Mazi Sam I. Ohuabunwa, OFR, was born on the 16th of August, 1950, married to Lady Stella Omude Ohuabunwa, blessed with Children and grand Children, has been honored severally by his community, Profession and industry, but significantly he has been honoured twice by the Nation- Member of the Order of the Niger (MON), in 2001, and Officer of the order of the Federal Republic (OFR), in 2011. Mazi Samuel Iheanyichukwu Ohuabunwa is a proven leader, Lay Minister, social worker, Entrepreneur, Nation Builder and author all rolled into one and he credits all his successes to the grace of God.
Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa read Pharmacy at the University of IFE (Now OAU) graduating in 1976. He did Postgraduate training in Business and Organizational Management at the Columbia University, N.Y, USA and the Lagos Business School, Lagos. He joined Pfizer Products Plc. in 1978 as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative and rose to become the Chairman/CEO in 1993.
In 1997, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa led the Management Buy-Over of Pfizer Inc. shares in Pfizer Products Plc., transforming the resultant company – Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc. into a medium-sized Nigerian R&D Based Pharmaceutical company. He voluntarily retired from the company after 33 years’ service in the industry, 18 years of which were at CEO level.
Mazi Ohuabunwa is a fellow of several professional organizations, the most prominent being, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (FPSN), the Nigerian Academy of Pharmacy (FNA. Pharm), the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (FPC. Pharm), the Nigerian Institute of Management (FNIM), the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (FNIMN), the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (FNIPR), and the Institute of Management Consultants (FIMC).
Sam is a Past Chairman, Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), Past President, Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA), Past Chairman, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Ikeja and once National President of the Nigerian American Chamber of Commerce (NACC).
Sam founded the Sam Ohuabunwa Foundation for Economic Empowerment (SOFEE) in 1998, serves as the Managing Consultant of Starteam Consult, Chairman of the African Centre for Business Development, Strategy & Innovation (ACBDSI), and serves on the board of several other Organizations – for-profit and not-for-profit, public and private, particularly as the Chairman of the Abia Public-Private Partnerships & Investment Promotions Governing Council. He was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC) and served as a member of the Presidential Committee on Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Program (SURE-P)
Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa is a Christian, a knight of Saint Christopher (KSC) of the Anglican Communion and serves as the National Coordinator – Strategic Operations of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International (FGBMFI), Nigeria and Chairman, Board of Trustees, Global Fund For Jesus (GFFJ), Nigeria Chapter.
A WORD FROM OUR FOUNDER
I like to welcome you to the SAM OHUABUNWA FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT (SOFEE)
In my travels, work and ministry, I have been appalled by the high level of poverty and lack amongst God fearing people. And this is in spite of God’s wish captured in 3 John 2, “Beloved, I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth”.
My years of enquiry revealed that amongst many reasons the princes are walking on foot while the servants are riding on horses is lack of knowledge, giving credence to Prophet Hosea that “My people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge”. I also found out that the knowledge required to achieve economic empowerment are on two tracks: knowledge of the operations of the Kingdom of God and knowledge of the principles of tent making or entrepreneurship. Much Christian Teaching focuses a lot on the former with scant regards for the latter. It is to bring a proper mix and balance of both tracks of knowledge that the SAM OHUABUNWA FOUNDATION FOR ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT (SOFEE) is built. The Foundation is thus built on knowledge: acquire entrepreneurial, management and business knowledge and skills and exploit them in line with God’s will.
A major vehicle for achieving this purpose is through publication of articles, journals and books. The other is through lectures, seminars and workshops. These activities aim to show why people are poor and teach proven and spiritually sound ways to achieve their dreams and walk away from poverty through economic empowerment. You can also begin to harvest the knowledge and wisdom right away by partnering with us and/or participating in any of our training and capacity building programmes.
And so, the foundation warmly welcomes all those seeking knowledge to overcome poverty and achieve their destiny of becoming channels of blessings to the Church and to the nations and all those who want to achieve a higher level of economic empowerment and financial independence than they currently enjoy. There is also ample space in the foundation for those who are economically empowered, but out of love will like to assist others to achieve similar status, so that the poverty cycle can be broken and the world becomes a safer and happier place for us all, as intended by the maker.
Welcome and may His grace be sufficient for us all. AMEN!
MAZI SAM OHUABUNWA