Many know wealthy investor Dr. Obiora Okonwkwo, as a successful businessman. There also are a lot of people, who know that the man who has investments in the telecoms, aviation and tourism sectors once contested for a seat in the Red Chambers. But many who have admired the Russian schooled multi-millionaire from afar hardly know that he is a man whose faith comes first. Not too many members of the Nigerian high society of which Okonkwo is a respected figure, know that he serves as the Political and Economy Adviser to the Catholic Arch-Bishop of Onitsha.
But the brilliant businessman’s love and commitment to his church was exposed when the top echelon of the Catholic Church gathered in Abuja for the first plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria on Monday, March 11. It was at the August gathering that Okonkwo formally handed over the magnificent edifice he built to the church. The dedication of the St. Gabriel Chapel was one of the high points of the meeting of Bishops.