Maduka Onyishi African Entrepreneurship Foundation (SAMOAEF) , a foundation which among others, gives scholarship annually to more than 150 students from different institutions in Nigeria. [8]


    In 2019, he received an award from the Chinese Alumni Association of Nigeria, as an 'Outstanding Nigerian Advocate on China/Nigeria Relations'. The Alumni recognition was part of the 1st October Awards, for the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, and Nigeria’s 59th Independence anniversary. [9]

    On November 10, 2019, Dr Sam Onyishi received the 2019 Prestigious Business Integrity Award by Business Hallmark


    He earned an honorary Doctor of Business Administration in May 2013, from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology . [11] His Alma Mata , University of Nigeria, Nsukka also awarded him an honorary Doctor of Business Administration

    On September 17, 2012, the President Goodluck Jonathan led government honoured him and 154 others with the award of Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) [12]


    1. ^ a b "samuel onyishi" . The Top 10 . Retrieved 2020-02-11.

    2. ^ guardian.ng https://guardian.ng/saturday-magazine/onyishi-from-bus-conductor-to-transport-mogul/ . Retrieved

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    3. ^ Famuyiwa, Damilare (2019-03-27). "May & Baker Nigeria Plc gets new Director" .

    Nairametrics. Retrieved


    4. ^ deoraclesite, Author (2017-09-10). "The Inspiring Grass to Grace Story of Samuel Maduka Onyishi CEO of Peace Mass Transit by William A. Ikiabo" .

    BINAEBI MIEDERI OYEGHE. Retrieved 2020-02-11.

    5. ^ "Samuel Maduka University Aqu-Ekwegbe Kicks Off" . 2020-01-30. Retrieved


    6. ^ "Nsukka residents commend Peace Mass Transit CEO over construction of road" . Vanguard News. 2018-02-27. Retrieved


    7. ^ Uzodinma, Emmanuel (2018-02-24). "Gov. Ugwuanyi hails Peace Mass Boss, Onyishi over new road, tasks other residents" . Daily Post Nigeria. Retrieved 2020-02-11.

    8. ^ "Samuel Maduka Onyishi African Entrepreneurship Foundation (SAMOAEF) 2013 Undergraduate Scholarships" . myschool.ng . Retrieved 2020-02-11.

    9. ^ Amodeni, Adunni (2019-09-16).

    "Samuel Maduka Onyishi: Nurturing the Sino-Nigerian friendship" . Legit.ng - Nigeria news . Retrieved 2020-02-11.

    10. ^ "For returning N2.2 billion wrong deposit to bank, Peace Mass Transit boss wins Business Integrity Award" . 2019-11-22. Retrieved 2020-02-11.

    11. ^ "Igbo leaders disagree over Jonathan's endorsement" . Issuu. Retrieved 2020-02-11.

    12. ^ "National Honours: Indicted recipients to lose awards, says Jonathan - Premium Times Nigeria" . 2012-09-17. Retrieved


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