Putting Communal Services First

Putting Communal Services First

  Chief Kingslee Okafor’s enthusiasm and determination to be of help to indigent people has put him on the spotlight severally and in different fora. As the CEO of Korporate Kings Group Ltd, and a Knight of St John, he considers service to humanity as a divine call. In the beginning... It wasn’t quite easy starting up in life. It was even more difficult, because I was from a polygamous home and, like in most polygamous homes, sufferings and hardship were ever present, irrespective of how wealthy ones parents were. You were, more or less, on your own and your mother dictated things to you. I had a very caring father, but, seeing as he had 51 children and I was the 22nd, it was not all rosy. It was tough starting up, but determination and zeal was enough to move me closer to my dreams. Taking advantage... First off, the fact that I am a trained sculptor and artist makes me more human, as I have to appreciate the things I see around me. I don’t just collect art, I promote art. I believe that the nation will find art to be a means to make a lot of money, given the current economic value of oil, the country stands a chance to make so much money from tourism and arts promotion. During the 1977 edition of the Festival of Art and Culture [FESTAC ‘77], the Nigerian government went to the British government to ask for the Benin mask that was taken from Nigeria sometime back,but the British government requested for the sum of £2m from Nigeria as deposit before they would release the mask. The question now is, who truly is the owner of this work of art under contention? Suffice to say that the British understand and place high value on arts. So, the earlier we begin to understand the place of art, the better for our country. We are talking about diversifying our economy, but we can leverage on the wealth opportunity availed by the arts to make a fortune. The oil industry is not as profitable and attractive as it once was to a fresh graduate. The fanfare which once surrounded it is dying out. Morocco is making so much money from the art industry. Nigeria can get that sector up and running, as well. Motivation… What gives me great satisfaction is seeing indigent people become responsible persons in the society. I do not like to take credit for the many lives I’ve touched through my foundation, Ome-Ihe Ukwu Foundation, which concentrates on giving out bursary to indigent people, promote sports, give people the needed capital to start up their businesses, partner with the government to bring about infrastructural development to communities, towns and villages, amongst others. The future... I see myself doing the same thing, helping the indigent. Plans are underway to establish more skills’ acquisition centres, thereby reaching out to more people. In business, we are doing well. We are almost on auto cruise. I believe that the more people get aware of the art industry, the more we get involved, the more we make a living from it. So, in the next 10 years, with the way the world is going, Nigeria will be more aware of the arts and get involved in it. It won’t be like in the past where people can’t reckon buying a work of art for N1m. Words of wisdom... Things do not happen overnight. If you have the passion, you [must] work hard at it, do it right and expect your reward. The youth, who have refused to take their rightful place in the society want to make it within the snap of the finger. If they see you with an iPhone 6, they want it. Sadly, they don’t know how long it took you to burn the midnight lamp to get to where you are. Patience is the keyword here. Let’s focus more on the things that will bring communal benefits to us than individual gains. Then, we will have a nation which everybody will be proud to be identified with.
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