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Razaq Juwon is a Nigerian born businessman and serial entrepreneur with a global presence. He is the founder/ CEO of AfriCent Group, a conglomerate with global reach, headquartered in Logistics City Dubai World Central, UAE; with operations in West Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Lawal is the chief executive officer of Oillets Services, S8 Contractor and S8 Contractors Uk Ltd which has interests in oil and gas, food products, marine logistics and services, e-commerce, Agro-processing and information technology and services. He made his first million at 23, producing and selling palm oil.

Razaq Lawal is from Kogi State, Nigeria. He grew up in Lagos. He started business at a young age managing his father's palm oil extraction business.

He holds a BSc in Business Administration and an MBA in Business Administration and Management from Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State. He also received professional executive training in agribusiness from Harvard Business School.

His research into the palm oil business led him into oil, marine and agriculture. In 2005, he began consulting in oil marketing and training, and in 2007 he established Stevepel Energy Resources Limited, an oil and gas outfit. By 2009, he delved into marine logistics services, floating S. T. & L. Bunkers Ltd which later transformed into ABD Fuels Plc. ABD Fuels, a corporate member of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) was a bunkering firm that marketed and supplied marine fuels to ships in port and at sea along the coast of West Africa. It began producing lubricants for automotive and industrial use in 2010. ABD Fuels is the firm that has metamorphosed into S8 Contractors.

Since 2017, Lawal heads Africent Group, Oillets Services ltd Nigeria, S8 Contractors Ltd, Africa and S8 Contractors UK Ltd.

Africent Group is a management and marketing consulting services company located inside Logistic City Dubai World Central, DWC. It is known to operate in West Africa, the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom.

Oillets Services Ltd deals in palm kernel nuts, soya beans oil extraction and livestock feed.

Founded in 2009 with its operational base in West Africa, the company has been involved in Maritime operations worldwide- gaining expertise in marine fuel brokerage, oil exploration, and shipping brokerage services. S8 Contractors is currently headquartered in London; with operations remaining in West Africa.

Juwon Lawal's entrepreneurial drive is evident by his attendance at various local and international business meetings. He is a regular attendee of the International Petroleum Week (IP) Week; a key event in the oil and gas industry where senior executives from all over the world gather in London for a round-table trade discourse. He was at the 2018 edition of The Africa Forum; an international landmark event aimed at promoting greater economic integration through increased investment flows into Africa. Alongside African leaders and business experts and entrepreneurs.

As an enthusiastic entrepreneur, Lawal is quoted by The Sun newspaper to have said, "I strongly believe in my country and that things will surely get better. I am very passionate about this country, and I strongly believe in Nigeria and Africa at large. Economic growth is a challenge across the globe. Still, the country will get there one day looking at the growth of small and medium industries, sales, market hub, you will agree that thriving small businesses are the true reflection of a country's economic well being."

Lawal's ABD Fuels was the 2012 Young Achievers Awards winner of Marine Logistics Provider of the Year. In 2013, he emerged winner of the Young Entrepreneur of the Year by Global Excellence Recognition Awards. He is also a UN Eminent Peace Ambassador of the Year 2020.

In February 2020,, Lawal founded KreekAfrica, a community portal offering Professionals (freelancers/experts) in Africa a uniform way to sell their services online. It also gives opportunity for Clients to look for the right Professionals (freelancers/experts) for their projects.

Razaq Juwon Lawal was officially accepted as a member of the Forbes Business Council in 2020. Its members are respected leaders and executives who are selected for the council based on the depth and diversity of experience in leadership, management, customer engagement, technology & growth.

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