Nigerian philanthropist and business leader Sir Emeka Offor, affectionately known as Sir Emeka, has donated US$1 million (R11-million) to Rotary’s PolioPlus programme to support global efforts to eradicate polio.
This brings his total contributions to Rotary to US$3.1 million for the combat of the disease.
Sir Emeka is the executive vice-chairman of the Chrome Group, a Nigerian oil and gas conglomerate.
He broke this wonderful news at the Rotary annual convention, which is taking place this week in Sydney, Australia. Over 18 000 Rotarians from 150 countries are attending this global meeting.
This is the second consecutive year the Nigerian-born million has done such a humanitarian gesture. The first time it was last year when he announced the gift at a Rotary meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.
The eradication effort is a personal commitment for Sir Emeka, who hails from one of the three countries where wild polio has never been stopped (the others are Afghanistan and Pakistan).
“Polio was common during my childhood in Kafanchan, Kaduna State,” he said in a statement. “My friends, classmates, and their siblings all fell victim to this terrible disease. As a young man, I vowed I would someday do something significant to end polio in Nigeria.”
Photo: Sir Emeka Offor, Nigeria philanthropist and business leader