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Sir Emeka Offor (Chrome Group)


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SUMMARY

Name:  Onyebuchi Emeka Offor

Chosen or Nickname: Sir Emeka Offor

Date of Birth: February 10th, 1957

Relationship Status: Married

Occupation: Businessman

Net Worth: $5.8 billion


INTRODUCTION

Sir Emeka Offor is a Nigerian Businessman and the Manager of Chrome Group and Environmental Remediation Holding Corp (ERHC Energy Inc.). He is also the chairman board of directors EEDC.  

EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION

He was born in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Nigeria on February 10th, 1957 to Chief Bennett Offor (Nnakaibeya). He is a native of Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State. He was expelled from Abbot Boys’ Secondary School, Ihiala in Anambra State so he went to Merchant of Light Secondary school at Oba in today’s Idemmili Local Government  where he took his Wasce (West African School Certificate Examination) in 1977.

BUSINESS BEGINS

He began his business career as an apprentice to his uncle and in 1994, he formed the Chrome Group, entering into Nigeria’s oil and gas industry.

HIS CAREER

 

 

The Chrome Group is internationally recognized for its quality work ranging from refinery maintenance, to natural gas pipeline construction, and to the provision of digital inspection services. Its client base includes major international oil companies, the Nigerian federal government and various state governments in the country. The Chrome conglomerate has expanded its reach outside the oil industry to include domestic and international holdings in the insurance industry, the power sector, telecommunications, and logistics. Subsidiaries of the Chrome Group constitute the principal shareholders of the publicly-traded American company, ERHC Energy, Inc., an independent firm with important interests in exploration and development of assets in the Gulf of Guinea, including the Sao Tome and Principe Joint Development and Exclusive Economic Zones, Chad, Kenya and other promising areas in sub-Saharan Africa.

He embarked on an educational project bringing over 1 million books, computers, and school supplies to Nigeria and other West African nations. Through his nonprofit, the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), Offor has become BFA’s most important partner in Africa. By the conclusion of this ambitious $14 million dollar book project, his foundation will be the largest private donor of books on the Continent.

In pursuit of this humanitarian goal, he established the SEOF. The Foundation embodies the humanitarian spirit of its founder by seeking to reduce poverty and create life-improving economic opportunities for those residing in Nigeria’s most marginalized communities. Offor believes, “People are not poor because they choose to be. There are many able and creative people who could be making important contributions to society if they were not mired in poverty. In other words, God plants precious seedlings in the most unlikely places. He asks that we water these seedlings so that they can grow into the fruit-bearing trees he intended. Those of us who have received fortune’s blessings have a moral duty and civic responsibility to help the poor and vulnerable. For this reason, I established the Foundation.

He is the owner of the oldest and most popular market plaza coined after his name in Anambra state.

AWARD

Year Award
2016 Rotary International with an award as the 2015/16 International Service Award for a Polio-Free World in recognition of his non-financial contribution to Polio eradication throughout the region.

PHILANTROPIC WORKS

He contributed over 50% to the building of Oraifite Civic Centre which stands as one of the best civic centres in the South-East of Nigeria.

He has run a remarkable university scholarship scheme for over twenty years with the provision of a car and automatic employment for beneficiaries graduating with first-class degrees.

He runs a widows’ cooperative society with over 3,000 members as of today. Under the auspices of this cooperative society, he sent a significant number of the widows to India for training on managing a cooperative society.  They have subsequently been able to establish a microfinance bank and other thriving microenterprises.

Sir Emeka Offor built and fully equipped one of the best Anglican churches in the South East of Nigeria, located in Oraifite, constructed a major community road (off Onitsha/Owerri road to Oraifite /Nnewi border), built Ekwusigo LGA Central Police Station.

He provided a free water scheme for the four quarters of Oraifite (Unodu, Ezumeri, Irefi and Ifite).

In 2015 trained and empowered over one hundred youths in various skill acquisition programs financially to start their own businesses on completion of their training and has been a job creator with over 3,000 Nigerians under his payroll, indirectly creating over 10,000 jobs in addition.

Partnering with a U.S. based NGO, Sir Emeka Offor has through his eponymous Foundation donated books, reading materials and computers worth over $22 million to schools and communities in more than 18 countries in Africa including Nigeria.

He has established a glaucoma research centre at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Mainz, Germany and in conjunction, established a Nigerian fellowship for cataract surgery and glaucoma management at the university.

He donated $2 million, which was matched with a grant of an additional $4 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative launched by the Rotary International, the World Health Organization, UNICEF and the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

He through his Foundation, entered into a long-term agreement with The Carter Centre to eliminate river blindness (‘onchocerciasis’) in Nigeria. Pursuant thereto, Sir Emeka Offor provided a $10 million grant to the Carter Center, the largest grant ever received by the Center, to facilitate the Center’s efforts in eliminating river blindness in Nigeria.

PERSONAL LIFE

In 1982 he married Nkiru Offor Nkiru (nee Emoke) from Otulu, Oru West Local Government area of Imo State, with whom he has 8 children 5 daughters and 3 sons.

In 2014 he married Adara Ofondu daughter of Mr. Alexander Okey Ofondu, a wealthy Onitsha trader. 

His father died in 2014.

RUMOURS AND SCANDALS

Recently it has beeen rumoured by Sahara reporters that the billionaire has gone broke, is suffering from diabetes and also having family crisis. but this was denied in a press release by Sir Emeka Offor warning Sahara reporters to stop their defamatory reports that he is okay and happy with his family.

 

 

 

 

Article Credit: Kenechukwu Edeh

Updated 1 Year ago
 

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