Man of the moment: Omafuaire, the man the cap fits

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Comrade Akpokona Omafuaire

 

Comrade Akpokona Omafuaire is a native of Akperhe-Olomu in Ughelli-South Area of Delta State. His father, Late Pa Joseph Omafuaire Ikpemeku married Mrs. Etawarien Omafuaire from the Ogbon Royal family of Ogoni to give birth to him.

Young Omafuaire attended Odje Primary School Akperhe-Olomu from 1980-1984 and Azagba Primary School Otor-Owhe from 1987-1989 and bagged his First School leaving certificate. He started his Secondary education at Olomu Secondary School Otorere-Olomu from 1989-1993. His quest and love for science made him to switch to Okpare Grammar School between 1999-1993 where he got his SSCE WAEC with two distinction and five credits.

Omafuaire got admitted to the great University of Benin in 1994 as he passed the then difficult JAMB once. He graduated from University of Benin with Second Class honours in Bachelor of Science Business Administration.

 

Omafuaire was posted to Government Secondary School Agila in Ado Local Government Area of Benue State for his one year mandatory National Youth Corp and served merritoriously where he made friends with the great Prof. Moses Ochonu, formerly of University of Michigan.

 

Omafuaire, as a graduate of Businness Administration went into private business practice for sometimes. But his quest for the emancipation of the underprivileged saw him venturing into Journalism and he bagged a merit Post Graduate Diploma Certificate from the International Institute of Journalism Abuja.

 

A determined Omafuaire got employment in a national newspaper outfit in Delta State, an area hitherto a preserve of non-indigenes, The Vanguard Newspaper as a Senior Photojournalist.

 

He did perfectly well as a photo journalist and later became the South-South photo Editor. His flair in writing news reports made him combined photo journalism with news reporting which took him to places across South-South region and other parts of the country.

 

Omafuaire, a disciplined and dedicated journalist covered the Niger Delta flash points during the heat of the Niger Delta arms insurrection. His Niger Niger Delta crisis coverage as a reporter almost earned him of his life in many occasions. For instance,  the Southern Ijaw Council Area of Bayelsa and Warri South West Area of Delta State left a gory picture in his mind as he escaped narrowly from the valley of death.

 

As a strong voice, Omafuaire became the Financial Secretary of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Warri Correspondent Chapel. His strong discipline and principle earned him the name “IYETE” the revered title of the Okumagba of Okere Warri Kingdom.

 

Omafuaire rose to become Secretary of the Union for six years before emerging the Chairman in 2017.

 

Omafuaire, a voracious reader further in his quest to emancipate the downtrodden in 2014 started a career in law when he got admitted to the prestigious  Delta State University Abraka, Oleh Campus.

 

As a self-made man, Omafuaire has fought the course of his people, which endeared him to Kings, great Politicians and captains of industries amongst others.

 

He joined the turbulent water of politics to emancipate the underrepresented people of Ughelli and Udu federal constituency.  He believed that he could do much better than any politician who had represented the constituency over the years with his wealth of experience as a selfless and visionary youth leader.

 

Omafuaire sees and believed an elective public office to be delivery, attracting development as well as qualitative representation, rather than enriching one’s purse and family members. He is vibrant, dogged and sagacious young intellectual to bring the pains of the people to the national front burner.

 

Omafuaire having attained popularity with uncountable reports read and shared worldwide seeks no further recognition with just contesting election, but driven by passion and pains of poor representation amidst great suffering of his people.

 

As a tough voice and dogged advocate of good governance, Omafuaire is the round peg for the round hole. Support Omafuaire, the real deal.

 

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