Kase Lukman Lawal is a Nigerian-born businessman who lives and works in the United States of America. He was born on June 30th, 1954 in Ibadan. His father was a politician, while his mother was a textile trader. Upon completion of his education, Kase Lukman Lawal joined Dresser Industries (now Halliburton) as a chemist. From there, he joined Shell Oil Refining Co where he worked as a chemical engineer. He then moved to Suncrest Investment Corporation where he was the vice president from 1980 to 1982. He was also president of Baker Kase Investments, a real estate mortgage and investment company.
His Entrepreneurship Journey
In 1986, Kase Lukman Lawal made a move to establish his own venture after meeting a mathematics professor from Cameroon who was conducting a feasibility study for a cigarette manufacturing plant in Cameroon. CAMAC Holdings—short for Cameroon American—stemmed out of the move to ship tobacco to Cameroon. Focusing on international agricultural trade, mostly between the United States and Africa, CAMAC was an early success. After three years of running CAMAC Holdings as an agricultural firm, Kase met with a greater opportunity. Through a link in Houston’s Rotary club, Rilwanu Lukman, who was at the time the president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), Kase Lukman Lawal was encouraged to invest in the oil business and shift his focus from agriculture. CAMAC Holdings had offices throughout the world and employed over 1,000 people. In 2003, CAMAC broadened its scope and delved into production and energy trading by purchasing an oil refinery. Until that time CAMAC had been mostly limited to oil exploration and production
Awards And Recognition
- Ernst & Young, Entrepreneur of the Year, finalist, 1994
- USAfrica Community Service and Business Leadership Awards, Business Person of the Year, 1997
- Center for Black Business History, Entrepreneurship, and Technology, Texas Black Business Hall of Fame, 2003
- Prairie View Texas A&M University, Distinguished Business Leader Award, 2003