The youngest of six, Dr. Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma (OFR) was born in Nnewi, Nigeria. Chukwuma first attempted to start a business in the patent medicine trade, but later developed a stronger passion for motorcycle spare parts. In 1981, Chukwuma ventured fully into the trade under the name Innoson Nigeria Limited. This company flourished and multiplied into many companies under the big umbrella called the Innoson Group. In February 2007, Chukwuma incorporated Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Limited (IVM) to produce sundry commercial automobiles, utility vehicles and passenger cars, in collaboration with a consortium of Chinese auto manufacturers. IVM has become a major supplier of buses to the country’s transportation sector, including the mass transit scheme launched in 2012 by President Jonathan.