South East (Nigeria)
Origin and PeopleEdit
The South East came about with Alex Ekwueme's recommendations, although is formerly known as Eastern Nigeria, or simply East, following the division of the country into three parts in 1950s. In 1967, it was later split into three under the Gowon Administration (1967-1975). It was in 1976 that more states, including Imo and Anambra began to emerge.
The zone has produced a number of notable people in all walks of life, one of whom is Engr. Morgan K Orioha. Born on 2nd July 1981 in Umuezukwe, Awo-Omamma of Oru East Local Government Area. Morgan Kelechukwu Orioha is the fourth son of his parents. His father Mr Michael Orioha died in 2004, leaving behind Ezinne Beatrice Orioha (nee Obi) and other children. Morgan is married to Thelma Ogbejesi, a nurse. Both Engr. Morgan and Mrs Thelma Orioha now have two children. Nonetheless, Morgan attended St Anthony’s Primary School (now Umuezukwe Primary School), Awo-Omamma, one of the schools founded by the early missionaries.To acquire a post-primary education, he later proceeded to Bishop Shanahan Secondary School, Orlu, Imo. Owing to his father’s illness, Morgan received a financial support throughout his educational studies from his brothers, especially from Sir Herbert Orioha. Thus, in 2005, he bagged Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Anambra State University, Nigeria. He received his MSc in Mobile and Satellite Communications from the University of Glamorgan, the UK, in 2008.
Morgan is a liberal democrat. He became naturalised in the UK in December 2017. He is currently a member of Conservative Party of the UK. As a student leader, Morgan was Chairman of Faculty of Engineering Students (2002), Political Adviser to Student Union Government (SUG) President (2003), and presidential candidate in the annulled Anambra State University SUG election of 2004. He has served his community, Awo-omamma, through Awo-omamma Development Forum (ADF) - a community development organisation - in various capacities including as Chairman of the Publications and Award Committee, Editor of the Omamma Voice Magazine, and member of the Literature and Culture Promotion Committee. Morgan is a member of the Board of Directors of Forward Thinkers Foundation, a non-profit Nigerian organisation. He has served the organisation as Directors of Communications, and Finance respectively.
Morgan escaped bankruptcy in 2017 through an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA). By 20th April 2017, his IVA proposal was approved by his creditors and the process commenced officially on 30th of April 2017. By 1st of March 2018, his creditors accepted the full and final settlement offer. On 8th March 2018, the full and final settlement offer was paid for closure of the debt management process.
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