Roland Agambire is the Executive Chairman of AGAMS Group, a holding company with diverse interests of which the “rlg” brand is the most popular.
He was born in the Northern Region of Ghana to a family of 10 wives and 50 children. Roland had his secondary education at the Navrongo Secondary School, continuing to the St John Bosco’s Training College, also in Navrongo, where he qualified as a trained teacher. He later earned a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Ghana Institute Management and Public Administration.
Agambire’s entrepreneurial spirit was evident even while at the Navrongo School when he would buy second-hand clothes on his visits to the south and sell on to his fellow students. While working as a field supervisor at the Navrongo Health Research Centre, he would travel to Togo to purchase clothes for sale on credit. Later, he ventured into exports, sending Ghanaian artefacts, baskets, footwear and other products to Europe.
In 2001, he established Roegam Links, a mobile phone repair business that has spawned the manufacturing, assembling and training giant that is rlg.
Through partnerships with government, rlg has provided training to over 30,000 youths who have gone on to set up their own repair businesses.
Rlg now has a global office in Dubai as well as presence in China, UAE, Nigeria, Kenya, the Gambia, South Africa and Rwanda.
In Ghana alone, the AGAMS Group employs about 500 people and over 1,000 casual staff; Roland has publicly declared his intention to employ over a million people. Similar programmes are under way in Nigeria and the Gambia, led by its subsidiary, the rlg Institute of Technology.
In March 2013, his company unveiled an ambitious plan for the construction of one of the biggest development enclaves and ICT parks in Africa, known as Hope City, estimated to cost around $10bn.
Roland Agambire has won both local and international recognition and numerous awards for innovation, entrepreneurship, commitment to growth and philanthropy.
One of the company’s products, an rlg phone, was judged Product of the Year 2011. Rlg is currently second in the Ghana Club 100 rankings, released annually by the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre. The company was also judged the Fastest Growing Company in Ghana; the Leader in Ghana’s ICT Sector; and the Best Entrant to the Club 100.
The South Africa-based African Leadership Network named Roland among the 12 finalists in the 2012 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship as did Ernst & Young, who named him as a Finalist in the Entrepreneur of the Year Awards. In January 2013, the pan-African television network, e-tv, named him the Most Influential Ghanaian for the Year 2012 after a poll conducted amongst its viewers.
Roland is devoted to philanthropy and is known to facilitate the education of students from northern Ghana as well as medical care for those in need, and has been a resource person for the World Bank Group. He is married with three daughters.