Victor Obi… In honour of a great man (1965-2020)
“A man is known for one thing in life. It is either he is doing good or doing bad.”
To late astute entrepreneur, Mr. Victor Emeka Obi, life is all about being happy, doing good and impacting positively on the lives of others.
Victor grew up with his peers and distinguished himself in all his endeavours despite not being born with a silver spoon. He ran a good race on earth, going about doing good to people at all times and places. He was one of the strong pillars of the great Obi family of Isu-Ebii village, Oba, Idemili South Local Council of Anambra State.
The story of the late Obi was that of a perfect gentleman from sole to crown, imbued with sagacity, finesse, tact, caution and assertiveness in all his doings.
As a successful businessman with a difference, he had all the attributes mentioned above working for him. He was a man with midas touch, who had God’s grace upon him. His was a typical story of faith, trust in God and humility in success.
He was born on January 21, 1965, to the family of Mr. Nkwoagbala and Mrs. Mgboka Obi of blessed memory. He was the last of the males and sixth child among his siblings. He had his primary education in Oba, Nsukka and Ihiala respectively and later got admission into Comprehensive Secondary School, Nawfia. Gaining admission into this school was a great feat and big deal then.
As a growing child, he lived with his brother Late Mr. Augustine Obi in Nsukka and his uncle Late Mr. Charles Obi (Azanzi) in Ihiala. After his secondary education, he chose to go into business. He was promptly sent to Zaria by his late brother, Deacon Gabriel Obi to learn stationery business.
He later got back to Lagos and with the help of this same brother (Deacon Gabriel Obi), he was able to start off his own business, E-Obison Ventures Ltd., dealing in stationery materials at Olosha in Mushin, Lagos. He later moved from Mushin to Idumota, Obun-Eko Street to be precise, where he expanded on a larger scale, until he left stationery business for Fast Food in 2003.
His decision to leave the stationery business, even when he was prosperous in it, was borne out of his natural and adventurous spirit and zeal to always break new grounds. Again, his love for good and delicious meals knew no bound; he was a good cook anytime, any day.
His successful foray into the fast food industry made him one of the pioneers and big players of Big Time Fast Food business in Nigeria with his brand name Macdons Continental Limited, having branches in Lagos, Asaba, Yenogoa and Awka. He was indeed a big employer of labour and testimonies abound of his goodness and sincerity in business.
Victor was an astute and shrewd businessman with a knack for quality and excellence. He could smell a good business from afar, analyse it and venture into it without hesitation.
Before his passing, he had veered into media and communication with the establishment of an FM radio station under Macdons Media that is nearing completion in Awka, Anambra State Capital. He also established JUVIC Farm Limited in Asaba, Delta State.
He was a quintessential family man that loved his family so much. He put his family before any other thing and always sorted the best for them. The peace, love and understanding that reigned in his family was palpable, emulative and unprecedented.
When you hear “Obi the Guy” and “Ujay Baby Girl” you know that this couple is affectionately addressing each other, that was the depth of their love.
Late Victor was always a lively and jolly man. He was always conscious of his health, environment and hygiene. As a father, he valued quality life and education and ensured that his wife and children enjoyed it.
He was a peaceful and God-fearing man, who believed in the truth especially as it concerns family matters, hence his mantra is “I will say the truth as it is so that in my absence, when issues concerning my family are brought up, whosoever is present will also say the truth.”
He was a kind man, who always looked out for the interest of others and planned to help those dear to him. Unfortunately, untimely and wicked death cut short these plans, hopes and aspirations. But it is well as the Lord is always in control of every situation.
Victor got married to his lovely wife, Mrs. Uju Nkem Obi (Nee Ibeabuchi) in 1998 and the marriage was blessed with three children, two boys and a girl.
He may have gone too soon, but he left behind children that will carry on his legacies, dreams and aspirations. He will forever be alive in our hearts and memories, being a great man, good father and philanthropist per excellence.
May God grant the Obi family the strength to forge ahead in unity, love and peace in loving memory of our brother, father, uncle, great unifier and pacifist, late Victor Emeka Obi.
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