Jowi Zaza Biography: Meet the Young Billionaire and His Family

Jowi Zaza (Real Name: Joseph Eze Okafor Jnr., born March 19, 1985; Age: 39 years old) is a Nigerian businessman and socialite best known as the son of Joseph Eze Okafor Snr., a business and oil mogul.

Jowi Zazza is one of the youngest Nigerian billionaires thanks to his business success, particularly in the oil sector. Though born to a business tycoon father, Joseph Eze Okafor Snr., who prefers to maintain a low-key profile, Jowi is popular for his social lifestyle which many may consider as a show-off. He is often seen with his fellow young billionaires like Obi Cubana, E-Money, and Cubana Chief Priest.

Jowi Zaza’s Biography Summary

  • Full name: Joseph Eze Okafor, Jnr.
  • Nickname: Jowi Zaza
  • Gender: Male
  • Date of birth: March 19, 1985
  • Jowi Zaza’s Age: 39 years old
  • Ethnicity: Igbo
  • Nationality: Nigerian
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Jowi Zaza’s Parents: Joseph Eze Okafor, Snr.
  • Jowi Zaza’s Height in Inches:  5 feet 9 inches
  • Jowi Zaza’s Weight: 74 kg / 163 lbs
  • Jowi Zaza’s Net worth: $74.6 million
  • Famous for: Jezco Lubricants
  • Jowi Zaza’s Instagram: @jowizaza_official
  • Twitter: @jowizazaa

Jowi Zaza Hails from Anambra State, South East Nigeria

Jowi is Igbo by tribe, his real name is Joseph Eze Okafor and he is an indigene of Ekwulobia in Aguata Local Government Area of Anambra state, South East Nigeria. He is known to be the son and successor of a business magnet, Joseph Eze Okafor Snr. Sadly, the name of his mother is not known but he has six siblings, including a younger brother and five sisters

Okafor Jnr. grew up in Enugu state where he also had his basic and secondary education. He obtained his West Africa Examination Certificate at Sacred Heart Seminary school located in Nsude, Enugu state. He also attended Madonna University in Okija, Anambra state, where he obtained his Bachelors Degree.

He later left the country to study at Kelce College of Business and Coventry University in the UK. In 2013, the young billionaire obtained a post-graduate business degree from the Kelce College of Business in Pittsburg, United States

Who Is Jowi Zaza’s Father?

Jowi Zaza’s father is Chief Joseph Ebere EzeOkafor (Snr.) a businessman, an oil tycoon, and a Philanthropist. The 72-year-old Nigerian businessman is the founder of Jezco Oil and Jezco Lubricants, the famous oil and gas firm in the 1970s.

The company operates filling stations with retail stores across the country. After about eight years of its establishment, the company then became a fully licensed oil service company and an independent marketer of petroleum products in 1988.

While further details about Jowi’s father remain hidden, he is also known as the founder of the Jezco plastic manufacturing company. There are rumors also that he owns a fuel dispenser assembly plant.

As a philanthropist, Jowi Zaza’s father makes donations to his state government and to the people of his community. During the coronavirus lockdown in 2020, he reportedly made donations to the tune of ₦20 million to the Anambra State government. He also shared food items worth tens of millions of naira to his people in Ekwulobia and donated about ₦50 million to his political party, APGA.

Jowi Started His Career With His Father’s Business

As the heir of a billionaire businessman, getting his first job in one of his father’s multiple businesses won’t be a surprise. The young billionaire joined the family business and after several years of working under his father and gaining all the necessary experience, he became the company’s new Managing Director.


Jowi Zaza grew from being the managing director of his father’s company to being the chief executive of Jezco Oil Nigeria Limited, a multi-million dollar oil, and gas corporation situated in Nnewi, Anambra State.

Jowi’s company deals in medical and industrial gas. He also sells fuel, kerosene, and engine oil with many of his filling stations and retail outlets located across the country. One of Jezco’s subsidiaries, Jezco Lubricants, was even recognized with an award from Mitsubishi Motors.

The young multi-billionaire enjoys traveling across the world as a hobby. He also enjoys flaunting his luxurious lifestyle on the media and this has attracted him a massive following on various media outlets. Jowi Zaza lives in one of his own mansions in the United Kingdom. He also owns a mansion at Chevron drive, Lekki, and his mansion in Banana Island is said to be worth over N1 billion.

His love for fast exotic cars is beyond explanation. Some of the cars you are sure to find in his garage include Lamborghini Aventador, Rolls Royce Cullinan, Bentley Cotinental Gt, Mercedes Benz 4matic, and Brabus Gwagon.

Is Jowi Zaza Married?

The 39-year-old Nigerian billionaire, Jowi Zaza, is not married yet. He also has not engaged any known lady for marriage. However, he has been seen with multiple women on dates.  In a recent online publication, the Igbo billionaire was spotted vacationing in Morocco with famous reality tv star and former Big Brother Naija reality TV winner, Mercy Eke.

Jowi’s relationship with Mercy Eke saw him dragged into various controversies even as many other girls he dated reportedly battled themselves over who wins his heart. A blogger once revealed that Jowi Zaza was responsible for the frivolous lifestyle of Mercy Eke, a piece of news neither the billionaire nor the BBNaija star cared to debunk.

Mercy was also accused of snatching the young billionaire from her close friend Sophia Egbueje who at the time was his girlfriend.

Sophia Chinwe Egbueje is a popular Nigerian socialite and entrepreneur often known for her flamboyant lifestyle. The beautiful celebrity who is also of the Igbo tribe and from Anambra state, became popular after the news of her dating Jowi Zaza was made public.

Sophia also received her fair share of controversy when she was dragged alongside Mercy and labeled Jowi’s escort. Sophia in reply bragged about being proud to be Jowi Zaza’s escort. While referring to herself as “the highest-paid escort” in Nigeria, the beautiful socialite lashed out at people she presumed are haters of her lifestyle.

“Highest paid escort in Nigeria. Some of y’all can be so hateful. Maybe try not settling for less in a relationship so you can relate and not confuse living a soft life for an escort. love and light always”, Sophia wrote.

Aside from Mercy and Sophia, Jowi is said to be dating a lady identified as Cherri. She is said to be the real girlfriend of Jowi Zaza after they were spotted at an event alongside some political officeholders.


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