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."

SEOF Donates $4,000 To Save Baby Kehinde`s Life

Cheque Presentation

Baby 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. He is also suffering from a case of undescended testicles, inguinal and lumbar hernia, plus Scoliosis, a medical condition in which a person's spine is curved from side to side.

Baby Kehinde’s medical condition was brought to the attention of the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), at which she has donated $4000 to help foot the bills for the lad’s medical trip to India. He would be attended to by a team of qualified medical professionals at the Global Hospital in Parel, Mumbai India, where all hopes are high that he would be restored to good health.

When the team from the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation arrived at the Garki hospital, his mother was seen crying profusely, with a disposition that showed she had lost all hopes for the survival of her baby, but for the timely intervention of the foundation.

The young lady Alaba, who just recently concluded her National Youth Service Scheme, was just a transitory acquaintance who took up the baby’s case, and brought it to the attention of SEOF.

Photo above shows Mr. Inno Anoliefo (Liaison Manager SEOF) presenting the cheque to the mother of the child, Mrs. Omowumi Olaniyi

Sir Emeka Offor Honoured As Africa`s Highest Donor To Rotary Foundation; Donates Another $1 Million For Polio Eradication

For his outstanding donations to their causes, Sir Emeka Offor, the Founder of Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), was honoured by Rotary Foundation at a convention which took place in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 22nd to the 26th of June, 2013.
Sir Offor was honoured with a special recognition during the Arch C. Klumph (AKS) dinner for being the highest donor from Africa. AKS is the highest echelon of Rotary Foundation, attained only by those who have donated a minimum of 250,000 USD to its causes. Sir Offor had donated over $1 million USD to the Foundation, which included $250,000 to PolioPlus, its polio eradication campaign.
While delivering a speech during the dinner Sir Offor stunned the hall by announcing yet another donation of $1 million USD for the fight against Polio. Speaking of his motivations, he said, "In Nigeria, many of us have lost friends to polio, but polio should have no place in our world... It is my deepest hope that my financial contribution and work with the Rotary leadership in 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."



SEOF Presents Cheques to Scholarship Beneficiaries

It was a day of joy and gratitude in Oraifite, Anambra State, as the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF) presented cheques to the beneficiaries of its 2013 Scholarship Award Scheme on Saturday, May 25, 2013. The forty two recipients, comprising thirty four (34) undergraduates, six (6) post graduates, and two (2) Secondary School leavers, became the latest beneficiaries, joining a list of over one hundred and twenty (120) recipients so far.
In a welcome address delivered by Mrs C.N. Ufondu, the Education Secretary, SEOF, she thanked the founder, Sir Emeka Offor, for the "great and unique opportunity" he has given to "indigent pupils at all levels of education irrespective of state or local government of origin." She went on to congratulate the recipients, and repeated the gesture of the founder that anyone who will graduate with a first class honours in any discipline of study at the undergraduate level will receive a brand new car and automatic employment. Only last year, a beneficiary, Mrs Ebere Anaegbuonu, was the proud recipient of a car and an offer of automatic employment, having graduated with first class honours from the Department of Industrial Physics, Anambra State University, Uli. Mrs Ufondu also warned that any laxity in their academic endeavours would lead to the termination of the scholarship by the Foundation.
At the end of the event, which had as its highlight the ceremonial presentation of the cheques by Sir Offor to the recipients, a vote of thanks was given by C.L. Chukwuma, ESQ., on behalf of the pioneer post graduate beneficiaries of the scheme. He expressed his profound gratitude to Sir Emeka Offor and the Foundation for the philanthropic gesture. He stated that the SEOF has made education available to the poor, given hope to hopeless and transformed the state of the common man. He went on to announce a proposal by the beneficiaries that they float a programme tagged "Sir Emeka Offor Education Scholarship Beneficiaries Association (SEOESBA)", subject to permission of SEOF, through which they could carry out education enlightenment programmes as their own way of giving back to society and continue the legacy of Sir Offor and the Foundation. He ended with a prayer for God's blessing upon Sir Emeka Offor and the Foundation.

To view pictures from this event, click on th following link.

"Scholarship Presentation; in pictures"

For more details, read this article from the Sunday Mirror: "Emeka Offor Foundation Remembers the Indigent"

Another story developed from this event can be found here: "Emeka Offor Foundation to Reward First Class Degree Holders with Car Gifts"

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