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Anambra govt, Eze Royal Family announce Prince Arthur Eze's 75th birthday

Thursday Nov 23, 2023 17:12 pm



By NEWS EDITOR
Awka,   Society


The Platinum birthday of Prince Engr. Arthur Eze (Ebube Ukpo, Ozoigbondu) has been announced by Anambra State Government and the Royal Family. The event is scheduled November 26, 2023.

Notice of the event was signed by Hon. Chinedu Nwoye (Glamour) State Chief of Protocol/ Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor and Ichie Sir Izuchukwu Nwabueze (Ichie Chinemeze N'Ukpo), Special Assistant to Prince Arthur Eze on Special Duties.

Prince Engr. Arthur Eze OFR was born on the 25th of November 1948 into the Ukpo Traditional Royalty, Dunukofia Kingdom, Dunukofia LGA, in Anambra State, Nigeria.

Prince Arthur Eze is a Nigerian businessman and the CEO of Atlas Oranto Petroleum, reputed to be the largest privately-owned petroleum exploration and production company in Nigeria.


Prince Engr. Dr. Arthur Eze (Ozoigbondu)


His philantrophy touches every sphere of human endeavour in his home town Ukpo, Dunukofia and beyond.

He was pivotal in the creation of Dunukofia Local Government as well as the siting of the headquarters at Ukpo.

Prince Athur Eze has used his massive investments in the oil and gas sector to contribute to the development of the economy of the state, country and the continent of Africa.


BIOGRAPHY

Arthur Eze is a Nigerian oil mogul, philanthropist, politician, and the CEO of Atlas Oranto Petroleum, the largest privately held Nigerian exploration and production group. The Igbos call him, ‘ozoigbondu’ of Igboland and he is said to be the 8th wealthiest man in Africa.
 
Background.
Arthur Eze was born on the 27th of November 1948 in Ukpo village, Dunukofia Local Government Anambra State, Nigeria. He is popularly known as ‘Prince Arthur Eze’ because he is from a royal family, and his elder brother is the traditional ruler (King) of Ukpo Village.
 
Arthur attended St. Augustin Secondary School in Nkwere, Imo State in 1970. After his secondary education, he then went to California State University, Long Beach, California to study mechanical and chemical engineering from 1974 to 1978.
Marriage: He is married and blessed with children. One of his children, Onyeka Eze, is the founder and president of Prince Osisioma Foundation.
 
Atlas Oranto Petroleum.
Undoubtedly the largest holder of oil exploration blocks in Africa, and Nigeria’s largest privately held, Africa-focused exploration and production group.
 
Atlas Oranto oil prides itself as an oil and gas exploration company with 22 oil and gas licences in 12 jurisdictions across the African continent with oil and gas assets in Gambia, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria and Liberia. The company’s technical base is situated in Lagos while its corporate headquarters is located in Nigeria’s federal capital Abuja.
 
Atlas Oranto has regional offices and representatives across core investment locations in West Africa with its technical base located in Lagos, while its headquarters is at Abuja. The chairman chose Abuja as its headquarters so, that the management of the company can have direct access to African policy-makers in the region. The Eze family has ownership of the company stock and all the shareholders are involved in the company’s operation.
 
Triax Airlines
Arthur Eze established Triax airlines in the year 1992, after the deregulation of airlines in Nigeria. The airline’s base was the Enugu Airport. Triax airline had three B727s until it stopped operating in the year 2000.
 
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND 
Born 27th November 1948, Arthur Eze upon completion of his primary education in 1970 was enrolled into St Augustine Secondary School resident in Nkwerre a community in Imo state to pursue his secondary education, after leaving secondary school in 1974 he proceeded to California USA where he studied mechanical and chemical engineering at the prestigious California state university, long beach and obtained a bachelor’s degree in 1978.
 
Philanthropic Activities.
Donation of $12 million for the construction of St. Stephen’s Anglican Deanery and Youth Development Center in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria in 2013.
Arthur Eze donated $800,000 for the construction of two primary schools in Yirol and Rumbek communities in central South Sudan.
10 million naira donated to the elderly people of the Ukpo community.
The Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder (APLSCD), received the sum of N5 million for a standard sickle cell clinic at the Ukpo, Dunukofia Council Area of Anambra State.
He was part of those that contributed to the relief needs of the victims of Boko Haram insurgencies, of which he donated the sum of $800,000 at a fundraiser in Abuja.
Arthur Eze gave 25 million naira of the total funds raised for the ‘Russia 2018’ FIFA World Cup in 2018.
Eze donated $6.3-million to the flood relief efforts in Nigeria in the year 2013.
A church in Abagana community benefited from his cheerful giving as he gave them the sum of 20 million naira for musical instruments and renovations in 2015.
Arthur singlehandedly built a medical research unit for the Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
He modernized the local market near the Ukpo palace and also created road networks linking the Dunukofia clan with neighbouring towns like Abba, Awkuzu, Ifite-Dunu, and Abagana.
Arthur constructed the overhead bridge in Ebonyi State with his funds, without asking for government intervention.
 
Awards and Recognitions.
‘Patron of Ndigbo Lagos’ and adoption into the Ndigbo Lagos Patron Hall of Fame at his 70th birthday.
 
The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr Umahi, named a major road after Arthur Eze, and also appointed him as the Chancellor of Ebonyi State University.
 
Former President Goodluck Jonathan conferred him with the distinguished award of the ‘Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR)’ in recognition of his contribution towards the development of the nation’s economy and humanitarian gesture to the Nigerian people at an event in Abuja on the 14th of November 2011.
 
Enugu City Centre Rotary District 9142 named him “Outstanding Citizen of the World” in 2015.
 
The Zik Prize in leadership awards honoured him with the ‘Zik Leadership Awards’ in the business category in 2018.
‘Africa Value Award’ by Value Reorientation and Developmental Initiative Africa (VARDIAFRICA) in 2018.
 
Net worth
Arthur Eze is a man that gives in both millions and billions without any expectations whatsoever. Even as he gives freely, he still has more than enough to give from his reservoir of wealth. He is worth billions, as an oil mogul, even though we cannot ascertain his net worth. However, according to nigerianinfopedia.com, his net worth is estimated at $5.8 billion.
 
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