Eno Essien is the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Rheytrak Limited, a Vehicle Tracking and Recovery company licensed by the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), which she established twelve years ago at the age of twenty-five and with no prior work experience ever.
Under her leadership, the company has consistently experienced steady and remarkable accomplishments and recorded an exceptionally high success rate in the recovery of stolen vehicles from locations within and outside the Nigerian boundary. With branches in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt, and Akwa Ibom and with an impressive portfolio of clients cutting across Insurance Companies, Transport and Logistics Companies, Multinationals, Public Quoted Companies, Government Agencies and a host of individuals, she attributes her success rate first to the grace of God and then the effectiveness of her product.
A graduate of Microbiology from the University of Calabar. Her commitment, diligence, and dedication to a job she absolutely loves has earned her several awards amongst which are; the Exquisite Ladies of The Year (ELOY) Award for Woman Who Inspire, the Nigeria Women Achievers Award for Enterprising Humanitarian Personality of the Year, and a recognition for her outstanding contribution as a role model and mentor to Nigerian youths. She was also nominated as Entrepreneur of the Year, Technology category at the 7th edition of the Future Awards.
She has attended various Management and Leadership Development Programmes at different times. She is also an alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School.
She is the Public Relations Officer of the Association of Telematics Operators of Nigeria and a member of the Governing Council of the Lagos Business School Alumni Association (LBSAA).
Eno-Obong is the only female CEO in the vehicle tracking industry in Nigeria and the youngest. Read and be inspired by our Q&A with Her.
In Three Words, how would you describe Eno Essien?
Dependable, Loyal and Assertive.
What do you consider your greatest achievement in your life so far?
The ability to give hope and restore joy to our clients when we recover and hand over their stolen vehicle to them. When that emptiness and fear is replaced with the reality of repossessing their assets again. That sense of accomplishment is always overwhelming. You really can’t quantify the joy.
What would you say are some of the practical steps you have taken towards ensuring consistent growth in your line of business?
Knowledge is power! So I ensure that I keep honing my skills, being up to date with the latest technology in my field of business as well as train my staff.
Describe a typical day in your work life.
I wake up in the morning and spend time communing with God, I go for a walk after that because I wear a Fitbit that counts my daily steps and calories burned, prepare and leave for work, attend to the business of the day, keep appointments, head home, watch some tv, take a walk again, attend to home matters and then to bed.
With your background and experience, please share how you have been able to uplift and support young women looking to start a career in your industry.
My story is simple yet extraordinary.
A lot of young women encountered what I did and saw that as a roadblock and the end of the dream, more so since it is even a male-dominated field. There is always a million and one ways to kill a rat. Because I really wanted to do something extraordinary, I looked for legitimate ways to get what I wanted.
How and what worked for me may not be the exact way it will work for another but the gist is; you don’t give up when you meet a roadblock, you can always make a detour. It may take longer than earlier envisaged but you will arrive at your destination.
The obstacle can come in different ways, discouragement from people you trusted and looked up to. Some may even think you are crazy. And of course, money to start-up and others.
The fact that they know and see me physically re-enforces their belief in themselves. Something like; Oh! if Eno did it, I can also do it.
Would you say you know your purpose in life? If Yes, how did you come to this realization?
Different life experiences and the different phases in my life have constantly revealed my purpose and I must say it keeps evolving as I climb the ladder.
When you are not working, you are…?
Relaxing, watching tv, reading a book, spending time with family, traveling.
What inspires you to get up every day and do what you do?
The drive to succeed and be the best. I believe that God has given me that day to be productive, do something special, touch a life and be better than I was the previous day so I strive to accomplish that.
What is the most important life lesson you’ve learned so far?
To trust in the Lord my God with all my heart. Have this unwavering belief that He loves and cares for me.
That wherever He leads me, He goes with me. Like the Psalmist says “He both precedes and follows me”. He will never abandon me. I know that the God of the mountain is still God in the valley.
Where do you draw strength on days when you feel no motivation to get things done?
I sing praises and dig into my Bible for a word, I listen to Christian broadcasting stations.
What is your take on “women supporting women”?
Women do not support women, SUCCESSFUL women support other women. That’s how I like to put it.
Time travel or teleportation?
What would you like to be remembered for?
I want to be remembered as a woman with great faith, a woman who played in a field no other woman dared and stood out beautifully.
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