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|Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by sinola(m): 11:02am On Jul 22, 2016|
Mention Victor Okafor and no one will twitch a muscle. But mention EZEGO, King of Money and you will see the eyes of many Nigerians light up with excitement. He would have been one of Africa’s billionaires. He was fair-skinned, spoke softly and warm smiles danced on his chubby cheeks accentuated by a not-too-bushy moustache. He was relatively very young but as at that time, he was very well-known and duly respected in the Nigerian business society.
Here is the story of a man of many sides, Chief Victor Nnamdi Okafor, the Eze Ego (King of Money) I of Ihiala aka Udu Bunch aka The Young Millionaire, the Igbo tycoon who died tragically at a time he was to be celebrating his birthday.
EARLY DAYS, EDUCATION AND GROWING UP
A first son and a native of Uzoakwa, Ihiala in Anambra State, the late Ezego was born on the 25th of December, 1964. Ezego’s story is often touted as one of the classic rags-to-riches stories in Nigeria. He had his primary school education at the Uzoakwa Primary School but he was forced to drop out in the secondary school, Abbot Boys’ Secondary School, Ihiala and eventually took to business.
His childhood was a very traumatic one and at a point, his own father reportedly disowned him when he was nabbed for being a member of a robbery gang that showed Onitsha traders hell on earth .
THE ESCAPE, BUSINESS AND MAKING MONEY
While some of his fellow gangsters were caught and punished, Ezego fled to Umumeni Village where his angry father was said to have driven him out. From there, he went to Umuduru, his mother’s village. However, things were not rosy for him at Umuduru and in 1989, he decided to move to Lagos where he joined a mentor. What happened years after that remain shrouded in mystery but the next time the world would be hearing of Ezego, he was already a multimillionaire, one of the crème de la crème of Lagos.
In Lagos, he set up the Ezego Shopping Complex on Allen Avenue (there was also a branch in Abuja) and also the Ezego Plaza on the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road. From these spots, he operated and controlled one of the biggest electronics store in Nigeria. His other companies were Vic-Winners International Limited, Ezego Nigeria Limited, Ezego Holdings Limited, Vitex Zinc Co. Limited and Ezego Properties Limited.
HIS WEALTH AND PROPERTY
Ezego built houses, villas and mansions all over the country, one of which was an made of glass. All his real estate as at 1999 outside Ihiala was put at about half a billion naira.
The expansive mansion that served as his country home in Ihiala was worth another N500 million with the marble used for the walls imported from Italy.
A LOVER OF CARS
As at the time Ezego was alive, he had one of the largest private car garages in all of Africa. He loved cars and was always purchasing the latest ones stocking his garages at Ihiala and Lagos. A car freak of the first class, his garage alone was valued at almost one billion naira. He once dropped N14 million to acquire just two posh cars: a Sedan Lincoln Continental Mark 8 and a Mercedes Benz R230 convertible from Moontrends, owned by Tayo Ayeni.
Actually, as at the time of his death, he left behind countless state-of-the-art cars, 70 houses all over Nigeria and overseas and over N10 billion naira in his bank account.
LOVE, FAMILY, ROMANCE AND MARRIAGE
He was married to the fair-complexioned and beautiful Laurita Nkechi, a princess from Akata in Imo State and the marriage produced eight children. Following the death of her husband, Princess Nkechi relocated from Ajao Estate where she had stayed with her husband to Lekki. As at December 2013, it was reported by Nigeria Business Guide that she was taking her husband’s business empire to greater heights with her children in top universities around the globe.
By the way, Ezego’s first son was from a Japanese woman. He also fathered kids with other women apart from his wife, Nkechi.
On Thursday, 14th March, 2002, there was a case (Suit Number CA/E/166M/2000) before the Court of Appeal, Enugu Judicial Division and it was between Ezego’s wife and Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa on one hand as the appellants and Mrs. Elizabeth Onedibe, Citizens International Bank Limited, Zenith International Bank Limited and Diamond Bank Limited on the other hand as the respondents. Ezego had his accounts with these three banks.
On the 25th of December, 1999, death came knocking on Ezego’s door. But, he was not even aware in the slightest. Ezego’s birthday was on the 25th of December and it was his usual tradition to storm Ihiala, his hometown every Christmas for the double celebration (actually, it was a triple celebration: his birthday, Christmas and the New Year). His kinsmen and women in Ihiala eagerly awaited his annual homecoming which meant a lot of goodies for everyone. And so it was that fateful December of 1999. Ezego and everyone in his family were in high spirits and plans were fully made for the trip back home.
Ezego was in the habit of storming the sleepy, rustic hometown of Ihiala, impressing his people with his legendary wealth and affluence. Thus, the 1999 edition was no different. The whole of Nigeria would know that Ezego was in town. Some of the most sought-after musicians in the world’s most populous black nation were billed to entertain the guests at the most exciting galore of the year. Afrobeat maestro, Femi Kuti and his Positive Force Band were billed to dazzle the guests and rock the community to its very foundation.
To show how serious Ezego took the party, the moneybag personally visited the Afrikan Shrine to meet Femi Anikulapo-Kuti in order to ensure that all went on smoothly. The party was billed to start from the night of Christmas to the Boxing Day (26th) so Ezego decided to start his trip from Lagos on the 23rd of December. But little did he know that all his efforts were in vain. He was unconsciously planning for his own funeral. But what precisely happened?
On the 23rd of December, Ezego left Lagos as planned, heading towards the southeastern region of Nigeria. He took off in a most flashy style, in a convoy of six of his finest automobiles. These included a Lincoln Navigator (1999 model), limousine, blue Porsche, Lexus jeep, a Cherokee jeep and a latest Honda. The interesting thing about that fateful trip was that Ezego would normally fly to either Enugu or Port Harcourt where he would then be driven in a convoy to Ihiala. However, the fatal rates of air crashes during that period claimed to have made him change his mind. The outcome was disastrous for the mogul.
For some unknown reasons, Ezego decided to get behind his Lexus jeep in the convoy and drive himself all the way from Lagos to Ihiala. But somewhere along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, the first trouble reared its nasty head. Trouble started when the Cherokee’s jeep’s engine became faulty. But Ezego was in a hurry and could not even entertain the idea of missing his schedule and arriving on time. So he decided to keep ‘managing’ the jeep for as long as possible. But by the time the jeep got to Asaba in Delta State, the car broke down completely in the oil-rich state. Now, things were not getting funny anymore. Ezego was obviously in distress. His people were waiting for him back home so the carnival would start in earnest but here was his car that he shelled out of millions of naira for, giving him the worst headache of his life at a most unexpected moment.
But you know how dangerous Nigerian roads are . Ezego did not want to leave his cherished automobile in the middle of nowhere in Asaba at the mercy of robbers. Not the car he bought with so much money. So, he bellowed at one of his boys to purchase a chain so the jeep would be towed. The lad returned with the chain, which was then attached to the faulty jeep. However, that was the beginning of his problem because Ezego was said to have insisted on towing the broken-down vehicle all by himself with him driving the Lexus pulling the Cherokee. So he was in front while another of his boys was behind the wheels of the Cherokee. Well, no one was in a position to argue with the boss, so they continued their trip until that fateful moment when they reached a spot between Ozabulu and Okija on the Onitsha/Owerri Road. At that point, they were just two kilometers away from Ihiala in Anambra State, Ezego’s hometown and their final destination, and that was when death decided to unveil his dreadful figure.
Ezego reportedly ran into a damaged portion of the road while he was going down a steep slope and all of a sudden, he stepped on the brakes. The driver of the Cherokee behind him was caught unawares and as he was not even prepared for the sudden stop, he suddenly rammed the Cherokee into Ezego’s shiny Lexus, sending the millionaire tumbling down a deep ditch by the roadside. It must however be noted that there are some other slightly different accounts of precisely how the accident happened.
Other reports stated that it was actually the towing chain between the two jeeps that snapped, thus forcing the Cherokee at the rear to ram into Ezego’s Lexus making him lost control and plunging into that horrible ditch. Immediately this happened, his convoy was thrown into a pandemonium. Those in his convoy made frantic and desperate efforts to get him out of the ditch and get him the most effective medical attention promptly. By the time they finally succeeded in getting Ezego out of the ditch, he had sustained a deep gash and his face was massively puffed up, thus disfiguring his handsome face.
He was rushed to the nearby Lady of Lourdes Hospital (where Ezego incidentally made a donation of N15 million naira a few years before the accident). He was still alive and stable when they brought him to the hospital and all the medical workers went into an overdrive to save the life of a man they know as a mentor and generous giver. However, things got worse and to make matters even more frightening, there was no doctor on duty. By the time a medical doctor eventually showed up, Ezego was already bleeding through his mouth, he was having internal bleeding and was already in shock. All attempts to stabilize him failed.
At that point, his family members suggested that he be quickly moved to a better-equipped hospital in Port Harcourt. At this point, his tale becomes hazy as it is not known whether he finally died while he was on his way to Port Harcourt or while he was being prepared for a flight to Lagos from Port Harcourt. Ezego died on the 26th, Boxing Day. He was just 34.
However, his community is yet to forget him. Those who were old enough to remember him still miss him sorely while those who are teenagers now barely have an idea of who he was. After Ezego’s death, the same fate that befell many African entrepreneurs crept in, and his vast business empire collapsed. In December 2013, YES International! revealed that Ezego’s empire had collapsed and the majestic house he built at his hometown of Uzoakwa Ihiala was a ghostly shadow of its former self:
For instance, the flowers and street lights that hitherto beautified his popular Ezego Road have either been vandalized or over grown by weeds. Even some parts of the road have been washed away by erosion. The popular entrance to the inviting Ezego Crescent has also lost its beauty and glory, as the heavenly trees and flowers that used to welcome visitors are gradually dying off. His magnificent country home, 15 years after his death, is seriously crying for a new look. It is also fast falling apart and begging for attention. In fact, some parts of the glass house have started falling off and decaying. Even the uncompleted duplexes inside are still the way he left them.
His pretty and very fair-complexioned wife was said to have married the family lawyer and precisely what happened to his property and estate is still a controversy.
The controversies in Ezego’s life did not subside even after his death. His lawyer and the person that was responsible for the execution of his will, Barnabas Igwe was murdered in cold blood, with his wife, Abigail on the 2nd of September, 2002, barely three years after Ezego’s demise. Ezego’s will was thus, never read, and the exact beneficiaries are not known (at least as at January 2006). The Inspector-General of Police, Sunday Ehindero, was called upon to investigate all leads (including Ezego’s widow and a former police commissioner) relating to the murder of the Igwes but like many murder cases in Nigeria, it led to nothing useful. While the former governor of Ezego’s Anambra State, Chinwoke Mbadinuju, was accused of having a hand in the killings, others stated that the lawyer was killed with his wife in relation to the tussle over Ezego’s will and property.
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|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Juxtified(m): 11:10am On Jul 22, 2016|
Used to think this story was just a nollywood movie, never knew it really happened. After amassing all that wealth only to lose your life 10yrs later at the peak of life. Its sad.
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|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by tafabaloo(m): 3:24pm On Jul 22, 2016|
vanities..........The preacher says vanity up on vanity.
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|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by sainttwist1(m): 3:53pm On Jul 22, 2016|
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by nairaschool01(m): 10:42am On Jul 23, 2016|
O LORD I want to greater than him and recognise in my home town and live long in JESUS NAME
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|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Chikpat(m): 11:23am On Jul 23, 2016|
I knew ezego died, i didnt knw hw he died. I hav few times rode past his house along d road in his home town. Wu knws if he was stil alive....
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Dexema(m): 4:34pm On Jul 23, 2016|
he probably used the same builders or architects cos the building in the first pic bears a striking resemblance with his house in Ajao estate.
however ezego is remembered mostly for the fable surrounding his source of wealth, some said he was a ritualist others said he was into drugs, we were even warned not to go too close to his house.
it was also said that his body wasn't buried but rather dumped at the popular okija shrine because he had offended the dieties of the area.
lastly, I believe you got that picture of him which is the only one I have seen so far from one of Oliver de coques music videos where he sang his praise.
time passes, people die, only names and records make history. lalasticlala let's see what we can find out about this guy from other nairalanders.
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|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by ba2undey(m): 5:56pm On Jul 23, 2016|
Rituals or no rituals the guy made some choices in life which took him to greater heights and as they say all the choices you make have their consequences.
To the next topic
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|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Hedonistically: 9:53am On Jul 24, 2016|
The most comprehensive and interesting version of the story of Ezego's life and times that I've read online so far.
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|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Nobody: 10:19am On Jul 24, 2016|
Ecclesiastes 1:2-6 KJV
 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?
 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. …
Ecclesiastes 2:4-6 KJV
 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards:
 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:
 I made me pools of water, to water the woods that bringeth forth trees
 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:
 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.  So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.
 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.
 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. …
Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.
Ecclesiastes 2:24-26 KJV
 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.
 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto , more than I?
 For God giveth to a man that is good in his sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit. …
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|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Ikedonn(m): 12:06pm On Jul 24, 2016|
Eze money .we missed you
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Marotzke(m): 12:12pm On Jul 24, 2016|
I never knew of Ezego' s angle on the Barnabas Igwe and wife's murder. Interesting. Why didn't the former governor put this information on the public domain. Everyone in the know, are quite aware of how ruthless Ezego and associates can be. Not when billions are involved.
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by paiz: 7:20am On Jul 25, 2016|
Vanity upon vanity
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Hedonistically: 8:03am On Jul 25, 2016|
Are you sure that you read the article with sober eyes? How was Ezego and his purported "ruthlessness" linked to the murder of the Igwes who were killed many years after Ezego's own death?
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Marotzke(m): 9:04am On Jul 25, 2016|
Hedonistically:maybe you read the article with a bottle of kai kai in your hand. Otherwise you would have read that Barnabas igwe was Ezego's lawyer and executioner of his will. I suppose any associate that felt short changed or dis inherited will be clapping for Igwe.
Again if the Okija angle is true, the shrines enforcers Will definitely not tolerate an inter loping lawyer standing on their way to seizing Ezego's properties. Which ever it is, they are Ezego's associates who are obviously ruthless. Just take it easy with OGOGORO. Understand what you've read before commenting.
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Hedonistically: 10:56am On Jul 25, 2016|
Marotzke:You mentioned that Ezego was ruthless - thus implying that his ruthlessness was connected to the Igwes murder.
Maybe I need to refresh your alcohol-impaired memory.
How does this your comment:
Relate to this:
Where in the report is it implied that Ezego and/or his associates are connected in any way to the fate that befell the Igwes? If anything, only his widow and an unnamed "former police commissioner" are mentioned. So what on earth are you ranting about, you drunkard?
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by chukslawrence(m): 1:32pm On Jul 25, 2016|
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Marotzke(m): 1:45pm On Jul 25, 2016|
Hedonistically:i suppose the widow and former police commisioner cannot by any stretch of imagination be labelled associates? You see the problem with alcohol? Even when something is very obvious ,they remain hidden to the alcoholic. From your sense of outrage at the phrase Ezego and associates ,it can be deduced that you are limiting Ezego and associates to Ezego and co armed robbers, fraudsters and traffickers?
Sorry i was not limiting myself to your group. My apologies for the mistaken wrongful accusation. You and your group did not kill the lawyer of your boss.
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|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Hedonistically: 2:48pm On Jul 25, 2016|
Oga go and sleep; it is often the antidote for extreme drunkenness. If your inebriation continues after a prolonged sleep, then you and your "associates" possibly require psychiatric attention.
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Btruth: 11:22pm On Dec 23, 2016|
Vanity upon vanity, ..........
What a mystery of life?
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by ashala(m): 9:53pm On Dec 27, 2016|
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by mccoy47(m): 10:14pm On Mar 10, 2017|
Eze ego died in rivon clinic in portharcourt
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by NotNairalandi(m): 2:34pm On Oct 22, 2017|
but i was told he died at the age of 16
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Factfinder1(m): 2:36pm On Oct 22, 2017|
Maybe he got his wealth through evil means...back then it was kind of easy to do rituals compared to nowadays
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|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by priscaoge(f): 2:37pm On Oct 22, 2017|
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by asawanathegreat(m): 2:37pm On Oct 22, 2017|
We all will die and leave all these things we are fighting for some day.
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|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Nobody: 2:37pm On Oct 22, 2017|
Eze ego Ihiala, RIP
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by DanielsParker(m): 2:38pm On Oct 22, 2017|
10yrs. that was his time.
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by dahdah: 2:38pm On Oct 22, 2017|
|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by Zico5(m): 2:39pm On Oct 22, 2017|
May God grant our brothers from the east the wisdom to know that life itself is vanity. We come to this world empty so we must leave it empty. Money should not be the only basic in life. Ezeugo was worshipped to the high heaven when he was alive despite the fact that they know the man was not clean. Then what is the end, vanity and shame. The same with this E- money that nobody knows the source of his wealth, same with Evans and ozubulu zaga. May God help them
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|Re: Victor Okafor 'Ezego': The Story Of Nigeria’s King Of Money by BCISLTD: 2:40pm On Oct 22, 2017|
a series of unfortunate events...it could happen to anyone
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