As a popular saying goes, “A golden fish has no hiding place.” Such statement applies to a man of uncommon
achievements and timeless impact. Having risen to enviable heights from humble beginnings, the founder and
Chairman of Orient Global Group and the CEO/President of Ultimus Holdings Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii, a
native of Isu Achara in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State was born on the 17th of April, 1977. He
holds a B.SC in Business Administration from the National Open University of Nigeria, and he is an alumnus of
Lagos Business School. He is also member of the 12th Governing Council of the Lagos State University
appointed by the Governor and Visitor to the Lagos State University.
The business tycoon and philanthropist like many of his peers, was not born with a silver spoon. Neither did he
have his palm kernels cracked by benevolent spirits. But with a deep-seated desire to succeed and beat all odds,
he demonstrated his resilience, knack for business and entrepreneural acumen right from his days in primary
school where, as the Voice Nigeria reported, he sold confectionaries to his school mates in primary school
during recreation time; and even while in secondary school, he sold food stuff at various markets during the
holidays. And by virtue of hardwork, humility, consistency, service, and unbroken focus, he has risen to
enviable heights of influence and power.
The name Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii, is a household name not just in Ebonyi State but also across the shores of
the nation. With the milk of human kindness generously shared across the globe, it is indicative of the fact that
Dr. Odii is not moved by ethnicity, tribal affiliations, religious sentiments and whatnot. The beneficiaries of his
benevolence have one thing in common: they are humans with blood, flesh and bones.
The achievements of Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii are visible to the visually impaired, audible to the deaf, and even
the dumb speak of its undeniable impact. Such achievements stand clear as day, firmly prominent like the Rock
of Gibraltar. And it is pertinent to note that it is practically impossible to reel out all his achievements. An
attempt to capture all his achievements would be an exercise in futility. As a business mogul and a
philanthropist, His achievements can be grouped under the auspices of business and philanthropy.
In the business world, the founder and Chairman of Orient Global Group and the CEO/President of Ultimus
Holdings has grown his businesses from the scratch into multi-million dollar conglomerates. Also he has made
remarkable and sterling achievements which have not just impacted people but contributed massively to the
growth and development of economies of several nations.Motivated by a vision to place Nigeria as a major chemical sourcing hub, Orient Global Manufacturing Limited is a company established for the manufacturing of industrial or chemical materials. This stands as one of his loud achievements as other nations of the world serve as his clients .This company has been the manufacturing hub of industrial and chemical materials in Nigeria and other countries of the world. The employment opportunities also created by the company speaks volume as he has been able to tackle the problem of unemployment.
Described as the Leading Catalyst of the sustainable development of African economies, Ultimus Holdings, a
global investment company with investment portfolio cutting across the sectors of construction, property
development, facility management, hospitality, manufacturing, Information Communication Technology (ICT)
and entertainment, has been deeply committed to contributing to the sustainable development of African
economies using broad based investment. The company also has subsidiaries viz: Ultimus Construction,
Ultimus Properties, and Ultimus Global Integrated (owners of The Classroom, Viarmor Healthcare Ltd.)
With a perfect blend of class and elegance, The Classroom is the retail trading subsidiary of the company
concerned with ambiance fitting solutions. The subsidiary has partnered with some of the leading European
brands in other to maintain sterling feat. With a view to making lives better via efficient healthcare services and
provision of adequate medical equipment, Viamor Healthcare is another subsidiary which exists to serve such
purpose. It is worthy to note that recently in 2021, while launching its Clean Air Campaign via introducing the
‘World’s Smartest Air Purification System”, Aura Air, Viamor supported the SAHEL military games with fifty
Parla Di Lusso the construction and property development arm offers customers the best form of luxury at cost
value with the availability of state-of-the-art edifices. In an interview reported in the Business Year, he
projected, “Our goal for the property development arm is to build 10,000 houses within a five-year period
which will cut across all economic class and over 50% of the developments will be focused on affordable
housing.” This reveals how furistic and goal-oriented he is.
Recently, the company revealed plans to invest two billion dollars in Nigeria and other Sub-Saharan countries
over the next ten years to aid the growth and expansion of the market.
The strides made by the company, touching lives through business, was recently recognized in the Nigeria
Investors Value Awards (NIVA) organized by BusinessDay Newspaper and the Nigerian Stock Exchange
where it was one of the recipients of the awards. This is just one of the numerous awards won in recognition of
his sterling achievements.
His achievements could also be placed under the umbrella of philanthropy. He is a firm believer in the
philosophy of love. As the popular saying goes, “Charity begins at home”. Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii, as thefounder of the non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Ebele and Anyi Chuks Foundation, which has been
actively instrumental in carrying out his humanitarian activities for over fifteen (15) years, has yet again
contributed to the human and infrastructural development of the state. In 2021, while promising to bridge the
gap between the rich and the poor in the state, he said, “We have built 77 houses for indigent persons, six
churches and a palace for the tradition ruler of the area. We added another 23 houses to the 77 houses and they
would soon be handed over to the beneficiaries.” Such gestures of humanitarian assistance are not restricted to
Ebonyi State as through his foundation he constructed over 2.2km of asphalted road with drainages at Magodo
Estate in Lagos State, and during the COVID-19 pandemic where several people encountered difficulties in
being fed, he generously distributed palliatives to people in over 11 states of the nation. These demonstrate that
he is not motivated by tribal, religious and ethnic sentiments or attachment. But he is motivated by the ideology
that the milk of kindness ought to be taken by human beings.
The Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation donated 10,000 copies of the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC)
past questions and answers to students in Ebonyi state. This kind gesture was geared towards ensuring that
academic excellence is recorded and the rate of malpractice is reduced to the barest in Ebonyi state. The schools
that benefited from the project include: Community Secondary School Abaomege; Uzem Comprehensive
Secondary School Amangwu Edda; Government Secondary School Owutu Edda; Itim Secondary School,
Edda; Modern Secondary School Ebunwana, Edda; Technical Secondary School, OSU Edda; Akaeze
Comprehensive Secondary School Akaeze; Community Secondary School Iyioji Ivo LGA; Ishiagu High School
Ishiagu IVO LGA; Modern Secondary School Ishiagu IVO LGA ; Echille Secondary School Amara Ishiagu.
Also contributing to education, in 2017, the foundation through Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii donated a new
building to the Isu Achara primary school, with well equipped laboratory, an ICT center and a multipurpose
Committed to the economic empowerment of women, He distributed several materials, machines and items to
enable them start up their businesses.
He has also supported several students with scholarships, helped various young people with start up capital for
His great love of sports led him to establish the Anyichuks Unity Cup, a yearly sports tournament held in his
hometown to encourage, empower youths and promote sports at the grass-root level. Also, in 2021, he donated
over fifty million naira to the SAHEL military games to support and promote sports in the region.
These strides in business and philanthropic gestures have earned him several awards.
There are so many achievements and developmental milestones achieved made by Dr. Odii but time and space
are constraining factors .
Why I Desire He Should Contest the Governorship Position of Ebonyi state in 2023.
Having declared his interest to contest for the governorship seat in Ebonyi state, Dr. Odii has just fulfilled the
wish and yearnings of several Ebonyians. To strengthen such faith reposed in him, I state some reasons why I
Desire he should contest the governorship position of Ebonyi state in 2023.
Firstly, he is constitutionally qualified to contest for the office of the Governor of Ebonyi state. By virtue of
Section 177(1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the stipulated criteria are that he
must be a citizen of Nigeria by birth; he has attained the age of thirty-five years; he is a member of a political
party and sponsored by that party; and if he has been educated up to at least School Certificate level or its
equivalent. What more can be said of Dr. Odii as he convincingly satisfies this criteria as he is a bonafide
citizen of Nigeria by birth who hails from Isu Achara in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi state. Also,
he is well over thirty-five years of age, as he was born on 17th April, 1977. Moreso, he is a card-carrying
member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and had recently purchased his gubernatorial nomination form.
Again, the business mogul beat the minimum academic qualification ( School Certificate level), as he holds a
B.SC in Business Administration from the National Open University of Nigeria, an alumnus of Lagos Business
School and He is a member of the 12th Governing Council of the Lagos State University appointed by the
Governor and Visitor to the Lagos State University.
Secondly, I desire that he should contest for the exalted office of the Governor of Ebonyi state because he has
proven himself over time to be an effective and efficient leader. Looking at his previous antecedents and
records, he has through he chains of business created jobs for numerous individuals, and improved the GDP of
several countries and impacted the lives of several people through the products and services his businesses have
rendered. It is no mean feat to start a business from scratch and successfully raise it to multi-million dollar
conglomerates. The Midas Touch and leadership ability he possesses in the realm of business could be
transferred to improving the economy of Ebonyi state if elected as governor. Such level of economic insight
possessed by Dr. Odii could be instrumental in wealth creation for Ebonyi state. Since he has contributed to the
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of different nations, Ebonyi state would not prove a hard nut to crack. The state
which has farming as its major occupation can experience diversification in the economy as other areas like
Information Communication Technology (ICT), entertainment, construction, property development, etc could
be explored, tapped into which would attract heavy investment . Having created several jobs in the time past
without being a political leader through his businesses, Dr. Odii is capable of doing much more in the area of
job creation for the teeming population in Ebonyi state. A man who has supported several governments should
not be taken lightly as he holds undeniable records of impact. At least, the records do not lie as they are visible
to the blind, audible to the deaf and the dumb speak of it.
Thirdly, due to his unrivalled philanthropic gestures, I desire Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii to contest for the
governorship seat of Ebonyi state. He was once quoted to have said that his success comes from helping others
and that the treasured act of giving is not performed when one has so much but when one is willing to give. He
deeply understand it is not just from the limb, but the heart that we give. His benevolent spirit has led him to
award scholarships to students both in Ebonyi and beyond its shore, built several state-of-the-art facilities, built
schools and churches, empowered so many individuals financially, and whatnot. As a platform to perform his
humanitarian services, the Ebele and AnyiChuks Foundation, a foundation established to alleviate the suffering
of the people and give back to the society has wiped and will continue to wipe the tears of Eboyians and other
individuals. Such altruism has not been demonstrated on the platform of any political office, but through his
personal capacity. He has listened to the cries and yearnings of the people and promptly responded to same. He
is like the Biblical High Priest that can be touched by the feelings of the infirmities of the masses because he
was once there. Ebonyi state needs a man who can put himself in the place of others and act with empathy.
What kind of leader do Ebonyians need again?
Fourthly, he is a man of strong character. The importance of character in the life of a leader cannot be
underestimated neither can it be overemphasized. The Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus , said “A man’s character
is his fate”. Dr. Myles Munroe was once quoted to have said, “Character is the foundation for all aspects of
leadership”. Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii possesses strong values, principles, convictions which have make for
his character. In an age where people soil there hands in illegal money-making schemes, Dr. Odii, built massive
wealth by dint of honesty, humility, generousity, hardwork, loyalty, etc. He had imbibed and demonstrated
these character traits because he knows full well that competence devoid of character would lead one to colossal
calamity. The manner in which he treats those who are below him in the economic ladder tells how much he
honours all men, and loves humanity. He makes sure that all is included when he embarks on a project. Without
being convicted of any known offence in Nigeria and around the globe, such is an attestation to how he jealousy
guards his character. Therefore, this suffices for one who wants to lead the people of Ebonyi state in the exalted
office of Governor.
In addition, he enjoys unrivalled popularity among the good people of Ebonyi state. This informs my desire for
him to contest for the governorship seat in 2023. As the latin maxim goes, vox populi vox dei which is
interpreted to mean “the voice of the people is the voice of God”. The popular opinion of the people is so
instrumental in getting elected into any political office. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii is a household name in the state
due to the weighty impact and development he has made in the state and beyond. Such popularity was not
derived from hiring praise singers or “hallelujah boys” who shamelessly sing the feigned praise of egoistic
individuals in order to massage their yearning for importance and recognition. But such overwhelming
popularity and acceptance are based on the developmental strides made by him and his altruistic spirit.So many reasons abound to the effect that Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii should not just contest the gubernatorial
election but become the next Governor of Ebonyi state in 2023. Looking at the “little” he has been able to
manage over the decades in the realms of business and philanthropy, such sterling records make him the head
whom the governorship cap fits. Quoting the Holy Bible in John 20:25, the Scriptures say, “ And there are also
many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world
itself could not contain the books that should be written”. This portion of scripture could be likened to what Dr.
Odii has done – both those recorded and not recorded, and what he would continue to do. But these have been
written to reveal the capacity of Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii and the limitless possibilities at the disposal of
Ebonyians if he is elected Governor of Ebonyi state in 2023.