- Emeka Aniche
Mazi Sam Iheanyichukwu Ohuabunwa, (OFR) - pharmacist, businessman, lay worker and community leader.
He 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).
Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa 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).
Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa 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.