Meet a cab driver’s son who was contracted to renovate Chicago Airport.
Nosa Ehimwenman is a 37-year old African whose family emigrated to the United States from Nigeria, when he was 6 years old, settling in Rogers Park, where his father drove a cab for 15 years to provide for his family.
His parents couldn’t afford to send him to college. A full-ride track scholarship got him there. He majored in construction management. An internship with Gilbane Building Co., one of the largest global construction and facilities management firms during his junior year, led to a nine-year career with the firm. Then he started Bowa Construction in 2009.
Bowa Construction founded by Nosa Ehirmwenman is a general contractor and construction management firm based on Chicago’s South Side. he is the first African prime contractor in Chicago.
Bowa has been involved in numerous projects in Chicago including the renovation of a Starbucks concession in Chicago airport, the same airport his father used to hunt for passengers as a cab driver.
A speech by Nosa during the ribbon-cutting event, that took place in January 2020, at O’Hare International airport which Bowa Transformed by leading the coordination of more than 25 subcontractors to complete.
“My last name means ‘you have a good spirit,’” said Ehimwenman. Sorry, I get a little emotional. I just remember watching my dad come home late and leave early, driving for Yellow Taxi, then Checker Cab, and hardly seeing him because he was always working,” he said.
“I look back at my parents’ sacrifices, at where we’ve come from. To be standing at O’Hare doing a ribbon-cutting for possibly the largest airport Starbucks in the country, it’s kind of mind-blowing.
I hope this inspires us (Africans) not to give up on our dreams. “IF YOU CAN THINK IT, YOU CAN DO IT”.
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