OKAFOR, Chief Raphael Ben Kechi

Politician, businessman, born March 15, 1927, Nkwessi, Imo State; married Mercy Onyekwena 1955, Florence Ugwu 1963. Agnes Akaghan 1965. Theresa Ilukwe 1977. nine sons, twelve daughters; EDUCATION: CMS School. Egbu. Oguta and Owerri, Baptist College, attended courses at University of Los Angeles, USA; CAREER: former President, Nigeria Civil Service Union; National Administrative Secretary, National Council of Nigerian Citizens, 1956; member, Nigerian Parliament, 1959; Chairman, Public Accounts Committee, federal Parliament, 1959; Parliamentary Secretary, 1960; Federal Ministry for Trade, 1965; Chairman/Managing Director, Estate and Finance Corporation, 1966; Chairman, Nkalagu Cement Company, 1980; Managing Director, Continental Lines (Africa) Limited, since 1971; POLITICAL PATIES: member, defunct National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC), 1944; member, defunct Zikist Movement. 1946; member, defunct Zikist National Vanguard, 1951; member, defunct NCNC" Youth Association, 1956; Political Adviser, defunct United Middle Belt Council, 1962; member, banned Nigeria People's Party (NPP), National Deputy Chairman, NPP and Imo Stale Chairman. 1978-83; suffered political detention in 1948. 1953, 1956. 1966. 1984, 1985; life member. Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, 1960; African member, World Air Cargo Organisation; Deputy Governor, Institute of World Biographical Society; TRADITIONAL TITLE: Onunekwuruoha of Nkwessi 1960; Cigozie Oririnzere of Oguta 1964; FOREIGN HONOURS: Holds 12 Keys of American Cities; Honorary Citizen of United States of America; PUBLICATION: History of Own Festival In Igboland, (Eko Publishers, 1957); History of Our Struggles for Independence (Pacific, 1963); HOBBIES: lawn tennis, swimming; Official Address: 24 Wharf Road, PMB 1073, Apapa; Telephone: (01) 877793; Home: 15 Ugali Street, Ire Akari Estate, Isolo, Lagos; Telephone: (01) 523403.
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