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.