Obumneke Ejimnkeonye Okafor of Anambra central took his senatorial campaign to the grassroots. The People of Awka North LGA communities trooped out to receive the man who promised to sponsor referendum bill for Regional Government in the senate.People of Awka North were so happy to welcome the youngest Senator of our time and promised to massively vote for National Conscience Party (NCP) in Anambra central senatorial election. Amansea, Ebenebe, Ugbene, Isu Aniocha, Mgbakwu, Achalla.
Obumneke Okafor was born on 12th July, 1975 from Enugwu-Ukwu. Obumneke had a brief Nursery education (Nta Akara) in Osili village Enugwu Ukwu in 1982 and later relocated to Onitsha where he started Primary education in Patrick Okolo Memorial Primary School Onitsha in same year. He finished his Primary education in New Bethel Primary School Onitsha and proceeded to Onitsha High School Onitsha for Secondary Education.
From his early age (while in Primary and Secondary Schools), Obumneke dedicated his life to God. He served as Altar Knight (Mass Servant) for about a decade in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Onitsha (under the tutelage of late Monsignor Obiukwu) and in the Basilica of Most Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha (under the tutelage of late Arch Bishop Stephen Ezeanya, Monsignor Oteh who later became
Bishop of Isele ukwu Dioceses, Arch Bishop Albert Kanene Obiefuna, Rev Father John Uzuakupundu (Ofu Obi) and a host of other priests).
Obumneke got admitted in Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka in 1997 where graduated with BSc. in Computer Science in 2001. After his graduation, he did NYSC in Ekiti state where he served from August
2002 to August 2003. It was during his service year that he met Mr. Ayo Fayose (the young governor of Ekiti state) and took the decision of leading his state at early age when he still has strength and undiminished intelligence that are required for the job.
After his NYSC, Obumneke saw a business opportunity in Ekiti state and decided to stay in the state and help it grow in information technology. In the year 2002, browsing in Cyber Cafe was being done only in Ekiti state capital, Ado Ekiti. Obum approached NITEL in a couple of semiurban cities of the state and requested for lines which can be used for dialup connectivity. The requests were rejected after
several attempts were made to get it approved. Had they been approved, he would have setup Cyber Cafes which would later be upgraded to Internet Service Providers (ISPs). He relocated to Awka, Anambra state with same idea, but was frustrated by unavailability of power (electricity).
In 2004, Obumneke Ejimnkeonye Okafor was employed as Switch Engineer by Active Communication Limited. Active Communication Limited was a private telecoms company in Opebi, Ikeja Lagos. He left Active Communication Limited and started freelance business in telecommunication. He was in partnership with his younger brother.
He left the business in care of his younger brother and joined Spring Bank PLC in 2008 where he was made the Regional Coordinator of Information Technology in Abuja and North. He was also the Manager of Disaster Recovery (DR) Site of the bank which was in Abuja. When DR Site of the bank was relocated to Lagos in 2011, Obum was transferred to Lagos to continue managing the site due to his excellent services. Extra job of Unix Systems Administration was added to his duties in the bank’s head office. He was with Spring Bank Ltd when it became Enterprise Bank Limited.
From Enterprise Bank Limited, he moved to Fidelity Bank PLC. While he was in Fidelity Bank PLC, telecoms started asking for his services. Both Glo and MTN had the opportunity to hire him for his experienced services, but Globacom became the lucky one. He retired voluntarily from paid job on 28/02/2018 and is currently doing personal business. While working from 2004 till 2018, Obumneke never forgot his call to serve God and humanity. He was a member of St. Paul’s Chior and Young Christian Movement (YCM) in Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Ojota, Lagos. Also, he was a member of executives in both groups and represented both them in Laity Council and Parish Pastoral Council (PPC). He represented the parish Laity Council in Deanery and Diocesan activities. In Abuja, he joined St Cecilia’s Chior of St Kevins Catholic Church, Jukwoyi. He still sings with the choir any time he goes to Abuja. People are not surprised by Obumneke’s transparency
in his dealings because he is filled with Godly principles. Obumneke is a big investor. He started Stack Investment Ltd with six other men of like minds. He, also, does personal investment in landed property and that his current major business. Obum is happily married and is blessed with a lovely wife and wonderful kids. He is a good family man.
In his professional career, Obum attended many local trainings and a couple of international trainings. He also has many professional certifications. Some of the trainings and certifications are listed below.
1. ONTAP 6 Administration Training in London, UK (2011)
2. IBM AIX 7 Administration Training in London, UK (2013)
Professional Certifications: 1. Solaris 10 Systems Administration l
2. Solaris 10 Systems Administration II
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