The Authority Icon: TONY EZENNA
For his entrepreneurial diligence, discipline and focus, factors that have enabled him build a business conglomerate touching lives in his community, region and country; for his large vision and philanthropy expressed in countless selfless interventions, Sir Anthony Ifeanyichukwu Ndubuisi Ezenna is The AUTHORITY Icon.
For 13 years, he worked dutifully in his family-owned Chemist shop - Eastern Industrial Chemist. Thereafter, in 1988, he established his own pharmaceutical company, Orange Drugs Limited (ODL), now a conglomerate (Orange Group), leveraging leadership and managerial skills he acquired from his previous experience. Meet Sir Anthony Ifeanyichukwu Ndubuisi Ezenna
He was born on April 21, 1957, in Port Harcourt, into the family of Mazi Ernest Ukwandu Ebilekwe Ezenna and Mrs. Comfort Ebiliekwe Ezenna of Owerri Akokwa in Ideato LGA of Imo State. As a child under the tutelage of his father, he demonstrated an early entrepreneurial precocity. His astute management of his father’s business was an early sign of what his business future would be like.
Perhaps, not surprisingly, he branched out of his father’s establishment to set up Orange Drugs Ltd, in 1988, in Owerri, the Imo State capital. The coming on stream of Orange Drug Ltd was the onset of his many other milestones that would establish him as an industrialist and business mogul, on a comparable pedestal as the Aliko Dangotes, Jim Ovias, Tony Elumelus, Femi Otedolas among other leading business czars in the country.
As a visionary, disciplined businessman, job creator and employer of labour, he has taken many young Nigerians off the labour market – into the employ of the Orange Group, Orange Drugs ltd, Orange Soap Factory, Onitsha, Orange West Africa, Orange Kalbe among others. An uncommon philanthropist, the Orange Drugs boss has many Nigerians happy through his multi-faceted philanthropy. He has contributed immeasurably to the development of both his immediate community, region and country at large.
He set up the Tony Ezenna Foundation - targeting the provision of scholarships and financial support to families that cannot afford to send their children to school. The Foundation also provides financial assistance to small scale businesses in communities round Akokwa. His immediate Owerri Akokwa community has enjoyed electricity and pipe borne water, courtesy of his interventions. There is more.
A committed and devout Catholic, he has demonstrated a passion for assisting churches spread the everlasting gospel of love and tolerance. He strongly believes that life without Christ amount to crisis, wealth without Godly love is vanity and that must always show love and seek the face of God. He built the portaceali Cistern Monastery of Orlu Diocease, completed the ultra mordern building for St. David’s Catholic Church Owerri Akokwa, in addition to financially contributing to the growth and structural development of many church parishes in Orlu Diocese.
On the sporting front, he sponsors the annual Procold Talde Tennis Championship in Nigeria. It’s today the biggest Table Tennis tournament in the country. His company also sponsors the annual Boska football championship in Lagos, and the Akokwa Unity Soccer Cup.
Today, he stands tall among his peers. He is a fulfilled man and blessed with a wonderful spouse and adorable children. He is also a proud grandfather, having given out two of his adorable daughters in marriage recently.