Athur Nzeribe biography and last moments as curated by ENigeria Newspaper with contributions from other reputable independent source.
Born Francis Athur Nzeribe in the riverine town of Oguta in Imo State, his father Oyimba Nzeribe was a legal practitioner and former state counsel and his grandfather, Akpati Nzeribe was highly influential and held revered Igbo traditional titles such as, Ogbuagu, Oshiji, Damanze Oyimba of Oguta.
No doubt from an ancestral linage of great men, Athur Nzeribe was also inspired by greatness that he acquired so much power among top military figures and especially within the then military regime of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, famously known as IBB.
In this article containing Athur Nzeribe Biography we have the following items in discuss:
Athur Nzeribe Biography background:
Life after return from Britain
June 12 election annulment
State of Origin
Quick facts about Athur Nzeribe Biography:
|Name: Francis Athur Nzeribe|
|Marital Status: Married|
|Children: Four known children|
|Date of birth: November 1938|
|Occupation: Business man/politician
Net Worth: $1.5b in 2018
State of origin Imo State
Late Senator Athur Nzeribe was married to Joan Osula Nzeribe, who allegedly abandoned him in his sickbed. Although Joan debunked a report!!!
His second wife is the sister of Hajia Asabe Yar’Adua, wife of the late General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, who was brother of President Umaru Yar’Adua.
Late Senator Athur Nzeribe famously also known as FANZ has four known Children whom amongst them is Adanna Nzeribe who later marry Abia Born Critically acclaimed Billionaire, Socialite and Politician, Dr Chima Anyaso in 2013.
Chima is currently gunning to Abia State Governor.
Athur Nzeribe’s Education and Scholarships (Wikipedia):
Athur Nzeribe biography is not complete without running you through his education which was quite remarkable.
Nzeribe lost his mother when he was a primary school student, while his father was away in Great Britain studying law.
His care was taken over by Catholic priests who were involved in furthering his education. He attended Bishop Shanahan College, Orlu and Holy Ghost College, Owerri.
In 1957, he traveled to Lagos where he obtained employment with Nigeria’s port authority as an engineering cadet, and a year later, he received a scholarship from the NPA to study marine engineering.
He took courses at Portsmouth College of Technology and later attended Chesterfield College of Technology in England. By 1960 he was selling life insurance to black immigrants in Britain.
Life after return from Britain:
Upon return from Britain to Nigeria in 1961, Athur Nzeribe was briefly an employee of Shell Petroleum then for a few months an Air Force cadet. Thereafter, he worked for Gulf Oil at the firm’s Escravos facility. No doubt he had course set for greatness, wealth and power.
Nzeribe was a multi-billionaire investment mogul with strong attachment with the Ghana Commission through which he met Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana and started to work for him in public relations. Nkrumah also introduced him to other African leaders.
In 1969, Nzeribe started up the Fanz Organization based in London, dealing in heavy construction, arms, oil brokerage, publishing and property investment, with much business in the Middle East and Gulf states.
By 1979, Fanz had an annual trading turnover of £70 million. He is believed to be worth over 1.5 billion dollars as of 2018.
In August 2007 Nzeribe was appointed a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP
June 12 election annulment and why most Yorubas may not forgive him
Athur Nzeribe is mostly remembered for Association for a Better Nigeria (ABN), a group he founded which allegedly backed General Ibrahim Babangida in scuttling the worldwide acknowledged “June 12 election” that would have ushered in late billionaire, Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.
In 1983, he spent a whooping N12m to win a Senatorial seat in Orlu.
Arthur Nzeribe was elected Senator for the Imo Orlu constituency 1999 and was reelected in 2003. In November 2002, Senate President Anyim Pius Anyim indefinitely suspended Senator Nzeribe due to an allegation of a N22 million fraud.
Nzeribe was said to be planning an impeachment motion against Anyim.
In April 2006, the Orlu People’s Consultative Assembly, sponsored by the governor of Imo state Achike Udenwa, staged what it called “One million March” to drum up support for Nzeribe’s recall from the Senate. In the December 2006 PDP primaries for the 2007 Senatorial candidates, he was defeated by Osita Izunaso.
Heaven of Peace:
Nzeribe built a Palatial country home in Oguta called Heaven of Peace, an estate that contains multiple mansions.
Athur Nzeribe Biography (Last moments)
In his hey days, Athur Nzeribe was dreaded because wielded so much power and wealth that no one among his peers dared him.
However, his last days were very pathetic. In 2017, the photograph of ageing and possibly sick Nzeribe, sitting languidly, with medics around him went viral on social media and ever since, not much was heard about him, but he reportedly suffered severe memory loss..
According to the source, Nzeribe was declared dead at a foreign hospital following an undisclosed ailment.
“He died this morning in a hospital abroad. The family will soon release a statement,” the source said.
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