MOTIVATIONAL PERSONALITY OF THE WEEK CHIEF (DR.) ALEX CHIKA OKAFOR
CHIEF (DR.) ALEXANDER CHIKA OKAFOR (a.k.a Chicason) was born in his hometown of Uru-Umudim Nnewi in Anambra State.
He began his business career over twenty years ago after graduating from apprenticeship of Chief Ben Akubueze (his maternal uncle) of Nnobi town in Anambra State.
After his apprenticeship, he established his own company Chicason Nigeria Ltd which today has expanded to include operations in a number of business activities.
In the course of running his business, he enrolled for a private tutorial tuition to further his education. In 2008, he obtained an Honorary Doctorate Degree in Business Administration from the prestigious Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.
In 1988 he ventured into manufacturing when he set up a vegetable oil refining factory. In 2002 he included a solvent extraction plant. Also in 1995, he made a big move into the petroleum sector with the establishment of A-z petroleum products.
Chicason Nigeria Ltd grew from a local trading house into a conglomerate (Chicason Group of companies) carrying out various business activities in oil and gas exploration, production and sales of petroleum products, manufacturing and mining, real estate, project management, agriculture, travel/tourism, health care and construction.
Today, the Chicason Group, is comprised of thirteen vibrant companies and conceived to be among the best indigenous groups in Nigeria and Africa.
Dr. Okafor being an astute businessman of international repute, has held various offices in business and social organizations which includes President, Nnewi Chamber of Commerce as well as Patron, Nigeria South African Chamber of Commerce. He is the current Patron, Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria.
Some professional bodies of which he is a Fellow includes, The Institute of Corporate Administration (FICA), Nigerian Institute of Sales Management (FNISM) and Nigeria Society of Chemical Engineers (NSCHE).
Dr. Okafor is a recipient of many national and international awards amongst which are the African International Award of Merit and the Paul Harris Award by Rotary International, the Authority Icon Award as the Businessman of the Year 2016.
He has been identified with as a visionary, an emphatic leader, a philanthropist and a purpose-driven man.
He is married and blessed with children.