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It is an established truth that God created each and everyone of us. Could He have put us here without a reason?

A Creator with mind and power that could have designed and produced the human mind and body could not have failed to make available for humans every tool, ingredient and facility needed to fulfill His purpose.

Everything we experience is the product of what our brain and nervous system manufactures. If you believe the fact that you are directly or indirectly responsible for the things that happen in your life, only then will you appreciate the fact that you, rather than your environment should be in control.

Born October 10, 1972 at Amagu-Ihube Autonomous Community, Okigwe LGA in Imo State, Dr. Nnaemeka Onyeka Obiaraeri attended Saint Theresa Primary School, Umumbazo, Nekede, Owerri; Samuel Njemanze Memorial Primary School, Owerri and Emmanuel College, Owerri.

After his secondary education, he taught at a commercial school and earned the popular name “teacher nta”. Some of his students then, have gone to become great ambassadors in multi national corporations like Procter and Gamble, Coca Cola, etc. They all have a super mentor/mentee relationship now.

Dr. Obiaraeri, was the best graduating student, National Diploma class of 1995 in the department of Accounting and Finance, Kaduna State Polytechnic.

He is an alumnus of Abia State University, Uturu, from where he graduated at the top of his Class and Faculty with a B. Sc in Banking & Finance. He holds an advance degree, M.Sc Corporate Governance from Leeds Metropolitan University,
United Kingdom. He is also an Alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Cambridge, USA.

Dr. Obiaraeri is a Financial Engineer, highly rated economist, consummate investment banker and serial entrepreneur with great stakes in the diverse sectors of the Nigerian and Sub-Saharan economy.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Credit Administration, Dr. Obiaraeri has received several awards for professional and community service.

He was instrumental to the setting up of Guardian Express Trusts Limited (Now a member of Spring Capital Markets Limited). His work experience also includes Legacy Guardian Express Bank Plc (Now Spring Bank PLC); Future View Financial Services Limited; Oceanic Bank International Plc.; Bank PHB Plc and Treasure Capital & Trusts Limited.

His currently the Managing Director/CEO, Taurus Capital & Advisory Services Limited; as well as the Executive Secretary/CEO, International Institute of Micro-finance and Small Businesses (IIMFSB), Africa/Middle East. He is also a Founding Board Member of the African Education Funding & Development Support (AFREFUNDS) and sits on the board of several other high profile conglomerates that spans the oil and gas, media and real estate sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Emeka Banking as he is popularly called, who contested for the Imo State House of Assembly to represent Okigwe State constituency, in the 2015 general elections, under the platform of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), is also the Board Chairman, Citadel Opticals, Executive Chairman of South East Farms & Factories Limited and Euro Metals Limited.

He has built houses for widows in Okigwe; donated vehicles to women groups, the clergy and educational institutions to ease transportation problem, has and is still supporting an outreach programme that clothes and feeds over 1000 widows within and outside Okigwe zone annually since 2008.

He has energized transformers for rural electrifications in three communities in Okigwe LGA. In his efforts to empower the youths, *Ikuku Oma*, as he is popularly called has given out business grants to many youths, women and artisans to Okigwe indigenes to start their own businesses.

Dr. Obiaraeri has also granted bursaries and scholarships to students both in the secondary and university levels to enable them acquire sound education and be who God designed them to be.

It is our collective prayer that God grants him and other great sons and daughters of Okigwe long life and sound health to touch more lives in our great community.

Without a clearly defined purpose and philosophy to guide us, we may be guided by fantasies. If people have not defined a philosophy of success, they have actually defined a philosophy of failure by default.

I pray that we all discover our purposes on earth and use it to impact humanity. We have got the potentials, let us unite and make the desired change for the interest of Okigwe.

Thomas Carlyle once observed, “The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder, a waif, a nothing, a no man. Have a purpose in life, and having it, throw such strength of mind and muscle into your works as God has given you.”

Married to Dr. Uchenna Ifeoma, they are blessed with children.

Okigwe is a great town, but you and I can make it Greater.

God bless us, maka oganihu Okigwe.

Shalom!

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