Sir Emeka Offor is the Executive Vice Chairman of the Chrome Group. As a dynamic and articulate entrepreneur with nearly three decades of business experience, he has built a vast business empire with interests in Oil and Gas, Insurance, the Power Sector, Telecommunications and Logistics, both in Nigeria and overseas.
Born in Kafanchan Kaduna State of Nigeria to a policeman, he is the first of ten children. He is a native of Oraifite in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State. He began his business career as an apprentice to his uncle and proved to be a quick study. In 1994, Sir Offor formed the Chrome Group, entering into Nigeria’s rough-and- tumble oil and gas industry. Guided by a relentless work ethic and a keen nose for a good deal, he waded through the minefields inherent in the Oil and Gas sector.
The Chrome Group was incorporated in 1994 and is a major player in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa. Based in Abuja, the Federal Capital of Nigeria, it is a leading conglomerate offering vast experience in oil and gas services, power, logistics and telecommunications.
The subsidiaries of the Chrome Group include Kaztec Engineering Limited, Nimek Investments Limited, Global Scansystems Nigeria Limited, Chrome Insurance Brokers Limited and Inland Containers Nigeria Limited. There are about 20 active companies in the Group. Until recently Sir Emeka Offor was the Chairman of the board of EHRC Energy Inc., a USA based independent Oil and Gas Company focused on exploration and production in the Gulf of Guinea.
The Chrome Group from its origins as an engineering outfit handling projects such as refinery maintenance, has today become by the grace of God, a conglomerate with diverse interests in Oil and Gas, Finance/Investments, Telecommunications, Insurance, Maritime, Destination Inspection, Real Estate and the Power Sector.
In early 1990s, this benevolent and amiable billionaire businessman established the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation (SEOF), a non-profit, charitable organization, with a vision to reduce poverty and create life-improving economic opportunities for those residing in Nigeria’s most marginalized communities through Education, Health care services and Empowerment. He has received numerous honours from many corporate bodies, non-governmental organizations, governments and countries for his philanthropic endeavours and his passionate commitment for human capacity development. The Romanian Consulate in Nigeria recently honoured Sir Offor for his invaluable contribution towards the development and enhancement of bilateral relations between Nigeria and Romania.
Sir Emeka Offor, through the SEOF, has embarked on a number of projects like giving scholarships to less privileged students both in secondary and tertiary institutions, building and furnishing classroom blocks. In collaboration with Books For Africa (BFA) he has donated over 10 million USD worth of books, computers and other educational materials to schools in Nigeria and about 19 other African countries. Sir Offor established health centres, providing free medical consultations, treatment and drugs and established a €100,000 Glaucoma research grant at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Mainz, Germany; he also established a Nigerian fellowship of Cataract Surgery and Glaucoma Management at the same university. Other notable achievements include: the establishment widows’ cooperative to help widows become and remain independent, offering automatic employment in his company and a brand new car to graduates of tertiary institutions who make first class honours, drilling boreholes that supply safe drinking water, provision and installation of transformers and road construction. Through his Foundation, Sir Emeka Offor partners with The Carter Center to wage war against River Blindness in seven states in Nigeria, especially in the South-east and south-south where the disease is prevalent.
Lending a hand to the poor and those in need in our society has been one of the pillar objectives of the Sir Emeka Offor Foundation. As a result, SEOF commits resources and time towards human capacity development, provision of access to skills acquisition and transfer of knowledge to the grassroots. Such opportunities have enabled the establishment of Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SME’s) and Cooperative Societies for the less privileged. These empowerment programs focus on youth, widows and the differently-abled.
A member of Rotary International, Sir Offor was elevated to the status of the Foundation Circle of the Arch C. Klumph Society (AKS) of the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. This is as a result of his singular donation of over $1 million to Rotary Foundation spread across the four (4) cardinal a endeavour of Rotary, viz; Peace and Conflict Management, Maternal and Child Death, Basic Education and Literacy promotion and Polio Eradication. He is currently Rotary International Polio Ambassador to Nigeria, having given over USD $3.1million towards the eradication of the Polio scourge. By the above donations Sir Emeka remains Rotary`s highest donor in the African continent.
Sir Emeka is a Sports lover with particular interest in Lawn Tennis. Sir Emeka Offor is the current Patron of the Nigerian-Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce.
He is married with children.
Sir Emeka Offor is the Chairman, Board of Directors, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC.