Prince Arthur Eze, one of the wealthiest persons in Africa, is a Nigerian oil tycoon with high intellectualism, business ocumen and academic prowess.
After completing his secondary education at St. Augustin Secondary School in Nkwere, South-East Nigeria, he proceeded to the California State University, Long Beach, where he graduated in 1978 with a degree in chemical and mechanical engineering.
In 1991, Eze founded Atlas Oranto Petroleum with the goal of exploring oil in West Africa.
His growth was not a bed of roses as many obstacles, hudles and battles had to be fought and won to groom a legend of such impeccable character.
While enemies of progress dirge in whirlwind, we glow in the euphoria of a perfect creation whose personage blisses and blushes in putting smiles on the faces of the needy.
Little wonder the holy book in it usual characteristics of nobility acknowledged that anyone who will lead must learn to serve others as examplified by Christ in washing his disciples feets. True to this, our peace loving cum oil magnet has thrives in serving the common man with utmost enthusiasm as his ocean of services cuts across the length and breadth of the African continent.
By demographic and societal stratification, many who had benefitted immensely from his benevolence and philanthropism with me inclusive would have forever remained isolated from his dynasty, save not for his humane and charismatic personality that has given hope to all and sundry.
Known throughout Africa as a generous philanthropist, Prince Arthur Eze donates a large portion of his substantial income to charitable ventures including educational causes, health care, anti-crime initiatives, disaster relief, politics and youth development.
Arthur Eze started the non-governmental organization (NGO) called Prince Arthur Eze Philanthropy and Empowerment International to drive his philanthropic activities. The NGO was founded in 2014 with the mandate to set up an organized structure and consolidated channels of empowerment and philanthropy.
In 2012, Eze generously donated US$6.3 million towards relief efforts in Nigeria when the country was devastated by massive floods. His donation had a massive impact on restoring services and rebuilding lives.
In the same vane, Eze’s philanthropic activities swept the world like Tsunami when he attended a fundraising dinner in 2013 and donated US$12 million towards funding the construction of an Anglican Church Youth Development Centre located in Bayelsa state.
The center offers training facilities that help students gain formal education as well as hospitals and a skills center where students can acquire variety of trade skills. The center also offers start-up capital and various other forms of support to budding entrepreneurs.
At the event, Eze was the largest individual donor along with other wealthy Nigerians like Jim Ovia, Tony Elumelu and Oba Otudeko.
While the world was yet to recover from his earlier gestures, the Anambra born Prince made another giant stride when he donated another US$15.9 million in 2016 to the Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder (APLSCD). The donation was made in aid of a lifeline for a Sickle cell standard clinic at Ukpo, Dunokofia Area Council of Anambra State.
As one with zero tolerance for criminality, he again donated the sum of US$1 million towards a state initiative with the aim of cracking down on criminal activity.
Little wonder his good deeds has distinguished and earned him a cadre beyond mere existence. The sight of him is indeed a threat to evil spirits with his voice dreaded by venomous mortals.
His kind is rare as he is endowed with enormous credibility and potentialities. His days are layed with petals even as his legacies flourishes like a tree planted by the rivers of waters.
As he marks another excellent year in the sand of time on the 25 November, may memories of his remain evergreen in the lips of humanity like an epistle engraved by Plato.