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The event which took place on Friday, 27th June, 2014 at Atani in Ogbaru LGA of Anambra State was chaired by billionaire businessman Sir Emeka Offor and witnessed the presence of such top dignitaries as former Governor, Peter Obi, APGA Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh and Deputy Governor, Nkem Okeke. Others included Hon Uche Ekwunife, Dr Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, Dr Eugene Ojukwu(Ekeson motors), Senator Ken Nnamani, Dr Alfred Achebe(Obi of Onitsha), Barr Okey Muoaroh to mention but a few.IMG_5557 IMG_5625 IMG_5561 IMG_5596 IMG_5613 IMG_5591 IMG_5601 IMG_5603 IMG_5617 IMG_5634 IMG_5645 IMG_5662 IMG_5646 IMG_5727 IMG_5732 IMG_5749 IMG_5751 IMG_5763IMG_5724IMG_5653

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The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company was officially handed over to Interstate Electrics Limited, at an official ceremony in Enugu on the 1st of November, 2013. The Interstate Chairman Sir Emeka Offor, the MD/CEO, Robert Dickerman, representatives of the Metropolitan Electricity Authority(MEA) Thailand, the Interstate Board members were all present during the hand over ceremony . Some of the Board members include former Defence Minister Adetokunbo Kayode(SAN), Senator Ken Nnamani, Dr Steve Dike as well as Barrister Kester Enweronwu. The Vice President Arc Namadi Sambo was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum, Dr Danladi Kifasi.

 

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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Interstate Electrics Limited (Interstate), Mr. Robert Dickerman, declared yesterday that Interstate is ready to assume operations of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (Enugu DISCO).

The power expert will lead the multi-national and multi-disciplinary Interstate team which is poised and ready, to leverage the capabilities of the Enugu DISCO to improve energy delivery and customer service, in furtherance of the President’s transformation agenda.

Mr. Dickerman, an American, is highly regarded as a renowned energy executive, strategy, development and operations leader, and an effective communicator with outstanding relationships and contacts throughout the energy industry. With over 30 years of executive level experience in the industry, he headed KPMG‘s Global Energy Strategy Practice.

He also managed energy companies in Asia, Europe, North America and the Caribbean. His industry experience includes executive positions in Edison Source, Sempra Energy Solutions, Marubeni Caribbean Power Holding, and recently Zenergy Capital, Inc.

His words: ‘Our transformation of Enugu Disco to a world-class electricity distribution company will be anchored on three principles namely integrity, customer service and performance’.  He added that Interstate’s mission is to ensure effective and efficient service delivery for the benefit of customers within our area of coverage.

He expressed excitement and privilege in leading the Interstate team and the opportunity of working with Metropolitan Electricity Authority of Thailand (MEA) — one of the most experienced firms in powerdistribution in the world.

The sale of Enugu DISCO to Interstate Electrics Limited, promoted by successful businessman and philanthropist Sir Emeka Offor was on the 20th of September ratified by the federal government.

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President Goodluck Jonathan has dropped 9 ministers in a recent cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday afternoon.

The ministers affected are Ruqayat Rufai (Education); Zainab Kunchi (Power, [state]); Buka Tijani (Agriculture [state]), Shamsudeen Usman (National Planning; Ita Okon (Science and Technology);  Olugbenga Ashiru (Foreign Affairs); Ama Pepple (Lands) and Hadiza Mailafia (Environment).

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Nigerians had long expected President Jonathan to rejig his lackluster cabinet which has largely failed to deliver services to the Nigerian people.

But while the expectation mounted, Mr. Jonathan repeatedly  dispelled speculation that he had plans to fire non-performing ministers.

Last August, he unveiled a rating procedure known as Performance Contract Agreement for ministers but said he would not use the result of the assessment in considering who to fire.

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Mr. Jonathan said the assessment would only appraise his administration’s performance and delivery of targets to Nigerians.

“I read all kinds of thing in the media, that the president wants to assess the ministers so that he would know who would go and who would stay. That is not the purpose of this.

“We would have done it probably in the first week when we came on board, but the key thing is that we have given ourselves points that we think we will get at, we believe that if we get at those points or even if we achieve 70 per cent of that, at least it will be better off for our own country,” the president said.

According to the president, the exercise was to ensure enhanced performance, transparency and accountability in governance, adding that it is not a witch-hunting exercise.

“I want to assure every one of you who has taken part in the exercise that this is not a witch-hunt targeted at anybody,” the president said in his remarks after the signing ceremony.

 

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By Biodun Adeniyi

By 1996 estimation, Andrew Carnegie was reputedly worth $189.6 billion dollars. That bulk was as well estimated to be the second largest fortune ever acquired by anyone. But he reasoned that if he died that wealthy, he would have died a disgraced man. It was why he gave away a third of that wealth ahead of his death. Think of Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Foundation, and you’ll think of a man with outliving legacies. His thoughts on giving was perhaps fancied by latter-day super-rich, namely Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Ted Turner, Mike Bloomberg and Warren Buffet, who are all committing fifty percent of their wealth to charity.

The US apart, a recent estimate posted 1.77 billion pounds as the total from “angel givers” in that country. Christopher Hohn, Tom Hunter, Lord Sainsbury, David and Heather Stevens, Peter Cruddas and Anthony D’Affay, amongst some others, lead the pack of givers in the UK, having practically fulfilled or are fulfilling promises that the bulk of their wealth would go the way of charity. Nearer home, South Africa’s Francis Van Niekeuk, Jay Naidoo, Cyril Ramaphosa and Mark Shuttleworth are reputed to be some of the greatest givers. And in Nigeria, Theophilous Yakubu Danjuma, Mike Adenuga, Jr, Aliko Dangote and Emeka Offor have since caught the giving bug.

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Point is, the art of giving has not only become entrenched in societies where capitalism, whether pure or prebendal, have been entrenched. Granted that wealth accumulation is a free desire in these systems, only the fittest seem to always survive, and probably triumph over others. Reasons around hardwork, luck, and inheritance often account for the disparities, but the thought to give back to the deprived majority eventually features in the consciences of the victorious few. Some holy books prioritise giving. Hear them: “Give and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you,’’ so the Bible says in Luke 6: 38. “Surely the men and women who give in charity and give to Allah a goodly loan, they shall receive double and for them is a noble reward.”  The Holy Qur’an also says in 57:18.

Not many rich givers might have been inspired by these books. After all, John Holme once told us that “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up”. And “when we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed”, so Maya Angelou said in her contributions to the giving debates. Those last two views are not necessarily directly from the scriptures, but the same meanings are shared, eventually expanding understanding on the virtue of giving. Importantly, the rich often times seem wont to giving, instead of leaving or reserving the excesses for their lineages, because of the positive pulls to so do, in the midst of deprivations.

Having just being honoured at a recent elaborate ceremony in Abuja as Rotary International First Polio Ambassador in Nigeria, Emeka Offor’s identity as a giver of note was somewhat unveiled, ultimately exemplifying one, or two of the motives behind giving. That significantly departed from the old recognition of the man as a kingmaker, who pulls strings behind thrones. It took away, and perhaps permanently, the businessman’s image as a throttle presser that does not mind whose ox is gored.  And gradually, his hot political sides are being overwhelmed by the dimension of the philanthropist.

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The businessman had doled out $1million to Rotary’s Polio Plus Program, in aid of the Global Polio Eradication Innitiative (GPEI). That sum was the second of such gesture from the charitable billionaire. He was in 2012 said to have also given $250,000 to Rotary’s Polio Plus Program. Petina Dixon-Jenkins reported that, Offor in February 2013 “contributed $250,000 in support of Rotary initiatives to enhance maternal and child health and another $250,000 for education and literacy projects.” Besides, “In October 2012, Offor contributed $250,000 in support of Rotary’s peace and conflict resolution studies. The gift provides support for students from Nigeria and other African countries who attend the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkom University in Bangkok, Thailand. The Center offers a three month professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies to approximately fifty peace fellows annually”.

We were also told that working in league with US based Books for Africa (BFA), the man with humble beginnings has through his foundation brought in over I million books, computers, and school items to Nigerian and other African countries. His educational empowerment project totalling $14million will eventually become the largest single contribution to schools in Africa. And back to the health sector, the business mogul in also in the fight against glaucoma, where he has established a $100,000 glaucoma research grant at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Mainz, Germany, and has established a Nigerian fellowship for cataract Surgery and Glaucoma Management.

And at home, Offor is as well towing the beaten path. Like Holme said, he chose to exercise his heart by lending a hand to widows through his foundation. Women cooperatives have been developed to train participants towards economic independence. They are tutored in many money making skills, including palm kernel oil processing for sale, acquisition of tailoring and hairdressing skills and in the management of different small scale businesses.

Youths are also being empowered through innovative transportation concerns that include commercial buses and taxis. Micro finance grants and loans have been provided to the youths for motorcycle purchases, while participants are given technical assistance in the area of business management. Guest at the recent event were also told how the foundation has been involved in many community infrastructural projects. This comprise of “digging wells to provide potable water, enhancing the health of local communities, and sharply reducing water-borne morbidity among infants”. In addition “The foundation has also paved an access road in Offor’s home village of Oraifite to decrease the isolation of this rural community”.

Beyond books for educational institutions, the businessman further showed he has keyed into Thomas Fuller’s words that “learning makes a man fit for himself”, by going an extra mile to ensure youths are truly fit for the self. While Offor notes that “without education the people cannot create their own solutions”, he has been in the business of “building model schools and classrooms, furnishing them with Internet and other up-to-date equipments”. Scholarships are also been provided to the economically disadvantaged, with over 120 grants thus far. First class graduands amongst beneficiaries are instantly provided with a car and then employed in his burgeoning company.

The soft spoken son of a policeman told an interviewer that his passion for philanthropy was triggered by his humble backgrounds, adding up to his desire to “uplift people and make them independent and self-sufficient”. This is further to the position that he feels that “there must be something in my power to do, some impact I can make, something I can contribute to help remedy the situation (poverty).” For him, “A candle losses nothing by lighting another candle. The problem of poverty is not unique to Nigeria alone. The answer to the question of wealth creation and distribution has always been the creation of value.”

The man who sits atop the Chrome Group, spanning the diverse areas of Oil and Gas, Finance and Investments, Telecommunications, Insurance, Maritime Destination Inspection, Real Estate and the Power Sector assures that “more heroic and focussed leadership” is still to come from him, especially through his foundation. And to boot “Our nation Nigeria is blessed with abundant human and natural resources. Our faith is first and foremost in the Nigerian people. I am fully convinced that if given the same opportunities, our local talent can compete with the best there is anywhere in the world”. He added “We as a nation are a talented and resourceful people, and once our new intakes come in and embrace the strong work ethic of the group, and imbibe our can-do mentality, there is no limit to what we can achieve”.

Okey Ikechukwu (Thisday, July 2nd, 2013) sees the unveiling of Offor’s philanthropic sides as a “Metamorphosis”. That seems apt in the sense in which he perceptively mutated from being a hand that rocks the cradle to that of the “angel giver”. It is even more complete to add that he barely showcased Zygmund Bauman’s thoughts on shifting identities in the mould of the desert quicksand. But the breadth is rewarding when it is good, as the altruistic side of Offor has shown. Congratulations, Ambassador Emeka Offor.

Dr. Adeniyi is an Abuja based Communications Expert

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 Emeka Offor is a man who rarely talks; rather he prefers his philanthropy and hard work to speak for him.  This son of a Policeman who was born in Kafanchan braved the odds to become the successful businessman that he is today. He has dealt poverty a great blow and has tried his best to ensure that the pangs of poverty does not hinder the dream of the average Nigerian child today. Recently he gave a whooping 1 million dollars in addition to the initial 250 thousand dollars he donated to the Rotary Foundation Polio Plus programme, for the eradication of polio in Nigeria. Unfortunately, Nigeria is the only country in Africa where the incidence of Polio is still being recorded. Would it not be good news for us as Nigerians if zero cases of Polio is recorded by the end of 2014 in Nigeria, as is being projected, courtesy of our own Sir Emeka Offor? Why would Bonny Okonkwo and a group of persons under the “Mbala Obodo” forum castigate and vilify him for this kind gesture to humanity? Wait a minute!, is it not Sir Emeka’s $1 million we are talking about here? Does he need to get approval  from “Mbala Obodo” on how to spend it? What have they as a group or as individuals contributed towards bettering the lives of Oraifite indigenes? Has anybody bothered to ask yet?
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The speakers in the acclaimed “Mbala Mbodo”  forum alleged that there is no clean drinking water, electricity, or hospitals in Oraifite, but I must say here that this  claim is totally fallacious. Sir Emeka Offor has a charitable foundation, The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF- http://www.sireofforfoundation.org) that has touched the lives of Oraifite indigenes and indeed the whole Nigeria at large.
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His numerous philanthropic  gestures have gone unnoticed because he is not a trumpeter. He signed a 7million-dollar contract with Books for Africa (BFA) for the delivery of 32, 40 ft HQ containers of primary, secondary and University texts from November 1 2011- November 1 2014. It is expected that 640,00 books , assorted computers and school supplies would be shipped under this agreement. Sir Emeka Offor has lived up to this promise as he ensures that these books are distributed annually to all these institutions of learning. I was present at last year’s book sharing exercise; it was possible for one to confuse the venue for a motor park as hundreds of buses from various institutions across the federation were parked waiting to receive their share of books. The high point of the occasion was the donation of a brand new 2012 Toyota Corolla car valued at 4.2 million naira and an automatic employment to Miss Ebere Anaegbuonu a beneficiary of his scholarship scheme, in fulfillment of the vow he made to provide a brand new car and automatic employment in his chain of companies to any beneficiary of his scholarship scheme who graduates with a first class from any discipline. Presently over 120 students are enjoying Sir Emeka Offor’s scholarship at various educational levels.
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 In December 2012, his foundation sponsored a delegation of  about 20 widows from Oraifite on a  three week study visit to the Talent Research Foundation in India. This group of women learnt a lot about practices and activities that enhanced the economic, social and political lives of the rural Indian populace. Areas of interest included skill acquisition centers, small holder farms, orphanages, rehabilitation centres and designated rural health centers. The SEOF Widows Cooperative which as of date caters for over 2000 widows doles out on a yearly basis, bags of rice and other food items to these women.
He also gave out 7 million naira through his charitable foundation to one Miss Stella Eze from Nsukka, Enugu State for her kidney transplant. She is presently in India for the surgery.
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It is on record that Sir Emeka Offor’s company, Kaztec Engineering Limited rescued  2 of the survivors of the Calabar boat mishap that happened earlier this year. He also took it upon himself to visit them at the Bakor Medical Centre, Calabar where they were hospitalized, with food items as well as cash donations. He even went as far as offering them employment.
Just a few months ago, Sir Emeka through his foundation donated $4,000 USD to save Baby Kehinde’s life. Kehinde Olaniyi was born two months ago in a very bad shape, with arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC) at the Garki General Hospital, as against his twin Taiye who is in perfect condition. Kehinde also suffers undescended testicles, inguinal and lumbar hernia, plus Scoliosis; a medical condition in which a person’s spine is curved from side to side. The donation was to assist in a corrective surgery abroad.
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The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation in her efforts to help eradicate some ravaging diseases in Nigeria recently donated $250,000 to the Carter Center, in support of her River Blindness Control Programme in the South East states of Nigeria. It will also be recalled that the SEOF has donated so far the sum of €250,000 to endow a professorship of glaucoma in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Mainz, Germany. This is to assist research on the early detection and treatment of glaucoma.
In all fairness, how does these charitable gestures culminate in terrorizing the people of Oraifite?
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Sir Emeka Offor understands that Charity begins at home, so when he decided to build a radio station in Nigeria, he did not consider Abuja or Lagos or Port-Harcourt, he decided to bring it back home to provide entertainment, information and above all employment to his dear people of Oraifite. Blaze 91.5FM organizes and hosts the Blaze Blast Concert on the 30th and 31st December of every year, a platform which brings together youths from the south-east and affords them the privilege of celebrating  Xmas with the best of the best in the Nigeria Entertainment Industry. And guess what..IT IS FREE! For example, 2face Idibia, Psquare, Ill Bliss, Phyno, Basketmouth, Gbenga Adeyinka, Wande Coal, Flavour, Chidinma, Bracket and over 30 other artistes all graced last year’s Blaze Blast Concert. This year’s concert promises to be even better than the last as  Kcee of the Limpopo fame, Lynxx, Olamide, Don Jazzy, Tiwa Savage, Akpororo, Okey Bakassi are some of the names that are being  lined up for the concert. Where else in Nigeria will you get to watch an assemblage of artistes of this magnitude for free?  You may consider spending Xmas this  season in Oraifite to have a feel of what i am talking about.
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Many do not know this, but Sir Emeka does not joke with his relationship with God, little wonder he was instrumental to the erection of the All Saints Anglican Church, Oraifte; a magnificent edifice to behold!
Emeka Offor has brought a lot of development to the Oraifite community so much that once you mention you are from Oraifite the next question you are being asked is “Are you related to Emeka Offor?”. “Sir E” as he is fondly called was instrumental to the construction of the the first access road from Oraifite to Nnewi- the now “Emeka Offor road”. Besides being the brain behind the constant power supply and the eradication of kidnapping in Oraifite, he also plays a substantial role in the sponsorship of the New yam festivities “Afiolu” in Oraifite which has become very popular over the years beyond the shores of Anambra State.
 Sir Emeka Offor has done a lot in the development and transformation of his beloved hometown Oraifite and should not be paid back with defamatory comments.
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 For all those who have nothing to offer to Oraifite and instead of supporting those who are, have resorted to peddling negative stories about “Sir E” in order to deter him from his charitable works, PLEASE STOP! The least you can do is to encourage him to do more.
But be that as it may, the decision by some group of people to take out their time to disparage the character of this God sent man cannot be condoned, for as the saying goes… “It is within the rights of every man, wealthy or not, to protect and preserve his reputation. This is because a man is no better than his name, perception being cognitive reality. To this end and in the protection of every man’s interest in his good reputation, the human society developed the law of defamation of character.”

According to News Express, President Goodluck Jonathan is set to replace Chief Mike Oghiadomhe, his current Chief of Staff with AIT boss, Chief Aleogho Dokpesi. This is how they are repoorting it….

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Media guru High Chief Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi has been lined up to replace Chief Mike Oghiadomhe as Chief of Staff to President Goodluck Jonathan in a cabinet shake-up expected to be effected soon.

A competent source told News Express that this was the reason why Dokpesi, Chairman of DAAR Communications Plc, operators of Africa Independent Television (AIT) and RayPower FM, promptly dismissed Executive Director Imoni Mac Amarere and popular presenter Gbenga Aruleba of FOCUS NIGERIA fame for featuring an interview with Lagos-based journalist and activist Richard Akinnola, on last Friday’s discharge and acquittal of Major Hamza Al-Mustapha, former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to late Nigerian military ruler, General Sani Abacha, in connection with the June 4, 1996 murder of heroine of democracy, Kudirat Abiola.

Mr. Akinnola had during the interview on Saturday strongly condemned the appeal court verdict, calling it “a miscarriage of justice” and a political judgment to pacify the North ahead of 2015 general elections in which President Jonathan is expected to run.

The source told News Express: “Dokpesi decided to sacrifice Mac and Gbenga because he has been lined up to replace Oghiadomhe as the new Chief of Staff and he does not want anything that would jeopardise his chances. It is however wrong for him to do this because these are men who have given all their life to AIT. What does he want them to do now?”

Dokpesi, 61, and Oghiadomhe, 55, are from Edo State in South-South Nigeria and both are chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which has ruled Nigeria since the return of democracy in May 1999.

Mike Oghiadomhe, Current Chief of Staff to President Jonathan

           Mike Oghiadomhe, Current Chief of Staff to President Jonathan

 

Oghiadomhe has worked with Jonathan since June 2007 – first as Deputy Chief of Staff to the then Vice President, a post he held till August 2008 when the post was scrapped. He was immediately re-appointed Principal Secretary to the Vice President, a post he held till May 17, 2010 when he was made Chief of Staff.

News Express learnt that Jonathan has since been fed up with Oghiadomhe but has been forced to retain him this long by his political godfather, Chief Anthony Anenih, the PDP Board of Trustees Chairman, who happens to be one of those Jonathan is counting on to help him win a second term in 2015. It is not clear if Anenih has finally agreed for Oghiadomhe to be dropped or if Jonathan has finally mustered the courage to do as he wishes and damn the consequences.

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AIT Chairman and known supporter of IBB, High Chief Dr Raymond Aleogho Dokpesi is said to have sacked two senior editorial staff, Gbenga Aruleba and Imoni Amarere over the interview of Mr.Richard Akinnola,frontline social critic and human rights activist with Aruleba on AIT two days ago on the acquittal of Major Hamza Al Mustapha where Mr.Akinnola strongly condemned the ‘miscarriage of justice’ of the judgment as a political judgment to pacify the North ahead of 2015 general elections. According to sources, Chief Dokpesi threw caution to the wind as he stormed the studio even when the bulletin was still on and stopped the bulletin after which he lambasted Aruleba over this controversial interview which he said was in bad taste.Sadly,Dokpesi followed this up yesterday evening by sacking Aruleba and Amarere, both are well-trained,talented and experienced broadcasters, went ahead and announced their sack in the 8pm news bulletin of last night.

This is really strange considering what these journalists have been through over the last few years where in several occasions they received death threats from politicians who are left aggrieved over the way they deal with issues without fear or favor. It is only a matter of time before we know whose political toes Gbenga and Imoni have stepped on. Is Dr Dokpesi trying hard to “plaster” some bruised ego…….?

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Sir Emeka Offor, Nigerian billionaire businessman and philanthropist donated $1million to PolioPlus, for Polio eradication in Nigeria and in Africa during the Rotary convention which took place in Lisbon between 22nd-26th June, 2013.

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Sir Emeka Offor with notable personalities at the Rotary convention in Lisbon, Portugal 2013

Nigeria billionaire business mogul and philanthropist and founder of the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), Sir Emeka Offor, whose contributions to the Rotary Foundation aimed at eradicating Polio in Nigeria and Africa in general have been recognized at the highest level of the organization’s hierarchy, as he is being honored at the on-going Rotary Convention taking place in Lisbon, Portugal.  Sir Emeka Offor is being honored with a special recognition during the Arch C. Klumph Society(AKS) dinner as the highest donor to the foundation from Africa. AKS is the highest attainable level at the Rotary International where one needs to have donated a minimum of $250,000 USD to become a member. He has donated over $1 million before the convention.

Sir Emeka Offor during his speech at the convention announced an additional $1million USD donation for the final battle against Polio eradication in Africa. In a full text of his speech… “I come  from a humble beginning but today i have ties all over the world. I have the ability to help others escape the poverty and deprivation that i experienced; this goal drives me each and everyday. A defining moment for me was when i received confirmation from Rotary that my initial $250, 000 contribution to Polio Plus would be used immediately in the campaign to eradicate this terrible disease. In Nigeria many of us have lost friends to Polio, but Polio should have no place in our world anymore. Ladies and Gentlemen, therefore, today I’m giving an additional donation of $ I million USD. It is my deepest hope that my financial contribution and work with Rotary leadership in Nigeria will inspire all Nigerians to work together to bring about the final permanent and irreversible eradication of Polio. Together we can make this happen and we will do so. Thank you and God bless you.”

Sir Offor also featured in a special interview where he talked about the importance of phlanthropy. Watch below