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Arthur Eze – Biography Of an Oil Mogul, Founder Of Atlas Oranto.

Arthur Eze

Arthur Eze is a Nigerian oil mogul, philanthropist, politician, and the CEO of Atlas Oranto Petroleum, the largest privately held Nigerian exploration and production group. The Igbos call him, ‘ozoigbondu’ of Igboland and he is said to be the 8th wealthiest man in Africa.

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Arthur Eze Background.

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Arthur Eze was born on the 27th of November 1948 in Ukpo village, Dunukofia Local Government Anambra State, Nigeria. He is popularly known as ‘Prince Arthur Eze’ because he is from a royal family, and his elder brother is the traditional ruler (King) of Ukpo Village.

Arthur Eze

Arthur attended St. Augustin Secondary School in Nkwere, Imo State in 1970. After his secondary education, he then went to California State University, Long Beach, California to study mechanical and chemical engineering from 1974 to 1978.

He is married and blessed with children. One of his children, Onyeka Eze, is the founder and president of Prince Osisioma Foundation.

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Atlas Oranto Petroleum.

Atlas Oranto Petroleum was founded by Arthur Eze in 1991. The company currently has 22 oil and gas licenses in 12 jurisdictions across Africa. It has assets in Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, and several Atlas Oranto operated blocks. To date, the company is the largest holder of oil exploration blocks in Africa.

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Atlas Oranto has regional offices and representatives across core investment locations in West Africa with its technical base located in Lagos, while its headquarters is at Abuja. The chairman chose Abuja as its headquarters so, that the management of the company can have direct access to African policy-makers in the region. The Eze family has ownership of the company stock and all the shareholders are involved in the company’s operation.

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Triax Airlines.

Arthur Eze established Triax airlines in the year 1992, after the deregulation of airlines in Nigeria. The airline’s base was the Enugu Airport. Triax airline had three B727s until it stopped operating in the year 2000.

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Arthur Eze and Politics.

Arthur Eze has always donated generously to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he gave almost $100 million to support politicians in Anambra State. He is called “the godfather” by most highly placed politicians in his state, as he is seen as an authority in political matters.

Although Arthur continuously donates to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), he supports other political parties as well, as long as he believes in the person contesting.

Some people argue that “godfatherism” in Anambra State started when Arthur Eze sponsored Senator Joy Emordi in 2005, after the annulment of Emmanuel Anosike’s election. It is also worthy of note that the ‘All Progressive Grand Alliance’ (APGA) was formed in his sitting room.

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Arthur Eze Philanthropic Activities.

  • Donation of $12 million for the construction of St. Stephen’s Anglican Deanery and Youth Development Center in Otuoke, Bayelsa State, Nigeria in 2013.
  • Arthur Eze donated $800,000 for the construction of two primary schools in Yirol and Rumbek communities in central South Sudan.
  • 10 million naira donated to the elderly people of the Ukpo community.
  • The Association of People Living with Sickle Cell Disorder (APLSCD), received the sum of N5 million for a standard sickle cell clinic at the Ukpo, Dunukofia Council Area of Anambra State.
  • He was part of those that contributed to the relief needs of the victims of Boko Haram insurgencies, of which he donated the sum of $800,000 at a fundraiser in Abuja.
  • Arthur Eze gave 25 million naira of the total funds raised for the ‘Russia 2018’ FIFA World Cup in 2018.
  • Eze donated $6.3-million to the flood relief efforts in Nigeria in the year 2013.
  • A church in Abagana community benefited from his cheerful giving as he gave them the sum of 20 million naira for musical instruments and renovations in 2015.
  • Arthur singlehandedly built a medical research unit for the Nnamdi Azikiwe University.
  • He modernized the local market near the Ukpo palace and also created road networks linking the Dunukofia clan with neighbouring towns like Abba, Awkuzu, Ifite-Dunu, and Abagana.
  • Arthur constructed the overhead bridge in Ebonyi State with his funds, without asking for government intervention.

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Arthur Eze’s Awards and Recognitions.

  • ‘Patron of Ndigbo Lagos’ and adoption into the Ndigbo Lagos Patron Hall of Fame at his 70th birthday.
  • The Governor of Ebonyi State, Dr Umahi, named a major road after Arthur Eze, and also appointed him as the Chancellor of Ebonyi State University.
  • Former President Goodluck Jonathan conferred him with the distinguished award of the ‘Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR)’ in recognition of his contribution towards the development of the nation’s economy and humanitarian gesture to the Nigerian people at an event in Abuja on the 14th of November 2011.
  • Enugu City Centre Rotary District 9142 named him “Outstanding Citizen of the World” in 2015.
  • The Zik Prize in leadership awards honoured him with the ‘Zik Leadership Awards’ in the business category in 2018.
  • ‘Africa Value Award’ by Value Reorientation and Developmental Initiative Africa (VARDIAFRICA) in 2018.

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Arthur Eze’s Net worth.

Arthur Eze is a man that gives in both millions and billions without any expectations whatsoever. Even as he gives freely, he still has more than enough to give from his reservoir of wealth. He is worth billions, as an oil mogul, even though we cannot ascertain his net worth. However, according to nigerianinfopedia.com, his net worth is estimated at $5.8 billion.

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30 thoughts on “Arthur Eze – Biography Of an Oil Mogul, Founder Of Atlas Oranto.”

  1. Ifeanyi Okonkwo

    Prince Arthur eze,you are a good man and generousity personified and indeed your wealth of power has sustained so many homes who are your regular benefactors.May God of hope uphold and grant you good health and long life.Amen

  2. Eze ndi Igbo I wish you long life and prosperity, keep on your good works , may God continue to bless you permanently amen ?.

  3. williams Onyegbadue

    What a man! May God continue to bless you in all your endeavors. Aka oma jide aku.

  4. Nigerian Entrepreneurs

    Oh wow. Just got to know about him after someone mentioned him on Twitter. Such a great man.

  5. Admire Ekene Nkwede

    Corporate Affairs Commission, Godfather Ozoo igbo ndu. May God continue to bless u more and more. One in the Lord.

  6. Onu Romanus Ossi

    Prince Authur Eze!!! He is a man who loves to help and to bring solutions to problems he meets in his ways. The generous man who gives without discrimination or boundary He’s a blessing to the entire black race, and to the world in general. May God almighty protects you and your family in Jesus’s name.


    prince Authur Eze as you keep on helping people may the almighty God give you more life and prosperity amen.

  8. Udeh Juliet

    Please I need job or capital to start business. Please don’t tell me to work hard to raise money for the business, because I don’t have job at all. Please I need help seriously. Thanks for the good works you have been doing (Ozigbondu).

  9. Sis Uju olisaemeka Onuorah

    the only man gives out millions without expecting anything in return,
    Ozo Igbo Nile ndu
    You are a blessing to our generation may the good Lord continue to bless you abundantly Amen.

    1. Hello Onyekachi,

      Thank you for reading. Nothing is impossible. Hard work and the will to succeed can take a man to his destination.

  10. Osondu Chioma

    I’m so poor that I have no money to start a business. Please sir help me out. I’m so happy for you sir.

    1. Hello Chioma,

      Thank you for reading and we’re glad you find the story inspiring.

      Entrepreneurship is not for everyone. However, if you decide to start your business, you have to work hard to raise your initial capital. After that, it becomes easy for someone to invest in your business. Thank you.

    1. You have always been generous a man and a well known philanthropist.,I my self have benefited from , opening a nice company in our community ukpo will be a good thing because you will be remembered. From generation to generation

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