Allen Ifechukwu Onyema, Chairman of Air Peace Airline, is in the news for all the right reasons, making him the man of the moment.
Following the xenophobic attack on foreign nationals in South Africa, Onyema on September 11, 2019 volunteered his Air Peace Boeing 777 aircraft for the evacuation of Nigerians who wish to escape the attacks.
To honour Onyema for his kind gesture, the House of Representatives invited him to the floor and showered accolades. The lawmakers gave Onyema a standing ovation when called upon to address them.
To further understand the person behind the name and to know the story of the Air Peace boss, here are some facts concerning Allen Onyema:
Onyema who hails from Anambra state was born in 1964 in Benin City, Edo state.
He arrived Lagos in search of jobs in 1990 with no money on him.
Onyema once squatted in Oshodi and because he couldn’t afford to use taxis or buses; he would go to Lagos Island by rail.
As a Law Undergraduate at the University of Ibadan, his appetite for peace made him to lead a group of nine other students on a journey to Zaria, Kaduna to quell a raging religious and ethnic riot that claimed lives.
Because a friend told him that one commercial Boeing 737 could provide jobs to over 150 persons, he went into Commercial Aviation with his wife just to create employment opportunities.
He named Seven of his aircrafts after his family. While, the executive jet has Michael on it, which is his father’s name, one Domier 328 jet has Helen on it- that is his late mother’s name. Another Domier 328 has Ojochide, his wife’s name
Mr Onyema went to law school 1987 and combined his studies with social activism bothering on engendering peace in Nigeria.
Upon graduation, he was appointed to the Executive Board of The Global Nonviolence Conference Series Inc. USA with notable world leaders as Hon. Dr. Andrew Young and Suarez Ramos as members
The Air Peace CEO initiated, organised and held with the support of the Federal Government of Nigeria, the “1st Nigeria forever project” in 2005 – a project geared towards the promotion of broad nationalism as against ethnic nationalism.
He also won the hosting rights for Global Conference on Nonviolence and Peace in Abuja from December 3-5, 2007.