CHIEF DR IFEANYI. ODII, A PHILANTHROPIST PER EXCELLENCE.
Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii was born into the humble family of Chukwuma Odii on 17th April 1977 in Isuachara, Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii was called early in life like Jeremiah, not into the prophetic ministry, but into the ministry of giving. To equip himself for the enthralling career in giving that lay ahead of him, Odii began to hone his entrepreneurial talents in his primary school days when he sold confectionery to his schoolmates at recreation time; and in his secondary school days when he sold food stuff (Ebonyi rice) at distant markets during holidays. Young but visionary Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii took this discerning step into entrepreneurship for two reasons: his desire for self-reliance and his conviction that except one had, one could not give. Through dint of hard work laced with consistency and humility, Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii grew his mustard enterprise into a medium enterprise and set it on trajectories of stability, exponential growth, and expansion.
Dr. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii is a businessman and philanthropist with vast experience spanning over 20 years in building and managing businesses across various sectors. He is the Founder/Chairman of Orient Global Group with subsidiary companies; Orient Global Manufacturing, Orient Haulage & Logistics, and Purity Agro-Allied Ltd. 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 has successfully grown these businesses outside the shores of Nigeria to Sub-Sharan Africa.
He is an alumnus of the Lagos Business School where he underwent a Chief Executive program and also has a B.Sc. in Business Administration from the National Open University of Nigeria. He was conferred with 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 honed his skills in Leadership, Management, and Business Strategy.
Burning with an inflammable desire not just to put temporal smiles but to permanently be the smiles on people’s faces, Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii did not channel the enthralling yields of his entrepreneurial breakthroughs to the acquisition of exotic tastes and vainglorious titles. Humble and humane Odii chose to invest his blessings into charity.
EBELE AND ANYICHUCKS FOUNDATION
He established Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation as a vehicle for his outreach to the needy. A personification of gratitude, Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii alongside his wife, Ebele, has through this foundation shown gratitude to his home community of Isu; his local government area of origin, Onicha; his federal constituency, Ohanivo; senatorial district, Ebonyi South; and his home state, Ebonyi State. Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii has equally sown significant seeds of charity in his geopolitical zone which is the Southeast; his State of residence, Lagos, and his country, Nigeria: Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii has donated a two-story well-equipped modern classroom block to his alma mater, Isu Achara Primary School. He equipped women and youths of his community with simple machines, devices, and start-up capitals to enable them to ply their various trades and attain economic independence. The foundation waged a great war against mental poverty in Ebonyi State by distributing books and instructional aids to secondary schools in Ebonyi State, and thereby contributed to the improved performances of Ebonyi students in WAEC and NECO to the point that Ebonyi State ranked 10th in the federation.
Periodically, Ebele and Anyichuks foundation provides free medical services for the aged, the young and children in rural communities in Ebonyi State. During the Covid-19 lockdown which destroyed many families’ means of livelihood and inflicted hunger on the people across the country, Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii and his wife, Ebele, invoked their bottomless reservoir of compassion and donated a whopping N150 Million to Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation for intervention in the plights of Nigerian families. From the fund, the foundation donated the sum of N20 Million to the Federal Government; N20 Million to Lagos State Government; and N10 Million to Ebonyi State Government. The sum of N100 Million was used to procure bags of rice and sundry relief materials for 33,000 indigent and zero-income families in Lagos and Ebonyi States. Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation equally invested resources into Covid-19 protocol awareness campaigns.
The unique thing about Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation is that through it, Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii and his wife give not just to solve the immediate need or want of their prospective beneficiaries. Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation is known for organic and fundamental charity! They give in order to change the status of their beneficiaries and transform their beneficiaries into givers. Hence, the popular aphorism, “No one meets Anyichuks and remains the same”. Through their foundation, Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii and his wife, Ebele, have built over one hundred modern bungalows for the indigent comprising widows, rural men, women and youths, and is still counting. Attempts to count Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii’s car donations have all been as successful as efforts to count sands at the sea shore. Ebele and Anyichuks scholarship programme has given high-profile educational opportunities to thousands of gifted but indigent students, and his N20,000.00 unconditional cash transfer programme for students of Ebonyi State University which came at the end of Covid-19 lockdown has helped to save the educational careers of the 1000 beneficiaries. Over the years, Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii has continued to serve as ladder through which budding entrepreneurs climb to their destinies through periodic calls for business proposals and unconditional sponsorship of selected ones. At the height of political and economic victimization in his home state of Ebonyi State, Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii has successfully doused the tension that could have arisen from the youths who form the bulk of the victims by rehabilitating and gainfully reintegrating them into the economic system through organic donations.
Through the Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation, which he founded and named after himself and his wife; he has over the years built over 100 homes for the indigents in rural areas, 6 churches, 3 Floors of Primary and secondary school, provided scholarships to over 1000 students home and abroad, provided yearly medical screening and support through his foundation. 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. Ebele-Anyi Foundation is a non-profit organization set up with the sole aim of positively impacting the lives of the youth in society. The foundation focuses on creating opportunities for young Nigerians who are interested in entrepreneurship, education, and entertainment, while also caring for the less privileged.
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 initiative is part of the foundation’s commitment to reducing the poor academic performance of students in external examinations such as West African Examination Council (WAEC) and National Examination Council (NECO) Examinations. The project involves the donation of free academic materials, free tutorials, and the provision of scholarships for university education for students.
Beneficiary schools 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
Ebele and Anyichuks Foundation Annual Empowerment Project
For over 10 years.
The focus of the Ebele and Anyichuks foundation’s annual project was education and women empowerment. The foundation donated a new school building to the Isu Achara primary school with an ICT center, laboratory and multipurpose hall and distributed 50 motorcycles, 50 sewing machines, and 50 grinding machines, 1000 bags of rice, 500 pieces of wrappers and 20 pieces of hair dryers. The foundation provided free mobile medical testing and free drugs based on medical prescription. The indigenous people of Ebonyi state were also equipped with motorbikes (Okada), sewing machines, bags of rice, bundles of wrappers, and educational scholarships.
AnyiChuks Unity Cup is a sports tournament that was born out of Ifeanyi Odii’s passion for football and the need to encourage and promote sports at the grass-root level to achieve youth development and empowerment for his people. This is a tournament that has become something to look forward to every year in Isu. The stories of Moses and other Bible characters show that at every point in time, God has always called people He used to achieve or fulfill His purposes for mankind at different times and societies. At this end-time when the love of many has waxed cold and men have not only become insensitive to the plight of their neighboUrs but also predators to their fellow men, God has raised a young man from the pastoral community of Isu Achara in Ebonyi State to lighten the yoke of hardship on fellow human-beings and lift people from the pits of needs and poverty to plateaux of opportunities. In this desert of human insensitivity that our micro and macro societies have become, God has raised Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii, also known as Anyi Chuks, not to preach charity, but to act charity and to become an oasis of succor and compassion for the needy and distraught. True to his call, Anyi Chuks has continued to unconditionally offer his broad shoulders to the weak, the downtrodden and the poor to either lean on or ride to their destinies.
A man of Spartan will whose courage and love for excellence were fired by an unflinching faith in God, Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii launched into further positive entrepreneurial explorations, investing in fresh vistas of business opportunities. God rewarded Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii’s efforts with phenomenal successes. Today, Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii’s entrepreneurial journey which began with selling confectioneries to peers in Isu Achara Primary School, has blossomed into a conglomerate of blue-chip companies with insurable global interests in oil and gas, agriculture, hospitality, financial services, ICT and more all under the flagships of Orient Global Companies and Ultimus Holdings. 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 an ardent member of several golf clubs in Lagos.
I CHUKWU MONDAY the author of this article expressed his desire for Dr. Ifeanyi Odii to become the Governor of Ebonyi State. “There is no doubt that we need someone who has what it takes to govern. You are the man of our hearts. We have found that you are a “competent, experienced, fair, youth-friendly and open-minded leader and compassionate.“We do not need a soothsayer to tell us that Anyichuks is the beacon of hope for Ebonyi’s future,” I urged Ebonyi people to rally around Anyichuks, saying that the 2023 elections should not be left in the hands of those who do not wish the people well.
In this 2023 election, we need a person, who is strong physically, and intellectually and that is Anyichuks.