Kevin Chukwumobi, the founder and Managing Director of Apams Funeral Home turned 50 recently and in rolling out the drums to celebrate him, friends and family all converged at his behest.
Eye witnesses informed E-nigeria! that the Ukpor Nnewi South self-made billionaire attracted the crème de la cream of Eastern Nigeria to the event which started with a pontifical high mass officiated by the Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, with several other members of the clergy and the religious from different congregations. In his homily, the bishop commended Dr Kevin Chukwumobi for his steadfastness, humility and sincerity of purpose. He described Dr Kevin as one of the pride of Ndi Igbo , who has not only contributed to massive job creation leading to reduction in crime, but has been a huge pillar of support to the growth of the local church. The top catholic cleric also advised other well to do Anambrarians to emulate APAMS in his philanthropic gestures and more especially his quiet and unassuming nature.
The lavish and historical event was actually a multiple celebration. It encompasses his 50th birthday, conferment of doctor of Science in business management and corporate governance (Honoris Causa) by European American University, the Igbo Heroes Award conferred on him by the youth wing of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo. Part of the event also was Ozo and chieftaincy title taking as Ume Ike and Ike Ukpor respectively. This traditional function was carried out by no less a person than the royal father of Ukpor.
Dignitaries who graced the occasion include the former governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, Senator representing Anambra South senatorial district, Sen. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah, former APGA national chairman, Sen. Victor Umeh, member board of trustees PDP, Chief Chris Uba (Eselu) and former aviation minister, Chief Osita Chidoka (Ike Obosi). Others include Chief Okwudili Ezenwankwo (Ewepudike), member representing Orumba north and south federal constituency, Dr. Chidozie Nwankwo, chairman, Wichtech group, Mr. Val Ozigbo, immediate past president of Transcorp, Dr.Obiora Okonkwo (Dikeora), High chief Johnbosco Onunkwo, Sen. Alphonsus Igbeke (Ubanese) , Sen. Obinna Ogba, Hon. Ifeanyi Ibezi, Hon Obinna Chidoka( member, representing idemili North and South federal constituency, Dr Ifedi okwenna, Dr Alex Obiogbolu and Dr. Tony Nwoye. There were also captains of industry, top government functionaries, community and highly placed religious leaders at the event.
In his remark, Mr. Peter Obi, the former governor of Anambra state who was at the event to celebrate his friend, described Dr Kevin as a man who is imbued with the right spirit of entrepreneurship and has promoted the ideals of doing business right. According to Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, he described Dr Kevin as an illustrious son of Anambra state and Igbo land who is very hard working, full of creativity and innovation. To Johnbosco Onunkwo, APAMS has paid his dues in business and he urged Ndi Igbo to emulate his humanitarian act.
In his brief remark at the event, Sen. Ifeanyi Ubah who was accompanied by his amiable wife Mrs. Uche Ubah described the celebrant as an industrious citizen who has contributed a lot to the development of the nation’s economy. He further prayed God to nourish him with more wisdom and divine protection and urged him never to relent in putting in more efforts towards the development of the Igbo economy and the nation at large.
According to one of the PDP governorship hopefuls and the immediate past president of Transcorp, Mr. Val Ozigbo, APAMS Boss is a pacesetting businessman and friend who revolutionized funeral undertaking in Nigeria.
Celebrities who attended the event include Klint D Drunk, Rachael Okonkwo (Nkoli Nwa Nsukka), Rita Edochie, Destiny Etiko, Steve Eboh, Ikem Mazeli, Flavour and Prophet Chukwuemeka Ohanemere. Indeed, it was a star studded event.
The high point of the occasion was cutting of the birthday cake and presentation of his honorary doctorate certificate. SEE PHOTOS BELOW: