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The Authority Icon: EMEKA OFFOR

The Authority Icon: EMEKA OFFOR

For being a level-headed, large-hearted vision­ary who sets almost impossible targets and de­ploys the necessary energy, focus, discipline and verve to achieve them; for using his vast wealth to re-engineer society through impactful philan­thropy and direct infrastructural interventions on multiple fronts, Sir Emeka Offor, KSC, is The AUTHORITY Icon.
Just last year, he donated a princely $10 mil­lion dollars to accelerate the Carter Centre’s efforts to eliminate River Blindness in Ni­geria. He is a dynamic and articulate entrepre­neur with nearly three decades of unique busi­ness experience and vision - and one of the most respected Igbo leaders. He has built a vast business empire with interests in oil and gas, insurance, power sector, telecommunications and logistics, both in Nigeria and overseas.
He is one of the highest donors to the Rotary International. In the early 1990s, he incepted the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), a unique interventionist non-profit charity seeking alleviation of the suffering of the less privileged in society through philanthropy, but focusing primarily on giving hope to the hope­less. Meet Sir Emeka C. Offor, KSC.
Born as the first of ten children to a police­man in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Emeka Of­for came from humble origins. He hails from Oraifite in Anambra State. His modest be­ginning gives insight into his commitment to young people and the vulnerable in society. He began his business career as an apprentice to his uncle. He proved to be a quick study. In 1994, he formed the Chrome Group, entering into Nigeria’s rough-and- tumble oil and gas industry. Guided by a relentless work ethic and a keen nose for a good deal, he waded through the debris and minefields inherent in the oil sector to quickly become one of its mainstays.
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.
Sir Emeka Offor is a member of the board of directors of many blue-chip companies among which are Chrome Oil Services Limited, Chrome Engineering and Environmental Ser­vices Limited, Choffan Communications Lim­ited and Nimek Investments Limited, Kaztec Engineering Limited, Global Scansystems Ni­geria Limited. Until recently, he was the chair­man of the board of ERHC Energy Inc., USA; a Houston, United States of America based in­dependent Oil and Gas Company focused on oil and gas exploration, and production in the Gulf of Guinea.
He has been honored by many corporate bodies, non-governmental organizations, gov­ernments and countries. He was honored a few years ago by the Romanian Consulate in Nigeria for his invaluable contribution towards the development and enhancement of bilateral relations between Nigeria and Romania.
In the early ‘90s, he established the Sir Eme­ka Offor Foundation (SEOF), an NGO which seeks to alleviate the suffering of the less privi­leged in society through philanthropy. He is a member of the governing board of Books for Africa worldwide and has spent millions of dollars in diverse philanthropic interventions - from widows’ empowerment, youth educa­tion, health (polio programmes) and more.
He is married and blessed with children.

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