MEET FRANK OSHANUGOR
By Frank Oshanugor
It was a joyous Christmas for people of Ubulu-Uku in Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State as
Major General Raymond Ochei of the Nigeria Army took time to praise and thank the community for giving him a good wife.
Speaking on Christmas day at the Third Edition of the annual Ubulu Ezemu Awards which held at Viva Hotels, Ochei
said he would forever remain grateful to Ubulu-Uku people because they gave him “the best wife.”
According to the Major General “a good wife is one of the blessings that any man aspires to have, stating that God in his infinite mercy has given him the best wife in everything one can think of.”
The Senior Army Officer is married to Dr. Doris Amaka Ochei, a graduate of Accounting from the University of Lagos. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Business Administration from University of Wales, United Kingdom and another in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, United States of America. She later obtained a Doctorate (PhD) in Forensic Accounting and Audit.
Professionally, Mrs. Ochei is a career achiever with several laurels to her credit. She belongs to many international and national professional organisations either as Fellow or Member.
Commending Ubulu Ezemu Award organisers for putting the event together, General Ochei advised Ubulu-Uku people to ensure that they reposition the town in the map of Nigeria.
“I want to thank all of you for this gathering. What you are doing is on the right path. I want to plead with all of you here to make sure that Ubulu-Uku is repositioned in the map of Nigeria.”
He said that as a child, Ubulu Uku used to be a shinning example, advising that if community is without peace, such Community cannot achieve anything. “You need to come together. That is just my appeal to all”.
He thanked Ubulu Ezemu for honouring his wife as “Philanthropist of The Year 2022″ and Community Development Icon of The Year 2022”.
Also speaking at the event, a one time Acting Military Governor of the old Bendel State, Group Captain Samuel Akaraiwe (retired) commended the Convener of Ubulu Ezemu Award, Mr Anthony Awunor, a Lagos based award winning journalist.
Group Captain Akaraiwe (rtrd) who was also a Commander in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF), Maritime section in Benin City represented his brother, Late Mr Iwegbunam Edward Akaraiwe for the latter’s posthumous award as “Hero of The Year 2022.” He said he had been into series of associations with Ubulu-Uku people before now.
The Group Captain expressed joy over the award bestowed on his late brother who was at a time, the principal of St. Anthony’s College, Ubulu-Uku.
“I am very pleased to be here. I used to visit Ubulu Uku when my elder brother, Iwegbunam Edward Akaraiwe was the principal of St. Anthony’s College”, he said.
Also, management expert, Mr. Ifechukwude Ezinwa who won “Ubulu-Uku Ambassador of The Year 2022 Award” commended the convener of the event. He applauded Major General Ochei and Group Captain Samuel Akaraiwe (rtrd) for honouring Ubulu Uku people through their presence at the event.
Ezinwa, who described Ochei as Ubulu Uku man by association said “by extension now, from what you have told us, you have also become an Ubulu Uku indigene by extension”.
Earlier in his welcome address, the event convener, Awunor said “on their mission to promote value, growth and integrity towards the development of Ubulu-Uku and by extension Anioma land, the Board of Erec Communications Limited, Publishers of Ubulu Ezemu (online platform) and the Selection Committee, we took diligent steps to find a few individuals, organizations and groups who have become role models and shinning examples in their respective domains.
“These individuals have shown sheer patriotism, forthrightness, diligence and sacrifice, despite the myriad of socio-economic bottlenecks and decaying moral decadence in our society.
“The set of these personalities in this perspective are the select recipients of Ubulu Ezemu Awards 2022. And faithfully clinging to this spectacular and pathfinding way of life as outstanding trendsetters and icons of honour, they are today home builders, community enhancers and society lifters, which is the reason Ubulu Ezemu will continue to recognize them as icons of our time.”