By Morenike Taire.
AS a well cut blue diamond flashes from numerous aspects, so does the Igba of Warri (Irojowo), Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor. Best referred to as a business owner; creator, owner and CEO of the popular RitaLori Hotels in Lagos, Abuja and Delta, Lori Ogbebor’s company interests in fact cover shipping, farming and property.
Unidentified to numerous, nevertheless, the young Rita Lori who is today a family name and an organization, started her sensational work life as a Broadcast Reporter, a tag of which she stays tremendously happy.
PRIMARY RITA LORI-OGBEBOR.
It is to this fairly brief stint in journalism, as the very first female Director of Programs at the then Nigerian Tv Service, NTS, throughout the Nigerian Civil War, that she associates her commitment to social justice, human rights and advocacy in later life.
An unabashed nationalist, it was at this point likewise that she formed the patriotic fervour that notified her belief in the indivisibility of the sovereign country, Nigeria. This has however not detracted her from her indisputable commitment to the development of her native Delta State where she continues to upset relentlessly for the upliftment of the downtrodden and the disenfranchised.
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It is as a direct outcome of her agitations that the Delta State Oil-Producing Locations Advancement Commission, DESOPADEC, was developed by the James Ibori administration in 2006, by a law that directs that 50 percent of the 13 percent derivation funds accumulating to the state from the Federal Federal government as an outcome of its oil expedition activities in the area, be used to fast lane human and infrastructural advancement in the area.
Not resting on her oars, she has actually continued to play a regulative function, albeit informally, in fine-tuning the functions and activities of the firm. At the launch of a concrete jetty building by the commission at her Warri neighborhood of Ajigba in Warri South City Government of the state, she hailed the efforts, recommending it to stay a people-based interventionist firm with overall dedication to establishing the oil and gas bearing locations of the area.
This is however a suggestion of the iceberg of the myriad of interventions provided by Chief Lori-Ogbebor.
For the common and downtrodden individuals of her precious state, she has actually battled numerous fights, utilizing the serene methods of lawsuits really typically, in spite of being a well-known organiser of individuals and a popular grassroots influencer. Among the most prominent Nigerians alive, Chief Rita Lori-Ogbebor declines being tagged a political leader however utilizes her huge impact and goodwill to press policies that she thinks would raise the standard of life of her individuals
Approach of life
Lori-Ogbebor’s extraordinary capability to affect culture is not restricted just to her native Delta. Among the very first investor in the Federal Capital Area, Abuja, her RitaLori Hotel in Surulere, Lagos State has for half a century been a social center where numerous leaders these days had their leisure in their youth.
A popular example is Minister for Power, Functions and Real estate; and previous guv of Lagos State, Babatunde Raji Fashola, who stated he found out how to swim at the hotel’s pool.
Her journalism stint likewise exposed her to a few of Nigeria’s the majority of precious artists of the golden age: Victor Olaiya, Victor Uwaifor, Jimi Solanke and others. Maybe this direct exposure motivated her to form a band in which she was an effective singer.
Her whole approach of life is hinged upon her being an Itsekiri princess, hauling the motivating course of her fantastic granny whose conventional title she was discovered worthwhile to acquire.
It is this tradition that she looks for to protect by holding tenaciously on to the virtues of self-respect, uprightness and social obligation.
Fielding concerns from Lead reporters just recently, Chief Lori-Ogbebor was charged on where she gets the nerve to deal with effective challengers in federal government and the business world, “It’s not that I am not scared,”, she exposed, “however I do not care.”.
On the other side of the stern disciplinarian is a warm and caring humanitarian, a caring mom and granny, in addition to a person hosting par quality. Chief Rita Lori-Ogebor is a visionary, a wise businesswoman, an avowed nationalist and a follower to social justice.