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Nigerian Billionaire Emeka Offor Donates $1.25M To Rotary International

The following article, written by Oyeniyi Adegoke, was published on June 25, 2014 in Ventures Africa. To view the original, please click here.  Nigerian Billionaire Emeka Offor Donates $1.25M To Rotary International VENTURES AFRICA – Nigerian billionaire Sir. Emeka Offor, the Executive Vice Chairman of Nigerian oil and gas firm, Chrome Group, has donated an additional $1 million to a Rotary International polio eradication program, PolioPlus, following an initial $250,000 gesture. According to Vanguard, Offor made the announcement on Sunday at the ongoing 2013 Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Portugal. “…polio should have no place in our world. Therefore, today I am giving an additional $1 million to PolioPlus,” he said. Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan are the only remaining polio affected areas in the world. “Considerable effort is being made to eradicate polio in Nigeria, but at times progress is slow. ...


No letting up fight to end polio

This article by Raheem Oluwafunminiyi was originally published in News Africa Now. To see the original article, click here.  No letting up fight to end polio At a time the Ebola virus is fast spreading to other climes, with a recent case detected in Texas, it is apparent that Ebola is now a global disease. With over 3000 death recorded in West Africa alone, and as the number grows daily, there is the need for all to pull the necessary resources together in the eradication and spread of Ebola. While global effort against Ebola continues, we must not forget that though no viable vaccine has been fully certified by global health bodies, the disease is controllable through what Tom Frieden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls “rapid, focused interventions”. The Ebola success story in Nigeria is worthy ...


Nigeria: Overcoming Obstacles to Eradicate Polio - Philanthro-Capitalist Sir Emeka Offor Leads the Way

This article by Edwin Ndukwe was originally published in allAfrica.com on October 30, 2014. To see the original story, click here.  Nigeria: Overcoming Obstacles to Eradicate Polio - Philanthro-Capitalist Sir Emeka Offor Leads the Way Africans in their unique cultural tradition are endowed with rich social capital. Therefore, the welfare of each child in any community is inherently the responsibility of all, which gives credence to the proverb "it takes a village to raise a child". In the world of business, that same spirit of communal support extends into our modern appreciation of corporate social responsibility, more aptly identified as social sustainability and philanthropy. Philanthropy, whether internally generated or from external sources, is not a novel concept within the domain of the rich and wealthy. It is a principle that has addressed the fundamental challenges of our societies beyond the ...


Sir Emeka Offor Foundation Cheers on Nigerian Team at IWAS Junior Games

It's Day 1 at the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports (IWAS) Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville, UK, and like a typical English day, it drizzled and drizzled. Then, it drizzled a bit more and while it did, the dark cloud briskly dissipated, giving way for the warm heat of the sun to heal our cold skin. The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation is proud to be supporting athletes from the Nigerian Paralympic Committee at the IWAS Junior Games. The Sir Emeka Offor Foundation, a non-governmental, philanthropic organization focused on youth employment, families, education, healthcare and infrastructure development donated 2.6 million Naira to help send the Nigerian athletes to the event. The Foundation is the only private sector sponsor of future Nigerian Paralympians. The mood around the stadium was unchanging unlike the weather and the excitement all around was visibly captivating. There was ...


Rotary Ambassador Sir Emeka; Journey to End Polio Now

In August 2013, after surprising Rotarians and the world with a recent mega donation towards the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, Sir Emeka was conferred the Rotary International Polio Ambassador to Nigeria, the first ever.


Anyim Commends Rotary, Offor, Over Humanitarian Services

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, GCON, has commended the Rotary Club and popular philanthropist, Sir Emeka Offor over their recent humanitarian activities particularly in the area of Polio eradication in Nigeria. The SGF who joined the club members for a dinner Wednesday night at the Dunes Centre, Abuja said he was glad to be associated with the worthy causes being pursued by the Club and the businessman, as they were in the interest of the well being of the people, and also the ultimate desire of the present government. It would be recalled that 2014 has been set for the total eradication of polio in Nigeria, as the country is still amongst a few others where the disease is still prevalent. To this end, Sir Offor has donated over $1.5million to the polio ...


Abiodun Adeniyi Profiles Sir Emeka Offor

The following profile of Sir Emeka Offor was written by Abiodun Adeniy, an Abuja-based Communications Expert. EMEKA OFFOR IN CONTEXT By 1996 estimation, Andrew Carnegie was reputedly worth $189.6 billion dollars. That bulk was as well estimated to be the second largest fortune ever acquired by anyone. But he reasoned that if he died that wealthy, he would have died a disgraced man. It was why he gave away a third of that wealth ahead of his death. Think of Carnegie Mellon University, Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Hall, Carnegie Foundation, and you’ll think of a man with outliving legacies. His thoughts on giving was perhaps fancied by latter-day super-rich, namely Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Ted Turner, Mike Bloomberg and Warren Buffet, who are all committing fifty percent of their wealth to charity. The US apart, a recent estimate posted 1.77 ...


End Polio Now Features Sir Emeka Offor

End Polio Now is featuring a story regarding the efforts of Sir Emeka Offor to help eradicate polio once and for all. Sir Emeka Offor is the Executive Chairman of The Chrome Group. See the article, "Nigerian Businessman Donates $1 Million to Polio Eradication," or scroll down. Nigerian Businessman Donates $1 Million to Polio Eradication Thursday, July 18, 2013  At the Rotary International Convention in Lisbon, Nigerian business leader and philanthropist Sir Emeka Offor announced a $1 million gift to Rotary’s PolioPlus program. This contribution will provide funding and support for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in the continued fight to eradicate polio.  Offor’s generous gift is the first million-dollar gift received toward a newly-extended fundraising partnership between Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This collaboration – dubbed End Polio Now – Make History Today -- could generate ...


Vanguard: Rotary seeks greater cooperation on polio

The following was published in Vanguard on July 1, 2013. To see the original article, please click here. Rotary seeks greater cooperation on polio By Emeka AGINAM - Portugal By the time the just concluded 2013 Rotary International Convention held in Lisbon, Portugal, was getting to a close last week, leaders of the global fight to eradicate the disease rose up from the forum calling for more global efforts to eradicate the virus. The leaders were particularly concerned about the prevalence of the virus in three countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. For one thing, the annual convention featured success stories, exchange of ideas and strategies to promote peace through volunteer service to end the ugly disease. Total eradication By 2018, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative is expected to have achieved total eradication of polio globally, even as Rotarians at ...


ThisDay Live: Emeka Offor’s Metamorphosis

The following commentary was published on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 in ThisDay Live. To see the original commentary, click here.  Emeka Offor’s Metamorphosis Edifying Elucidations By Okey Ikechukwu. Late last year, Sir Emeka Offor supported Rotary’s international network of Peace Centres with$250,000 for fellowships in peace and conflict resolution. The preference and focus, in terms of beneficiaries of the programme, are qualified applicants from Nigeria and other African countries.  Part of the aim is to promote peace in Nigeria, with its ethno-religious and regional diversity, wherein the beneficiaries are to become mediators of better peace management and transmitters of contemporary conflict resolution paradigms in their various spheres of influence. That is why the programme offers professional development certificate in peace and conflict studies to mid-level professionals from related fields, such as public health, education, international law, economic development, journalism, rule ...