Never Allow Any Good Opportunity To Pass You- Dr Obinna O E. Oleribe
Dr Obinna O E. Oleribe is a certified Project Manager, a PRINCE 2 Practitioner, a Grant Management Specialist and a seasoned Public Health Management consultant trained in Nigeria, United Kingdom and the United States of America. He has Bachelors’ degrees in Pharmacology, Medicine and Surgery from the University of Port-Harcourt, Nigeria. He has Masters Degrees in Public Health (MPH) and Business Administration (MBA) from University of Benin, Edo State and Imo State University, Owerri, in Nigeria.
He also holds another MBA from University of Nicosia Cyprus and a Doctor of Public Health Degree from Walden University, USA.
Dr Oleribe is a Fellow of both West African College of Physicians and the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), London. He also obtained additional trainings from Harvard, John Hopkins, United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), South Africa and Uganda. He is well travelled and has worked in several capacities in Nigeria, Tanzania, Southern Sudan, Rwanda and Ghana. He is a trainer in Grant Management, Project Management, Leadership and all aspects of US Financial Regulations including the Mandatory Standard Provision (MSP), OMB A-122, 45 CFR 74, etc.
He is currently the Chief Executive Officer/Chief Consultant of Excellence & Friends Management Care Centre, (EFMC), a non-governmental organization providing sustainable public health solutions for all. His recent appointments include Leader of the Health Management Caucus, Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, Project Manager for West Africa, Royal College of Physicians (UK)/West African College of Physicians’ collaboration on MDG6 Partnership for African Clinical Trainings (M-PACT) National Coordinator for the Nigerian Walden University Scholars’ Network and Project Manager, Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Essential Gynecological Course Series in Nigeria. He trains, mentors, consults, supervises and certifies individuals and corporate organizations.
He has consulted for several organizations and institutions including – US CDC, US DoD, Harvard University APIN Project, University of Maryland AIDRelief Project USAID MAPS Project, National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), Federal Ministry of Health, IntraHealth/CapacityPlus Project, Federal Ministry of Environment, Federal Ministry of Finance, Akwa Ibom State Government amongst others.
Before his current position, he was the Epidemiology Resident Advisor for Tanzania Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (FELTP), Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. In this position, he trained, supervised, mentored and directed Masters in Science (Applied Epidemiology) degree residents of the Tanzania FELTP. Working with Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW), Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institute for Medical Research, USAID and WHO he initiated, developed, implemented, monitored and evaluated several new programs in Field Epidemiology in Tanzania.
As a social change agent, he founded several non-governmental organizations including Excellence and Friends Management Care Center, Centre for Family Health Initiative, Anti-Child Abuse Society of Africa (ACASA), and Pro-Child International (PCI), where he held leadership positions. He was also a co-founder of Association of OVC NGOs in Nigeria (AONN), a child oriented organization coordinating activities of all orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) non-governmental organizations in Nigeria.
He is also in the Board of several NGOs including Excellence and Friends Management Care Centre, Centre for Family Health Initiative, Modern Health Hospital, International Compassion Centre for Women and Children Empowerment, Association of OVC NGOs of Nigeria, Living Faith Church, Jahi, among others. Also, he is a member of the Nigerian Medical Association, Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria, American Public Health Association, West African College of Physicians and the American Society for Public Administration.
Before his present positions, he was the Nigerian Programs Networks Coordinator with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Global AIDS Project (GAP) project under the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In this position, he also managed the Orphans and vulnerable children’s portfolio of CDC Nigeria. Along with his USAID counterpart, they expanded the program from a few sites to more than 270 sites across Nigeria within a few years, initiated the OVC minimum package and longitudinal documentation of care; developed and finalized the OVC Standard Operating Procedure, National Plan of Action for OVC, and Nigerian Children Policy; developed capacity for OVC programs in Nigeria, and supported the implementation of Child Rights Act 2005.
He also served as the Program Coordinator of CDC Sponsored FMOH Nigerian Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP), and Director of Studies– West Africa – of Project Management College United Kingdom.
Dr Oleribe has numerous peer-reviewed journal publications, conference abstracts and presentations to his credit. The books he has authored and published, includes The Fundamentals of Child Rights, The Concept of Child Abuse, Re-positioning for Marital Success and Celebrating Marital Success, which points to the undisputed fact that he is a compassionate and dedicated family man, happily married to one wife with 3 children.
He is a winner of several local and international awards and is a Golden Key International Honours Society (GKIHS) member.
Dr Obinna O E. Oleribe in this chat with Ola Akinwe, Founder of Boys Mentoring Advocacy Network-BMAN shared his thoughts while responding to the Mentor Me Series;
When I discovered that if I do nothing, I will die poor
None yet. But has eight degrees including DrPH and five fellowships and has impacted the lives of 1000s of people in the past few years.
Biggest Failure and Lesson Learned
Biggest failure – None yet, but has failed in several things including not being able to win the commonwealth or Chevening scholarships, unable to maintain the growth rate of our organization, and inability to protect the careers of my wonderful staff.
Lesson: Keep learning, improving and innovating. Never allow any good opportunity to pass you.
I financially supported 12 women and 3 men in my village in December 2018 to improve their businesses. I have used Max business to empower people health and wealth wise. Today, many people are healthier and wealthier because I either introduced them to Max or somebody I introduced got them into it.
Best Advice Ever Received
My Father told me,- “The heights that great men reached and kept were not by a sudden flight, but they, while their companion slept, kept on toiling”. This has been my guiding principle till date.
I wished I had known
The benefits of marrying very early as well as the unusual opportunities in connectivity and network industry
Funniest Thing I Ever Did.
I cannot think of any. But I have done several funny things including calling myself stupid when I misbehave.
Returning to to school a few days after my father died in year one medical school to write my first semester examinations, burial of my father against cultural norms, changing jobs, marrying my wife, etc.
Something I’m afraid of
Not achieving my goals and not making the difference I hope to make in life. Not leaving a good legacy for the world at the end of my stay in this universe.
I’d really like to learn?
Other languages – but this is difficult
My Greatest Question
None yet, but I have asked myself several important questions like – How can I be a better me? What other problem(s) can I solve for my generation? How can I reinvent my organizations, etc???