The Author

Abílio de Lobão Soeiro Júnior
Even though Abílio de Lobao Soeiro Junior was born in Lourenco Marques, now Maputo, on 22 February 1951, his roots can be traced to Ibo Island where he spent his formative years.

At the age of five, he moved to Porto Amelia or Pemba with his family.

In 1974 he joined DETA, which later became Mozambique Airlines (LAM), as an air steward. He travelled the world and completed several technical courses and, subsequently, in 1983 became responsible for the company’s cabin crew. At the age of 39, he retired from LAM to start his own business. He established Grupo Boutiques de Maputo, which comprises duty free shops based at the Maputo International Airport, Meia Lua, Executivo 2000 and, more recently, a limousine service in the Mozambican capital.

In the early nineties, Abílio became a member of the Rotary Club of Maputo. He is very active in the organisation and has participated in several conventions in Canada, the United States of America, Mexico, Australia and various other countries.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Abílio developed a friendship with Nelson Mandela. His relationship with Graça Machel has also grown over the years, becoming more of a family connection. Abílio’s relationship with the couple encouraged him to pursue further studies, which saw him successfully completing his BA and MA in Tourism and Marketing.

Abílio continues to develop his entrepreneurial activities and regularly addresses the youth at lectures where he shares his experience and vision on how to face future challenges.