BY SUNNY A. DAVID

It was a harvest of empowerment at Urualla in Ideato North Local Government Area, Imo State, as Igbo billionaire and philanthropist Chief Chika Emenike, who used the occasion to mark his birthday, empowered some of his kindred and members of his community with start-up funds of up to one million naira.Born on July 23, 1969, Emenike used the occasion of his 53rd birthday on Saturday, July 23, 2022, to celebrate with the less privileged in his community. Speaking with the press, Emenike stated that this was the first time he was celebrating his birthday with his kindred and those in a less-privileged situation.He recounted his journey to wealth in 1990 when he started his first business with just N3,000. Although the money was small, he promised himself he would succeed.Chief Emenike further narrated how he used to carry goods for people and take stock of people’s goods to know which they had in case a customer needed such goods, and from there he started building up. “Building life from scratch is not an easy one but with perseverance, I got to where I am today.”The billionaire and philanthropist stated that his motivation to assist and empower his people was consequent upon the fact that some youths in Urualla are wasting their lives while indulging in stealing, drug addiction—especially crystal methamphetamine (“mkpuru mmiri” in Igbo)—and kidnapping.“I feel pained so much that the youths who are the future leaders are wasting and so I decided to empower them to be productive in the society. This kind gesture is not because I am affluent or the wealthiest but because I want the youth to be great people tomorrow and also to encourage other philanthropists to remember the youth instead of wasting millions on luxurious birthday celebrations.“Today, most of the people I want to empower have benefited once or twice before but they remain unproductive. Nevertheless, I will be giving them the benefit of the doubt by empowering them again notwithstanding that I have given them money before,” said Chief Emenike.He thereafter empowered some of these beneficiaries with the sum of one million naira each to put into their businesses. A total of twenty people benefited from the harvest of empowerment.Chief Emenike is the chairman of Kotec Group of Companies, with subsidiary companies such as Tummy Tummy Foods Ltd, makers of Tummy Tummy Noodles and Events Table Water; Kotec Industrial Company Ltd, producers of Kotec and Chitec brands of motorcycle spare parts; Kotec Bricks; Regime Energy Service Ltd; Rento Hotels; and Mangrove Foods.

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