By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€” RENOWNED transporter and Chairman, Ifesinachi Industries (Nigeria) Limited, Igwe Dr. JamesÂ Mamah, the Ohabuenyi 1 of Umuozzi in Enugu-Ezike, Igbo-Eze North Local Council of Enugu State, is dead.
He died after a brief illness at Mount Sinai Hospital, Manhattan, New York on 1 June, aged 66.
Mamah, who was Chairman of Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers, was born on 14 April 1944 and was in business throughout his life.
The success of the transport mogul was seen as a clear case of rising from grass to grace.Â He had started as a truck pusher in Onitsha, Anambra State, in 1965 and through dint of hard work, acquired his first commercial truck (Awara Awara) in 1972.
That little beginning metamorphosed into a sprawling empire covering transportation, courier business, manufacturing and haulage, among which are Ifesinachi Industries (Nig.) Ltd (Transport Division) and Jamesgigye Nigeria Ltd., a vegetable oil company which he established in his home town, Ugbaike.
The late royal father is survived by a sister, wife and children, including Prince Emeka Mamah, Chairman, IFEX Courier Limited; Prince Ifeanyi Mamah, Chairman Nine Whole Yard Ltd. and Mrs. Nonye Ugwu, among many other children and grandchildren.
According to a statement signed by the family, the late Igwe Mamah will be buried on Friday, 30 June at Ugbaike, Enugu-Ezike, after a requiem high mass.
Enugu State Government, Vanguard learnt, had been formally briefed on the demise of the royal father and renowned transporter and it is expected that the government would make a public statement.