Rotimi Williams is the owner of Kereksuk Rice Farm, the second largest commercial rice farm in Nigeria by land size. His farm, which is situated in Nasarawa state in northern Nigeria, currently sits on 45,000 hectares and employs more than 600 natives of Nasarawa.

Williams attended King’s College in Lagos. After attending secondary school at King’s College, obtained his first degree at University of Aberdeen where he graduated with a degree in Economics. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the same institution.

My quest for more knowledge led him to get another Master’s Degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London where he gained an MSc. in Finance and Development Studies.

Upon graduation, he landed a role as an analyst at the European Economics and Financial Centre in London. Afterwards, he moved to Euromoney Magazine, where he covered the African space.

While at Euromoney, he got inspired to move back to Nigeria and sink his teeth into the agricultural space.

Having moved back to Nigeria, he got a job at a premier bank where he sat on the agriculture desk.

Unfortunately, the agricultural desk at the bank never quite achieved its set goals.

He decided to quit banking and planned to go it alone into agriculture.

Williams says he learnt rice farming on Google;

“As everyone thinks you need a special degree in agriculture to be a farmer, but I always tell them the truth, I learnt it all on Google. I downloaded every article I could find on rice production, consumed it and then practiced it in the fields”.

Kereksuk seeks to contribute its own quota to reduce the weight on our economy to keep importing rice – which is consumed in such high demand in our country.

Culled from forbes.com

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