Raphael Okaruefe: A World-Class Grassroots Philanthropist with Golden Heart

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A man that gives to the poor can’t lack in life-Godday Odidi


One of the fast-growing Isoko philanthropists doing great works on humanity in recent times in Isoko and beyond is Hon Raphael Egaga Okaruefe,present Isoko South Local Government Vice Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of Ben-Vick Technical Services Limited, a company that professionally focused on oil and gas, agro allied sector, hospitality, humanity and others.

According to his Personal Assistant, Hon.Philip Urieh, my boss is not just a political leader with humility but a man that has the heart of humanitarian services for Isoko nation and beyond. Working with him, I had seen a real political boss that wants to see his subordinate succeeding at all cost. Mindset Media Limited you would never regret of knowing my boss in life. These are some of words spoken at the 2016 Mindset Media Achievers Excellence Awards at Apapa in Lagos when Hon. Philip Urieh represented his boss.

To my profile note so far, Hon Raphael Okaruefe has become a man with epitome of love for humanity in Nigeria whose humanitarian legacies continue to grow from one generation to another. The 53 years old born philanthropist cum entrepreneur has able to create a niche for himself in business and politics over the years.

As a marketing guru cum public administration expert whose unassuming culture of empowerment has become number one in Africa? His numerous awards show his magnanimous style of reaching out to the downtrodden and today, Isoko history cannot be completed in philanthropic development without mentioning his name.

 Born into the humble family of Chief Okaruefe at Enhwe kingdom in Isoko-South Local Government Area of Delta State,on June 12,1964.Had his elementary education at Cavegina Primary School,Warri, in 1973 to 1978 where he obtained his Primary School Leaving Certificate of Education(PSLCE),before proceeding to Notre Dame College Ozoro 1978 to 1983 to obtain the West Africa Examination Council(WAEC).Due to his love for education, he later proceeded to the prestigious Federal Polytechnic,Ilaro,Ogun State, where he obtained HND in marketing between 1991 to 1994.

Thereafter, he was posted by NYSC in 1995 for one year mandatory service to Ede, Ogun State and later went to Delta State University, Abraka for his Masters Degree in Public Administration in 2009.

No doubt, Raphael Okaruefe has made indelible marks in the oil and gas sector over the years and remains one of the Isoko renowned philanthropists with golden heart for humanity. Business runs through his vein with charismatic capacity to the core.

Hon.Okaruefe has been conferred with several meritorious awards; Nigeria Entrepreneur Awards of Creativity and Enterprise Award in 2014,6th Niger Delta Achiever’s Merit Award of Entrepreneur in 2015”,National Union of Isoko Students Nationwide Merit Award of Quality Leadership and An Outstanding Democrat”, Delta Role Model Award of Proven Integrity in Business, Empowerment and Leadership”,Isoko Development Union(IDU) Women Wings Award of Excellent Service”, “Mindset Media 2016 Award of Best Grassroots Mobilizer,2017 Isoko Heroes Development Award and 2017 Africa Child Prize. He has creatively increased his international business profile by adding economic value to both Nigeria and Delta State economy in recent times. His love for humanity is worthy of emulation to the core.

To crown it all, Hon.Okaruefe is a man with humble heart for greatness. He is a loving man married to a beautiful wife and blessed with five lovely children. He remains a world-class philanthropist with creative mindset.


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