Many are born great while many have greatness thrust upon them, so says Shakespeare.
He added that even others go as far as achieving greatness and history has it that greatness, which is achieved, is much more cherished. And so is the case of Anthony Ifeanyichukwu Ndubuisi Ezenna, who was neither born great nor with a silver spoon.
Ezenna struggled through life and by a dint of hard work, determination, focus, commitment, abiding faith in God and in most places, special favour, he acquired the proverbial silver spoon and achieved greatness on his own.
Born on April 21, 1957, in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Ezenna, who hails from Akokwa, Ideato North LGA of Imo State, is said to have demonstrated so early in life that he was destined to cut a niche for himself in entrepreneurship and has attained the feat with shrewdness and focus.
This he did, having being an obedient student of entrepreneurship and business administration under the able tutelage of his father, Mr. Ernest Ezenna Ebilekwe, the proprietor of Eastern Chemists, which he later transformed into a multi-billion-naira conglomerate. His efforts paid off, and what is today Orange Drugs Group was birthed.
For a man who knew exactly what he wanted, he set Orange Drugs Limited on the path of success with an authorized fully paid share capital of N5 million and is into importation, marketing and distribution of drugs manufactured in Indonesia, Italy, India, Germany and the United States of America.
A staunch Catholic and one of the few Papal Knights in Nigeria, he also holds the revered chieftaincy title of Ikenga, which means the pride of his people, in his place of origin, Akokwa.
Also a politician of repute who’s passionate about serving his people, Ezenna once contested the governorship of Imo State and lost.
An avid reader, he enjoys the works of John C. Maxwell the most. It was therefore in the midst of books while a member of the The Bible Society of Nigeria that he met his wife, Elizabeth, early in the 1980s and wedded her in December 1983. They are blessed with three children.
Few months ago, he hit the age of 60 years old, precisely on April 21, but unlike many who will throw their doors open for people to troop in for a big birthday bash, Sir Tony celebrated his birthday on a low key and philanthropically.