.        2023 RATTAWU MAN OF THE YEAR.

Kenneth Ejiofor Ifekudu (Agbalanze Ezeonyekachukwu) was born on 6th of Apríl 1979 into the family of late Chief & Lolo Paul A. Ifckudu (Ezeonyekachukwu) of Ozobulu Ekwusigo Local Government Area ofAnambra State.

His father was an accountant while his mother was a headmistress so he grew up knowing the value of education; as well as the need for discipline. To him his father's disciplinary actions resulted to the man he is today and that is why he continues to idealize and idolize him.

He attended Patrick Okolo Primary School, Odoakpu, Onitsha and proceeded to our lady's Secondary School where he obtained his SSCE in 1996. He attended Federal Polytechnic Auchi and bagged OND in Business Administration graduatíng top of his class in 1999.

To satisfy his unquenchable appetite for education, he proceeded to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, in 2003 where again he proved his mettle as an excellent student coming out with second class upper degree in marketing.

Not spent, he moved on and acquired Master's degree in Business A dministration at Enugu State Business School. According to him, the two disciplines rubbed off on the businessman he is today, affirming that studying them remained the best thing that has happened to his career.

A determined man is unstoppable, even though Agbalanze's childhood dream was to study Law but was redirected to study Business Administration by his father, he never jettisoned that dream and today, despite his busy schedule, he is currently studying Law at Bae university, Abuja to Fulfll that age-long ambition of wanting to be one of the best lawyers in this part of the world.

Agbalanze founded Diamond Leeds Limited, an A-1ist construction company and other top rated companies.

Diamond Leeds Limited is a reference point in construction of buildings, roads, bridges, sinking of borcholes, etc. the idea of Diamond Leeds was birthed during bis brief stint in the banking profession, taking a cue from his clients who were contractors; he developed passion and joined the business. His marketing skills gave him an advantage and positioned him well in the industry which is highly competitive and capital intensive. Today, he is a champion in the industry where many have given up.

Chief Kenneth Ifekudu is equally a philanthropist of note and has used God's given resources to advance the course ofhumanity. He believes in tinmothy Pina's opinion that Philanthropy is not about money; it's about feeling the pain of others and caring enough about their needs to help.

Agbalanze is a man ofhis time, his achievements will make you think he has been around for ages.

His exploits in business, character, the excellence he represents, his groveling humility and the depth of his humnanity has earned him severally awards and recognitions amongst which are; OFR (Order of the Federal Republic) by the former president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari, Entrepreneur of the year award by South East Achievers Award and National Star, Peace Achievers International as Ambassador for Peace, Northern Youth Assembly of Nigeria as Distinguished lcon of Nation building, Youth Empowerment and Industrialization, De Imperial Philanthropic Family as Commander of De-Imperial Philanthropic Family. His awards and recognitions are always felt in the Chrístían faith where he was conferred with Knight of St John.

He is married to Lolo Chioma Emmanuella lfekudu with whom he has four (4) wonderful children; 2 boys and 2 girls,

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