THE BEACON OF HOPE –HIGH CHIEF DR. IFEANYI CHUKWUMA ODII FHL
In a every generation from time immemorial, the nature (God) has a way of fashioning extraordinary humans who stand the gap of bringing light and liberating the scourge of humanity in the society. Those individuals who would trample the zenith of pains, tread the edges of the earth and deny their personal pleasures to see the well-being of the nerveless masses maintained. One of the rare individuals who poseses those messiac traits and has devoted himself as a vessel to bringing succour to humanity could be seen in the personality of Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii, a well-known businessman and a philanthropist from Onicha LGA, Ebonyi state, Nigeria with a lowly beginning.
He is the Founder/Chairman of Orient Global Group with subsidiary companies; Orient Global Manufacturing, Orient Haulage & Logistics, and Purity Agro-Allied Ltd. He has vast experience spanning over 20 years in building and managing businesses across various sectors in Nigeria and across the globe.
He is also the President/CEO of Ultimus Holdings with subsidiary companies; Ultimus Construction, Ultimus Properties, and Ultimus Global Integrated (owners of The Classroom by Ultimus, Viarmor Healthcare Ltd.) With investment portfolios that cut across sectors like – manufacturing, logistics, construction, real estate, healthcare, trade, and services. Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii has successfully grown these businesses outside the shores of Nigeria to Sub-Saharan Africa and across the globe.
He is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School where he went through a Chief Executive program and also obtained a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the National Open University of Nigeria. He was awarded a Doctor of Science Degree in Strategic Business Management & Corporate Governance by the European American University in the Republic of Panama. He is also a member of Governing Council of the Lagos State University and sits on the board of Prosperis Holdings. He has over the years polished his skills in Leadership, Management, and Business Strategy.
Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii was not born with a silver spoon, rather he endured and witnessed poverty. However, before he thrashed poverty and neediness, Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii, right from his growing up reserved a heart of flesh where he renders help and enjoys services to humanity because he doesn’t like to see where nerveless masses suffer pain or difficulty without rendering little help. Obviously, one would wonder if that is the reason God raised him from grass to grace.
Through the Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation, which he founded and named after himself and his wife; he has over the years built over 200 homes for the indigents in rural areas, houses for churches, buildings for primary and secondary schools, provided scholarships to over 2000 students home and abroad with yearly medical screening and support through his foundation.
His great passion for sports triggered him to establish the Anyichuks Unity Cup, a yearly sports tournament held in his hometown to encourage, empower youths and promote the spirit of sportsmanship at the grass-root level. Asides from his passion for his businesses and his love for his family, he enjoys; reading, swimming, keeping fit and golfing course as he is a fervent member of several golf clubs in Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii has been trusted and tested in all areas of life. This has earned him so many honours, awards and traditional titles summed up to be over 500 titles – National, international awards and traditional titles to his credits. Undoubtedly, as it were, he was given a prestigious title of OMEZUROHA 1 N’ISU OKOMA in his kingdom to grace his outstanding contributions to humanity. Recently, he was coffered the title of ODOZI OBODO 1 of Ikwo community, Ebonyi state in respect of his transparency, resilience and his immaculate impact and unbiased selflessness to humanity.
Truthfully, his strategic and pragmatic style of leadership in business is a solid credence to rely on him for his vision, positive attitude, strategic and critical thinking, accountability, empathy, delegation of duties and good governace. Nigerian political system deserves credible leaders who can see the world through the eyes of others. Leaders who are interested in the next generation and not in the next election.
According to Nte J. Chucks – “Entrusting leadership into the hands of courageous, skillful and pragmatic leaders who are ready to be the voice of the masses makes leadership a charismatic enterprise.” In the same vein, entrusting him with baton of power will make our leadership system a reformed one. He has immutable qualities regarding leadership and should unavoidably be given the undivided supports to climb to the ladder of public/political sector.
These qualities below make him distinguishable among his contemporaries and why he should clinch the seat of Ebonyi State number one citizen:
Perhaps, the greatest quality any leader should have is vision – the ability to visualise the big pictures of new technological development and others that help mankind is the necessary ability every leader should possess. Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii is a visionary leader who has proven his ability in extraordinarily skyrocketing a small scale of business into firms and companies with a little beginning within few years. Without doubt, he has passion for individuals especially the nerveless masses. His sense of responsibility and dependability is topnotch and the magic he does speaks for him. Our dear state within a short period of time through his visionary prowess would experience the unimaginable progress.
• Positive Attitude
Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii has the people at the forefront of his heart. It gives him immense joy when people live by benefitting from him without any personal interest. It is needful to say that Ebonyi state wouldn’t afford to miss such apparent messiah in her government to thrash down poverty, control of disease of any kind and reduce mass unemployment of youths and workers to curb mayhems caused by the idle and frustrated individuals.
• Strategic & Critical Thinking
Dr Ifeanyi Odii is a business mogul and a leader of excellence who has thousands of employees under his business value-chain throughout the world. Undoubtedly, a man who could achieve such feet within a short space of time has definitely proven his peerless, strategic and critical thinking mindset. Our state needs creative, excellent and high-handed achievers of his kind. And not dumb, perfidious and myopic decrepit individuals who lack what leadership entails. He has learned many prestigious skill of strategic thinking that would project Ebonyi state to a great business empire and livable place a right thinking individual would ever imagine.
Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii has the ability to communicate the vision in mind to his team members in a more definite and precise manner. The past and incumbent government has lagged behind regarding communication. Unavoidably, even a small amount of gap in communication can lead to chaos. Hence, as it were, he is a leader who is clear and crisp that the entire people of Ebonyi state would share the same vision and goals with. He is a man who has no iota of dictatorship; and would be ready to provide information accessibility.
From tact to charisma, possessing specific traits is critical when communicating accountability and transparency, however, as it were, they go hand-in-hand. Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii has been in the charitable business of assisting and alleviating the suffering of the masses through Ebele & Anyichucks Foundation for the past 20 years. He doesn’t join politics for money rather to change the impunities that ravage our government and the masses. He possesses those traits and skils to emancipate joy through creating stomach infrastructure for the masses, afford shelters for the homeless and build a serene environment for both the poor and the rich. He is the man to set an examplary notion that politics is not the ground for making wealth. It is an institution where a leader would lay on and use his ingenious ability to create a livable nation.
Satya Nadella once said, “Committing mistakes is part of parcel of our life. Leaders – who understand that they are leading a team encompassing humans, and not robots – will eventually be a beneficiary of robust engagement, high productivity, and ever-lasting loyalty.” Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii understands that a leader is just a mere servant. He knows that perfection is a myth and there is always room for improvement on all levels, from the personal to the team to the overall organization. He is willing to help his government to find ways to develop new skills or improve upon a weakness, be able to identify and implement strategies for helping the government as a whole grow, and, perhaps most importantly, be able to look inward and identify the areas they would like to work on – and then act on them. Not dictators who see themselves as demigods without impurities. He is accessible to everyone and ready to admit his flaws whenever he faulted – he doesn’t not berate criticism, having known criticism has all the improvement he needs as a leader.
• Ability to challenge failure
As an incredible leader, Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii will resist the urge to panic amidst an unpleasant circumstance. He is always ready to make utilization of the greater part of the assets accessible and coherently discover a way towards the possible solution. He knows all that leadership entails and wouldn’t lay excuses. He is positive and has all it takes to show how to transform difficulty into a stage forward. He has known that ability to manage failure is first and foremost artistry to succeed in life or the government. He is always gruntled at the hard times because dissatisfaction will happen in any workplace; howbeit, the way the frustration is taken care of will decide how high the governance is inside the organization.
Creativity and Innovation are the two sides of the same coin – they are siamese twins. And they cannot be separated from other. He is a young man who has a lot of innovative ideas, monumental strategy and sizzling mechanism to build Ebonyi state into a desire. And would inspire his subordinates as well to ideate on the original scale to remain above the competition with other developed states in our nation. Innovation as a strategy is always on top of his mind. His achievements are verisimilitude to believe in his exceptional innovative and creative dexterity. Our dear state is still a virgin land that needs creative minds to project her affairs, bring in heartwarming human resources development, create a means to alleviate poverty and diseases and establishment of industries specially in the rural areas that would aid fast development.
• Delegation to duties
Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii is a leader who comprehends the strengths and weaknesses of each member of the team he works with and assigns a task accordingly. Knowing that delegating a task in that manner helps him in fulfilling his managerial responsibilities in the best way. Delegation refers to the breaking-up of a job into multiple tasks and assigning each work to a team member. It doesn’t not behove a leader to take up all the burdens upon himself or allocate all the appointments to his immediate family members.We have observed such wrong dissemination of duties and frowned so much regarding the ill-fated inept delegation of duties brought in the past.
Dr Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii doesn’t discriminate whether you are from Ikwo, Onicha, Izzi, and Ezza, Enugu, Imo, Uyo, South Africa etc. With him, everyone in Ebonyi state is equal because he believes in equity and justice; and that is the cause he’s set to fight for.
It is worthy to note that leadership is the dexterity to put on the whole regalia as a servant. It is the poignant pursuit for the general wellbeing of others, shoring up their quality of lives by ensuring there’s a conducive environment for them to thrive in and ultilise their potentials. Having done researches, perused his heart and ingenuities and from records so far with my prophetic lens, I have come to realise he has the poignant desires for the well-being of humanity and the only one the cap fits to take the mantle of leadership of governor of ebonyi state.
John Lewis once stated that “The vote is precious. It is the the most powerful nonviolent tool we have in a democratic society, and we must use it” Indeed, this is the right time the people should sharpen their powerful weapon (Vote) to change the narrative of our leadership which has long decayed. Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii is the God-sent in our state and to the world in general. He stands by his words and translates them into reality. He should be given the privilege to show Ebonyians the true pathway to blossom and flourish like God’s own people. With him our hope for good governance, proper security and safety is assured. His voyage into leadership will lay the legacy of a distinguished leader in the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.
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