Ambassador Felix King Eiremiokhae, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, has been bestowed with the Honorary Georgia Citizen award for his charity work in Nigeria’s communities through his Felix King Foundation.
The honour from the State of Georgia, which took place on the floor of the Senate in Capitol Building, confers on him the Goodwill Ambassadorship for the state. In addition, according to the certificate signed by the Secretary of State, the State of Georgia, Brain P. Kemp, the honorary citizenship affords him to travel to other states, and to nations beyond the borders of the United States of America, or wherever he may hereafter travel or reside with the ease and privileges of a citizen.
The resolution for the honour, which was Senate resolution 608 moved by Senator Gloria Butler representing District 55 of the state, was adopted in the Senate on January 23, 2018.
“Whereas, it is abundantly fitting and proper that the outstanding accomplishments of this remarkable individual be appropriately recognised. Now be it further resolved by the Senate that the members of the body commend Felix King Eiremiokhae for his many valuable contributions on behalf of those in need and extend best wishes for continued support,” the resolution reads in part.
Reading the proclamation on the floor of the Senate Capitol, Senator Butler described Felix King as a philanthropist extraordinaire.
She said that King started his foundation in 2015 without enlisting the support of people and institutions other than out of his personal savings and that of his wife.
She explained that the foundation’s key objective of giving hope to the poor and vulnerable widows and their children in communities across Nigeria by transforming their lives from despair to hope through different programmes such as business start-up initiatives, farm aids programme, free food distribution, educational grant and medical aids are in line with the principles the people of Georgia live by.
“In the process, the foundation has helped more than 1000 women and 3000 children. Much like the State of Georgia, Felix is interested in the protection of women and children. Apart from his involvement in several humanitarian activities that have brought succour to several poor and vulnerable women across Nigeria, King, through his foundation, presented a bill to the Edo State House of Assembly last year for that purpose and he is hopeful that it will be passed in 2018,” she stated.
In another development, King was also bestowed with a Humanitarian Award by the Trinity International University of Ambassadors also in Georgia for his charity work and care for widows and the vulnerable.
Appreciating King’s outstanding leadership and humanitarian services, Founder/Chancellor of the University, Dr. Jacqueline Mohair, said the institution gave the award “in appreciation and recognition to an outstanding leader for his visionary guidance and exceptional leadership with heartfelt thanks for your world class humanitarian services and leadership.”
Felix King in his acceptance speech while responding to the double honour, acknowledged America as a land of opportunities and one that can be likened to a land that flows with milk while Nigeria is a land of hope and hidden treasures.
He further thanked the Senate for the honour bestowed on him saying it was a true testimony of the true American values. Felix King also noted that one of the greatest catastrophes ravaging Africa today is the prejudice against widows and the vulnerable in most of the continent’s societies.
“It is difficult to understand why the society exploits the pains and vulnerability of widows and their children by exposing them further to poverty, diseases, and other forms of social and economic deprivations in a manner that suggests we are holding them responsible for their misfortunes,” he said.
While in Atlanta, Felix King also paid a visit to Medshare, a humanitarian aid organisation dedicated to improving the quality of life of people, communities and the planet by sourcing and directly delivering surplus medical supplies and equipment to communities in need around the world. He discussed possible collaboration to meet the needs of many people and communities in Nigeria. The outcome of this meeting was an opportunity for the foundation to donate 50 hospital beds to one of the specialist hospitals in Nigeria.
Eiremiokhae is known an entrepreneur, who conceived the idea of owning his own business early in life. In 2004, he incorporated Oracle Experience Limited and in 2014 he incorporated Mayor Biscuit Company Limited, also known as MABISCO. In a country where unemployment rate is very high, he has been able to provide employment opportunities for nearly 1000 people.
Felix is also a philanthropist. In 2015, with the support of his wife, he started Felix King Foundation with the objective to give hope to the poor and vulnerable widows and their children in communities across Nigeria, transforming their lives from despair to hope.
An avid lover of good music and widely travelled, he is a devoted family man blessed with four children.