Oraifite Youths Association Honours Sir Emeka Offor


"Sir Emeka Offor being honoured

The Oraifite Youths Association (O.Y.A) on 29th December, 2013 organised a grand reception in honour of Sir Emeka Offor, the Founder of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF). Members of O.Y.A stated that the event was "to express the love and position of Oraifite Youths on the life and activities of a man who has in the past 20 years dedicated his life and wealth to the service of his people".
Notable dignitaries like Emeka Wogu - Minister of Labour & Productivity, Igwe Dr. Sir Chinedu Onyekwuluje - Igwe Ezenya 1 of Umunya, Chief Martins Agbaso - former gubernatorial aspirant in Imo state, Chief Eugene Ojukwu - MD/CEO Ekeson Motors Ltd, Frank Ejiofor - Deputy director, State Security Service (SSS), Barr. Okey Muo Aroh - former Idemili North LGA Chairman and a host of others were present at the ceremony.
In an address delivered by the National President of the Association, Mr Chinedu Odumegwu, Oraifite youths acknowledged that many sons and daughters of the community have contributed in building and keeping the people as one but Sir Offor has distinguished himself, by his unparalleled positive programmes. These include the Education, Youth Empowerment, Widows Cooperatives, Health Care Services and Infrastructural Development; which in one way or the other has impacted the life of every Oraifite indigene (home and abroad), the entire Igbo race and beyond. Mr. Odumegwu described Sir Offor as "THE HERO OF HIS PEOPLE". The reception was the best way they could recognize and appreciate Sir Emeka Offor, who has in the past 2 decades carried the burdens of others.
The event was not devoid of entertainment, the Ijele masquerade of HRH Eze Nya 1 of Umunya, Ajo Ofia Irefi masquerade, Egbelu Oba dance group from Ibolo, Adamma Ugochinyere dance group from Amakon, Irefi and many more, added glamour to the reception.
The high point of the day was the presentation of a trophy to Sir Emeka Offor by the Igwe of Umunya on behalf of Oraifite Youths Association, recognizing him as "THE HERO OF HIS PEOPLE". The Oraifite Improvement Union (O.I.U) Onitsha branch also presented a souvenir to Sir Offor.
Sir Offor in his speech thanked the Oraifite Youths Association and the entire Oraifite community for the rare honour. He made a promise to do more by the special grace of God.


SEOF, Visions in Action Donate 40,000 Books to Liberian Youth

The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation of Nigeria has donated 48,000 books through Visions in Action for distribution to youth and children throughout Liberia with the full partnership of the Liberian Ministry of Education. This donation was facilitated by the US based charity, Books for Africa, which made this donation possible. Helping to distribute the books are UN partners such as UNICEF, UNHCR and UNMIL, along with NGO partners such as DRC, IRC, IBIS, Save the Children and Right to Play. The books will be distributed to over 150 schools in each of the 15 counties.
On Friday 6 December 2013, there will be a launching event for the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation and Books for Africa, held at William VS Tubman High School at 4pm where the Hon. Minister Lawrence will announce the initiative and officially open distribution proceedings.
In January 2014, UNMIL will assist the Ministry of Education and Visions in Action with the distribution to each of the County capitals, after which schools will receive the appropriate number of books for the age and level of students, and the number of enrolled pupils. Partner organizations working in these rural locations will ensure that the schools most in need of assistance will receive the books.

SEOF Empowers Pioneer Graduates Of Its Skills Acquisition Scheme


On the 30th of August, 2013, the SEOF sent forth the pioneer batch of its Skills acquisition programme, marking their graduation from their various trainings. The event took place at the Foundation's Headquarters, in Irefi Oraifite Anambra State.

The recipients were trained for 6 months in various trades, in line with the foundation's youth empowerment scheme. They acquired useful skills in the areas of catering, mobile phone repairs, hair dressing, generator repairs, sewing etc.

A cheque of N9, 300, 000 (nine million, three hundred thousand naira) was presented to the 93 beneficiaries as seed money to help them set up their own businesses.

The founder of SEOF, Sir Emeka Offor restated that the reason he came up with this initiative in the first place was to minimize crime, and empower youths to be self-reliant. The next batch will commence training next month, and will also be similarly empowered on passing out.

Also, at the occasion the widows' cooperative societies of SEOF were not left out, as the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation shared over 2000 bags of rice to the widows, as is the tradition these past four years.

Rotary International Commemorates Sir Emeka Offor`s Appointment as Polio Ambassador

Sir Offor Displaying the Plaque

On July 30, 2013, Sir Emeka Offor, the Group Executive Vice Chairman of Chrome Group and founder of the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), was formally invested as Rotary International Polio Ambassador, the first ever from Nigeria. This took place at an event organised by Rotary International at the International Conference Centre.
The event, which had in attendance the Rotary International President-Elect for 2014, Gary Huang, was also graced by eminent Nigerians, including the Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Honourable Edem Duke, former Nigerian Senate President Ken Nnamani, Former Minister of Environment John Ode, Chairman of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) political party, Victor Umeh, and a host of other noteworthy personalities.
Sir Emeka Offor had recently donated $1 million to Rotary International Polio Plus Campaign, to aid in the eradication of the disease. This was not his first donation to the cause, as he has been an active donor, with a prior donation of over $250,000 to the cause, and further donations in the excess of $750,000 to Rotary's three other cardinal projects. The Polio Plus project is now focused on the three remaining countries where Polio remains endemic; Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
Sir Offor was presented a plaque commemorating his appointment by the Former Rotary International President, Jon Majiyagbe and the President-Elect 2014, Gary Huang. On receiving the commemoration, he thanked Rotary International for the honour bestowed him and reiterated his faith in the success of the project, saying, "Eradication of Polio in Nigeria is doable and together we would be able to achieve it."

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