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I just saw this post on Linda Ikeji’s Blog about the death of one of my secondary school mates at Oraifte Boys’. He is Asaba-based Nollywood actor and Location Manager Chinedu Epeagba who is alleged to have died from complications triggered by a Chinese slimming tea. I don’t know how true this is, but a statement by one of the doctors that treated him suggests Chinedu, also known as Dabebe died as a result of complications from the slimming tea;

 “Our preliminary investigation, backed with scientific presentations from the last doctor that treated him in Onitsha, shows that Dabebe died from complications triggered by the made in China slimming tea, which he started drinking in July. This tea, medicine or whatever, gradually destroyed all his internal organs and by the time he became too weak and got rushed to the hospital, his body couldn’t respond to treatment; organs were ruined already. The sad news is that Dabebe, that promising young man, is dead.”

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May his gentle soul rest in peace, Amen!

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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.”

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Sir emeka offor making a speech at the rotary convention 2013

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Amb Howard Jeter, Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN), Sir Emeka Offor, Sen Ken Nnamani, Igwe Kris Onyekwuluje

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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.

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

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

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What could have turned to be an air mishap yesterday was avoided by the experience of the Arik pilot of Flight W 3788 conveying over 100 passengers from Lagos to Asaba in Delta State.

Daily Sun gathered that the flight which was supposed to take off at 8:30 am, was delayed in Lagos on account of bad weather. Though passengers had boarded the flight, after about two hours inside the plane, they were asked to go back to the departure lounge as the aircraft could not take off due to what the pilot called “terribly bad weather at Asaba.”  After about three hours, the flight was boarded again because weather reports showed improvement within the internationally-accepted landing standards. By the time it was boarded again, many people who sensed the situation as warning from Providence, had already cancelled their trips.

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On getting to Asaba, the weather became bad again. Several attempts at landing proved difficult. Not wanting to take chances, the pilot promptly returned to Lagos. On reaching Lagos, the weather had already gone very  bad by   aviation standard with yesterday’s downpour. The plane had to circle around for hours amid dwindling aviation fuel. It finally landed at 4:45 pm amid sighs of relief from traumatized passengers who clapped in jubilation. The  pilot, Captain Sandy Miller, merely told passengers to thank their God for His  mercies when they got home.

Speaking to Aviation correspondents at the Domestic Wing of Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Gov. Obi, who travelled to South Africa on Sunday and came back yesterday to Lagos, said he was determined to make the flight to Asaba en route Awka because he did not like staying outside Awka more days  than necessary.

Source: TheSun

 

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A tugboat contracted by oil giant Chevron has sunk off the coast of Nigeria, leaving 12 sailors missing, an official said on Tuesday.

“I can confirm the incident. It was on Sunday morning,” said Corrie van Kessel, a spokeswoman for Sea Trucks Group, which owns West African Ventures Limited, operator of the vessel.

“12 crew members … There is a big rescue operation in progress at the moment,” she added, specifying the 12 missing were the vessel’s entire crew.

She could not confirm the nationalities of the sailors aboard the Jascon 4, which sank some 15 nautical miles off southern Nigeria’s Escravos, the site of a Chevron oil terminal.

Nigeria is Africa’s biggest oil producer, with Chevron among the major operators in the country.

Van Kessel said it was not yet clear what caused the accident. The vessel had been involved in towing operations for a tanker, she said.

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The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), a non-profit philanthropic organisation founded by billionaire businessman and philanthropist, Sir Emeka Offor has donated the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand USD ($250,000) to The Carter Center/Nigeria to support its River Blindness Control Programme in the South Eastern states of Nigeria. The donation is in accordance with the aims and objectives of the Health Services Programmes of the SEOF.
The Carter Center is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation founded in 1982 by former President of the United States of America, Jimmy Carter, and wife, Rosalyn Carter, in partnerchip with Emory University, a private research university in metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia in the USA. The Carter Center/Nigeria has its headquarters in Jos, Plateau state.
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The two organisations have beamed a spotlight on the silent menace that is River Blindness, which has ravaged the region without stepping into the limelight of public attention. River blindness, also known as Onchocerciasis and Robles disease, is a parasitic disease caused by infection by Onchocerca volvulus, a nematode (roundworm). Onchocerciasis is second in the world only to trachoma as an infectious cause of blindness.

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River blindness patient


The impact of this partnership will be felt in the region in the near future, and it is hoped that this will mark the beginning of a fruitful relationship.
Below is a letter of appreciation sent by the Country Representative, The Carter Center/Nigeria in response to the donation.
“On behalf of The Carter Center/Nigeria, I wish to thank SEOF/Chrome Group for the donation of $250,000 (Two hundred and fifty thousand dollars) to support the River Blindness control programme in the South East states in Nigeria. It is my hope that this generous and humane gesture will signal the beginning of a long and fruitful collaboration/ partnership between The Carter Center and SEOF/Chrome Group for the benefit of the good people of the South East states in particular and Nigeria in general. I am confident that Atlanta on its part will send an appropriate letter of appreciation in response to this generous donation. Please be assured that, although the fund will be administered from Atlanta, we on our part in the Nigeria programme are committed to a judicious and maximal utilisation of the funds in the South East states in accordance with SEOF/Chrome Group instructions. We wish to kindly request that on our behalf, you extend to Sir Emeka Offor, The Carter Center’s highest esteem and consideration”

Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime

Enugu State Governor, Sullivan Chime


I don’t know where this rumored news of Governor Sullivan Chime dying in an Indian hospital emanated from but for those of us who appreciate reliable and authentic news, the Enugu State Governor is very much alive. Oversabi republic can reliably inform you that Gov Chime jetted out of the country this morning for his private business. He came into Abuja yesterday from Enugu and left this morning.
I don’t know why people are bent on killing this man before his time…

Reports have it that the Kebbi State Chief of Staff, Abubakar Sarki Kigo is dead.
Mr. Kigo, who is from the same hometown as the governor is reported to have died of lung cancer in an Indian hospital on Saturday.
Gov. Dakingari presently hosts the Good Governance Tour of the federal government who are in the state.

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Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha

Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha


The convoy of the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha was on Friday involved in a minor road accident in Orlu Local Government area of the state on his way to an inspection tour of some state projects in the area.

A statement signed by the media aide to the Governor; Ebere Ozoukwa, stated that the Governor’s convoy was involved in the accident in Orlu town in Orlu Local government area of the state.
According to Mr Ozoukwa, “the governor sustained a minor cut on his head but is presently in good and stable condition and has been attended to by medical personnel.”