ABRIDGED PROFILE OF HIS EXCELLENCY, PRINCE EZE MADUMERE MFR, fnim, fsm, DEPUTY GOVERNOR OF IMO STATE
Prince Eze Madumere is a story of a man of destiny, which every a man would find himself humbled while trying to unveil this man.
Prince Ezeakonobi Madumere was born on the 4th Day of July 1964 to the Royal family of HRH Eze Henry Anorue Madumere and Ugoeze Malinda Madumere of Achi Mbieri, Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo State.
He attended Primary and Secondary Education in Owerri and Lagos State respectively, after which he traveled to the United States of America for further studies. He studied Management and Business Administration in San-Jacinto College and University of Houston in Texas respectively. He holds Masters-Degree in History and International Studies from Imo State University and currently pursuing his Ph.D. in History and International Relations.
While in the United States of America, he worked as an Area Manager, Channels Development in PepsiCo Inc. for thirteen years and also played a key role in expansion KFC businesses and sales. It was the business of the Multinational that took him to over 60 countries of the world.
Prince Eze Madumere is a proud family man, a Knight of Saint Christopher and until very recently was former Chief of Staff to the Governor of Imo State, His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha OON.
Prince Madumere MFR, Media Strategist, an astute Administrator as well as American trained Management expert. He is a team player and an overall strategist per excellence.
As a Social Engineer, he sought positive change legitimately; that change never came without its life threatening hazards. He was once attacked with electrolyte and and other dangerous weapons for raising a question over the inhuman treatment meted out to the people of Imo State.That poise to make a change was to mark an end to this man whose heart of gold has remained a rare commodity. He was also one of the victims of electoral manipulations as experienced when he vied for the Senate seat in Owerri Senatorial Zone in 2005.
Again, the present Deputy Governor of Imo State is a man whose passion and commitment towards ameliorating the suffering of the less privileged is never in question. This is to the extent that large chunk of his income is dedicated to the orphans and other less privileged. In reflection of this passion, for the past eight years, he has always marked his birthday at Special Homes rather than dine and wine with the Kings, Princes and Princesses.
His contribution to Red Cross International is another testimony of a man who is interested in our world and wants it a better place. He is a member of the Board, Rochas Foundation International. Prince Eze Madumere’s input to late Stella Obasanjo’s Child Care Trust project is also a testimony of his ingenuity and Midas touch to turn anything at all to gold. The success story of Child Care Trust will only be considered a near fiction without a mention of Prince Eze Madumere’s give-all effort.
‘Ogbuhuruzo’ as he is fondly called by his people is an apostle of peace who could spare no cost to achieving it. As the Secretary of National peace Forum, he contributed in effort towards reconciling Nigerian leaders especially the seeming irredeemable severed once. For the first time, National Peace Forum founded by His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, brought together Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Chief Odumuegwu Ojukwu of blessed memory and Gowon together for reconciliation.
For peace to rein, Prince Ezeakonobi is ever ready to stoop not minding whether he is right or not. In the Oil producing communities of Imo State, his name stands out as a peace maker who never negotiated away the interest of the people for any reason. Irete will never forget in a hurry his intervention when it mattered most following the sour relationship between the community and Nigeria Bottling Company Plc, which could have caused blood-letting; he turned the tensed situation around to peaceful and mutually rewarding one. Today, Nigerian Bottling Company, Imo State Plant and world over sees him as a hero of justice and peace.
Orsu-Obodo Community in Oguta Local Government of Imo State will not forget in a hurry his love for peace when he brokered peace between them and ADDAX OIL. Other areas are Awarra Community against Walter Smith Oil Exploration, Shell and its host communities to mention but a few.
However, his loyalty and commitment to selfless service once again made him a victim of political intrigue and intimidation, culminating in his illegal arrest and incarceration by security operatives on trumped up charges based on a so called order from above.
He was confined to an unjust detention for about a week at the Imo State Police Command Headquarters, Owerri for refusing to betray his boss and releasing whatever strategic information of the Rescue Mission Campaign Organization.
As if that was not enough, a kangaroo legal process was speedily initiated based on unfounded and laughable allegation that he led a group of undisclosed persons to throw sachet water at the convoy of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Thereafter, Prince Ezeakonobi was whisked to Owerri Prisons on awaiting trial for about a month at the time the Imo Rescue Mission was holding the grand finale rally in Owerri. It took the efforts of the Nigerian Civil Societies, their international counterparts and the Media to secure his release.
Little wonder Prince Madumere is today known and referred to as the "Mandela of our time". His single minded doggedness and effrontery in challenging an evil and wicked administration, even in the face of danger, endears him to all lovers of democracy world-wide.
After the 2011 election where Owelle Rochas Okorocha emerged victorious as the Governor, Prince Ezeakonobi Madumere, an oasis of loyalty, humility, diligence, and strategist, was appointed the Chief of Staff to the Governor of Imo State where he exhibited obstinate drive for excellence. He demystified the office and was so effective and efficient that people mistook him for a second timer as Chief of Staff.
For Prince Madumere’s philanthropy, a friend of the down trodden, harbinger of hope for the hopeless and a patriot, the National Honours Award of Member of the Federal Republic (MFR), was well-deserving. He is a recipient of several other awards too numerous to mention from Students, Women Groups, Artisans, Communities and Corporate bodies.
His life history, which is like a story book, has continued to dazzle many. Shortly after Prince Ezeakonobi Madumere MFR was sworn as the Deputy Governor of Imo State, the touching thing was never whether he became the Deputy Governor or having served as Chief of Staff to his boss, Owelle Rochas Okorocha , the story lies with Ezakonobi’s speech when he said he was content with anything that had always come his way.
“My philosophy is to impact life wherever I find myself”…Today I am a Deputy Governor, position may have change, I believe I know the dangers of power and its temporary nature, I trust I Prince Ezeakonobi remains what he is in strength of character and in humility”.
This great teacher, a mentor to many has not only been a man of peace, humility, hard-working committed family man, he has made men and is still making men and the shocking thing about it is that he does them noiselessly and effortlessly, too.
Prince Eze Madumere today unknowing to him has become a model human product whose market mix is being researched for adoption to better the value of many. So much has been given out from this man and many more shall undoubtedly be unveiled.
In the area of empowerment and life-saving assistance, Madumere would prefer keeping it to chest. He has, however, empowered not less than 5000 youths and young people through scholarships, skill acquisition and sports development. Today, Madumere has consistently sponsored an annual football completion for 25 years. He is the only Imolite who has sponsored Athletic Championship for the younger ones. He is a proud owner of one of the best Football Academy, which has produced players both in the national league and few others who ply their trade at the foreign clubs.
As Human Capital development lover, he has raised a good number of leaders in the polity and in the economy who hold their own. In the rescue Mission administration, Prince Madumere can proudly praise God for using him to bring up some youths of yesteryears to where they are today… mentioning names is of no importance since those in question can always give testimonies.
In the area of Job creation and employment, He has many Nigerians on his employ and helping many other youths and young people securing employment in strategic sectors of the economy in both private and public sectors.
In the presence of all this feat including unmentioned once, His Excellency, Prince Ezeakonobi Madumere MFR would prefer to keep still a low profile life style and says; To God alone be all the Glory.
AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS NATIONAL HONOUR AWARDS:
Member of the Order of the Federal Republic (MFR) was conferred on him by His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR, the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The African Personality of the Year, 2014 by The Voice Magazine, Netherlands
Award as Best Deputy Governor, South East by Newname Newspapers 2013
Recognised as one of the Most Outstanding Deputy Governors in Nigeria by The Nation Newspaper, 2013
Fellow of Nigeria Institute of Management
Fellow of African Business School
Fellow, Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria
ECCLESIASTICAL, COMMUNITY SERVICE/AWARDS:
Prince Madumere is humorous and relates well with subordinates. He shows considerable compassion to the needy as a true, God fearing and honest Christian. In appreciation of his life style, he was recently honored with the investiture into the knighthood of St. Christopher by the Lord Bishop Rt. Rev. Chijioke B. N. Oti(Anglican Communion).
An Award of Outstanding Dedication & Services to the Citizens of Imo State by Mbieri Peoples Congress, Houston, Texas, United States of America
Special Recognition, as a Southwestern Business Administration Teaching Conference Teacher/Learner by Texas Southern University – Jesse H. Jones School of Business 1996.
Outstanding Service Award having been admitted as a celebrity of Owerri Recreation Club (PRISONS), for his contribution towards Good governance, 2004.
Patron - Merit Award of Excellence by National Association of Imo State Student (NAISS) South East Zone 2004.
Eastern Man of the Year, Eastern Magazine… 2014
Award for Excellence from Rochas Group of Companies for the Most Hardworking Senior Staff of the Year December 2004.
Award for Excellence by Imo State Towns Development Association Lagos State (ISTDA) In recognition of your selfless service to Humanity and less privileged, as well as your commitment to community development, November 2004.
Merit Award of Excellence by National Association of Imo State Students (NAISS) Ebony State Chapter 2005.
Meritorious Excellence Award, In recognition of your enormous contributions in the welfare of Imo Student in particular and all Imo indigenes in general by National Association of Imo State Students University of Abuja. Merit Award of Excellence by Association of Mbaitoli Students Association, (Unizik Chapter) 2005
A Special Patronship Award by Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Imo State Council 2005.
*Culled by; Hon. Uche Onwuchekwa*
Chief press secretary to the Deputy Governor of Imo State.