One of Nigeria’s most cerebral monarchs, His Royal Highness, Dr. Appolus Chu, Egbere Emere Okori Eleme, celebrated his 50th birthday anniversary on Saturday, January 18, 2020, in Okori-Ogale, Eleme, Rivers state.
Although HRH Appolus Chu joined the golden age precisely on January 15, 2020, he opted to shift the celebration to Saturday, January 18, 2020. The very grand event took place at the palace of the Egbere Emere Okori Eleme located at Okori-Ogale, Nchia, Eleme, Eleme Local Government Area, Rivers State.
The birthday celebration, which turned out to be a carnival of sort, had friends, colleagues, well-wishers and family members from every part of the nation, as well as neighbouring countries in attendance.
“As you know, attaining the age of 50 is such a remarkable milestone in life. It is one I look forward to celebrating. I therefore ask that you come rejoice with me as I thank God for His mercies upon me through these 50years of my journey on earth”, HRH Chu had noted in a letter of invitation issued out to all the guests.
Meanwhile tributes and congratulatory messages have started rolling in long ago from the east, south, west and north of the country to commemorate a great king at 50.
An exemplary monarch and accomplished businessman, HRH Chu has contributed immensely to the growth and development of his kingdom, his community as a whole and the nation in general. His unique sense of honour and duty to his people, state and his colleagues nationwide, is unparalleled.
Since his ascension to the throne at a tender age many years ago, HRH Chu has always shown abiding love and faith in his people and colleagues. He has endeavoured to promote a sense of unity and cooperation amongst his people and also respect to constituted authority of the land.
HRH Chu has encouraged love, loyalty and service from the people in his domain and has served his community so well. His extraordinary philanthropy, leadership, prowess and most of all, his free spirit, stands him out.
Quite a number of people, within and beyond his domain will testify to his philanthropic activities, especially through empowerment of widows, youths and students.
He has been described as a “detribalised Nigerian”, “a great supporter of the Next Level Change Agenda of President Mohammadu Buhari,”, “a Unifier”, “a man full of love for humanity”, “a great Mobiliser of Nigeria’s political space”, “a great Philanthropist”, “a lover of peace”, “a man of Integrity”, “a gentleman and an example of a traditional ruler.”
King Appolus Chu, has not only been the glory to the people of Okori, but he is the pride of the entire Eleme kingdom as he has spread his magnanimity, generosity and compassion to every part of Eleme and its environs. He does not only live among his people but also knows their pains, plights and sufferings.
A number of Eleme sons and daughters are graduates today because they have benefited from HRH Chu’s scholarship scheme. The artisans have become self-employed and employers of labour while widows, had given up hope are rescued from poverty due to his benevolence.
HRH Chu is well known for his knack for breathing vitality and vibrancy into whatever he shows interest in. Indeed, he is an icon of integrity, hard work and a great philanthropist with a Midas touch, while the landmark of his achievements and leadership quality stand him out as a beacon and a point of reference for generations to come.