Okechukwu Enelamah, former Nigeria’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, is a true son of Abia State who represented us excellently well while serving the country.
The Ohuhu Umuahia born son of a priest, earned a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1985. He later earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Harvard University in 1994 where he was a Baker Scholar and Loeb Fellow. He is a member of ICAN (1992) and became a CFA in 1997. He earned Dean’s List honours in his MBBS graduating class at the University of Nigeria, and was awarded national prizes in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) examinations.
Enelamah who schooled at Government College Umuahia worked as an Audit Senior and Consultant at Arthur Anderson (now KPMG Professional Services) from 1988. He later worked in the New York and London offices of Goldman Sachs from 1993 before joining Zephyr Management as an investment manager where he rose to the position of a Principal in the Johannesburg office between 1995 and 1997. Enalamah founded African Capital Alliance (ACA), a private equity firm, in 1997 where he served as CEO until his appointment to the Industry, Trade, and Investment portfolio in November 2015 by President Muhammadu Buhari.
As a Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he focused on his job and left politics for politicians. While seeing NIGERIA as his primary constituency, he did not ignore the development of his state. When Governor Okezie Ikpeazu dreamed up the ambitious Enyimba Economic City, Minister Enelamah offered exceptional support to ensure that it is realized.
He positively sold the state to the international business community and supported his Governor to ensure that high profile investors bought into the project as well as helped clear bureaucratic bottlenecks to the approval of the project.
After the Governor conceived and discussed the need to support MSMEs in Ariaria International Market with VP Yemi Osinbajo, Minister Enelamah again stepped in to ensure that the project is realized. He worked assiduously with the team of ABSG and the office of VP Osinbajo to deliver the project.
Indeed, Enelamah served NIGERIA and his state very well and with the fear of God. History will forever be kind to him even though members of Abia APC may not have realized that once you are appointed to serve you put politics aside and support your president and state to make progress.
We salute you, Dr Okechukwu Enelamah…the sky is the limit for you and posterity will reward you.
By John Okiyi Kalu, JOK