…Bags humanity in business and community empowerment personality of the year
Asaba, the capital city of Delta State was lit with spectacles of fluorescence by dignitaries from all works of life, courtesy of the organizers of the Delta Role Model Awards, a non-profit and non-governmental organization aimed at recognizing distinguished Deltans, home and in diaspora, whom through various ways of human endeavors are contributing extraordinarily and magnificently to the growth of the society.
One of the recipients of the distinguished awards, is the Irri born business tycoon, industrialist, philanthropist, architect of international repute, a humanitarian and human capital developer, Dcn. (Arch.) Ambrose Odezi Okuhor who was bestowed with the honour as the “Integrity in Business and Community Empowerment Personality of the Year”.
Okuhor who was not around on the day of the award presentation due to pressing engagement, sent the chairman of Ithihikpebe Campaign Organization, ICO, Hon. (Dcn.) Owhe Fidelis who stated how elated his boss is on receiving this award. He went further to thank the organizers of Delta Role Model Awards for finding his boss worthy of such recognition which he, Architect Ambrose Odezi Okuhor never envisaged, especially as an individual which is not award driven, but of the passion through community services, to practically engage with the society which he reiterated, it is a call to do a lot more by giving back to the society he relishes as home.
In a telephone interview with newsmen, Okuhor said, I was elated when my name was singled out of the multitude of reputable Deltans as the recipient of the ‘Integrity in Business and Community Empowerment Personality of the Year’ by the organizers of Delta Role Model Awards which after thorough scrutiny, I meritoriously emerged.
He stated that ” Being recognized by the society is a call to further contribute immensely, selflessly and wholeheartedly towards building an egalitarian society whilst intrinsically engaging in all forms of qualitative human capital development with the sole aim of turning around the fortunes of our fellow country men, giving our economy a boost and our society a facelift.”
He further said that, ” I want to thank the Almighty God above for giving me the grace to explore various businesses successfully and also contributing a chunk of the quota back to the people of the society through my foundation, Joeliana Okuhor Care Foundation, which have been engaging in all sorts of humanitarian and philanthropical activities in the society; because without the society, we are no people.”
According to him, “Through this means, I want to extend my warmhearted felicitations to other recipients of the Delta Role Model Awards who have been found worthy in kind and character, to see the award as a catalyst to do more in areas that will continue to promote the course of humanity while I also admonish them to shun vices capable of denting their reputation and instigating antics alien to our society.”
Profiling the colossus, Dcn. (Arch.) Ambrose Odezi Okuhor
Architect Ambrose Odezi Okuhor is a mustard seed that has sprung into a mighty tree offering shade to many; giving branches to all creatures to find shelter in. God’s grace has guided his efforts to build himself into who he is today—a focused, purpose-driven professional and influencer.
Born on 22nd September, 1964 into the family of Mr. and Mrs. Joel Okuhor of Ada-Irri in Isoko South Local Government Area of Delta State Nigeria, Architect Ambrose Okuhor attended Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State Nigeria (former Bendel State University) and emerged the best graduating Architecture student in 1992. Two years later, the same university awarded him a Master’s degree in Architecture, with specialization in Hotel Design.
The conclusion of formal education marked his journey to self-actualization as he embarked on voracious knowledge acquisition through online courses, seminars, workshops and training events to keep him ahead in his chosen field. And for the next few years after graduation, Architect Ambrose Okuhor honed his professional skills working for companies like Solen Bonneh (Nig) Ltd, Majoroh Partnership (Chattered Architect and Planners and a stint with the Federal Road Safety Commission, Ogun State Nigeria).
Having equipped himself in modern building technology knowhow, he devoted a greater part of the last twenty-five years planting legacies through knowledge sharing, the construction of buildings and the establishment of multi-sectoral businesses that span construction, oil and gas, hospitality, operational management, business development and facility management. With the growing need for energy conservation, he has woven Green Architecture into his portfolio of services.
Some of his landmark works include Elomaz Hotels, Lagos; Sweet Spirit Mardezok Hotels and Suites, Asaba; Delta State Board of Internal Revenue (DBIR) structures across the state; Best Western Hotels Plus, Asaba; Akos Emma & Co Information Communication and Technology Center, Asaba; the modification of residential staff quarters for Shell Petroleum Development Company, Warri and key renovations like the office of the Secretary to the Government of Delta State, Asaba, as well as the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) Office Complex, Lagos.
Architect Ambrose Okuhor is the Chief Executive Officer of Dezachi Associates, Dezachi Construction Nig. Ltd, Dezachi Oil & Gas Nig Ltd, Dezachi LLC USA, Mardezi Service LLC USA, Sweet Spirit Mardezok Hotels Asaba and Active Media Ltd (an advertising and media promotion company rendering services to many multinational companies in Nigeria).
He is a notable consultant to local and international firms, governments and organizations, including the Delta State Government, Yobe State Government, PENGASSAN, Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESOPADEC) and National Examination Council of Nigeria (NECO).
Architect Okuhor is a registered member of the Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA), the Architecture Regulatory Council of Nigeria (ARCON), and a Fellow of the Strategic and Financial Administrative Institute (FSFAI). He served on the board of the Delta State Urban and Regional Planning 2008-2011.
Despite his numerous commitments, Architect Ambrose Okuhor has never been aloof to his political and social environment where he has brought his wealth of experience to bear. He is the Chairman, Joeliana Care Foundation; Director General, Ithihikpebe Campaign Organization (ICO), a political pressure group and philanthropic organization; National Coordinator of Delta Renaissance Movement from 2003 till date; a board member of Nigerians in Diaspora Indiana Chapter USA (NIDOA-IN).
A lover of sports, Ambby, as he is popularly known, is an avid lover of golf, a game he plays wherever he finds himself across the globe (and he has numerous trophies to show for it). He is a member of the prestigious Ikoyi Club 1938, Lakowe Lakes Golf Club Lagos, Gray Eagles Golf Club Indianapolis, Indiana USA and past Vice Captain, Ibori Golf and Country Club, Asaba Delta State. His other hobbies include reading and listening to good music.
Ambrose Okuhor (MNIA, FSFAI) is an Ordained Deacon of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG). He is happily married to Pastor (Mrs.) Olubukonla Okuhor and they are blessed with three lovely children.
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