Don Ebubeogu, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Tiger Foods Limited has emerged the new president of Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (ONICCIMA).
June 29th, 2017 was Don Ebubeogu’s date with history. On that day, the Onitsha business community under the auspices of Onitsha Chamber of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture (ONICCIMA) found a competent hand in him and decided it was high time the seasoned industrialist brought his rich and shrewd managerial and leadership experience to bear on the Chamber as its new helmsman. Thus in an almost unanimous vote, he was elected ONICCIMA’s 12th president.
The inauguration of Ebubeogu is the formal crystallization of 29th June and bold testament to his faithfulness to the cause of ONICCIMA. He is a seasoned industrialist who is rooted in the Onitsha industrial and business community where he superintends a flourishing Food conglomerate, Tiger Foods Nigeria Limited.
Ebubeogu will be replicating in ONICCIMA his success story in Tiger Foods. His resourcefulness has led to the company becoming leader in the food industry sub-sector within the South east axis with thriving branches in a number of African countries namely Liberia, Ghana and Cameroun.
Essentially, Ebubeogu is not coming to learn on the job. He has been involved in ONICCIMA in the last 17 years. Within this period he garnered rich experience in the top echelon of the chamber as an executive member, and also had the opportunity to understudy the dynamics of leadership of the last four Presidents of ONICCIMA.
Captains of industry, business moguls and professionals who have over the years closely followed Ebubeogu’s track record are confident that his tenure as ONICCIMA president will witness a great turnaround of the body. For example, Chairman of Ekulo Group of Companies, Emma Bishop Okonkwo speaks glowingly of him thus “We heartily congratulate you on your well-deserved election as the 12th President of ONICCIMA…given your pedigree and antecedents, we are of the considered opinion that the voters were well informed and election credible as the Chamber needs hands of one with integrity, principle, vision and character for the onerous task ahead”
Of course, friends and admirers of Ebubeogu compare him to a gold fish which has no hiding place as its enchanting appearance always sets it apart and makes it easily recognizable. They say in the business sector, he is a gold fish and as one, it was not possible for him to hide. They say it was not therefore, surprise that his colleagues at ONICCIMA effortlessly spotted him and saddled him with leadership position.
Not only that Ebubeogu dominates the Onitsha business environment, his immense contributions to the business sector leading to the creation of jobs and harnessing of human resources are quite glaring. And these are part of the refreshing factors that have earned him this exalted position.
Open minded and energetic, Ebubeogu exudes responsible approach to leadership and community service and is blessed with the uncanny ability to work with, and motivate a team, especially in the face of sagging spirit, thus ensuring excellent working environment and result driven ventures.
The new ONICCIMA President is promising an impactful leadership and robust business community: “I shall continue to uphold the tradition and tenets of this chamber which has supported enterprise and made great efforts to fulfill its tasks of representing the business community, contributing to the improvement of economic development and business climate, promoting trade and investment and supporting enterprise to develop and integrate”.
As the Nigerian economy gradually recovers from recession, the Onitsha business community is currently making effort to accelerate restructuring and successfully promoting the cause of industrialization and modernization. It is against this backdrop that Ebubeogu pledges: “under my leadership, ONICCIMA, as a professional representative of the Onitsha business community, will continue to uphold its tradition of solidarity, actively take part in this recovery process and fulfill all tasks entrusted it by organized private sector”
Tiger Foods Limited where the new ONICCIMA boss sits atop as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer is a product of sound professional education. Born on June 3, 1972, in Onitsha, Anambra state, Don Ebubeogu is a Food Technologist per excellence, a profession he acquired from the Institute of Food Technologists, Chicago, United States of American. He is also a member of American Institute of Baking Manhattan, American Spice Trade Association, Washington and Nigerian Herbs and Spice Association.
Ebubeogu is married to Chineye, a dutiful and supportive woman who is a compass to her husband as he pilots the affairs of Tiger Foods as well as weather turbulent storms of business. Ebubeogu’s zeal for the things of God, calm disposition and humble nature stem from his contact with Catholic education.
An indigene of Akokwa in Ideato North Local Government Area of Imo State, Ebubeogu had his early education at Ugborimili Primary School, Fegge Onitsha. He later proceeded to St. Paul’s Junior Seminary, Ukporand All Hallow’s Senior Seminary, Onitsha for his Secondary education.
Apart from Tiger Foods, ONICCIMA’s new helmsman is also an investor in Rose Cross Oil Ltd and Green Sahara Farms Ltd. A loving, compassionate father and devout Christian, together with Chinenye, Ebubeogu has three adorable children.
– Ingram Osigwe