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Prince Arthur Eze: Honour for an Illustrious Igbo Son

Prince Arthur Eze: Honour for an Illustrious Igbo Son

Prince AthorPrince Arthur Eze welcoming one of the
dignitaries who came to felicitate with him at his
country home in Ukpo
He is not known for lavish celebration but spends his
stupendous wealth in acts of philanthropy. But recently,
the Prince of Ukpo Kingdom, Prince Arthur Eze, was at
the receiving end, as Igbos across the South-east
honoured him in recognition of his outstanding
charitable acts. KASIE ABONE writes
He is bold, humble and easygoing but always full of life.
His physical size bellies his ingenuity, enormous wealth
and huge golden heart of charity. To date, he is
acclaimed to be the biggest known philanthropist from
South-east whose kind gestures cut across the entire
region and Nigeria as a whole. He acts like one
obsessed with the acts of giving as if the whole essence
of living depends on making others happy. He is Prince
Engr. Arthur Ezeh, from the royal Ukpo Kingdom in
Dunukofia clan in Anambra State. He is the Chairman of
Oranto Atlas Petroleum, the largest indigenous oil
exploration firm in Africa.
Prince Arthur Ezeh means different things to different
people. To the poor, homeless, sick and needy, he is the
Ozoigbondu (the one who saves lives). To the politicians
and political office seekers, he is the go-to whose keys
unlock political opportunities across the land. To the
churches and their congregants, Prince Eze is the most
sought after as his presence at every church service,
irrespective of denomination, unlocks the doors to funds
on which God’s houses are built even as the lucky
worshippers present at such services are showered with
abundant cash blessings.
The unemployed youths and students go to him for job
opportunities and scholarships. And to his community,
Ukpo, this illustrious son of the soil is a pillar through
whose numerous high net-worth connections and
businesses attracted developments to his community
even as he has written the name of the town on the
global tourism map through the annual ofala festival,
which he solely sponsors.
Unlike the biblical prophet who is not honoured at
home, Prince Eze is so loved by his people; his
celebration across the land still reverberates.
The prince is not given to loud celebrations. Besides the
annual Ofala Festival of Ukpo kingdom which attracts
people from all over the country and the huge sums
which he doles out to good causes, Arthur, as he is
popularly called, is not known to indulge in elaborate
celebration of any of his birthdays even when friends
and well wishers were favourably disposed to it.
But all that changed when the man with a golden heart
clocked 70 years. It was a moment of honour, as Igbos
from all walks of life in particular and Nigerians in
general, against his expectations, honored him in
various ways in recognition of his various acts of
tremendous kindness to humanity over the past years.
The windows of honour were opened by Ebonyi State
government and her citizens. To them, Eze’s acts of
charity are unprecedented in our time.
At a well-attended ceremony held at Akanu Ibiam
International Conference Centre, Abakaliki, the Ebonyi
State capital, the Prince of Ukpo was honored with a
traditional title by the council of traditional rulers of the
state in recognition of various giant philanthropic
gestures to the people of the state.
In appreciation of their gestures, Arthur doled out a
whopping N200 million to the monarchs, who in return
gave him bags of Abakaliki brand of rice and thousands
of tubers of yams.
The Executive Governor of the state, Dr. David Umahi at
Abaomege community in Onicha LGA of the state,
named a major road after him.
The construction of the overhead bridge in Ebonyi State
was flagged off by Eze himself. The governor of the
state, Dr. Umahi in addition appointed him the
Chancellor of Ebonyi State University. He was later
taken round the state to inspect the governor’s legacy
projects. The activities culminated to a lavish party by
his host at the Governor’s Lodge. The governor who
paid glowing tributes to Arthur, described him as a
personal friend and an illustrious son of Ndigbo who has
used his wealth to touch the lives of others.
The event attracted the crème de la crème of Ebonyi
state indigenes, politicians, government appointees,
senior civil servants, clergymen, traditional rulers and
their friends.
Not wanting to be outdone by Ebonyi State government,
the Enugu State Governor, Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi also
hosted Prince Arthur Eze to a well-organised and
colorful luncheon at the government house.
It was a very emotional outing for the astute oil mogul
and philanthropist as prayers and enconium were
showered on him. Eze has come to adopt Enugu as his
second home having lived there all his life. At a
colourful luncheon held at the Governor’s Lodge,
Ugwuanyi described the prince as a brother and son of
Enugu who has contributed immensely to the socio-
economic development of the state and her people.
The high profile event attracted the Speaker of Enugu
State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Edward Ubosi;
Chairman, Committee on Banking and Currency, Federal
House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Jones Onyereri;
Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical Province (Anglican
Communion), Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma and
his wife, Joyce; Commissioner of Police, Enugu State
Command, Danmallam Mohammed, former Minister of
State for Foreign Affairs, Chief Dubem Onyia; His
Imperial Majesty, Igwe Austin Ndigwe, Eze Uzu III of
Awka Kingdom, Anambra State; Dr. Tony Okam and the
Chaplain, Enugu Government House Chaplaincy, Rev. Fr.
Chinedu Ozoude, among other dignitaries.
The party continued at his palatial residence in Enugu
where he treated himself and guests to sumptuous
meals and good music. As a lover of good music, he
danced away to the rhythm of the music.
But the climax of honour was bestowed on him in by
the five South Eastern governors at a high-class event
organised by Ndigbo Lagos in collaboration with South-
east Governors Forum held at Intercontinental Hotel,
Lagos.
In attendance at the august occasion were the five
South Eastern governors and or their representatives,
politicians, Igbo businessmen and women and the Igbos
resident in Lagos and in the Diaspora.
At the occasion, which provided a platform to discuss
pertinent issues relating to the economic development of
the region, the general future and well being of Igbo
people in Lagos state, climaxed with the bestowing of
honor to Prince Ezeh. Adducing reasons for bestowing
such unique honor to the oil magnet, the body said he
has contributed immensely to the socio economic
development of the Ndigbo Lagos, Igbo land in Nigeria
and the Diaspora and the entire Nigeria through his
philanthropic works. He was therefore conferred with the
Patron of Ndigbo Lagos as well as adoption into Ndigbo
Lagos Patron Hall of Fame.
In attendance were Deputy Senate President Ike
Ekweremadu, Ebonyi State Governor, Dr. David Umahi;
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, and the
representatives of governors of Imo, Anambra and Enugu
States. Also present at the gathering was Pat Utomi,
former governors and deputy governors, retired military
generals from the region and top local and international
business tycoons as well as captains of industries.
“There is no better way to wish you well on your special
day but to pray for the blessings, love, good health and
guidance of the Almighty God in your life so as to
continue to be a blessing to mankind,” the group said.
“Ozoigbondu, you’re the best boss ever. A quintessential
leader! I’m proud to be associated with you. You inspire
me in so more ways than one. I’m thankful for the
opportunity to work with you. Thank you for your
patience in mentoring me. Thank you for always being
so supportive. I appreciate your encouragement and
support. Thank you for your selflessness. Happy
Birthday My Boss!” Dr. Tony Nwoye said.
The last edition of the Ofala festival for the Ukpo
kingdom was remarkably different. The occasion
witnessed the continuation of the 70th birthday
celebrations of the most illustrious Ukpo prince.
In attendance to felicitate with him were top politicians,
clergymen, security chiefs, traditional rulers, among
whom were former Anambra State governor and PDP
Vice Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi; Ooni of Ife,
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; Minister for Labour and
Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige; PDP Senator elect for
Anambra Central, Iyom Uche Ekwunife; former Senator,
Dr. Andy Ubah amongst many others.
The Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige described
Prince Arthur Eze at 70 as a young old man. He said
they had been friends since 1967 when they were boys.
“He is somebody I have known. God has been gracious
to him; He has given him good health, the resources to
touch other people and he has been doing so very well
and efficiently. And what do we say? We say he should
continue doing what he is doing very well and wish him
many more years of good life.”
The flamboyant oil mogul who knows how to enjoy
good life treated himself to a princely birthday gift, the
2019 model Rolls Royce. To have a taste of luxury, he
took the Ebonyi State governor, Dr. Umahi, on a jolly
ride in his wonder on wheels.
Born to the Ukpo Royal Kingdom, Engr. Arthur Ezeh who
is the younger brother to the current Eze of Ukpo, Igwe
Robert Eze, trained as a chemical and mechanical
engineer at California State University, Long Beach after
graduation from St. Augustine’s Secondary School in
Nkwere in the present day Imo State.
Flamboyant and very wealthy, Engr. Arthur Ezeh
founded Atlas Oranto Petroleum in 1991, which is the
largest holder of oil exploration blocks in Africa. To
date, the company is the largest holder of oil
exploration blocks in Africa. The company’s acreage
continues to grow, and just two oil blocks alone can
produce more than 100,000 barrels of crude oil each
day. Arthur loves good life. He is an ardent lover of
good music. He not only single handedly equipped the
choir of his local church; he has a live orchestra at his
palatial home.

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