“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act. If you have the power to do good, do it as unto the Lord” – Proverbs 3:27
Africa is endowed with rich culture and tradition. However, one cannot overemphasize the respect given to traditional title holders especially by the Igbo tribe of Nigeria. Experiencing the ceremonial protocol gives an insight to the depth of honor which such titles encapsulates.
One of the primary characteristics of recipients is the depth of consistent community contributions, both infrastructurally, politically, financial, to name a few, that has been documented by the monarch and which commands such attention to be considered for such honor.
In recognition of his outstanding achievements, contributions to the development of Nnewi, and work towards humanity, Dr. Theo Okeke was recently conferred with a Chieftaincy Title (Okunenyeife Nnewi) by the Igwe (King) of Nnewi, His Royal Highness, Igwe Dr. K.O.N Orizu III, CON, JP.
The epoch occasion occurred at the palace and on a milestone day when the Igwe was celebrating his 95th birthday and the 57th year on the throne as Igwe of Nnewi. As expected, hundreds of locals, invited guests, VIP’s, and well-wishers occupied the palace grounds to witness the grand ceremony.
ABOUT Chief. Dr. Theo Okeke
Chief Dr. Theo Okeke, FNSE, PEng, PMP (Okunenyeife Nnewi) hails from Umudimuzo, Umudimkwa, Umudim, Nnewi in Anambra State of Nigeria. He is a son to Late Mr B.C.N Okeke and Late Mrs Selina Okeke (Nee Obi).
As a professional, Chief Dr. Okeke is an astute Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional both in Nigeria and Diaspora with his certification of PEng, FNSE and PMP from APEGA, NSE and PMI. In recognition of his distinguished Engineering Career, he has been conferred with Fellowship of the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) being the highest level of membership in the noble Engineering Society in Nigeria.
As a Director and Management Executive, Chief Dr. Theo Okeke has held several Management Executive and Director positions in various companies especially in the Oil and Gas Industry with over 30 years’ experience spanning Nigeria, Europe, Middle East, South America, USA and Canada. He has also helped in building an Indigenous Oil and Gas Company in Nigeria from scratch as a way of giving back to his Fatherland.
As an Academician, Chief Dr. Theo Okeke is an Alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Business School and Wharton School of Business. He obtained his BEng in Mechanical Engineering and both MEng and Doctorate in Civil Engineering to earn his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in the field of Engineering. He has also attended several senior management executive courses, training and seminars especially in the field of Engineering, Project Management, Strategic Leadership, Management, Finance, Commercial, Stake Holder Engagement, Procurement and Contracting, Health, Safety and Environmental Sustainability etc. He is a Mentor and has been invited to deliver lectures as a Speaker at various forums in his areas of specialization.
As a Community Leader, Chief Dr. Theo Okeke was once the President of Nigerian Canadian Association (NCAC) and Igbo Calgary Association (ICAC) both in Canada. He has also participated in various projects towards building a more virile and diverse communities for the betterment of Mankind and the Environment.
As a Christian and Religious Leader, Chief Dr. Theo Okeke is a Knight of St Paul in the Anglican Communion and has supported various projects towards the propagation of God’s gospel both Internationally and in Nigeria especially in his hometown, Nnewi, where he has made tremendous contributions towards the erection of a new Church building in his community.
As a Philanthropist, Chief Dr. Theo Okeke has awarded scholarships to various people especially in his hometown, Nnewi to encourage them to continue with their education up to the University level. He has also helped various people especially within his community to alleviate them from poverty and ensure their sustainable means of livelihood. He is also a member of Anambra Progressives, a union of Philanthropist brought together by our distinguished Senator, (Dr) Ifeanyi Ubah, to ensure and enshrine the much-needed development in Anambra State.
As a family man, Chief Dr. Theo Okeke is happily married to his lovely wife of almost 30 years, Lolo Lady Uche Okeke, (Nmasinachi) and they are blessed with 4 wonderful children, Dubby, Ugo, Kenny and Uju.
Tosan Aduayi writes from Mansfield, Texas – firstname.lastname@example.org
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