Thursday, 7 January 2010

Chidi Okoye

Chidi A. Okoye graduated with a distinction in sculpture from the Institute of Management and Technology in Enugu, Nigeria, in 1988. For the next six years he taught sculpture and drawing at Federal Polytechnic Oko Anambra State Nigeria. During this period, he created an outstanding collection, not only sculpting, but painting and writing as well. In Nigeria, He had his national solo exhibition “Textures of Life” and launching of his book “Lamentation” at national museum Lagos in 1993 sponsored by Mobil Producing Nigeria. Okoye is as famous for his poetry as for his painting and sculpture.

In 1994 Okoye moved to Vancouver, Canada, where he immediately became involved in a number of projects promoting international artistic exchange and was a leading light in the local Black creative community.

Apart from being the artist of numerous sold-out limited editions Chidi’s works have won the admiration of local and international collectors. Among his long list of works in private and public collection are in Delta Airline Atlanta, Water Resources, Atlanta; Resurrection Life Center Montgomery Alabama; President office, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC; Villa Benzi, Caerano, Italy; Enugu State University Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Nigeria, Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu; Federal Polytechnic Oko, Nigeria; Mobil Producing Nigeria Head office Logos, Nigeria to mention a few.

Among his long list of solo and group exhibitions includes his most recent international group exhibition “ The Nelson Mandela Unity Series, World Economic Forum, January 26th 2005 in Davos, Switzerland.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Jerome Okolo

Jerome I. Okolo was born on 19th October 1966 in Enugu , Enugu State Nigeria. He attended the University School, University of Nigeria; Federal Government College, Kano, (1978-1983); University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, (1983-1985); Tashkent Polypechnical Institute, Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1985; Makeyevka Building and Engineering Institute, Makeyevka, Donetsk Region, Ukraine, 1986; Moscow Institute of Architecture, Moscow, Russian Federation, (1986 – 1992). He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Architecture, and Post Graduate Diploma in Russian Language.

He began his working career in 1992 as a founding Director of TASK Enterprises Joint-Stock Company, Moscow and was responsible for establishing the Information Technology and commodities trading businesses of the Company. Also in 1992, he founded Access Investments Limited, London, also engaged in commodities trading and the production and distribution of fluoropolymers.

In 1995, Jerome Okolo sold Access Investments Limited to Convena Handelsgesellschaft, Hamburg, Germany for a 50% stake in the later company. He then proceeded to set up the Russian office of Convena Handelsgesellschaft and develop its fluoropolymer business. It was as a director of Convena Handelsgesellschaft that he developed strategic partnerships with ICI – Asahi Glass PLC (UK), 3P - Produits Plastiques Performants (France), Sumitomo Corporation (Japan), Heidelberg AG (Germany), Siemens AG Geschaftsbereich A&D AS (Germany), Kirovo-Chepetsky Khimichesky Kombinat (Russia), PermEnergo (Russia), Koch-Glitsch (Russia), Halogen Company (Russia) amongst others. During this period, he also set up Convena International Trade Finance, and with Mr. Burkhard Hedrich (formerly of Dresdner Bank AG), he was co-Managing Director.

In 1992, he left Convena Handelsgesellschaft Hamburg and set up FPT AG in Lucerne, Switzerland and opened subsidiaries in Germany, United Kingdom, Russia and the Crimea ( Ukraine). Under the aegis of this company, Jerome Okolo has continued to maintain interests in companies that build factories to produce and process fertilizers, petrochemicals, thermoplastics and fluoropolymers. He has built factories to produce Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers, polypropylene/acrylic yarns and other packaging materials from woven synthetic yarns.

He is presently Executive Vice Chairman, GeoQinetiq Limited and Chairman, Advanced Building Technologies Limited. He is also the General Secretary of the National Think Tank for Nigeria. Jerome Okolo is married with three daughters and two sons.

Source: Timbuktu Chronicles & TanConf2009