PROFILE OF ENGR. ENYINNAYA CHIMA NWAFOR: THE ACCIDENTAL POLITICIAN
Proudly Abian, Father, Engineer, Entrepreneur, Investor, Urbane, Humanist, Creative Businessman and Accidental Politician
Engr. Sir Enyinanya Nwafor hails from Mbutu Umuojima Ogbu Village in Osisioma Local Government Area of Abia State. His father, the late Dr. Chima Nwafor, former Deputy Governor of Abia State (1992 and 2003) lived out his life as an accomplished Surgeon who gave his all in the service of humanity. His mother, Dame Gladys Nne Nwafor, retired at the topmost level of her distinguishing career as a public servant.
Young Nana started early to receive lessons on integrity, native intelligence and humility, three major virtues that have since shaped the course of his life. Perhaps, the signs of doggedness, preparedness and resilience were early manifestations of a life full of giant strides and exploits.
Nana started his primary education at Aba – Owerri Road Primary School, Aba from where he moved to Obikabia Primary School, Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area, all in Abia State.
The choice of Ascension Junior Seminary for Secondary Education was intentional. His parents were targeting imbibing those worthy fruits of the Holy Spirit. While studying to show himself approved, he pursued further knowledge to Federal School of Science, Ogoja, a school that reinvented his consciousness to pursue his lifelong dream of being an Engineer.
At the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO) where he enrolled to study Electrical & Electronics Engineering in 1994, he perfected the art of meticulousness, the science of creativity and the technology of time management. Apart from being exposed to the rudiments of engineering, Nana learnt the different dimensions of life.
Not done with academic voyage, in spite of the tight schedules of managing a chain of business interests, Nana in 2021 attended the Senior Executive Management program of the prestigious London Business School.
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES/SOCIAL GROUPS
Engr Enyinnaya Nwafor belongs to many relevant professional bodies and reputable social organizations as testament to his peer review high standing and robust interpersonal relationship. These include :
- Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers
- Member, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN)
- Honorary Fellow, Nigerian Environmental Society (FNES)
- Fellow, Chartered Institute of Project Mangers of Nigeria
- Platinum Member, Aba Sports Club
- Member, Ngwa Patriots Forum
As an undergraduate, Nana would not miss any opportunity to join the construction business. In between vacations, despite having opportunity of a luxury life, he would join civil construction companies to learn and also make his own money. In 1997, at ELF Petroleum where he worked as an intern, he left indelible marks as an adorable learner and brilliant scholar.
By 2008, leveraging on his family’s robust goodwill, this Knight of St. Christopher founded TUNNEL END INVESTMENT LIMITED. The philosophy behind Tunnel End was to run a construction company with wide clientele so much that he could share profits from it with mankind.
From a seeming obscure company in 2008 with a staff strength of just five, that was part of building of the Unity Garden Housing Estate Osisioma; Nana, sitting as Chief Executive Officer; has built TUNNEL END into a conglomerate with interests spanning real estate, furniture, agriculture, production, retail and hospitality sectors just to mention but a few, employing no fewer than 1,215 persons.
The clientele status of his companies speaks to Nana’s knack for quality service delivery and a track record of efficient performance. With offices in Abuja, Abia, Ebonyi and Turkey, Tunnel End Group has since 2008 offered services to Ministry of Defence, TETFUND (Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Abia State University and Abia State Polytechnic), Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Julius Berger, National Deposit Insurance Company (NDIC) Headquarters and State Governments across the federation.
PHILANTROPIC ENDEAVOURS: “EACH ONE AID ONE FOUNDATION”
Unbeknown to many, the idea behind this Foundation is not to satisfy requirements of Corporate Governance or Corporate Social Responsibility. This Foundation is a deliberate attempt to share the TUNNEL END profit with the poorest of the poor, the vulnerable and indigents in the society.
Each One Aid One, in no particular geographical, political or religious spread has inadvertently become a beacon of hope for the depraved widow, indigent student, hopeless entrepreneur, the public servant grappling with poor welfare and some organisations battling with vicissitudes of harsh economic climate in the country. To the Glory of God, this humanitarian Foundation has spent millions of Naira to lend a hand to mankind at different times and levels.
Nana is in politics to seek broader platform to cascade his service to the society for greater impact. He strongly believes that politics should not be a vocation for vulgar materialism or self-aggrandisement.
Nana has neither been appointed nor elected into any political position. However, he is a diligent member of the PDP voting his strength and resources to ensure his party wins and delivers at all times.
Nana is an ordained Knight of St Christopher of the Anglican Communion whose material and moral support to evangelism and defence of the Christian faith knows no bounds thus attracting to him various recognitions and awards. St. Silas Church knows him as the Son of Consolation, Diocese of Aba Ngwa North recognises him as Distinguished Son and Builder in God’s Temple. The Catholic Diocese of Aba appreciates him as the Ezi Enyi (Worthy Friend) of the Harvest
Nana is married to Dr. Mrs. Kelechi Enyi – Nwafor, a Consultant Anaesthetist at the National Hospital, Abuja and they are blessed with adorable children.