Senator Orji Uzor Kalu is one of the public figures in Nigeria with dominant influence in the political, economic, and social spheres. He’s a leading voice in politics with 30 years of active participation in national affairs and still counting. In this post, Naijauto will reveal to you some interesting info about Orji Uzor Kalu net worth, biography, cars, and houses.
1.Who is Orji Uzor Kalu?
Orji Uzor Kalu is a Nigerian business mogul, philanthropist, and politician who served as Abia State Governor and is now a senator. He’s representing Abia North in the Senate. He’s also the chairman of SLOK Holdings, a company with diverse interests in real estate, oil, and gas, media, and publishing. His media company owns Daily Sun newspaper and New Telegraph newspaper in the country.
The senator had his primary education at Christ the King School Aba. From there, he proceeded to Government College Umuahia and Barewa College Zaria for his secondary education. He went on to study political science at the University of Maiduguri. While in the university, he was a student activist and took part in the “Ali Must Go" riot targeted at the then education minister. This resulted in a suspension and from there, he left school to start a business.
Orji Uzor Kalu is the senator representing Abia North in the Senate!
Orji Uzor went into business at the young age of 19. He borrowed money from his mother and started selling rice, palm oil, and sugar. Later on, he diversified into transportation and furniture manufacturing. By the time he clocked 20, he was a millionaire. The senator made it big in the early 80s during the military regime. He was awarded a contract to import and deliver arms and ammunition to the military and defence services. His conglomerate SLOK Holdings has several successful companies such as SLOK Vegetable Oil Aba, SLOK Paper Factory Aba, Ojialex Furniture Company, the SLOK United Kingdom Limited, SLOK Nigeria Limited among others.
His prowess as a businessman earned him several awards. In 1986, he was the youngest Nigerian to be given the National Merit Award from ex-President Ibrahim Babangida’s administration, at the age of 26. He was honoured with a Humanitarian Award by the Humanitarian club of the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He also received World Bank Leon Sullivan Award and an EU Special Award in Brussels.
Orji Uzor Kalu went back to school to complete his studies. He graduated from Abia State University. He also has a certificate in Business Administration from Harvard University USA. He received honorary doctorates from Abia State University and the University of Maiduguri.
Orji Uzor Kalu political career
Senator Kalu had an interest in politics right from his university days as he was a member of the school's Student Union Government (SUG). He was elected the governor of Abia State from May 29,1999-May 29,2007, under the People's Democratic Party. He served for two terms. He went on to join Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) and later became the party's chairman of the Board of Trustees. In April 2007 general election, he was PPA's presidential flag bearer.
On July 11, 2007, Orji Uzor Kalu was arrested by EFCC on corruption charges while he was the governor of Abia State. He was prosecuted, together with his company and Ude Udeogo, the former Director of Finance and Accounts Abia State. They were released on bail. In October 2016, EFCC renewed the prosecution and the parties pleaded not guilty and were granted bail. In 2018, the anti-corruption commission reactivated the case now filing an amended graft charge of about ₦7.7 billion against Kalu.
The ex-governor leaving the court after he was granted bail!
It’s interesting to note that while Orji Kalu was standing corruption trials, he contested for Abia North senatorial election in 2019. He was the senatorial candidate under the All Progressive Congress (APC) and won in February 2019. He's the Chief Whip of the Senate.
After standing trial for 12 years, Senator Kalu was convicted of ₦7.65 billion corruption charges on 5 December 2019 by Federal High Court Lagos. He was sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. He filed a bail application and it was rejected for lack of merit. Orji Uzor Kalu spent six months in prison. On 8 May 2020, the Supreme Court had another session and ruled Kalu's trial was wrongly conducted. A retrial was ordered while releasing him from prison. During the retrial, his conviction was declared null and void and Kalu left Kuje prison on 3 June 2020.
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1.1. Orji Uzor Kalu's age
The Senator was born on 21 April 1960 in Abia State. He was born into the family of Mr Johnson Kalu and Mrs Eunice Kalu of Igbere Abia State. Orji Uzor Kalu age in 2021 is 61 years.
1.2. Orji Uzor Kalu's family
Orji Uzor Kalu is married with kids and so has a family. Orji Kalu wife is Mrs. Ifeoma Uzor Kalu nee Menakaya.The couple got married in Igbere Abia State, in December 1989.Orji Uzor Kalu children are Neya Lawrence Iyere nee Kalu, Micheal Uzor Kalu, Nicole Uzor Kalu and Olivia Uzor Kalu.
The senator with his wife and two younger children at an event!
Orji Uzor Kalu in one of his visits to his son Micheal in London!
2.Orji Uzor Kalu net worth
As a businessman, former governor, and current senator, Orji Uzor Kalu is a wealthy man. In 2015, Forbes ranked him as the 49th richest man in Africa with a net worth of $330 million. And moving forward to 2021, he’s now one of Nigeria's richest billionaires with a net worth of $3.2 billion.
3.Orji Uzor Kalu cars, houses & private jet
Orji Uzor Kalu cars and private jets
Senator is rich enough to afford a luxurious lifestyle, including exotic cars. He owns a Bentley, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Porsche Panamera, and Range Rover Sports among others. He also has two private jets
Orji Uzor Kalu posing with his exotic fleet of cars!
Senator Kalu inside his private jet with his business partners!
Orji Uzor Kalu house
Orji Uzor Kalu has several properties to his name. He has a mansion in Abia, Lagos State, and Maryland USA.
The serving senator has several houses in different locations!
4. Orji Uzor Kalu charitable activities
The serving senator is heavily involved in charitable activities through his non-profit organization, Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation. The organization is aimed at improving the standard of living of poor people in a sustainable way through the implementation of viable programs. They include menstrual health projects, cancer awareness outreach, and scholarship programs.
5.Orji Uzor Kalu latest news
Last month, Senator Kalu called on the electoral body in the country INEC, to consider holding the 2023 general elections the same day to help reduce cost and rigging. He cited countries like the USA and Ghana that are using the approach, stating that implementing it in the country won't be out of place.
Orji Uzor Kalu Foundation empowering petty traders!
Orji Uzor Kalu biography will continue to be updated as he's still active in politics and a serving senator in Nigeria. With the 2023 Presidential election approaching and the Southeast region agitating to occupy the Aso rock seat, Kalu. could be a possible candidate.
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