People became interested in Obi Cubana biography after he shot into the limelight in July 2021 when he sent his mother, late Mrs. Uche Iyiegbu, six feet below in a golden casket valued at millions of naira. He shut down Oba, a sleepy town in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra state, for four days.
The event, attended by politicians, entertainers, business owners, social media influencers, ordinary and extraordinary folks, went viral and stirred massive online reactions. Indeed, it was a colourful occasion featuring excessive indulgence in all things decent and obscene.
Here, we present all you need to know about the man behind one of the most talked-about lavish events in the country’s recent history.
Obi Cubana biography
Obi Cubana was born on April 12, 1975. The location of his birth is unknown, but he hails from Oba, 10.4km from Onitsha.
He attended Central Primary School, Oba, where he received his First School Leaving Certificate. He then proceeded to Dennis Memorial Grammar School in Onitsha, where he got his West Africa Senior School Certificate (WAEC).
In 1998, Obi Cubana got admission into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu state, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
After he graduated from university, Obi Cubana completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Abuja. He made his first million at his place of primary assignment, the National Assembly, while doing his youth service.
According to Obi, he was introduced to the real estate business by a friend who then linked him to someone who wanted to furnish a house. After the job, the satisfied client was gracious enough to give Obi Cubana a cash gift of ₦500,000. This amount excluded the ₦600,000 he made as a profit from the job.
“That was the first N1.1m I made before I joined contract work in Abuja,” he later said.
From there, he laboured his way to the entrepreneurial ladder as he invested heavily in hotels and nightclubs.
In 2006, Obi Cubana started his first club, Ibiza Club in Abuja, to provide leisure and entertainment for fun seekers and nightcrawlers. Following the success of the Ibiza Club, he established the Cubana Group. This hospitality club provided all-around entertainment to fun lovers in 2009. The Cubana Group was first established in Owerri, Imo state. Today, different branches are spread across various states in the country, including Lagos, Abuja, and Enugu.
Cubana Chief Priest
Obi Cubana’s close associate, Paschal Okechukwu, who is popularly known as Cubana Chief Priest, helps to manage his entertainment conglomerates around Nigeria.
Obi Cubana awards
In a 14-day window, Nigerians at home and in the diaspora voted online for the award tagged Leadership Excellence Awards. The Cubana Group boss won 2,667,845 votes, while Governor Seyi Makinde, Elumelu, and Rabiu had 1,015,224, 848,652, and 819,562 votes, respectively.
Obi Cubana has won several other awards and recognitions in the country. These include:
- Democracy Heroes Award 2018 as Democracy Entrepreneur of the year
- Ghana-Nigeria Achievers Award as Inspiring Personality Award, 2017
- The Right Ville School’s Special Leadership Award, May 2017
- Northern Nigeria Peace Summit/Award as Northern Nigeria Peace Builder of the year 2017
- Nigeria Film Corporation Entertainment as Icon Award 2017
- Young entrepreneur of the year 2016
In 2008, Obi Cubana got married to Ebele Iyiegbu, a lawyer by profession, and their union is blessed with four sons – Alex, Ifeanyi, Ebube, and Kosisochukwu.
She runs the KIEK foundation, a non-governmental organisation established to improve the lives of the less privileged children in society by providing quality education, healthcare, nutrition, and a child’s rights governance. She also serves as a director at Casa Cubana Homes, a legal partner at Bryan Michaels & Associates.
The entrepreneur revealed he met his wife while staying in a one-room boys’ quarters in Abuja.
Obi Cubana Net worth
Obi Cubana is one of Nigeria’s most influential personalities, entertainers, show promoters, and entrepreneurs. His estimated net worth is $700 million. This is based on his income, properties, asset minus his liabilities.
Obi Cubana’s source of wealth was questioned after mum’s burial.
The lavish display of wealth during his mother’s burial set tongues wagging, with many people wondering about his source of wealth.
For the burial, it was gathered that over 200 cows were killed. Other reports said the entrepreneur got 346 cows, 72 goats, 20 rams for the burial ceremony.
List of Cubana businesses and establishments
- Rolex Hotels – Lagos
- Cubana Leisure Outfits
- Pablo Cubana – Lagos
- Crave Cubana – Abuja
- Grand Cubana Hotels – Abuja
- Opium Cubana – Owerri
- Cubana Night Club – Lagos
- Gustavo Cubana – Enugu
Obi Cubana revealed he is currently working on Cubana Dubai and Cubana Real Estate in a recent interview.
Obi Cubana cars
His garage is worth billions of naira. Let’s check some out:
- 2022 Mercedes Benz Maybach S580 guard 4matic bulletproof worth over ₦250 million.
- Lexus LX
- Mercedes Benz 4matic S450
- Range Rover
- Rolls Royce Phantom
Obi Cubana house
Obi Cubana’s mansion in Abuja is worth billions of naira with world-class designs and interiors. The socialite recently invited friends over for a tour of the gigantic building. It features a private cinema, an underground wine cellar, a private pool, and several other amenities.
You can connect with Obi Cubana on the following social media platforms:
- Instagram: @obi_cubana
- Website: Cubanagroup.com.ng
The Great Gatsby?
On September 7, 2021, the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, referenced Obi Cubana in the first-semester examination for students in the department of English Language and Literature.
One question read: Obi Cubana could be likened to the Great Gatsby. Discuss.
Tunde Ednut shared a photo of the examination paper on Instagram and stirred massive reactions. It also caught the attention of Obi Cubana.
Reacting in the comment section, he said: “Hahaha hah! No be small thing, ooo!”
Obi Cubana was amused by the name feature, but is there a connection between him and the fictional character in the 1925 novel by American writer, F. Scott Fitzgerald, titled The Great Gatsby?
That is a discussion for another day.
Obi Cubana calls himself “God’s favourite son”. Tongues may wag yet again, and you can choose to dissect and read different meanings to what he calls himself in whatever way you like. But the 46-year-old political scientist knows that he’s responsible for designing, undertaking, and analysing his relationship with his Maker.